Typical 24: Bhavin Turakhia, Directi
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Typical 24: Bhavin Turakhia, Directi

22-08-2016-bhavin-turakhia-directi 
 Name:
Bhavin Turakhia

 Job title: Founder and CEO

 Company: Directi

 Location: Mumbai, India

 Years’ experience: Over 17 years of experience

 

1.    What time do you reach the office each day?
I am a stickler about perfection and productivity and have engineered a perfect work environment for myself over the years comprising the perfect desk - height / material / structure, chair, three monitors, specific keyboard, an evoluent vertical mouse, my laptop docking station, a Logitech HD camera, specific speakers et.al. I work out of my Mumbai office, and also through my five homes in Mumbai, Dubai, San Francisco, Vancouver and London. Finally, I have a custom modified vehicle where all of the back seats have been ripped out and I have utilized the space to fit in a desk, chair, monitor, keyboard as my makeshift workstation during travel. Long story short - I start working within minutes of waking up, and wherever I am is my office :)

2.    Is your job varied?
Absolutely! Directi comprises of 11 companies, four of which we sold in January 2014. The remaining eight include - Media.net, Skenzo, Radix, Ringo, and Flock etc. that cater to diverse verticals. A typical day at work involves overlooking multiple businesses (such as Online Advertising, Domain Registry, Communications) and functions (such as Product design, Software engineering, Sales, Marketing, HR, Tax, Legal et.al.)

3.    Is your job creative?
Yes, at Directi we fundamentally believe in being different, and in standing out, as well as questioning the status quo in everything we do. From the way in which we conduct our administration to our advertising - everything has to be extremely creative. My work thus, involves thinking out-of-the-box and getting others to do so, all the time.

4.    What do you spend the majority of your time doing?
While I delve into every function and activity, a majority of my time is spent on two primary activities - 30-40% on recruitment and 30-40% on product design. This way, we get to have the best talent on board to create the best solutions for customers.

5.    Do you personalize your desk?
I believe that functionality precedes form and therefore keep experimenting with my entire work environment. However, all these experiments are for enhancing productivity and efficiency.

6.    Would you describe yourself as creative?
Every company I run is a Tech-products company. One of my areas of primary contribution is product strategy and sales as well as marketing strategies. It has taken constant creativity and innovation over the years, to get to the kind of position we are in.

7.    Do you have any quirky daily rituals?
I have quirks, not necessarily rituals. I believe in constantly enhancing efficiency and tend to take that principle to extremes.

8.    Do you tend to work on your own or with colleagues?
It is always a mix of both. I spend 10 to 12 hours in office working with folks and in meetings post which I spend about 4 to 6 hours from home working on my own stuff, documentation, strategy etc.

9.    How many hours on average do you work a day?
Between 12 to 16 hours.

10.  Roughly how much time do you spend each day on email? Taking calls? In meetings?

Typically, about 4 to 8 hours of my day is spent in responding to emails, calls and meetings.

11.  Do you use social media much for work?
Not really.

12.  What do you enjoy most about your work?
The thing I enjoy the most about work is meeting, interacting with and learning from the amazing talent we have. Directi has the smartest talent in the country. I personally spend over 40% of my time on recruitment related activities.

13.  What type of music (if any) do you listen to at work?
I don’t listen to any music while working. I strongly believe that effective work requires being in the zone and any distractions can only increase errors.

14.  What do you do for lunch?
I have a personal chef at all my homes and offices across every location that I visit. I have a structured diet plan and try to stick to it at least 90% of the time :)

15.  Do you socialize with work colleagues?
Directi is young and the culture and environment offers many opportunities for everyone to socialize with one another. I certainly interact informally with many work colleagues.

16.  Are there any tasks (through your career) you’ve been especially glad to get rid of?
Being a firm believer of processification and automation, I despise any manual task. I follow a firm principle of either delegating or automating anything that I need to do more than twice. During my start-up days the one task I hated the most was following up with clients to collect money. Very quickly I took a decision to never waste time on such activities and we eventually automated our entire payment collection and in that process created our own payment gateway business.

17.  What is your last task of your day?
When in India, I tend to have conference calls with folks in the US in the night, or spend my time wrapping up documentation, strategy etc. If I am in the US, it is typically the reverse.

18.  How do you like to relax after work?
Though they may not fall within the definition of relaxation, I indulge in a ton of activities.I love adventure sports. I regularly wake board, wake surf, snowboard etc. Some weekends, I simply take off on a mini work+ vacation time to some destination and spend my free time with activities such as jet skiing, fly boarding, scuba diving etc.

19.  Do you keep checking email through the evening?
While I am on email throughout the day, I always designate time for it separately. As in, I only check emails in between tasks, and not continuously.

20.  Do you take work projects home with you?
Yes! My home is as much my office, as my workplace.

21.  What would you say to your 20-year old self?
Two things come to mind - 1. Always hire the best and never compromise on that, 2. Do not dilute your focus.

22.  If you could try out any job for a day, what would you choose?
Genetic engineering / Molecular Biology Researcher. I love those subjects and study them in my spare time. They are so fascinating. I believe there is so much we need to learn about the most powerful tool we all possess - which is our own body.

23.  What device did you use to answer these questions?
A Lenovo laptop connected to three monitors

24.  Do you use your own personal device for work?
I carry three mobiles - IOS, Android and WP (to test our products) and a laptop - everywhere with me.

