A DAY IN THE LIFE
Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, founder and CEO of Tapoly
Janthana is the CEO and founder of Tapoly, which provides on-demand insurance for freelancers, sole traders, contractors, and small businesses. She lives in Marylebone.
What time does your alarm go off?
My alarm goes off at between 7-8 am, but I often wake up beforehand. The first thing I do is check my emails and social media.
What are you responsible for?
I run my own insurtech company called Tapoly, which is the first to offer on-demand commercial insurance products for freelancers, contractors, and SMEs in Europe.
How did you become an entrepreneur?
I founded Tapoly in 2016. I had the idea after experiencing first-hand the inflexibility of not being to get insurance when let out my flat on a short-term basis over the summer. I decided to take the plunge and see if I could fix the problem myself.
Describe your typical day?
My working hours are 24/7, so I don’t have a concept of time-off! I get up at 7 or 8 am depending on how late I worked the night before, and I usually schedule a call or meeting at 9 am, so I have a reason to get up early. There are times when my days are jammed with back-to-back meetings and I won't have time to eat. Having said that, being a start-up is not all pain but also a lot of fun as I'm often invited to speak at events, pitch or simply attend for networking. I also get to travel a lot, meet new people, and stretch my abilities in many different areas.
Most memorable moment?
Going on stage at the Digital Insurance Agenda 2018 in Munich, and speaking in front of a thousand people. It was the culmination of everything I had worked for up until that point, and I had stage fright just before I went on, but I think I managed to hide it well. Normally I don't like watching myself on video, but I think that one turned out all right.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
I once saw a video of Arnold Schwarzenegger where he described how the things that people had said were his liabilities, later became his assets. I think that was good advice for me, since on paper I may have a lot of disadvantages but they make me stand out more and be memorable, so I should embrace that.
What are the best things about your job?
Being part of a start-up means I have the freedom to build something from the ground up, the way I think is best. I like to test my ability to cope with stress and challenges and I love taking calculated risks.
How do you unwind after work?
I cycle, which I find very relaxing and would happily be on my bike in any weather conditions for as long as I can. Although, I cycle to and from meetings so maybe that doesn't count as "after work." When I really need to unwind I like to get lost in a good TV series, although this doesn't help my habit of staying up late.
Where do you go for personal &/or professional advice?
I have an amazing group of friends and networks who I can ask for advice, there always seems to be someone I can call on either for direct advice or who can introduce me to someone else.
What do you attend/read/watch to get ideas and inspiration?
I love watching clips of great leaders on YouTube, like Tony Robbins or Arnold Schwarzenegger. I'm inspired by all their powerful words and phrases and the experience that they share. In particular, I like that Arnold Schwarzenegger has a long name and a foreign accent, yet he makes it work. It makes me think that I can achieve great things too.
How do you stay productive throughout the day?
It takes a lot of practice to be able to stay focused throughout the day. I tend to create a to-do list each morning and have a target of completing all the items by the end of the day. Although I often need to prioritise what I need to do now and what can be done later, as there often isn't enough time to do everything in one day.
What would have been your alternative career?
I never really thought about an alternative career, setting up and running my own business is what I have always wanted to do.
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