A Day in the Life of a Start-Up CEO

A Day in the Life of a Start-Up CEO










Most of my Friends who are Flying for different Airlines always have this Question in mind

“Mr CEO You are a Boss with No Work, Indeed” 

What do You Think?

One of the most Essential qualities that the Top Ideal CEOs focus on is Basic Daily Leadership. 

They mostly Emphasize a lot on Managing Time, Team, Family and Communicating with them Effectively. So, after planning their Day, most Start-up CEOs check in with their Core Team, get updates, Motivate and  Guide  their Core Team, Brainstorm Ideas with their Team, and Delegate Daily, Weekly and Monthly  Tasks.

I’m the CEO of an Avia-Tech and  Net-Tech  Start-up, I’m often met with blank stares and questions of 

“So Mr CEO what does that mean, Exactly?” 

In today’s environment where Entrepreneurship is often idealized, there is still a bit of mystery 

surrounding exactly what a modern day's CEO does on a daily basis. 

Everyone is different, of course, and I can’t speak for my part, but I’m happy to give a glimpse into my daily routine.

Take the Time to Plan

My day usually starts right around 0530Hrs   in the morning. 

By that time, I can be found at my Coffee Table, drafting out a Plan for the Day, Along with a Mug of Green Tea. 

I like to have some time to myself free of office distractions to map out an agenda for what I want to accomplish each day. 

If I don’t, I find that I’m victim  the whims of whatever random task pops up.

Touch Base with the Core Team

I have a relatively very small but Amazing Team, so I’m able to engage with everyone one-on-one every day. 

Once I get into My SOHO Office, [Just a 5-10 Minutes Drive away from Home] 

I make the rounds and get a feel for where people Work. 

It gives me the opportunity to see what everyone is working on and make sure that they’re on track.

A Quick Talk with Cook, Driver and Watchman is New normal to make work in control.

It enables me to see how my Core People are feeling and address daily  issues they might have before they become real problems. 

I’ve found that challenges of all kinds are easier to deal with when you provide clear channels of Communication.

Communicate with Banker, CA, CS and Consultants

After I check in with the Core Team, there is usually a call with a member of the Board or other Consultants to talk Strategy. 

I’ve found that this is the time for me to work on the big picture and deepen relationships with our Consultants. 

Even though I’m the CEO, I still have many Advisors. I work for my Clients and Customers, 

and this is my time to engage with them.

Talk to Pilots and Aircraft Operators

A Quick Talk with all Working Pilots, is a normal to make work in control as and when needed. Getting to know about All Airplane,

Air Route, NOTAM and  Aviation Policy, enables me to see how Avia Industry is feeling and address daily  issues they might have 

before they become real problems. I’ve found that challenges in Aviation Industry is due to not having  clear channels of Communication with 

Pilots and Aircraft Operators.

Always focus on the Core Services and Product

Next , I spend time working on our product. This usually entails thinking about ways we can Improve, soliciting feedback from clients, and working with my talented Team. 

In a Net-Tech Start-up, it is all too easy to designate everything as a Priority. Of course, when everything is a Top Priority, nothing is. 

We Brainstorm, Debate, and Ultimately make the Tough Decisions necessary for True Prioritization.

Driving Growth

By this time, the day is starting to get away from me. We have few very institutional Business Partners across the world, so I have to be mindful of time zones. I always start on the East Coast and work my way west. I have a motivated Core Team that focuses on all our Core  Clients, but my  Project Officers and Me tend to handle some of the Larger Strategic Deals that don’t fit into that category.  Sometimes this means doing demos or crafting presentations beforehand. 

Other times I find myself going in for the sharing our Core Vision for the future and trying to close daily Deals.

Thinking and Writing

Running a  Small Start-Up   is not a 9 to 6 job. The end of the typical work day marks the halfway point for me. 

After heading Home  for Dinner and a bit of time with the family, I focus on writing and building the AlfaBloggers Brand. 

I push myself to write every single day and it is invaluable time. 

Much of this writing never sees the light of day, but a few make it all the way to this column. 

This is very much my time to reflect and decompress. 

It’s where I think about what I’ve learned and what I can do better.

Running a Small Start-Up Company isn’t always Glamorous. 

In fact, it’s often downright monotonous, but routine leads to efficiency and creates a sense of security inside of an organization. 

Sure, there are many fire drills and crazy days, but in general, that’s what a day in the life looks like for me.

Shekhar Gupta





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