Michel is an entrepreneur at heart. He began working for multinational enterprises, but soon created Cube Software, a startup company which developed Manufacturing Execution Systems and was later sold to Siemens. Nevertheless, Michel remained head of this operation in France for 5 years. In 2008 Michel created Albedo √Čnergie, a firm of energy engineering consultants.
Pierre-√Čtienne Meunier initiated the development of the algorithms in Coturnix. After his PhD on theoretical computer science, he spent several years doing theoretical research on computational models, complexity theory, and geometry. He also worked on parallel computing, scheduling and asynchronous computation.

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