Q&A with Nick Holzherr – CEO of Whisk.com and Joinair.com (Together Helium.vc)Last Updated: February 1, 2019
I’ve learnt that working smartly is much more important than working long hours – I try and do the 20% of work that achieves 80% of the outcome first.
11 Questions for CEO of Whisk.com & Joinair.com, Nick Holzherr
Nick has taken time out of his schedule to talk to AGENT about what first got him into business, his goals and how he maintains a work-life balance.
1. Briefly tell us how you first got into business, and describe your business goals.
I worked for a lot of different businesses before I started my first business in University. At 15 I was working as a Fish & Chip shop assistant, in an outdoor adventure shop as an retail assistant and freelance web designer. During University I worked as a telesales person – people were very rude to me when my auto-dialer hit their number. My first real job was working for Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt in their International Investment Banking devision during a year out of University. My objective was money.
2. What age were you when you realised you wanted to run your own business?
3. Who are your business icons and inspirations?
4. What has been your biggest challenge in business, and how did you surmount it?
5. Work-Life balance: is it possible? How do you achieve it?
6. What is the first thing you do every day?
7. What screen saver picture is currently on your phone?
A picture of my beautiful fiancee
8. What is the most important app on your mobile phone, and why?
Gmail. I manage everything in Gmail’s native iOS interface and answer a lot of emails on my phone while I’m walking / travelling – I like to keep my inbox near empty.
9. What is the last thing you googled?
Key SaaS metric ratios and what they should be. I’m currently optimising metrics for our new HR Software startup – Air.
10. What item do you never leave the house without, and why?
I rarely leave the house without my packed lunch. It’s healthy and quick to eat – my fiancee and I cook every evening and always cook enough for the next day. A hot, healthy and delicious lunch is important to me.
11. What advice would you give to your younger self starting out in business?
Don’t focus on inventing something entirely new. Focus on building something that someone’s willing to pay for – and look really hard for evidence that someone will pay for it. Read more books about tech startups – especially Lean Startup.