Productivity

How To Boss It Like… Damian Kimmelman, DueDil CEO

By Oliver Smith 26 November 2015
Summary

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 BurbidgeDaniel 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.

Damian Kimmelman is on a mission to build the single greatest repository of data on the 5.2m private businesses in Britain, and eventually the world, with his business DueDil.

Read more: Britain’s Bloomberg? DueDil wants to change the way 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.

What time do you get up, and what part of your morning routine sets you up for the day?

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.

What apps or methods do you use to be more productive?

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.

What smartphone do you use?

An iPhone 6 with a pink cover (so I always know where it is) with 128GB of storage.

Read more: Ex-Bloomberg boss: Why I shunned Silicon Valley for DueDil

How many people, outside of family, do you meet in a day? And who are they?

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.

 

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.

When do you work until? Are you still sending emails in the night?

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.

Come back next Thursday for our next #BossItLike interview, and get in touch if you know a tech leader who’s also a productivity guru for us to talk to.