- On February 7, 2017
- book'u, digital startup, notinslider, start it@kbc, startup, startups, Telenet Kickstart
A day in the life of startup book’u
The life of a starter is far from ordinary. Every startup is different, but rest assured: entrepreneurs work damn hard! But… You know… What the hell do they do all day long? And what does a day of a starter look like? Let’s take a peek behind the scenes of a typical day at the book’u office. Founder Dieter Vanthournout guides you through his day…
Good morning! Beep Beep Beep…
It’s 7 o’clock in the morning when the alarm goes off: time to get out of bed, Dieter! First activity of the day? Reading the newspaper; a guy’s gotta know what’s going on in the world, am I right? I am not a breakfast person, so after my daily visit to the bathroom, I head straight for my desk. Firstly, I go through my mails and set up a to do-list. And on top of that list today? A meeting with a prospect partner. Conclusion: today’s going to be an exciting day! After the necessary administration (ugh.), I jump into my car. During my ride, I rehearse my presentation and eat something that, with a lot of imagination and goodwill, could resemble breakfast. I’m 25 minutes early (well done, me), which gives me enough time to go through my mails again and manage my personal PR (you know; check my Facebook, Twitter and text messages). After this, it’s time for my appointment and I’m totally ready to kick ass. Let’s do this! At 11:30 a.m., the meeting is over. I’m glad to say we’ve had a good talk and I’m quite satisfied with my presentation. After writing down some notes, I hit the road to the office in Kortrijk. Vroommmm!
At 12:30 p.m., I arrive at the desk of Start it @kbc Kortrijk for my lunch session with Stefan Grosjean, the CEO of “Smappee”. I hang on to his every word and I’m not at all ashamed to say that this flagrant fangirling causes me forgetting to eat. So, after this inspirational session, I quickly grab a sandwich and wolf it down – after all, it’s almost time for my next appointment… It’s 1:30 p.m.: meeting time with Alexandra of Vind!: because “book’u” is growing fast, we’re looking for talented people to join our team. Last month, we already hired three new people and today, Alexandra helps us finding a net specialist. After our meeting, I finalize a few to do’s and I check with Jens, our first employee, what he’s working on. Further on, co-founder Bavo and I answer some customer questions. When that’s wrapped up, I leave for my next meeting in Oudenaarde: a banquet hall that is interested in our planning tool. During my ride, I call my investor Koen (no need to panic: I have a hands free ;-)) to tell him all about this morning’s meeting.
The conversation with the owner of the banquet hall was a success – yay! They’re convinced of the fact that “book’u” will spare a lot of time. The final decision will be next week… Exciting! At 5:15 p.m., I’m ready to head back to Izegem. On my way home, I feel satisfied: today was a good day. I arrive at 6 o’clock, so I have a little time to spare for finishing the remainder of my administration (ugh.). At 7 o’clock, my girlfriend smartly reminds me of the fact that it’s time to relax (and to eat: dinner is ready). This is a moment I really treasure: everything slows down for a moment and we talk about our day. Unfortunately, this moment doesn’t last very long, because one hour later, I have to leave for the new year’s reception of Unizo Izegem. A couple of beers later, I look back at a great night with entrepreneurs of my hometown. As you may have noticed, the life of a startup is busy… But I wouldn’t change a thing, even if I could!