Eva Galant is the Founder & CEO at Hashiona, a platform for Hashimoto’s patients, improving their quality of life by decreasing the level of antibodies in the blood.
To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?
My career background and current role have been a combination of general manager, entrepreneur, and product developer. I have over 10 years of working in international markets across the tech and startup sector with experience in product launch, strategy, marketing implementation, product innovation and driving new business opportunities, products and solutions. My professional career has taken me to places such as Warsaw, Berlin, London, Tel Aviv, Chicago and Western Australia.
I also have experience co-founding 3 startups during my career. Before moving to London six years ago, I had a successful exit after selling one of my companies – Elite Card. Elite Card was a B2C Loyalty Program that had over 400 partners and 3000 paying customers at the time of sale.
I’m currently Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Hashiona, the online platform for Hashimoto’s patients. My primary responsibility is to oversee the overall strategy and operations of the business, including identifying and executing our core objectives. I am also responsible for managing our investors and developing a strong network of contacts within the Hashimoto’s community.
What does a day in your life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?
Every day is completely different.
Recently, on a typical workday, I started off by hopping onto a video call with our team to review our app progress and discuss any issues. After that, I spent some time catching up on emails and responding to any inquiries or requests from users or partners.
Next, I worked on talking through our product development plans with the engineering team, discussing how we could improve functionality based on user feedback.
Later in the afternoon, I scheduled a meeting with potential investors who are interested in partnering with us to help grow Hashiona. After this meeting concluded and I wrapped things up at my desk, I took some time to connect with other entrepreneurs and industry professionals. These conversations always prove helpful in gaining insight into what’s happening in the world of health tech startups.
What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?
I make sure to make time for myself and my family separate from work hours. This means setting boundaries around when I am available for work, making time for activities such as exercise and spending quality time with loved ones.
Additionally, I try to break up my day by taking regular breaks throughout the day – this helps me stay focused and productive while also avoiding unnecessary stress or fatigue.
I also practise good organisational habits – setting clear goals and objectives for each day helps me prioritise better and remain on track with all of my commitments. Additionally, I delegate tasks where possible so as not to overload myself with work – delegating can help ensure that everything runs smoothly without overburdening either myself or any of my team members.
Finally, I do my best to keep healthy habits; getting enough sleep each night helps me remain alert and focused during the day and allows me to operate at peak efficiency levels when running the business. From sports activities, I like yoga and tennis the most. Tennis is keeping my energy level high, and yoga is taking care of my relaxation mode.
In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life?
In the past 12 months, I have definitely changed some of my habits in order to better my life. I have started to focus much more on eating healthy – I try to make sure that at least half of each meal consists of fruits and vegetables and that I’m not overindulging in unhealthy snacks or fast food.
I’ve also recently started playing tennis once a week, which has been great for getting exercise as well as making new friends. Finally, I’ve stopped drinking coffee, which was something I used to do on an almost daily basis; instead, I now drink yerba mate which provides me with all the same energy benefits but without any of the health risks associated with Hashimoto’s.
All these changes have definitely improved my overall well-being in terms of both physical health and mental clarity – it’s made me feel generally healthier and happier!
Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you’d like to recommend?
Femtech Focus podcast. Newsletters and books only industry / startup related.
If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be?
Any female e-entrepreneur who is having kids. Like really – how are you doing that girls?
Do you have any last thoughts on work, life or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?
I believe the key to achieving balance in work, life and everything else is learning when to prioritise and when to let go. For me personally, this means making sure that I’m taking time out of my day to take care of myself—whether it’s going for a jog, eating a balanced diet or taking some time off to relax.
It’s important to make sure that you’re not overworking yourself just because you think you have to. It’s also essential that we remember that work isn’t our whole identity. We create valuable results by letting go, so it’s important we stop focusing all of our energy on doing more and instead focus on being present in our lives and finding joy in the moment.
I also think that setting boundary lines between work and life is important. Having clear boundaries prevents us from completely blurring the two together. Doing activities outside of work such as playing tennis or enjoying a cup of yerba mate helps me stay connected with my passions and gives me an opportunity to reset and reflect on different projects or ideas I am working on.
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