After hours with Saurabh Kochhar, CEO & Chief, Business Officer, foodpanda
1. The Job
We are a high speed organisation and I absolutely love it. I am surrounded by a team of high spirited, motivated and immensely creative people, who are constantly pushing the envelope to make things exciting. It’s extremely motivating and heartwarming to have a team that shares the same vision and helps us grow at a breakneck speed. As a leader, I ensure my team finds the perfect work-life balance and has fun at work.
2. The Weekdays
My day starts at 6am. I then spend time with my three year-old daughter. I reach office by 9am and kick-start my day with caffeine. I interact with my team, brainstorming, synergising fresh possibilities and opportunities, cracking partnership deals, reviewing reports etc. We have our weekly core team catch-ups where we end up sorting lighter work issues and make sure we relax and rejuvenate.
3. The weekend
Most weekends are working as we process great order volumes on weekends. However, I try to take a break and go out for early morning cricket sessions with my friends from college. We also have our foodpanda music band where we jam often or go on long bike rides with the enthusiasts from our team. I am quite a movie buff and try to catch one with my wife every now and then. I love ending my days playing with my daughter.
4. The toys
I am a gadget freak. From my Macbook Air to iPhone 6s to my iPad Air 2, I swear by them all. I don’t leave home without my limited edition Apple watch and my Bose noise cancellation headphones when I am travelling. I have a fetish for collecting mobile handsets and own more than 50 of them. I currently drive a BMW X3. I have converted my home into a smart home and control it through my phone. A latest addition also includes a Samsung Gear VR. I love photography and keep refining my skills with my Canon 5D.
5. The logos
For apparel, I love Brooks Brothers and for shoes, I prefer Hush Puppies. In cars, I love BMW. My Mont Blanc stationery and Tumi laptop bags keep me company.
— As told to Ashwin Ahmad