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How I Work: Muyiwa Matuluko, Techpoint Africa Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief

Sometimes on the How I Work collection, we go behind-the-scenes to highlight certainly one of our personal to study extra about what they do and the way they do it. A couple of months again, we featured Techpoint Africa Founder and CEO, Adewale Yusuf, and Tradition editor, Titilola Oludimu.

For this version, we speak to Muyiwa Matuluko, Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Techpoint Africa. He offers perception into his profession earlier than beginning Techpoint, in addition to his hacks and instruments for getting issues executed.

Present roles: Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief, Techpoint Africa
Location: Lagos
Present pc: Samsung pill with a Miniso keyboard (because the ‘actual house owners’ took my Samsung Chromebook Professional)
Present cellular gadget: Nokia 7.1
Describe how you’re employed in a single phrase: Quasi-planned

Inform us briefly the way you began out and the way you bought the place you might be at present

I’ve at all times liked writing. You may think about my pleasure once I found running a blog in 2011. I ran a private weblog the place I blogged about any and every part — faith, politics, know-how and the occasional ranting.

Sooner or later I found, the self-hosted model of I acquired enthusiastic about constructing my very own web site utilizing WordPress themes and plugins. Naturally, I quickly started to weblog extra about know-how.

In 2013, I took up a paid contributor function at Mobility Area. I acquired the job because of the know-how class on my weblog. Being a a lot greater platform then, the engagement I acquired was fairly spectacular. That was the primary time it occurred to me that I may construct a profession out of this factor.

From there, I joined TechCabal, the place I labored full-time as a Devices, Cell and Apps reporter/editor for a yr. It was throughout that point that I met Adewale who was serving to out with images for a tool I used to be reviewing.

After leaving TechCabal in October 2014, I made a decision I needed a break from tech running a blog however tech running a blog didn’t need a break from me. That’s how I discovered myself reporting for the know-how part of YNaija for a month. Round November/December 2014, Adewale approached me about his thought for beginning Techpoint. I assumed it was a good suggestion however I informed him I wasn’t prepared but. However I finally joined in February 2015. The remainder, they are saying, is historical past.

Stroll us by way of a typical workday

I rise up from the mattress between 5 and 6 am, relying on how my evening was. On the times I’m disciplined sufficient to not laze across the Twitter timeline, I put together each breakfast and lunch earlier than I set out for the workplace. This is without doubt one of the perks of staying 20 minutes (with out site visitors) from the workplace.

On Mondays, I be a part of the overall group assembly, after which I anchor one other assembly with the editorial group the place we talk about content material for the week. The remainder of my day is just about spent replying emails, delegating, enhancing and doing different reactive managerial stuff.

I don’t actually get deep work executed on the workplace as a result of I work finest in solitude. That is why I normally take Fridays off to work at home.

What apps, devices, or instruments can’t you do with out?

Simply three. Google Maps, as a result of I can’t drive round Lagos with out it. Expense Manager, to make certain it’s not my village folks sucking all my cash and Color Note, for notes and to-do lists.

What’s your favorite shortcut or hack

Consuming the identical breakfast of instantaneous oats, milk, apple, and cashew nuts (no sugar) each morning.

This achieves two functions for me. One, it saves me time within the morning as a result of I don’t have to consider what to eat. As a result of, if I’ve to consider what to eat, I could find yourself not having breakfast, and I can’t perform correctly with out breakfast.

Secondly, it additionally achieves the additional advantage of forcing me to eat healthily. I’m in a position to preserve my weight with out considering an excessive amount of about it.

What job(s) do you dislike however nonetheless do?

Replying emails and, consider it or not, holding conferences.

How do you retain observe of what you must do?

Shade Notice. My Slack DM and Google Docs.

How do you recharge or take a break?

To start with, I keep away from emails and something work-related on weekends. So, my e mail and Slack notifications are completely off.

I additionally watch a number of YouTube movies and take heed to podcasts. Most significantly, I spend time with myself.

Apart from work, what do you spend time doing? What do you get pleasure from?

I was an energetic tenor singer within the choir however I haven’t executed that shortly. I watch a number of anime, additionally Hip-Hop breakdown movies on YouTube. I additionally wish to learn and study new issues; I’m very fascinated by Physics and science fiction.

What are you at present studying, watching, or listening to? What do you advocate?

At present studying 1984 by George Orwell for our studying membership at work.

I’m additionally studying How To Rap: The Artwork & Science of the Hip-Pop MC by Paul Edwards. And I like to recommend everybody ought to learn Sapiens: A Transient Historical past of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.

Listening: At all times listening to The Joe Rogan Expertise and Stuff You Ought to Know podcasts. However I additionally advocate Daniel And Jorge Clarify the Universe.

Watching: I observe Unabashedly Reggie’s YouTube channel and I’m at present watching BoJack Horseman on Netflix.

What’s one of the best recommendation you’ve ever obtained?

I don’t know the best way to reply that query as a result of I’m not likely the seek-role-model-ask-for-advice type of particular person. However I assume one of the best recommendation I’ve obtained is “You may’t please everyone; you’re not Jollof rice.”

What’s an issue you’re nonetheless making an attempt to resolve?

The largest drawback I’m making an attempt to resolve is how I can retire as a home husband by 40. I don’t like stress.

Who would you wish to see reply these questions?

Sim Shagaya, Kofo Akinkugbe, Mr Mo, and John Obaro

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