A DAY IN THE LIFE: INTERVIEW WITH STEFAN VAN DER FLUIT, CO-FOUNDER OF NUKLIUS
After discovering the Nuklius office had relocated from London to Berlin we decided to interview co-founder Stefan van der Fluit remotely. Nuklius is a nifty tool which large organisations can use to maximise their innovation. There are three factors which hinder the corporate innovation process, the first being availability – it is frustrating not knowing which people in an organisation have the skills and time needed to contribute. Secondly, the inability to quickly interact and engage with discovered talent, and finally traditional management structures do not facilitate cross-departmental collaboration. So Nuklius addresses these three factors and allows companies to speed up their innovation processes.
1. What time does your day start?
Usually around 6:45am, get breakfast and then head out for my morning workout. I am training right now for my first Ironman so depending on the day its either a run, bike or swim!
2. That brings us to our second question… Are you a tea or coffee person?
Definitely enjoy a latte in the morning and one after my workout – but from then on out its tea for me!
3. What does Nuklius do and how is it going to change the world?
Nuklius is a digital platform which helps corporates facilitate knowledge transfer across their organization. We simplify the way employees can find colleagues and expertise. You can think of it like a ‘Google for Talent’.
4. Tell us a bit about your job at Nuklius.
Right now my day to day involves a lot of customer interaction / sales. As we are now looking to expand our team I am finding myself doing more and more interviews and meeting with potential candidates as well; which is great and exciting as this is the first time we have ever hired, so lots to learn!
5. What brought you to this area?
A combination of things I think. Nuklius originally started out as an app which helped entrepreneurs build / find their early days startup teams. This was a free service we provided for the startup community, as both Alex (my cofounder) and I were still finishing our last year at University; so monetizing was not our priority. After graduating and going full team we really had to make decisions for the business which also involved monetization. For a while we had had conversations with corporates around using Nuklius internally to help them connect people to innovation projects. I spent a year at Intel where I saw this issue as well, that of finding the right people and expertise in a large organization (an absolute pain!) – so all of these factors combined led us to pursue the opportunity we are today.
6. What does your typical work day schedule look like?
I usually start (serious) work at around 10:30am after my morning workout, before that over breakfast I do answer a few emails and clean up some of my to-do’s. Depending on the day it might be a full day spent with customers, going through some designs / user journeys for our product with Alex, speaking with advisors / mentors, working on presentations or touching up decks. It is really varied, one of the things I love about my job!
7. What kind of projects are you currently working on on?
Currently we are working on building out our webapp for Nuklius together with a few large corporates.
8. When is your most productive time of the day?
I think the sweet spot is around 10:30-14:00
9. What do you consider the greatest achievement in your work to date?
Landing a large corporate customer without a product.
10. How does technology support your work?
We use a lot of tools here at Nuklius, mainly Slack to communicate (with a ton of integrations) as well as Pipedrive to keep track of our sales pipeline and dropbox paper for making notes and sharing thoughts with the team.
11. What is the one app you could not live without?
That definitely has to be Inbox by Google
12. What’s the best thing about working at Nuklius?
I would have to say it is the culture that we built of everyone being their own boss – meaning that you organize your own time and projects, collaboratively, based off what we think needs / has to be done. I work best in the mornings so I tend to be done by around 4pm, obviously doing emails throughout the night – whilst my cofounder tends to work best in the evening. We respect each others habits and ways of work.
13. Where is the after office hang out?
Since we have been moving cities (2 cities in 2 countries in the past 8 months) I haven’t really cemented my ‘go-to’ – but give me time!
14. Who is your professional role model?
I have a lot of respect for two founders in particular who I try to learn from – Jack Dorsey and Reid Hoffman. Jack, because of his belief that design is such a core part of any company and Reid because of his do good and be good attitude when it comes to doing business.
15. How do you balance your personal and professional life?
To be honest, as a founder I think your professional life is so intertwined with who you are as a person (There is so much of me, my personality and my beliefs in Nuklius) that it is almost impossible for me to separate the two.
16. What are the top 3 qualities you look for in an employee?
We are always looking for very smart and motivated people who are: Eager to learn, self-driven and want to be part of something larger than just themselves.
17. What is the one piece of advice you would give to an entrepreneur starting out?
Do not underestimate the value of having a good, solid founding team. As we always say here at Nuklius; great teams can go great places. And respect your team, this also carries in the equity split you set up. When Alex and I started we split the ownership 50/50 – even though I had the original idea, you never end up building what you first set out to build – ideas are organic, dynamic things which are and need to be influenced by everyone on the team.
For more information visit nuklius.io.