Nicolas Bonnotte

Data Smurf  •  Math PhD, MBA

About me


I'm the CTO of Qucit, a startup based in Bordeaux specialized in predictive analyses of urban mobility. Our aim is to harness the power of data to create more efficient, more liveable cities.

As a mathematician by training, I love nothing more than to use figures (data!) to understand complex, challenging situations — and help others make sense of them.



CTO at Qucit

November 2014 – Present  •  Bordeaux

Qucit is a start-up specialized in urban-mobility data analyses, esp. predictive analyses. To feed our machine learning algorithms, we collect data on more than 500 cities worldwide.

In charge of all things technical:

  • daily management of the team (4+ people)
  • data scraping and storage, machine learning pipelines, APIs, etc.
  • scientific and/or technical communications, articles, blog posts

Consultant for Réseau ferré de France

January – October 2014  •  Paris

Supervision of the building of new high-speed lines in the framework of public-private partnerships. RFF, now SNCF Réseau, is the French rail network owner.

Math PhD / Teaching Assistant

September 2010 – December 2013  •  Paris – Pisa

Thesis on optimal transportation: How to efficiently deliver some goods, in such a way that the total cost of transportation is minimal? I developed a new method for computing the solution.



Data management

  • Python: pandas, scikit-learn, scipy/numpy, matplotlib
  • SQL: postgresql
  • Data Viz: bases of JavaScript and D3.js, but I would definitely love to go further in that direction

System administration

  • Linux: Debian/Ubuntu, Archlinux
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Google Apps for Work


  • Web Design: HTML, CSS (as, for instance, this page)
  • Languages: French, English, Italian.
    I still remember some German grammar, but sadly the only vocabulary I have left is pretty much useless (as, for instance, Meerschweinchen). I wouldn't mind having to learn it back, though.
    Same goes for Latin but I'm less hopeful, for obvious reasons.


Collège des Ingénieurs

2014  •  MBA  •  Paris

The Collège des Ingénieurs MBA is a 10-month program specifically designed for people with a scientific background, financed by private companies. Lecturers are renown professors from HBS, HEC, INSEAD, etc.

Université Paris-Sud, Scuola Normale Superiore

2010 – 2013  •  PhD in mathematics  •  Paris – Pisa

Double degree France/Italy, under the joint supervision of Prof. Filippo Santambrogio Prof. Luigi Ambrosio. Grant from the French-Italian University.

École normale supérieure

2007 – 2011  •  Licence, Master, Agrégation  •  Paris

4-year scholarship to study mathematics.