90 Seconds is a global cloud video production platform with offices in Sydney, Auckland, Singapore, London and Tokyo. The platform allows companies to purchase, plan, shoot, edit and review professional videos and even get in touch with a variety of freelance professionals to get the job done. Daniel Littlepage is the head of 90 Seconds' Sydney operation. We recently spoke with him to learn a little about how he works.
Location: Sydney, Australia Current Gig: Managing Director - Australia for the world’s cloud video production platform - 90 Seconds One word that best describes how you work: Passionate Current mobile device: iPhone 6 & iPad Pro 12.9. The new iPad has changed my life, so much easier when travelling and presenting in meetings. Current computer: MacBook pro - yep, looks like I’m an Apple fan.
What apps, software or tools can’t you live without?
My life both work and personal seem to run from an application list. At work I can’t live without Slack for communicating with our global teams, Skype and of course our 90 Seconds platform to create video content anywhere around the world. Personally, I can’t seem to live without my Navionics sailing apps and Netflix for content on the run.
What’s your workspace setup like? Coffee shop with laptop and headphones? Home office with a standing desk?
Our Sydney base has to be one of my favourite places to work. Located on Jones Bay Wharf we are surrounded by the glorious Sydney Harbour. Rain, hail or shine it’s always a pleasure to work here. My setup is dual monitors running off a MacBook pro, Bang and Olufsen H8 headphones and a stand up desk. Being a cloud based business though it’s nice to have the flexibility to work anywhere, some of my best ideas have come from working from cafe’s or the local pub.
What’s your best time-saving shortcut or life hack?
When running between the 90 Second offices and growing the Australian business time becomes a precious commodity, especially whilst trying to find a work/life balance. I try not to think of weeks as a Monday to Sunday, instead a day is just a day, by eliminating the stigma of certain days, I find even if I’m working across a weekend it’s not a problem. It keeps me more present in the moment and allows me to make decisions more carefully. I see my days as a blend of both work and recreation, it feels great to be alive!
What’s your favourite to-do list manager?
iPad pro 12.9 with the new Apple pen is perfect for making notes that I can easily work from later. The app Goodnotes seems to do the trick for me.
Besides your phone and computer, what gadget or tool can’t you live without and why?
I’m a bit of a tech nerd so I love any gadget. My latest favourite is my Phantom 4 DJI drone, which shoots absolutely stunning 4k video. The tech in the new Phantom 4 is nothing short of extraordinary.
What’s your go-to drink at the end of the day? Top shelf stuff or something simple?
Working in media, one is conditioned to love a drink. For me there is nothing better than a good Cab Sav from the Coonawarra. If its been a tough day, I’m a huge fan of tequila.
What everyday thing are you better at than everyone else?
Hmmm good question…isn’t it better to be great at everything and a master at nothing? Or have I got that around the wrong way?
What do you listen to while you work? Got a favourite playlist? Maybe talk radio? Or do you prefer silence?
We listen to a wide variety of music at 90 Seconds. For me when I need to get into full concentration mode I actually like relaxation/new age sounds as they are great for stressful situations. Before big sales pitches we seem to listen to something a little more inspirational, Rock or Hip Hop is good for that extra hit of energy.
What are you currently reading? A novel, comic book, website, magazine?
I’m completing my International Yachts Masters qualification at present so I’m currently reading Col Regs (Collision at Sea Regulations) - very exciting stuff.
How do you recharge?
I normally recharge by going sailing. There is nothing better to get out on the ocean with sea air in the lungs, it’s the best medicine for everything.
What’s your sleep routine like? Are you a night owl or early-riser?
I believe sleep is really important for focus and decision-making. Whilst I generally get up early well before 6am, I try at least to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night.
Fill in the blank: I’d love to see _____ answer these same questions.
Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Best advice I have ever received is probably from my father: “Take a risk, back yourself and enjoy the ride”.