A moment with Aliette Poplu, Product Specialist at LYS

28 Jan 2021

Aliette is a Product Specialist at LYS. She spent a moment with us to discuss her experience at LYS. 

Hi Aliette! It’s great to have you with us today. Tell us a bit about yourself.  What got you first interested in LYS?

I am French, coming from Paris, but I have also lived in the UK during my studies. I have always been quite interested in technology, which inspired me to be a part of the organising team at MIT’s ‘35 Innovators under 35’ competition. 

As thrilling as this project was, there I also had the chance to meet the LYS team. Christina, the co-founder of LYS, won the award that year, which gave me the opportunity to learn more about LYS.

The first thing that stood out for me was that LYS offered a technology with a mission to improve wellbeing in everyday life. 

Tell us about your role at LYS

As a product specialist, I work on every aspect of the user-journey: from product development and improvement to customer experience and sales. We have even developed the term “octopus” to illustrate that my ordinary day in a tech start-up entails working on multiple projects and tasks. 

At the same time, my role gives me a unique opportunity to have a full overview of the company’s processes and what makes it work successfully. And this brings me joy. 

Tell us more about your move to a new country

At the beginning of 2020, LYS opened a new office in Copenhagen. Immediately I was up for it and decided to move to Denmark. 

Moving to a new country can be challenging, yet at the same time exciting. In the last six years, I have lived in six different countries, so I am always keen to discover a new city, culture and a new way of life. It also means I need to get out of my comfort zone. 

All of this was happening at the beginning of the lockdown, which interrupted my initial plans of getting to know a new place that I would call home. But now, I am building my life here in Copenhagen, which is something I would have never imagined.

How has your journey been like at LYS?

If I had to choose 3 words to describe my experience at LYS it would be- growth, highly-stimulating and fulfilling. That captures my journey so far. 

One of the most rewarding aspects is being able to see my input on a daily basis. At the same time, it has also been the most challenging aspect. Trial & error and making it work at the end has been the most satisfying. 

In your opinion, what are the key takeaways from working in a tech start-up?

Well, the ability to have a full overview of what is essential and critical to building a business. I have learnt to prioritise a lot. Working in a small tech start-up gives you a chance to learn much more in the short-term compared to what you would be able to receive in larger corporations. 

It is also gratifying to be at the forefront of the forward-thinking and mission-driven company. 

What stroke you the most when learning about circadian rhythms and light?

I realised that our bodies are not tailored to the life we are living today. And what I mean by this, we are spending the majority of our time indoors exposed to artificial light, while not really thinking about the consequences of such lifestyle. 

What also struck me was realising the effects on my everyday life. Learning about my chronotype and discovering more about my inner body clock allowed me to change my habits and avoid sleep and energy deprivation. 

What is your chronotype? What steps do you take to live healthier with light?

I am a late-night owl- the chronotype that often suffers the most with traditional work schedules. What makes it easier- having the ability to adjust my work hours here at LYS. It makes a difference to my productivity levels and how I feel throughout the day.

Similarly, I wake up with a smart alarm clock with sun-like illumination. I have also changed the lighting at home. And last but not least, I go outside for at least an hour during the day. I noticed how these changes have had a positive impact on my wellbeing.