A technology company founder has come under fire for revealing how much work he does in a day and how much work he does.
While most of us feel like we need a new brain and body after 2023 felt so long and so fast at the same time, some of us may have had it a little easier.
One person who has come under fire for publicly sharing typical workloads in the past is Yehong Zhu, founder of media technology startup Zette Media.
In 2022, she revealed what a typical day at work is like for her, and given the backlash she faced, it’s no surprise she didn’t do the same in 2023. Let me just say that.
Zhu took to X (previously known as Twitter) to reveal what she does on a “day-to-day” basis, listing some of her daily tasks.
“If you’re interested, here’s a look at a day in the life of a Silicon Valley startup founder,” Zhu explains.
First of all, we are approving Zette Media’s beta engineering.
This lets us know that the CEO has “poured over” the Figma mocks (the mockups for the investor deck) and given the “green light” to what they want.
She then went to pick up her company “swag,” only to discover that the bottle of water she had ordered was “nowhere to be found.”
And Zhu explains: “I’m going to pick up a new business card instead. It’s a little damaged from the printer, and our brand color is off-green instead of highlighter yellow.
Hmm, okay. Not ideal. I contacted the Chief of Staff to inquire about a refund. He will have to solve this problem later. ”
Zhu was then asked by her marketing team to review her TikTok strategy, which she described as “lazy.”[s] They sometimes”.
She then reviews the draft meeting materials and promises to make final edits by the end of the day.
She then begins “building relationships with journalists,” sending her company’s media kits to people who “ask questions.”
Zhu then updates her media kit and looks at emails from “a bunch of investors.” She decides to “snooze all emails” and makes a “mental note” to respond next week.
Then she tried to look at the Figma mock again, checked her schedule for the next day, texted her mom, and looked at X.
At this point it’s 6:37pm and the sun is setting. She decided to post her X thread that she wrote earlier.
Well, some people weren’t happy to see the CEO’s workload. One user said, “‘Emailing my mom’ is one of the 14 things he gets done during the work day.”
Another said, “It’s really hard after doing nothing all day. Congratulations,” and yet another simply said that Zhu’s daily work “isn’t work.”
However, some liked that the CEO shared some insight about her life.
What do you think about the so-called workload of CEOs?
Zhu told UNILAD at the time: “Regardless of what people think about how hard I work or not, my real job as CEO is to do what my startup needs to succeed. All you have to do is do whatever it takes.
“We don’t have a growth marketer yet, so until we hire one, it’s my job to bring attention to my startup. I can say I did that very well with my tweets.
“This X thread got me more attention and waitlisting than a month’s worth of paid advertising. I took a risk and it paid off. For me. Getting your startup in front of new users is more important than any negative comments you receive during the process. ”