Name: Bhavin Turakhia

Job title: Founder and CEO

Company: Directi

Location: Mumbai, India

Years’ experience: Over 17 years of experience

 

1.      What time do you reach the office each day?
I am a stickler about perfection and productivity and have engineered a perfect work environment for myself over the years comprising the perfect desk - height / material / structure, chair, three monitors, specific keyboard, an evoluent vertical mouse, my laptop docking station, a Logitech HD camera, specific speakers et.al. I work out of my Mumbai office, and also through my five homes in Mumbai, Dubai, San Francisco, Vancouver and London. Finally, I have a custom modified vehicle where all of the back seats have been ripped out and I have utilized the space to fit in a desk, chair, monitor, keyboard as my makeshift workstation during travel. Long story short - I start working within minutes of waking up, and wherever I am is my office :)

2.      Is your job varied?

Absolutely! Directi comprises of 11 companies, four of which we sold in January 2014. The remaining eight include - Media.net, Skenzo, Radix, Ringo, and Flock etc. that cater to diverse verticals. A typical day at work involves overlooking multiple businesses (such as Online Advertising, Domain Registry, Communications) and functions (such as Product design, Software engineering, Sales, Marketing, HR, Tax, Legal et.al.)

3.      Is your job creative?

Yes, at Directi we fundamentally believe in being different, and in standing out, as well as questioning the status quo in everything we do. From the way in which we conduct our administration to our advertising - everything has to be extremely creative. My work thus, involves thinking out-of-the-box and getting others to do so, all the time.

4.      What do you spend the majority of your time doing?

While I delve into every function and activity, a majority of my time is spent on two primary activities - 30-40% on recruitment and 30-40% on product design. This way, we get to have the best talent on board to create the best solutions for customers.

5.      Do you personalize your desk?

I believe that functionality precedes form and therefore keep experimenting with my entire work environment. However, all these experiments are for enhancing productivity and efficiency.

6.      Would you describe yourself as creative?

Every company I run is a Tech-products company. One of my areas of primary contribution is product strategy and sales as well as marketing strategies. It has taken constant creativity and innovation over the years, to get to the kind of position we are in.

7.      Do you have any quirky daily rituals?

I have quirks, not necessarily rituals. I believe in constantly enhancing efficiency and tend to take that principle to extremes.

8.      Do you tend to work on your own or with colleagues?

It is always a mix of both. I spend 10 to 12 hours in office working with folks and in meetings post which I spend about 4 to 6 hours from home working on my own stuff, documentation, strategy etc.

9.      How many hours on average do you work a day?

Between 12 to 16 hours.

10.  Roughly how much time do you spend each day on email? Taking calls? In meetings?

Typically, about 4 to 8 hours of my day is spent in responding to emails, calls and meetings.

11.  Do you use social media much for work?

Not really.

12.  What do you enjoy most about your work?

The thing I enjoy the most about work is meeting, interacting with and learning from the amazing talent we have. Directi has the smartest talent in the country. I personally spend over 40% of my time on recruitment related activities.

13.  What type of music (if any) do you listen to at work?

I don’t listen to any music while working. I strongly believe that effective work requires being in the zone and any distractions can only increase errors.

14.  What do you do for lunch?

I have a personal chef at all my homes and offices across every location that I visit. I have a structured diet plan and try to stick to it at least 90% of the time :)

15.  Do you socialize with work colleagues?

Directi is young and the culture and environment offers many opportunities for everyone to socialize with one another. I certainly interact informally with many work colleagues.

16.  Are there any tasks (through your career) you’ve been especially glad to get rid of?

Being a firm believer of processification and automation, I despise any manual task. I follow a firm principle of either delegating or automating anything that I need to do more than twice. During my start-up days the one task I hated the most was following up with clients to collect money. Very quickly I took a decision to never waste time on such activities and we eventually automated our entire payment collection and in that process created our own payment gateway business.

17.  What is your last task of your day?

When in India, I tend to have conference calls with folks in the US in the night, or spend my time wrapping up documentation, strategy etc. If I am in the US, it is typically the reverse.

18.  How do you like to relax after work?

Though they may not fall within the definition of relaxation, I indulge in a ton of activities. I love adventure sports. I regularly wake board, wake surf, snowboard etc. Some weekends, I simply take off on a mini work+ vacation time to some destination and spend my free time with activities such as jet skiing, fly boarding, scuba diving etc.

19.  Do you keep checking email through the evening?

While I am on email throughout the day, I always designate time for it separately. As in, I only check emails in between tasks, and not continuously.

20.  Do you take work projects home with you?

Yes! My home is as much my office, as my workplace.

21.  What would you say to your 20-year old self?

Two things come to mind - 1. Always hire the best and never compromise on that, 2. Do not dilute your focus.

22.  If you could try out any job for a day, what would you choose?

Genetic engineering / Molecular Biology Researcher. I love those subjects and study them in my spare time. They are so fascinating. I believe there is so much we need to learn about the most powerful tool we all possess - which is our own body.

23.  What device did you use to answer these questions?

A Lenovo laptop connected to three monitors

24.  Do you use your own personal device for work?

I carry three mobiles - IOS, Android and WP (to test our products) and a laptop - everywhere with me.

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