Britain’s business leaders are changing the world. In our weekly series we find out how they get the job done.
There are a handful of business leaders Britain who are changing the world. Eileen Burbidge, Daniel Waterhouse and Rytis Vitkauskas seem to get an incredible amount done, in an impossibly short space of time.
This morning we’re talking to our fifth business leader and co-founder of a tech group looking to revolutionise how we do business.
He’s already stated his goal of building DueDil into a business worth much more than $1bn and the team at DueDil are well on their way to doing exactly that.
So how does Damian Kimmelman get so much done? The Memo decided to find out.
I get up at 7am, and I’ll usually do some reading. I tend to read widely and I use Flipboard to help me find relevant articles and pieces, but there also some websites I follow religiously – like SaaStr and tomtunguz.com. I’m also a fan of Google Tech Talks.
I’ll go to the office at 9-9:30am, finishing at 7pm – unless I’m at an event, which probably happens two or three times a week.
If I’m not out, I’ll do some more reading at home before turning in around 11pm. I tend to work for two hours on either Saturday or Sunday morning, but mostly I try and take the weekend off.
I use Audible, which allows you to listen to books at 1.5x speed and helps me get through the reading list.
I also try to avoid writing emails longer than 3 sentences where possible – see 3 sentenc.es – which helps cut down the inbox grind. I also use smart mailboxes in my Gmail.
Finally, I try and organise my schedule very effectively, and I also take business lunches when I can – I find these are much more productive than dinners.
An iPhone 6 with a pink cover (so I always know where it is) with 128GB of storage.
In total, around 30 to 40 people. I like to speak to as many people in the office as I can – so probably between 20 or 30 around the office alone.
Out of the office, I speak to prospective clients and partners for around four hours a week.
Looking for office space? We are renting out 30 desks at our EC2 office. Obviously a It’s a fixer-upper 😉 Pls DM pic.twitter.com/Vvt5ZUWpF2— Damian Kimmelman (@duediler) December 2, 2014
I also give advice for around two hours a week to other startups – it’s important to be a part of the London tech community and to support other companies and entrepreneurs.
On top of this, I’m also involved in the Founders Pledge, through which entrepreneurs commit to donate 2% of their personal proceeds to a social cause of their choice, following an exit. So I’m often out helping beat the drum for that as well.
I do like working at night, but I try and make sure I leave the office at 7pm. I may send emails up until 11pm, but I never work past then as otherwise I won’t be able to sleep.
As a company, we tend to wind up the week on Friday with a couple of beers, so I’ll often spend a bit longer in the office then catching up with people and having a chat about anything and everything.