A day in the life of a Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer (CPO) requires the traits of a passionate leader, a strategic thinker and relationship builder. Sumsub is company who’s purpose is to prevent online fraud and keep businesses and people safe and secure. Therefore, Co-Founder and CPO Jacob Sever has all these traits and more, and we excited to share with you what his daily working life looks like!
As a co-founder and the Chief Product Officer, Jacob plays a leading role in driving key strategic initiatives across the global business. And specializes in online customer due diligence relationships with financial institutions.
What does a working day look like for a Co-Founder & CPO?
It’s rather simple—early mornings, coffee, and a bike ride to the office. Then, generally speaking, there are multiple calls with our team leaders, R&D, CEO, and CTO. We have discussions about our future growth strategies and operations, review urgent issues and approve or discount certain ideas brought to us by our team. I have some time to focus on my own tasks and go through urgent emails that need my attention.
Of course there are breaks here and there too, but I’m in a work-mode most of the time. I try my best to separate life and work, but it’s not easy, being in charge of an international company across several countries, or even continents. This is true even though there are four Sumsub founders in charge.
How do you find a work life balance?
Setting boundaries and making sure you stick to them. It’s a healthy way to take a break from work, though I’m often bad at following my own advice. This gets even more complicated considering that I work with two of my brothers, so family dinners sometimes sideway into brainstorming sessions.
Are there opportunities to progress?
I think opportunities are always there. It just depends on what direction you want to grow.
What is the best part about being co-founder & CPO?
Being a founder is amazing as you can surround yourself with the most ambitious and experienced people out there, letting them inspire you, so you can inspire in return. Having built a great team and having met many of our hard-working partners, it really is the ultimate driver that gives me the motivation to be better at my job every day.
Is there a difficult part to your job?
Being online most of the time and having to make final decisions in a flash. And there are a lot of heavy and urgent decisions that need to be made every day.
If someone was considering a career in your area of expertise, what advice would you give to them?
As a Chief Product Officer, you are able to oversee the entire scope of product-related activities and develop sensitivity for your customers, making sure your product is built in a way that brings them the ultimate value. I love bridging business and technology in order to solve challenges and benefit real people—save their time and keep them away from trouble in a most user-friendly way. It’s very rewarding.
THANK YOU TO JACOB FOR SHARING HIS INSIGHTS AS A CO-FOUNDER AND CPO WITH US!
Its amazing to gain the different insights from business leaders and to hear Jacob’s point of view on what it is like being a co-founder and CPO! This is sure to be of vital interest to other like-minded individuals wishing to follow their passions to a fulfilling career.
To learn more about the work Jacob and his colleagues take a look at the company website here.
To gain insights from another founder and business leader, check out our post on the Day in the Life Of Alex Bozhin!