I’m Parag Shah, CEO of Vemos, And This Is How I Work

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Vemos was formed in 2011 as a ‘Venue Event Management Operating System’ that allows venue owners and event organizers to manager their ticketing, analytics, and promotions from start to finish.

At the helm as CEO is Parag Shah, who co-founded the company and continues to run it out of St. Louis Park, Minnesota.  We spoke with Shah to learn about his work habits and the the way he operates Vemos on a typical day — inside and outside the office.

What one word best describes how you work?

Sporadically

What is your current device/hardware/office setup?

Macbook, 3 monitors, iPad, Android Pixel 2 XL

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?

Google Apps Suite, Slack, LastPass.

What your sleep schedule like in terms of hours/wake-up and what’s the morning routine?

Routine is not in my language. I typically stay up until 2-3am and wake up around 6-7am, I really don’t sleep much.

In the morning I focus on my schedule for the day, catch up on a few emails and read a bit about world news before going into the office because it’s hard to get that personal time once I’m there.

Is there a method to how you schedule your days?

There used to be! Not really anymore, like I said it’s sporadic.

How much time do you spend in vs. out of the office?

60% in, 40% out, I travel around the US a lot for work.

What’s your best time-saving shortcut/life hack?

Hire people who can act on their feet and think for themselves.

What is that one thing you have to do, no matter what, every day?

Be available for my staff.

What is your preferred form of communication and why?

Slack because it’s easily available across all my devices

On average, how many hours a day do you spend in meetings?

6-8 hrs/day

When, where and what do you typically eat for lunch?

We provide lunch for our team every day, usually consisting of salads and sandwiches.

How many hour a week do you work on average and do you work in the evenings and/or weekends?

60-80 hrs/week, and yes on evenings and weekends.

What is the best advice you ever received, accepted, and applied?

Be the dumbest person in the room by always hiring people smarter than you.

Fill in the blank: I’d love to see Chad Halvorson from Minnesota’s tech industry answer these same questions.

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