David Chen’s setup

David Haisha Chen is the co-founder and current CEO of Strikingly, the successful startup behind the famous website builder of the same name.

Before being accepted to Y Combinator and building Strikingly, David cofounded Moneythink, an award-winning non-profit financial literacy education organization, which has been featured on the likes of Forbes, MTV and even got recognized by the White House.

Tell us something funny about you

I just love Chipotle. Whenever I get to the U.S, I usually drive straight from the airport to a Chipotle with my luggage.

Show us your desk


I usually move around a lot. so I actually don’t have a “desk” that I use on a day to day basis.


What computers do use (desktop, laptop, mac or pc or both ?)
I use an Apple Mac Pro as my main computer, so desktop.

What’s your current phone ?
Apple iPhone 7.

Is there any useful gear you can’t live without (printer, router, analog stuff…) ?
A pen and a paper notebook. I’m pretty old fashion when it comes to note taking. So I carry a LAMY pen and my notebook wherever I go.


General purpose

OS: macOS Sierra.
Browser: Google Chrome
Email client: Gmail web client.

Desktop apps:

Apple Notes: comes by default with Macs. Useful for simple note taking (on top of my pen and paper notes).
Slack: For any internal communication with the team at Strikingly.

Web apps and services

Gmail: my default email client that I use to reply to emails.
Youtube: does it need any explanation?
Google Apps: I do all of my spreadsheets and presentations with Google Spreadsheets and Google Slides.
Google Calendar: I use Google Calendar for all of my scheduling
WeChat: Free messaging and calling app. I use it for a lot of my external communication.

Phone apps

On my phone, the apps I use are pretty much the same as Same as web apps, except for Google Apps.

Browser extensions

Ad Block: this is the only extension that I really use on my Browser.

The one productivity tip you’d recommend

It’s more of a combination of three things done in conjunction:

  1. Go to sleep early, so you can wake up early and be productive early
  2. Read in the morning.
  3. Listening to the right kind of music to allow you to zone it rapidly and work more effectively.

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