David Haisha Chen is the co-founder and current CEO of Strikingly, the successful startup behind the famous website builder of the same name.
Before being accepted to Y Combinator and building Strikingly, David cofounded Moneythink, an award-winning non-profit financial literacy education organization, which has been featured on the likes of Forbes, MTV and even got recognized by the White House.
Tell us something funny about you
I just love Chipotle. Whenever I get to the U.S, I usually drive straight from the airport to a Chipotle with my luggage.
Show us your desk
Awaiting David’s desk picture.
I usually move around a lot. so I actually don’t have a “desk” that I use on a day to day basis.
What computers do use (desktop, laptop, mac or pc or both ?)
I use an Apple Mac Pro as my main computer, so desktop.
What’s your current phone ?
Apple iPhone 7.
Is there any useful gear you can’t live without (printer, router, analog stuff…) ?
A pen and a paper notebook. I’m pretty old fashion when it comes to note taking. So I carry a pen (LAMY) and my notebook wherever I go.
OS: macOS Sierra.
Browser: Google Chrome
Email client: Gmail web client.
Web apps and services
Gmail: my default email client that I use to reply to emails.
Youtube: does it need any explanation?
Google Docs: I do all of my spreadsheets and presentations with Google Spreadsheets and Google Slides.
Google Calendar: I use Google Calendar for all of my scheduling
WeChat: Free messaging and calling app. I use it for a lot of my external communication.
On my phone, the apps I use are pretty much the same as Same as web apps, except for Google Apps.
Ad Block: this is the only extension that I really use on my Browser.
The one productivity tip you’d recommend
It’s more of a combination of three things done in conjunction:
- Go to sleep early, so you can wake up early and be productive early
- Read in the morning.
- Listening to the right kind of music to allow you to zone it rapidly and work more effectively.