MEET THE SUP46 TEAM – COLIN
Ever wondered how we manage to keep an office of roughly 250 people running? It all comes down to the person in our core team that heads up the title of Service Coordinator, his name is Colin. He is in charge of making sure the walls are intact, the coffee keeps flowing, that we are as safe as we can possibly be and basically a hundred or so additional, equally important tasks. To his help he has a team of volunteering Service Interns that he manages.
- How did you end up at SUP46?
Most of my previous work experience has revolved around administrative support roles in law firms and consulting businesses, but I have a very diverse skill-set and have worked in landscaping, restaurants, pool management and a little carpentry too. I honestly didn’t have much experience with, or knowledge of the startup world, but now that I’m being exposed to it I am completely intrigued. Having so many bright, motivated and passionate people in one place is an absolute goldmine.
I moved to Stockholm to be with my then girlfriend, now fiancé Paula. I had been in Sweden for about 4 months and had been applying for every job under the sun. It’s not an easy job market when you aren’t fluent in Swedish, and it can be a bit daunting. When I came across the posting for the Service Coordinator, however, I thought it really described me to a T and I got excited about the prospect immediately. I came in for my first interview and found the lobby full of people drinking beer and playing a foosball tournament and thought to myself: “I sure hope this is the right place.” I hadn’t heard about SUP46 before then, but the more I learn every day, the more fortunate I feel to be part of this team.
- What does your role at SUP46 entitle?
As Service Coordinator, I am in charge of office practicalities, i.e. keeping the place running smoothly. That covers everything from keeping the coffee flowing, to security, fire safety, handyman stuff, cleaning, managing interns and quite a bit of administrative work as well. Please let me know if there is anything that needs to be fixed, could be potentially dangerous, or is simply an inconvenience. Being that the company and office are relatively new, I think there is always room for improvement redesign and evolution.
- What do you like best about your job?
It’s very busy. I think that a job that keeps one from watching the clock is important. I am really beginning to enjoy the challenge of prioritizing tasks in order to maintain the office and keep everything in good working order. Besides that, as I previously said, I get to work with incredible people. The SUP46 staff are all wonderfully friendly and welcoming, and the members are an amazing group of people as well. It’s also nice to have a job where you can get up from your computer and swing a hammer for a while. Most people don’t get the chance to do both.
- If you were starting your own scalable business tomorrow, what would it be all about?
I’m very interested in indoor factory farming. I believe it’s the future of agriculture, and ecologically and economically, it’s is one way to feed the masses without destroying the environment. Indoor farms reduce water use drastically, remove the need for pesticides and as they can be built in metropolitan areas, the food can be delivered directly without the need for a lot of trucks. Obviously this is a large scale business which is already being implemented, but I find it fascinating.
- What is SUP46 to you in one word?
If you want to be part of SUP46’s insanely awesome team of Service Interns, helping out in making the days run smoothly for our members – thus getting to know some of the most promising startups in Sweden – you can read more and apply here.