David AhDoot – KAPTÁR faces

David AhDoot – KAPTÁR faces

I’m a software developer from Los Angeles, California, though I’ve been a digital nomad for 18 months now. After spectacularly failing to learn Spanish during my 8 months in South America, I’m now failing to learn all of the European languages I’m encountering at a world-class pace.   What is your most important life lesson, since you became a nomad? Say yes to (almost) everything! What is the best part of your job? I’m a software developer and the thing that most people don’t realize about software development is that it can be quite artistic. Not in the traditional sense of the word, but in that there is a lot of creativity and elegance involved in writing good code. Despite not having a traditional “artistic” stretch of DNA in my cells, this brings me satisfaction almost every day. What were your funniest/best KAPTÁR moments? When Matild thought my name was Diarrhio...
KAPTÁR Success Stories – Kray Zsuzsa

KAPTÁR Success Stories – Kray Zsuzsa

Hi Zsuzsa, thanks for the interview! Could you please introduce yourself? What should we know about you? Thank you Bálint! I studied environment research and have worked in this branch ever since, which I’m pretty proud of. On the other hand it also starts to feel natural for me, even though it is not all around the world. From this perspective I consider myself lucky. The opportunities keep coming and there is a nice work-flow in my life. Since I left University, my work has been about sustainability, raising awareness and communication. The best example for this is developing a curriculum. This sounds exciting, tell us more about it… I just did some summer camp programs for the Education Agency. These are programs of some days, for 1.-11. classes, full of activities around sustainability. Just to mention the most popular ones: ethical consumption, global outlook, eco footprint, recycling and the waste pyramid. But you know, the best waste is the one that doesn’t even arise. We’ve been hearing all over again for a while that the earth will run out of resources and that there is no way back from that. But still, I don’t really see that anything happens… Everyone knows about it, but hardly anyone notes it. By being one of the few, doesn’t it sometimes feel like fighting windmills? Yes sometimes. But I can’t do anything about it. It’s like there are different forces that pull the same thing, just from different sides. Sometimes the other side is pulling to strongly. But what can I do? I get up the next day and pull even stronger...
KAPTÁR faces – Levente Székely

KAPTÁR faces – Levente Székely

“I’m a 23-year-old entrepreneur and have my own business in the IT sector. Our specialty is app and software development. I love to do things that wouldn’t occur to any reasonable person, especially not this young. So this business started out as a hobby besides my actual job. My latest idea is about sailing. Unfortunately, I don’t have much time to do sports, but I have serious plans regarding sailing.” What has been your best KAPTÁR experience so far? The spaces where I can work are simply fantastic. There is room for everything. Meeting rooms, workstations and the couch to chill, whiteboards I can fill while brainstorming. For me, it’s important not to just have one desk, but different spaces, where I can work. What was the most important thing you learned since you became a coworker?  In general that on busy days some interaction and communication can pull me out of my tasks so I can get back to work with a fresh mind. It’s important for me to see other people and to have the opportunity to work with others who are in the office. What do you love most about new challenges? You never know, how some solutions will work out. Of course, you have some experience, but every project has a different result for the same solution. If it doesn’t work out well, I immediately start with damage limitation, which can be just as exciting as well. But if it does work out, it can give me such a boost, like nothing else...
KAPTÁR faces – André Tímár

KAPTÁR faces – André Tímár

André Tímár and his childhood friend started to work on an idea with the age of 19. 4 years later it was already a full-time job with a team of 5, an international portfolio and a network of partners in Budapest with endless opportunities. “I was born and raised in Pécs, went to a bilingual high school and started to learn economic sciences. During the studies, I realized that this is not my pace of moving forward. I already had a couple of friends, who started their own thing (more or less successfully). That was also my goal. At least I didn’t want to wait for a diploma solving my life. So we started to develop websites with 19 on a hobby level. We hardly had any professional skills. It was followed by a few months of success and then a few months of disappointment. We decided to create a team and to start again with skills that keep up with the market. This worked out, our team got bigger and bigger and we could work on more projects with content clients. University got completely upstages. All my days consisted of professional development and jobs, from the mornings till the evenings. That was all I wanted to do and I wasn’t interested in anything else. We wanted to grow, make a lot more money and I started to fall in love with the entrepreneur lifestyle, even though it was really stressful sometimes since we had to start from the scratch regarding skills and budget. It would have been easy to give up. Then I moved to Budapest this year,...
KAPTÁR faces – Ariele Gold

KAPTÁR faces – Ariele Gold

Ariele is from Austin, Texas and is committed to squelching Texan stereotypes wherever she goes. She has spent most of her travel life in Southeast Asia, specifically Vietnam, where she once ran a super cool and entirely illegal motorbike tour company. Today, she’s a branding-conscious web designer and frontend developer, but she will always jump at the chance to explore a city on two wheels. What are your favorite KAPTÁR moments? Sitting at the tall table near the door and buzzing people in when Balint takes weirdly long bathroom breaks. I still get mistaken as a new member of the Kaptar staff, even though I make a terrified face when someone attempts to speak to me in Hungarian. I have no authority here, guys, but please continue stroking my ego. What is your most important life lesson since you became an freelancer? The more I work on my craft and the more experience as I gain, the more I grasp how much I don’t know. Expertise is relative, which is why I try to work with clients who think I know what I’m doing and surround myself with other entrepreneurs who are experts in my eyes. What was the most frustrating thing about working at home? Suddenly snapping out of a procrastination stupor and realizing that I’ve wasted the last few minutes (hours?) clicking through some inane internet nonsense. Probably cat videos. Why did you choose KAPTÁR? Of all the coworking space in the city, KAPTÁR obviously had the the most warm, supportive, and active community. Connection goes a long way when you’re constantly traveling, so joining Kaptar was really a...
KAPTAR faces – Mo Swailem

KAPTAR faces – Mo Swailem

Mo Swailem from the USA describes himself as Partner at Good Life. He is a project manager at breakthruamazon, marketing consultant and an inspiring actor & entertainer. „I do a decent amount but my goal in life is to make a positive impact to everyone I interact with!” We are really happy that he enriched our community with his presence, even if only for a month during his travels across Europe! Here’s two short but instructive life lesson from him: 🔸 What is your most important life lesson, since you became an entrepreneur/freelancer? The most important life lesson is that failure isn’t real, it is a facade. The only way someone does not succeed in life is when they choose not to pursue the subject of one’s goals. 🔸 What excites you most about new challenges? New challenges create new opportunities to...