Joey Moshinsky is the co-founder at Tutero, a leader in personalised 1-on-1 tutoring and K-12 maths software.
1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?
I co-founded Tutero after graduating from my undergrad at Melbourne University. While I was a student, I worked at another education startup and completed internships across consulting and banking.
In my current role, I am the joint CEO (alongside my brother Sonny). We have separated the different functions of the role between us: I lead our growth team and external operations, whilst Sonny manages product and internal ops.
2) What does a day in your life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?
I have three work modes and I try to alternate between them throughout the day:
- Deep work – this is when my headphones are in, emails are closed and Slack is on mute. I try to do deep work first thing in the morning and for a few hours every afternoon.
- Supporting my team – this usually involves speaking with different team members on Slack or meeting with them in our virtual office. We usually discuss priorities, scope projects, and review work.
- Meetings – I try to schedule meetings in what would otherwise be my most unproductive hours of the day (11am – 2pm).
There was a point last year when I realised my days were full of meetings and I was not doing enough work. Since then, I have tried to ensure there is space in my calendar for actually getting stuff done.
3) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?
The ultimate work-life balance is achieved when I am feeling happy, and neither my work nor personal life is being negatively impacted by the other.
Honestly, I haven’t figured out the right balance just yet. But I am trying to delegate more, focus on improving systems and automations, and work less on the weekends.
4) In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life?
I like to start work by 7am so I try not to stay up too late. Everything at work runs more smoothly if I’ve had a good night’s sleep.
I’m in a basketball team and a netball team. This allows me to exercise and socialise after work, which is great. These aren’t necessarily habits, just activities I have built into my routine.
5) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you’d like to recommend?
This is probably pretty cliched but the podcasts I have on rotation are
- The All-In Pod
- Invest Like The Best
- The Game
I recommend the books Principles of Persuasion and Hacking Growth. Both are helpful for sales and marketing.
I would also love to shout the episode of the Femmi Podcast featuring Megan Woff. This was a fantastic episode on founder experience and work-life balance.
6) If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be?
Either Sundar Pichai or Satya Nadella. They both lead some of the most complicated and influential organisations globally, whilst maintaining a calm and peaceful demeanour.
I would love to learn more about how they approach team building, delegating, and the setting of boundaries.
7) Do you have any last thoughts on work, life or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?
Being a founder is a rollercoaster journey with lots of highs and lows. To balance this experience, I have found it helpful to zoom out from the day-to-day challenges and think in longer-term time horizons.
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