My Favourite Tip: Sunsama's Ashutosh Priyadarshy on using artificial time constraints to force productivity
How I Work
Want to complete tasks quicker and fit more into your day?Productivity nerd Ashutosh Priyadarshy says effective and productive behaviour comes from setting a goal for your time. He’s the founder of productivity software company Sunsama, the makers of a daily planner tool that helps you plan out a focused work day by pulling together your tasks from all of your tools.During the early days building Sunsama software, Ashutosh set a 1.5-day turn around from demo to delivery. This forced the team to find creative solutions which allowed them to more rapidly ship iterations of their product. You can find the full interview here: Ashutosh Priyadarshy on how he deliberately removes bulls@*t from his diary Find out more about Ashutosh at Twitter or email firstname.lastname@example.org Check out Sunsama here. Subscribe to my new podcast How To Date in Apple Podcasts or Spotify. If you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.co Visit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes. Get in touch at email@example.comSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
145: How to Scale your Software Company with a Tiny Team – with Ashutosh Priyadarshy
SaaS-Story in the Making
EPISODE SUMMARYAshutosh discusses the unique sales strategies he is using to scale Sunsama, a daily task manager, with Matt Wolach, host of the SaaS-Story in the Making podcast. Ashutosh talked about the art of achieving big results with a small team and the art of standing out in a crowded market while sharing proven strategies for marketing success.PODCAST-AT-A-GLANCEPodcast: SaaS-Story in the MakingEpisode: How to Scale your Software Company with a Tiny TeamHost: Matt Wolach, a B2B SaaS Sales Coach, Entrepreneur, and Investor.Guest: Ashutosh Priyadarshy, founder of Sunsama, an invite-only daily task manager, and co-founder of Walk BackTOP TIPS FROM THIS EPISODEFind a NicheYes, the good, old yet profound cliché. The 21st-century market, to put it mildly, is crowded. In a teeming market, the possibility of getting lost in a sea of opinions, especially for companies who are yet to find the right market balance, is high. Ashutosh thinks that not finding the perfect product-market fit makes a company sell to just anyone. To Ashutosh, “selling to everyone give you divergent feedbacks that make it difficult to identify who is getting significant value and what you should on.”Paddle through your niche with your U.S.PA niche too could be saturated and a company could end up in the shadows of bigger, established brands. Ashutosh recommends that startups and early-stage companies focus on what makes them special: their unique selling proposition.Focus on solving problems firstAs trite as it may sound, the “help, not sell” marketing mantra is evergreen. Ashutosh believes it is important to “talk to customers and try to solve their problems before worrying about building a product and selling it.”Delegate AuthorityAshutosh thinks that granting other team members a degree of autonomy is best for business. Making subordinates take responsibility helps each member of the team focus thereby limiting the potential disruptiveness of checks and balances.EPISODE HIGHLIGHTSSmall team? No problemJust “focus on people who can be truly autonomous, people who can make independent decisions, people who are comfortable talking to customers, and people who can incorporate new features.”LEARN MORETo learn more about Ashutosh Priyadarshy and Sunsama, visit: https://sunsama.com/You can also find Ashutosh Priyadarshy on Linkedin at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashutoshpriyadarshy/For more about how host Matt Wolach helps software companies achieve maximum growth, visit https://mattwolach.com/.As part of the founding team in his first SaaS product, Matt owned the sales & marketing processes. But he struggled to sell and gain traction for the company. It took years of learning and tweaking before Matt created The Perfect DEAL Process, an innovative yet easy to implement method for closing more software deals. To find out more, visit https://mattwolach.com/about-matt.
