When you first meet Nick, the first thing you notice is his charismatic personality as you enter a meeting room to discuss a new project. As someone who started off with a strategy internship at Truecaller, Nick has certainly become an intricate part of the culture of Truecaller and devotion to creating a great product for its users.
Recently, Nick was awarded Veckans Affärer’s 101 Super Talents of 2017, and we couldn’t be more proud to be able to interview him on his journey to success with Truecaller.
What do you do at Truecaller?
I’m part of the Strategy Team, working with business development and partnerships to boost Truecaller’s growth in Europe. We team up with mobile device manufacturers, carriers and other strategic partners to integrate Truecaller as a core functionality of every phone, making the calling experience smarter.
I get tons of freedom in my role…That’s when you get the steepest learning curve.
What was important for you when you decided what to study/work with?
You should always surround yourself with people that are better than you – that’s how you grow. I studied at Stockholm School of Economics, where many of the students experience the “Yale Syndrome” in thinking everyone else is better than you. For some people, that can be discouraging, but to me that was a privilege to study and learn from the best.
Joining Truecaller was an easy decision, since the use case of the product was crystal clear. A smart product, solving a core problem in your everyday communication, and the user base at that time was +40 million users. If that isn’t proof enough of the demand for your product then what is?
Describe one day of work at Truecaller for you.
- I get up at 6 am and head to the gym. It’s the best way to start your morning and you’ll feel energised the rest of the day
- Breakfast in the office (one of many perks at Truecaller)
- Checking emails and setting the priorities for the day
- Since my team is spread across the world, things are happening around the clock.
When we wake up in Stockholm, we might have to get on a call for the latest feedback from our partnership discussions in Asia. Later in the evening, people start their day in Latin America and the U.S., and you continue on those projects. But that’s also part of the fun. You get to work with different cultures and learn a lot about different markets.
Do you have any tips for someone who wants to get into growth and partnerships?
Greet every person you meet with respect, and treat your relationships with the care that they deserve. When people switch jobs, they reconnect with us to work again since we’ve had a successful growth journey together before.
What do you like about your job?
Seeing how Truecaller affect people’s lives. It always makes you smile when reading user reviews about how people find their true love thanks to Truecaller, or seizing an opportunity thanks to knowing who’s calling them.
Do you think that you’re developing as a person within work?
A lot! I get tons of freedom in my role to take on new areas I haven’t worked with before. That’s when you get the steepest learning curve.
What’s the biggest challenge?
The biggest challenge is to convert people that haven’t tried the product. When they get the first-hand experience of our apps’ benefits, it’s hard to go back living without it.
If you’d like to join Nick and Truecaller’s journey, check out our careers page!