People of PressPage: Tim van den Tempel
A CXO with many roles and a hidden talent
Our CXO Tim is an all-round whizzkid who seems to be doing it all. Running a business, guiding the product, improving the platform and still cracking jokes after a short night as a young dad. You might think we knew all of his talents by now, but you are in for a surprise!
Could you describe briefly what your role is within PressPage?
Together with the other two founders, Seb and Bart, I’m trying to envision what the company and product will look like in the coming years and how it will match the market and our target audiences. What can we do to innovate the product and stay ahead of the game?
As CXO of PressPage, I am responsible for the overall experience of the product, service and business. I have multiple roles in which I try to monitor and improve this. I am the Product Owner of our Development team, which means I talk to all of our stakeholders to see what improvements, features or other new ideas we can implement. All of this input will go onto the roadmap and the to do list for development. It is my job to explain the functionality as clear as possible, prioritize these elements and communicate realistic delivery dates and planning.
I’m also still a developer. I really enjoy coding so I work on building features, improvements and bug fixes regularly. Obviously bug fixing is also part of the user experience because it is important that issues a client may have are being solved quickly. Next to that, I also contribute to the design and interface of the platform by sketching new design elements which the frontend team will work on.
To answer the question about what skills you need to run your own business, I would say it is vital you can handle a lot of stress and be an all-round player. We are good at a lot of things, but we are no experts on specific subjects. To know a little about a lot of different subjects works well for an entrepreneur. Any other necessary skills or knowledge you need will come as you go. Furthermore it is necessary to keep an overview of the tasks at hand but still have the long term goal in mind. To see what has priority and being able to leave tasks that are not due yet, is important for any business owner.
Three things you didn’t know about Tim
I’m quite passionate about skateboarding. I have been skateboarding for over 15 years. It is a great way to clear your mind and have your weekly workout. Whenever I have the time, and the weather is good enough, I will grab my board.
Recently I have discovered biking. I love going out on my bike with my two year old son. Biking around the neighborhood gives me a moment to overthink the past week, to unwind and relax.
I’m a big fan of the United States – I really enjoy its culture and surroundings. I have been to the US four times now and I would love to see more of this amazing country. I did a road trip on the East Coast and one on the West Coast, and I’ve been to Chicago a few times for work. I love the extreme difference in landscapes the US has to offer – the views over there are amazing.
The secret dream of Tim
When I was a kid, I dreamt of having my own business, a hotel even. I know that we are not a hotel, and I also don’t want to have that anymore, I really think that my dream came true. Obviously there is always room for improvement, but looking back, I can definitely say that I’m really proud of what we have achieved so far. It was, and still is, a real adventure and rollercoaster with ups and downs.
A short term dream I still have is to go back to the US with my family to do a big road trip. Multiple campervans driving through the heart of the States, that would be amazing! On the long term I would love to have some land to build a house with a small office and my own skateboarding park in the backyard. That way I may have some more time to spend with my family and go skateboarding, after business hours of course!
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