Yannick Mathey

  • @yannick
  • Product Manager, Freelance.com
From design to business, I learnt to build a good product when I founded Prototypo to help people design custom fonts in matter of seconds.

10 years and 120.000+ people later, my team and I kept the same mission of helping freelancers to save time and focus on their creativity by developing Inyo, a tool that automates tasks that freelancers don't like to do.
Spoiler: it didn't work but I had a lot of pleasure to run such a journey: management, fundraising, product design, code, business development, marketing. I love to address a problem with a global answer.
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Product Manager

  • Freelance.com
  • Nov 2020 - Present


Nov 01, 2020
Nov 01, 2020
Started a new role at Freelance.com
Excited to join Freelance.com as Product Manager! πŸŽ‰
Product Manager, Freelance.com


Jan 01, 2019
Jan 01, 2019
Launched a product
By developing Prototypo, I reached a lot of users for product interviews. Most of them were freelancers and were dealing with the same issue: too many tasks, not enough time.

Inyo helps freelancers focus on what matters by automating tasks they don't like to do.

Inyo is a Smart Assistant for freelancers to stay on top of their work. Create projects, share them with your clients and automate repetitive tasks (documents collection, payment reminders, validation requests, and so on).

πŸ‘‰ https://www.producthunt.com/posts/inyo


Sep 10, 2018
Sep 10, 2018
Joined Techstars
We Got Accepted Into Techstars accelerator with Prototypo and decided to pivote to a whole new thing. When we asked our uses why they didn't pay for Prototypo, we got again and again the same answer: "I love the Prototypo concept, but as a freelancer I have to deal with clients and it is very time-consuming. But once I would be done, I'll pay for your app, for sure".

They didn't. But we decided to build something for them and stop working on Prototypo.
May 02, 2018
May 02, 2018
Launched a product
Prototypo was enabling thousands of designers to create their own custom fonts in a matter of days instead of weeks. But we realized - fonts are used everywhere, but not everyone is a designer! we didn't find the Product Market Fit.

That’s why we developed Unique, a new solution for getting custom fonts faster and easier! Whether you want to make your own font for your startup, small business, blog, you name it - Unique will get you there.

πŸ‘‰ https://www.producthunt.com/posts/unique


May 01, 2014
May 01, 2014
Founded a new company
After launching a successful Kickstarter campaign I decided to officially start a company behalf the app Prototypo. We raised Friends & Family and then a pre-seed round with Angels.

130.000+ users signed up to the app to design their own custom font.

πŸ‘‰ https://www.prototypo.io


Jun 30, 2009
Jun 30, 2009
Created a product prototype
As a design student, I started to develop Prototypo to fill my lack of knowledge in 2 domains I was fan of: Type Design and Code. One year later, what would lead the next 10 years of my professional life was up: a Type Design tool for non-savvy designersΒ 
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