Boss It Like

How To Boss It Like… Tom Blomfield, CEO at Monzo

By Kitty Knowles 10 March 2016

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 and industry figures in Britain who are changing the world. Hermione Way, Didier Rappaport and Robyn Exton seem to get an incredible amount done, in an impossibly short space of time.

This morning we’re talking to Tom Blomfield, CEO at Mondo, who is undoubtedly a productivity guru.

Read more: Meet Mondo, the app that’s got the banks worried.

Blomfield is not only buidling one of the first new digital challenger banks, but he just lead a record-breaking £1m crowdfund.

A busy man, with big ideas, The Memo asked Blomfield how he gets it all done.

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

A cycle to work and a black coffee helps to wake me up. I try to answer a few emails before our 10am team standup kicks off the day in earnest. We’re mostly late starters, although a handful of people are in the office by 8am.

Read more: Challenger bank Mondo raises £1m in the fastest crowdfunding ever

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

I live on Gmail and Slack. Evernote helps me keep all my notes and todo lists synced between devices, and we use Trello to plan and run our product development.

I don’t use more than about a dozen apps regularly.

What smartphone do you use?

A white/silver 64GB iPhone 6.

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

Too many! I’m trying to cut back. Each day I’ll typically do 4 or 5 of interviews with candidates we’re thinking of hiring, a couple of interviews with journalists and then internal meetings with my product, engineering or regulatory teams.

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

I’m normally out of the office by 7 or 8, but I’m typically on email and Slack until midnight, which isn’t good for sleep. I’m trying to find better ways of switching off – I’d love something to disable my email account after 9pm.

Read more: Bank to the future – 4 challenger banks worth watching

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