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GADiiD is a business management software startup focused on the trucking aspects of transportation. At the helm is Hassan Abdullahi who founded the company and continues to run it. We spoke with Hassan to learn about his work habits and the way he does it on a typical day — inside and outside the office.
What one word best describes how you work?
What is your current device/hardware/office setup?
We’re setup so we can all work mobile. Personally, a ThinkPad W550s with docking station and triple 24” monitors. We use zoom, slack and email for communications, Google drive/Onedrive for document sharing and Atlassian products (Jira, Trello & Bitbucket) for most development related work.
What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?
Mixpanel, Slack & Office 365
What’s your sleep schedule like and the morning routine?
Last 8 months was not an average with my son starting preschool and we’re adding a new product to our portfolio. So, a typical weekday starts like; I get my son out of bed, fed, dress and take him to a school which starts at 9 am; so, I start work late around 9:30 am. I work until 7 pm in the office and go home to eat dinner with the family and work 2-3 hours from home and try to
get to bed by 1am and wake up by 6 am, so I get a constant 5 hours of sleep each night. I try to catch up with emails, slack messages and do some miscellaneous work in the mornings before the family wakes up.
Is there a method to how you schedule your days?
How much time do you spend in vs. out of the office?
70% office, 10% home office, 20% customer visits/traveling
What’s your best time-saving shortcut/life hack?
We’re on all platforms (web | iOS | Android), so I tend to test our mobile apps (beta or production) while waiting on anything instead of checking Twitter or Facebook.
What is that one thing you have to do, no matter what, every day?
Check out our product analytics tools.
What is your preferred form of communication and why?
For internal – Slack because we collaborate at all the times and I can instantly reply or give my opinions in a matter for few keystrokes. For external: email.
On average, how many hours a day do you spend in meetings?
7 hours. I do demo’s and product/customer development so depending on the day this could be higher.
When, where and what do you typically eat for lunch?
My amazing wife packs lunch for me every day to eat at my desk. As far as what; whatever I am given– I never check until I am ready to eat, so, most days it is with rice/pasta with heavy meat & veggies.
How many hrs/week and do you work in the evenings and/or weekends?
2-3 hours evenings. For weekends, Saturdays are a full workday for me so typically I work from 8-12 hours. I try to take all Sundays off but work never stops (which sucks as it eats out of the family time) so I may reply email/slack messages for 1-3 hours on Sundays.
What is the best advice you ever received, accepted, and applied?
I hate to say it, but there’s no best advice. – I got a lot, and they all helped in one way or another. But, if I have to pick one, is that you learn from success more than you can learn from failure. There are many ways to fail, and there are much fewer ways to succeed. So I hire people (and give them 100% trust and confidence to do their job) who have a successful track record, and I am usually wary of people who celebrate past failures.
Fill in the blank: I’d love to see Rob Walling (Co-founder of Drip) from Minnesota’s tech industry answer these same questions.