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Balancing the Grind with Rohit Mulani, Founder & CEO at Gotrade

Rohit Mulani is the founder & CEO at Gotrade, which enables anyone in the world to invest commission free in fractional US stocks.

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1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?

I’m the founder and CEO of Gotrade, a platform that enables users from over 150 countries to invest in the US stock market with ease. Prior to that I led growth at several software venture backed software companies.

2) What does a day in your life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?

Our company is 100% remote – which means I spend most of my workday behind a computer and on calls. It begins with a daily stand up with the folks leading our growth and product teams. It’s then followed by 1 on 1s with my direct reports.

Several times a week, we also have wider meetings to discuss operations, product, finance and other matters. It’s all in pursuit of moving the ball down the field and making progress towards our mission.

3) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?

I don’t really believe in the concept of work-life balance as much as finding a balance in your life for all things. I believe that work needs to complement the other interlocking pieces of our lives – friends, family, exercise and other passions.

I won’t ever work a 9-to-5 and I try to carve my calendar out in a way that I can still make time to exercise, read and spend time with my loved ones.

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4) In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life?

I’ve recently started taking walks alone with no stimuli. Previously, I always had something happening – reading, an audiobook, a phone call. It felt like I was always on but never had time to step back and reflect. A 30 minute walk daily, when possible, with no additional stimuli, provides a great opportunity to reflect.

5) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you’d like to recommend?

I learn best by reading – and not on a computer, which means books are my medium of choice. With regards to balancing the grind, I’d recommend the following books:

  • Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker
  • What We Owe The Future by William MacAskill
  • Thinking in Bets by Annie Duke

6) If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be?

Elon Musk in 1995.

7) Do you have any last thoughts on work, life or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?

Life is a journey and you’re always going to need to calibrate what’s the right balance at the right time. There isn’t a perfect state – as long as you continue to improve and evolve, you’re on the right path.

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Hey there! I'm Hao, the Editor-in-Chief at Balance the Grind. We’re on a mission to showcase healthy work-life balance through interesting stories from people all over the world, in different careers and lifestyles.