Simon Huckk

A strategy for success

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One of the most valuable things I’ve adopted in the last few years has been a journaling habit. It’s not fancy. It’s not complicated. I don’t always do it, some days I don’t get around to it. Almost every day, though, I scribble something down in my (now digital) diary.

Along with a daily habit, I have a reminder set in my calendar for a quarterly review. It’s just a quick touch in to see how the last three months have been. …

What you can learn from the 5-minute long YouTube ad that has landed Mannkitchen nearly $1 million in pre-orders for a pepper grinder

A still from the MannKitchen ad.
A still from the MannKitchen ad.
Original image from Mannkitchen YouTube advert

I was sitting at my desk yesterday watching a Figma tutorial on YouTube when another annoying YouTube ad popped up. My mouse was hovering over the ‘Skip Ads’ button as the counter ticked down from the mandatory watch period. You know the feeling — c’mon, hurry up!

Side note: YouTube needs a disruptor that will force them to reconsider their current plan to frustrate users into the paid version of their product. Rant over.

Simple steps you can use and modify to make every day a great day.

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Photo by Johnson Wang on Unsplash

Checklists are my favorite tool in the fight against procrastination. I like them because they remove the number of choices you need to make. Going through a checklist and leaving a box unchecked does not sit well with my OCD tendencies. Once you’ve started, you have to finish.

The overall goal of my checklists is to make sure I am doing the few things I value every single day. If I do my checklists properly, I’ll be making incremental steps towards the goals that I want to achieve.

That means that these checklists are dynamic — they change with my…

While having the 3rd highest revenue growth of any software IPO, ever

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Photo by Franki Chamaki on Unsplash

On September 16 2020, Snowflake broke the record for the largest software IPO in history. Their listing price was $120, which more than doubled during the first day, and ended up closing at $253.93 — raising more than $3.4 billion, and valuing the company at over $70 billion.

This meant the company was more valuable than Uber, Dell, and General Motors.

This was achieved in (essentially) just 6 years. …

Our world is changing. Our problems are changing. It’s time our education system did too.

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Credit: Arwantha Artigala

There is a storm brewing. And the rain clouds are hovering over the traditional school system. We’ve already seen the first droplets fall as a result of COVID-19, and it’s difficult to see a future where the downpour isn’t on the way.

The education system has been failing us for years. It is no secret that the outcome of the schooling process — “educated children” — is a complete mismatch with the outcome that this modern world requires.

We’re failing our children by subjecting them to this system, and we’re failing ourselves as humans by slowing down the overall development…

A proposed hybrid solution with the potential for rapid growth.

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Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

This is an idea I’ve been wrestling with for a while: How to make the eCommerce returns solution more efficient.

The first formal business I ever started was an eCommerce store. I learned Wordpress, and built it using WooCommerce. We sold items in the outdoor apparel industry that were very fit-specific. A big problem for us was returns.

Because I started the business as a student, with literally zero money, we obviously didn’t have any brick-and-mortar locations for people to try clothes on. …

Are you as care-free as your 5 year old self?

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Can you truly say that you have the same care-free mindset as the 5-year-old version of yourself? Running around the garden with little-to-no clothes on flinging mud around — not a care in the world — and completely comfortable in your own skin (even unaware of the the ability to feel inadequate).

If you can — then this essay isn’t for you. Congratulations. You have reached a level of self-esteem and awareness that I (and many others) can only dream of. …

You’ll never guess the average age of a plumber in the USA.

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Photo by Brian Harro on Unsplash

The construction industry is set to be worth $11 Trillion+ USD by 2024, enjoying a compound annual growth rate of 9.25%, says BusinessWire.

According to the Manpower Group, tradespeople are ranked number 1 for being the most difficult roles to fill for the 6th year in a row, globally.

While the demand for skilled tradespeople keeps rising — as the construction industry continues to grow — the supply side of this equation keeps dropping.

The average age of a plumber in the US: 58 years old.

In the UK in 2011, it was estimated that one in every 5 construction…

Here’s my take on what I’d include, and how I’d go about stealing a piece a small section that very big pie.

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Photo by inlytics • LinkedIn Analytics Tool on Unsplash

LinkedIn is the social network for professionals, supposedly.

I know it’s not just me who think’s it’s terrible. People don’t like LinkedIn, and there have been quite a few calls for a better replacement.

Think about it like this:


Feed = Full of useful information. People sharing genuine experiences and learnings.

DM’s = (Mostly) Useful connections with people who want to engage with you further.


Feed = People boasting/putting forward a facade of themselves/business. “Congrats on your new position!” “Wow, you’re so right.”

DM’s = (Mostly) Random people trying to sell you something.

I only recently started on Twitter, and…

Here’s how we did it

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Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash

I started at the fintech company I’m currently working at about 2 and a half years ago. The company is just over 3 years old, and was founded by two guys who had very little experience in the industry.

The one thing they did have, which has propelled the business forward year on year, is a bias for action.

I was employee number 3, meaning I’ve been there for almost the entire ‘useful’ life of the business. My first month was the first month the business generated any revenue.

As a digital marketplace, our company now sits in a very…

Simon Huckk

B.Eng. Serial entrepreneur. Current CEO of a Fintech. I write about all things business, product design and original thinking:

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