by Donna Parker
In 1983, Jean-Louis Goblet was 22 when he left his native Belgium to begin life as an international student on the Trinity campus. At the time, he knew no one in America and spoke only "European English" which presented a language barrier. It wasn't long before he settled in, receiving a bachelor's degree in business administration from Trinity in 1987. He had the chance to know and appreciate his professors, as well as a little something else that San Antonio had to offer.
"What I really loved was visiting Taco Cabana on Hildebrand," laughs Jean-Louis. "Mmm, the rice and beans..."
"I did visit Bombay Bicycle Club, also, but Taco Cabana was my favorite," says Jean-Louis.
Fast forward 27 years and Jean-Louis is still quite the adventurer, as well as a serial entrepreneur who is now managing partner of Cocoon Software, producer of Quick Media converter, recently voted one of the 12 best free Windows applications on the market.
"Quick Media Converter is a free program to convert video and audio files from any format. We've standardized this open source code with the aim of targeting the most basic users and fitting our application as close as possible to what users need in the current jungle of formats."
So far, the Web site www.cocoonsoftware.com has realized more than a million visitors and software installs and sees 2,000 new visitors each day. It's the culmination of many years of hard work, sweat and determination on the part of Jean-Louis who honed his business acumen as manager of his privately owned telecommunications business in Eastern Europe just after the fall of the Berlin Wall. No easy feat, when you realize that 30 plus years of Communist rule made it incredibly difficult to conduct business, particularly under the weight of bureaucracy.
"The opening of the eastern European markets was definitely a fulfilling experiment not only for the business opportunities it afforded me, but for giving me the human part by opening my mind to cultures that were deprived of everything that we all took for granted on our side of the wall."
Nowadays, Jean Louis, who resides in Belgium with his wife and 19-month-old daughter Eva, is content to appreciate the wonders of being a late-in-life father to a precious baby girl.
"She has brought to me a new meaning of life and I hope to enjoy her life and see her grow and mature," says this proud dad.
"I hope to play a great role in her education, just as Trinity played an important role in my life. Professors Paul Rudolf, department of physics, and George Thompson, department of business administration, were instrumental in setting me on course (as well as many others)."
"We know that nothing can ever be taken for granted and life is a continual process of questioning; asking ourselves if things can be done better for the greater interest of all."
You may contact Jean-Louis at cocoonsoft [at] skynet.be