Episode 32: Work Smarter, Not Harder with Ashutosh Priyadarshy
Startup Happy Hour
Work smarter, not harder. That’s what Ashutosh Priyadarshy, Founder of Sunsama, helps the world’s most successful professionals do each day with his daily planner that organizes everything you need to do today in one place: tasks, meetings, emails, you name it. Like many entrepreneurs, Ashutosh’s startup journey was not a linear one. In the first 4.5 years after founding Sunsama, Ashutosh and his co-founder, Travis, launched, iterated on, and sunsetted six different products in the meeting, collaboration, and productivity space. Now, seven years later, they’ve finally found product fit and feel confident about the product they have, in big part thanks to their time at Y Combinator. Tune in to hear Ashutosh talk about how and why he stuck with his long journey toward building the Sunsama we know today, what he learned along the way, and what he’s working on for the future. You can find Ashutosh on Twitter or LinkedIn (let him know you found him through the Startup Happy Hour podcast), and don’t forget to check out Sunsama at the link below! Sunsama: https://sunsama.com/ Ashutosh Priyadarshy was part of the W19 cohort at Y Combinator. To hear another perspective on Y Combinator, listen to Episode 5 with Ben Taylor, Founder of Doorport (acquired by PointCentral), who was also in the W19 cohort at YC. *** SUBSCRIBE to Startup Happy Hour to get episodes like this delivered to your device every Tuesday! WEBSITE: https://www.startuphappyhourpodcast.com/ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/startuphappyhour/ CONNECT with Diana on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dianadchen/ TWEET at Diana: https://twitter.com/ddwchen
SSS010 - The Ultimate Tool To Organize Your Daily Activities In One Place With Ashutosh Priyadarshy
SaaS Startup Stories With Scott Dudley
In this episode I interview Ashutosh Priyadarshy, who is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He’s the Founder at Sunsama, which is a daily planner for elite professionals that helps you plan out a focused workday by pulling together your tasks from all of your tools (www.sunsama.com). In this interview we discuss how Ashutosh stayed motivated to work on Sunsama for six years and six different iterations, and the biggest challenges he had to face when he started working on the software. www.SaasStartupStories.com
Ashutosh Priyadarshy on how he deliberately removes bulls@*t from his diary
How I Work
My guest today is Ashutosh Priyadarshy. Ashutosh is the founder of Sunsama (YC W19). Sunsama is a daily planner for elite professionals that helps you plan out a focused work day by pulling together your tasks from all of your tools. Ashutosh has spent most of the last decade building and launching productivity hardware and software. His goal is to build products that help us navigate our work and life mindfully and intentionally. We cover:Ashutosh’s daily productivity ritualsAshutosh’s approach to getting a good night’s sleepWhy Ashutosh plans his day twiceThe process Ashutosh uses to plan his day out Ashutosh’s weekly rhythmWhy Ashutosh doesn’t do long-term planning or goal settingHow Ashutosh prioritises what to work onHow Ashutosh deliberately removes bullish*t from his diaryApplying Parkinson’s law to running Design SprintsUsing artificial time constraints to force productivityAshutosh’s unusual approach to managing digital distractionsHow Ashutosh approaches days of low motivationThe new software Ashutosh is most excited aboutFind out more about Ashutosh at Twitter or email firstname.lastname@example.orgCheck out Sunsama here.Visit https://www.amanthaimber.com/podcast for full show notes from all episodes.Get in touch at email@example.comIf you are looking for more tips to improve the way you work, I write a short monthly newsletter that contains three cool things that I have discovered that help me work better, which range from interesting research findings through to gadgets I am loving. You can sign up for that at http://howiwork.coSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
036 - Ashutosh Priyadarshy (Sunsama) on Mindful Productivity
Forward Thinking Founders
Ashutosh is a startup CEO monk if I ever met one. What an insightful conversation all about productivity, tying in his company perfectly. Sunsama is one of the cleanest and most helpful tools I use to plan my day, and It was super interesting to dive into a lot of the “why” behind it hearing straight from the CEO. In this conversation, we dive into questions such as:What is Sunsama?What is the backstory for Sunsama?Can you explain the user flow for a Sunsama user?How do you advice startup founder users to get the most out of SunsamaDo you tie mindfulness into Sunsama and what do you think of the mindfulness boom in the tech scene today?Where did you get the name for Sunsama? How do you balance reactive activities (Putting out fires) and proactive activities (planning out your day and doing things that you plan)Where do you see Sunsama going in the next decade Does Sunsama replace Asana or Todoist?What are some general tips for productivity?And more!I really hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did. And with that, this week is a rap! Hope you all have a great weekend and see you on Sunday with a roundup of the last week on f20r (Forward Thinking Founder). Not on the email list? Think again! Sign up below :) Get on the email list at forwardthinking.substack.com★ Support this podcast ★