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24 Hours With… Tickled Media CEO Roshni Mahtani

24 Hours With... spotlights the working day of some of the most interesting people in Asia’s marketing and media landscape. Today, we hear about a day in the life of Roshni Mahtani, the founder of publishing house Tickled Media

8am These days, I am woken up by my toddler more than my alarm clock. I can’t complain though – I never feel the urge to hit snooze when the ringing sound is her sweet “Mama, Mama”. After some snuggling, I squeeze in whatever lessons I can teach her through playtime.

I always get my heart broken a little whenever it’s time to say goodbye and get the work day started. However, I do feel thoroughly energised from starting the day right.

9am I catch up on my daily barrage of emails. Half glass full, I think of it as my daily mini-trip around South East Asia as I receive updates from various Tickled Media teams in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

11am I take my meetings at the office for internal discussions – we celebrate small victories while simultaneously trying to spot red flags in our well-oiled machine. Singapore is the HQ of our operations and I still consider it the heart of Tickled Media. If time allows, I have coffee dates with randomly chosen employees, to get to know our people on a personal level. It’s really fascinating to hear about each team member’s life and what role this job plays in their dream-chasing.

1pm This time is devoted to ‘lunch and learn’ with the team; we provide free lunch to our employees every day and we rotate who gets to organise the day’s learning session. We do games, trivia, standard presentations on knowledge and skills we can benefit from cross-functionally.

2pm I’ve carved out this time for one-on-one calls with key members per country, to get a sense of what’s going on in all our offices. They can run from 10-minute catch-ups to 30 minutes of detailed discussion and firefighting.

4pm Now that everything’s A-OK at the home base, it’s time for client meetings. I take my little red car around Singapore, and it’s both my most hectic and most exciting part of my day. It’s like The Amazing Race: the startup edition.

6pm I pick up my daughter from daycare; and I can’t stop grinning from ear-to-ear when she comes waddling towards me with twinkling eyes and outstretched arms. I can’t begin to describe the joy of this everyday moment. We head home and have dinner as a family. This is also quality time spent with my amazing husband; and the stories we exchange just get crazier each time.

8pm Socialising with clients: I find that my best external ‘meetings’ happen over cocktails and gourmet peanuts.

10pm As the day winds down, my brain refuses to – and I get my best ideas during this time. I do a bit of work and catch up on the day’s readings. It’s always enlightening to end the day with a widened perspective. After spending it micro-focused on our little world, I get to see how our plans fit into the rest of it.

2am Time to call it a day and recharge my batteries. I’m a self-confessed Energiser Bunny, but sleep is a luxury I can’t refuse.

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