How I Succeeded is a regular series on Lifehacker where we ask business leaders for the secrets and tactics behind their success. Today: Rod Cuthbert from Rome2rio.
Current gig: CEO of Rome2rio
Current mobile device: Apple iPhone 6
Current computer: Apple MacBook Air
One word that best describes how you work: Erratic
What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?
The NYTimes daily crossword. I can’t get past Wednesday, though.
What social network do you find the most useful?
Twitter is fun; I look at it for ten minutes each day. That’s about it.
What were the most important lessons you learned while growing your business?
How much time do we have? Really, you should learn something new every day.
What has been the most surprising part of your business journey?
That I’m still in the same space (online travel) twenty years after I first got started.
What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?
I’m not into exceptionalism at all; people who claim to be the best at something rarely are.
What’s your sleep routine like?
If I had a schedule I probably wouldn’t admit it; it sounds kind of boring. I do like to sleep though.
What advice would you offer to other businesses on how to succeed?
Success is like a jigsaw, you need all the pieces. Focusing on product excellence is a good start. An excellent product can shine so bright it may help you find the other pieces to the puzzle.