The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.
I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.
Can you please tell everyone your name?
What is your job role?
CEO of Trade Hounds
Tell us about your company?
Trade Hounds goal is to empower construction workers in America by giving them a digital home. Our mobile app is a community of likeminded tradespeople who can troubleshoot about work, discuss industry topics and share and store their work photos. We then organize these photos on a map per job site, which gives workers a digital profile or resume. There’s also a fun element to the app with people posting hilarious job site stories and works failures. This makes for a really cool blended experience between work and play.
What do you love most about your job?
Firstly, I’m very passionate about our mission, which is improving the lives of the hard-working people in the trades in America. These guys and gals bust their butts, and I want to give them a piece of technology that improves their lives. Whether it’s as simple as showcasing their work, which they’re proud of, or getting them better jobs, which means more money in their back pockets. Secondly, I’ve got a really great team, and I love working with them every day. We are like family, we fight, we laugh, but we all love what we do and have each other’s backs.
What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
Our mission, If Trade Hounds can make peoples lives better, that’s what gets me up at 5 am most mornings.
How do your co-workers inspire you?
I like individuals that are passionate about their job, it rubs off on everyone in the office and inspires others to be better. My team is excellent at what they do, and they love doing it.
How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Culture is essential in any business. At the end of the day, we are all humans, and I feel it’s my responsibility to make sure the team is happy, healthy and love what they’re doing while achieving their personal and professional goals. We like to make fun of each other, it keeps us humble and gives us a laugh. We also love sports, so you’ll definitely see the Trade Hounds team at New England sporting events having a beer and a good time, go Pat!
What are some of the challenges of your job?
Using your time in an efficient manner. You have a thousand things on your plate, important deadlines, new problems to solve every day and a team to manage. You need to prioritize your time and make sure you’re moving the ball forward in the right direction every day.
What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
We have a product meeting every two weeks where our CTO showcases the product build from last weeks sprint, and we discuss what we should enhance or new feature we should add to the next week’s sprint. Recently we saw users engaging a lot on the main feed, so we thought it would be a good idea to write an algorithm to push content that people commented on or liked to the top of the feed. We saw an immediate jump in the engagement which was a success. The lesson was everyone has an opinion or idea. Whether it’s good or bad, you should prioritize and test these and let the data do the talking.
What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
If you’re doing a startup, having a good team is the most important thing. I moved from Australia to Boston and started a tech business with no tech experience. That was hard. Now I have great teammates who have proven success in their fields that I can rely on. It moves the business forward at a much faster pace and allows you to focus on your job.