I’m Francis Kanneh, The Founder and CEO of UnderRecruited Preps, And This Is How I Work



Thanks to Fueled Collective for underwriting our How I Work series!

Francis Kanneh is the Founder & CEO of UnderRecruited Preps — a local sportstech venture that connects student-athletes to college coaches and teaches them about the athletic recruiting process.

What one word best describes how you work?


What is your current setup?

Macbook Pro, iPhone, Dry-Erase Boards/Markers

What tech tools can’t you live without?

Drupal, Inbox, Later, Moz.com, Sales Force

What your sleep schedule like and the morning routine?

I get my best ideas in the early mornings, so I’m usually up until 4-5 am. I try to sleep for a couple hours or nap in between the day. I usually check and respond to emails then go workout. After the workout grind time.

Is there a method to how you schedule your days?

I have a to do list and a calendar for scheduled meetings. I’m still early stage bootstrapping so it’s literally 24/7.

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


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

Staying focused and always going with my gut feeling.

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

Pray to God and Meditate.

What is your preferred form of communication and why?

Phone call or face to face communication. Everything can be said in 2-3 minutes instead of numerous emails back and forth.

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

Probably 2-4 hours. Depending if the programmers are working on a new project or if I’m discussing a potential partnership with a company.

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

I need to start eating lunch. I be working so much sometimes I forget. I know it’s important so I need to start focusing on my health.

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

24/7 and Yes. I usually take Sundays off to either study for school or plan the following week.

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

“Intelligence can create huge profits, and in fact, you can actually make more money being smart than you can being strong or fast.” – Robert F. Smith

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