So here goes our first attempt at a series. Every week, I am going to chat with a member of our staff about non-work related things to get to know them better. If we’re going to work together while being paid less than minimum wage to build something amazing, the least we could do is be friends, no?
I am going to lead by example by being the first guinea pig for this office experiment.
Today, I am going to interview myself.
I’ve interviewed plenty of people including and not limited to Dov Moran, the inventor of USB, Chief of Scientist, Head of Tel Aviv University Technology Transfer Unit, Samsung MD’s, renowned professors and many other interesting people but never myself. This is going to be weird. I hope I’m an interesting person to talk to.
For the reader’s convenience, I, the interviewer will be Sophia and I, the interviewee, will be noted as CEO.
Sophia: Hey! How is your Monday going so far?
CEO: Oh you know, the usual. I’m just trying to come up with a genius business model. No big deal.
Sophia: How is that going so far?
CEO: It’s confidential stuff. Don’t ask. That’s my way of saying that I’m struggling.
Sophia: Uh…. ok. So let’s move on to the main topic: your phone! There are plenty of Youtube videos or blog posts about “What’s in my bag?” or “What’s in my makeup bag?” and I wanted to do something similar, but you don’t strike me as the kind of person who gets excited about lip gloss. Instead of the girly stuff, I thought I would ask you about your phone instead. Apps speak volumes about a person these days. First, Android or iPhone?
CEO: Android. I have a Samsung Galaxy S5. I’ve never used an iPhone, ever. I don’t really care enough about phones to pick it out myself, so I let my Dad choose whatever he thinks is good/cheap. I would like to try using an iPhone but he holds a weird grudge against Apple. Also, he says that Koreans should always use Samsung. I don’t agree but I let him have his way.
Sophia: Let’s talk about apps. How many do you have?
CEO: Too many. I actually ran out of memory a few days ago so I bought a 32GB SD card. Let me count. 138. That’s a lot but Samsung phones come with a lot of pretty useless default apps.
Sophia: Can I see how you organize it? Or do you organize it?
CEO: Of course. I only keep 2 pages and all of my apps are sorted into folders because…… I’m weird like that.
Sophia: What do you use most often? Top 5 most used apps!
CEO: Gmail. S Planner. That’s the calendar app that comes with the phone. Instagram. VSCO Cam and Starbucks Mobile App. I drink a lot of coffee. It’s part of the job description. No sleep allowed.
Sophia: What about your favorite apps! Name three.
CEO: Starbucks App. mPop. That’s the mobile trading app for Samsung Securities. Since I don’t really get paid at Fluttr, I might as well make some money on the side by investing. And Fluttr app!
Sophia: Is it out already?
CEO: No. But I have the beta test version. Perks of being the CEO. August 10th is our launch date.
Sophia: Now, let’s talk about social media. Are you active on social media?
CEO: Honestly, I’m a social media newbie. I wasn’t very active on my personal accounts until recently. I began managing all of the Fluttr social media accounts so I have been experimenting a lot recently.
Overall, I like that social media allows me to communicate with a broader community and to reach out but I really don’t like the idea of “Like.” It has become the symbol of approval from others and the number of “Likes” affects the individual’s self-esteem too much. All of the founders agree on this point which is why we don’t have a “Like” button in our app. We “Wish” and we made sure that it is not just a matter of semantics. The “Wish” button will add a photo to your bucket list and you can see how many times your photo has been “Wished” but it is not intended to symbolize popularity.
Sophia: I see. Sounds good! So what social media apps do you have?
CEO: I have just about everything. I don’t use all of them though. I downloaded most of them for research purposes. I thought that if I am going to manage the company accounts then I should understand how each app works. I have Facebook, LinkedIn, KakaoTalk, Twitter, Skype, Foursquare, Snapchat, Flipboard, Pinterest, PEA Alumni app, Swarm, Instagram, WordPress, Vine, Vingle, Medium and Plain. Then there are a few additional apps to help me manage all the social media accounts like Hootsuite, Latergramme and Google Analytics.
Sophia: So are you getting any better at social media?
CEO: Not really. I don’t understand why there are so many accounts dedicated to cats or why random things like #alexfromtarget become “trendy.” I also don’t understand why Kim Kardashian takes so many selfies.Gurl, you need to control yourself. I’ve read a ton of articles about how to generate more traffic to a site or how to increase instagram followers etc. but I don’t think there is a set method to social media. I think it just takes a lot of time and experimenting. Ask me again in 6 months. Maybe I will have more followers by then.
Sophia: Well, that’s it for today. Thanks for talking to yourself!
CEO: No problem. I do it all the time.
There you go. That was my attempt at making a fool out of myself for your pleasure. Oh and #follow4follow? @sophia5787 for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Just kidding.