How I Succeeded is a regular series on Lifehacker where we ask business leaders for the secrets and tactics behind their success. Today: Cameron Wall from RainCheck.
Current gig: CEO and co-founder of RainCheck Location: Sydney, Australia Current mobile device: iPhone 6 Current computer: Chromebook (everything is in the Cloud)
One word that best describes how you work:
What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?
All mine are in the cloud as I need to "eat my own dog food". Slack would be the main app as it doesn't matter where any members of the team are physically; I can find them in the channels. aha.io also for managing our product. I use Flipboard and LinkedIn for to keep up with what's going on as well as Keep for tracking what I have to get done.
What social network do you find the most useful?
What were the most important lessons you learned while growing your business?
You're only as good as your team at the end of the day so build a great one. And stay healthy; you're useless when you're sick.
What has been the most surprising part of your business journey?
Looking back on the past 12 months and trying to understand how we accomplished so much.
What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?
Keeping a sense of humour. You have to enjoy what you do especially when steering a startup around and if there is a chance to have a laugh, take it!
What’s your sleep routine like?
I am only good for six hours so I tend to crash at 11pm. Then the brain wakes up at 5am and we start again.
What advice would you offer to other businesses on how to succeed?
You will hear and read advice from everyone and everywhere. At the end of the day, follow your hunch; it's almost always the right decision.