How professionals work. Mikhail Konoplev, CEO of Houzz in Russia

    “How Professionals Work” again at Megamind, presents to each reader another highly skilled specialist. Today’s hero is Mikhail Konoplev, the former director of Airbnb in Russia and the current CEO of Houzz , which recently entered the domestic market.

    For those who are not up to date, we explain: Houzz is the world's leading online platform for finding specialists for repair and interior design. Houzz is the world's largest community of users and experts. Headquartered in Palo Alto, but the company has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Tokyo and of course in Moscow.

    Current location:
    Moscow, Russia

    Current location:

    One word that best describes how you work:

    How many hours a day do you work?

    Current mobile device:
    iPhone 4

    Current computer:
    MacBook Air 13 "

    What applications, programs, utilities can you not live without?
    Evernote, Houzz, GetTaxi, Uber, Dashlane, Airbnb, TurboScan.

    What life hack helps you save time?
    1. Plan your day / week / month as carefully as possible;
    2. Zero inbox - I sort all letters according to the recommendations from the book Getting Things Done - what takes less than 5 minutes - I reply immediately, more, but urgently - I send it to the TODAY folder, more, but not urgently - to THIS WEEK, and I also automatically throw regular ones letters in separate folders;
    3. Minimum incoming information - I go to social networks no more than 1-2 times a week, Skype is almost always turned off;
    4. To have a maximum of meetings in your office and preferably in the afternoon, since usually morning is the most productive time;
    5. Read books only on proven recommendations;
    6. Conducting initial interviews with candidates via Skype. In Houzz, for example, on top positions, I conducted an average of 15-20 interviews. For the selection of candidates I spend a significant part of the working time and talking on Skype enough to form an initial idea of ​​the experience / qualities of the candidate and decide on further actions.
    7. Hire professionals who can work as independently as possible.

    Which to-do manager do you use?
    Evernote, plus the TODAY / THIS WEEK folders in the mail.

    What do you listen to when you work?
    I don’t listen to music at work.

    What are you reading now?
    The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and Age of Amazon.

    Which book of the last read was the most memorable?
    Arnold Schwarzenegger autobiography: “Remember everything.”

    Do you use electronic readers or prefer paper books?
    I recognize only paper books. By the way, Houzz recently conducted a global survey on where people store books. So, it turned out that most people are attached to read books and specially provide places for their storage in the interior - they build cabinets, they allocate zones on the loggia. In our digital time, this is a curious trend.

    How much time do you sleep?
    8-9 hours

    Are you an owl or an early bird?

    How do you have breakfast?
    I try to eat breakfast as densely as possible (oatmeal, cottage cheese, fruits, nuts or scrambled eggs), as I do a lot of sports and experimentally came to the conclusion that a good breakfast gives more energy for the day. I often have breakfast in the office with the Houzz team: like in a big family, every morning everyone gathers around the table, discusses news and plans for the day.

    How do you spend time on the way to / from work?
    From work - I think over and draw up an action plan for the next day, to work - an operational plan for the day. Since Houzz in Russia started just 2 months ago, we work at Ferrari-mode.

    What advice have you ever been given you can pass on to others?
    People are the company's most valuable asset.

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