Meet Charlie, our Head of Partnership Development. From cycling along the world's deadliest road to his love-hate relationship with matcha powder, this new edition of Karshare's 20 Questions is bound to make you feel one step closer to Charlie.
1. How would you describe what you do for a living to family and friends?
I am Head of Partnership Development, which is all about building relationships with interesting people and projects around the UK, helping them to become a part of the Karshare platform and ensuring we deliver on our combined goals.
2. What’s one professional skill you’re currently working on?
I am currently working on time management. Startups are super fast paced with a lot of moving parts so you have to make sure you prioritise your time and delegate whenever you can.
3. What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?
Death Road in Bolivia is the world’s (you guessed it) deadliest road. My girlfriend and I did a mountain biking trail down it. It rained from start to finish, and as it was all my idea, Tara was not particularly amused. We ended up at an old, disused farmhouse where we were served ostrich. Felt pretty far from home!
4. How do you prefer to start your day?
Very strong tea! It is my elixir of life.
5. How do you prefer to end your day?
I love to cook, so I usually stick on a podcast and get to it. (I'll probably be listening to something about drug cartels – currently obsessed).
6. What was your first job?
Selling flowers door to door. I was not very good at it to start with but as my confidence grew and grew, I started to make sales and loved it.
7. What’s your go-to productivity trick?
Matcha powder. I must admit it tastes pretty gross, but it gives you a really nice hit of energy that lasts for ages.
8. What are your pet peeves?
People who cross the road while looking down at their phone. If you get run over, it will be your fault. I'm just saying...
9. What’s the coolest or most interesting thing you’re working on right now?
I am working on a scheme for Coventry City Council who have got 50 people to scrap their cars in return for Mobility Credits. They each get £3,000 to spend on accredited mobility partners around the city such as bicycles, buses, trains and, if they really need them, cars from the Karshare platform. It's a great way to get cars off the road and reduce congestion and Karshare is making it even more effective by enabling people who want to keep their cars to share them with others.
10. If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something, what would it be?
Finance. I feel like this is something that should be taught in schools from a young age. Most people on this earth are financially illiterate and it's such a shame.
11. If you had to listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Scar Tissue by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
12. What’s your most used emoji?
The Praise emoji! 🙌 Everyone at Karshare does such incredible work every day, I end up peppering them with it.
13. If you could only have three apps on your smartphone, which would you pick?
City Mapper, Monzo and Spotify.
14. Where are you in birth order and do you think it affects your personality?
I am the youngest. It definitely does! Fred, my older brother was always the super smart one growing up, so I always tried to emulate him. I have never quite got to his level but he has always guided me and we are super close.
15. What trend do you hope makes a comeback?
Mullets. I can never quite understand why that ever was one but it would be hilarious if we were all walking around with them. One for the bucket list.
16. What’s been the most challenging part of your role at Karshare?
Structure for sure. You really take this for granted when you work for an established, older organisation. There is a way of doing things that has been built over a number of years. At Karshare, there are some processes we are having to build from scratch and iterate over time.
17. What’s your favourite famous or inspirational quote?
“The way to get started is to stop talking and begin doing” – Walt Disney
Every person in the world could do with reminding themselves of this each and every day.
18. What’s your best memory of working at Karshare?
Our first rental! It was an amazing moment and we got some great feedback from the customer. They have now booked over 40 rentals with us, so we must be doing something right!
19. What’s something that you’re really good at?
I’m really good at selling. It’s all about building a relationship, listening to their pain points and finding out how your product can solve those problems for them.
20. Who do you admire and why?
My grandma! She was an absolute legend and built an amazing life for my mum despite some real hardships. She used to make me sugar on toast when I was younger. The rest was history.