KAPTÁR face – Ugis Balmaks

KAPTÁR face – Ugis Balmaks

I’m a business owner from Riga, Latvia. My company iPhone Photography School helps people take better photos with the iPhone. I’ve been thinking about moving to a new city for a while now. I’ve always liked Budapest and I finally decided to come for longer. I’m happy that we’ve set up our team to be able to work from anywhere in the world. Now I get to try it myself.   What is your most important life lesson, since you became an entrepreneur? Life is what you make it. For better or for worse, what you put in is what you get out. Once you understand that, you never need to look for motivation.   What is the best part of your job? It must be all the amazing people I get to meet. Business partners, mentors, co-workers become friends, inspire me to do more and continuously show something new and exciting about the world. I was glad to meet some very cool at KAPTAR too. Everyone here seems nice, cheerful, yet ambitious.   What was most annoying about working at home? Definitely the poor internet connection. I need to make a number of calls every day. I’d always seem to lose my connection at the worst possible time. My internet connection even became a running joke in one of our team meetings. That was my first and only day working from home here in Budapest. I joined KAPTAR the next day.   Why did you choose KAPTÁR? I decided to check out KAPTAR because it’s very close to my apartment. I chose to stay because it has everything...
KAPTÁR face – Eric Rasmussen

KAPTÁR face – Eric Rasmussen

Hello, my name is Eric Rasmussen. I am the owner of a one-person business based in Cambridge, Massachusetts USA. I am a web designer and developer.   What is your most important life lesson, since you became an entrepreneur/freelancer? Resist the temptation to work all of the time. Make sure you carve out some time on weekends and evenings for family/friends/fun. And don’t think “Oh if I don’t take this job, maybe there will never be another and my family will starve”. Believe in yourself and your skills and abilities!   What is the best part of your job? Being able to work from anywhere., whether it be at home in my pyjamas:), on the train or plane, or at Kaptar!   What are you most proud of in your life? That I was able to build my own business and was able to support my family with it, that my wife and I raised our children to be good people, and that I was able to learn Hungarian!   Why did you choose KAPTÁR? I investigated various workspaces online and Kaptar appealed to me for its central location, flexible work hours and reasonable price. I think I made a good decision, I really like the work atmosphere at Kaptar and everyone has been super...
KAPTÁR success stories – Zoltán Balázs

KAPTÁR success stories – Zoltán Balázs

The latest guest of KAPTÁR Success Stories is Zoltán Balázs, the technical director of MRG-Effitas, ethical hacker and IT security expert. Hi Zoli, thanks for accepting my invitation! Hi Bálint, thank you for the opportunity and the good coffee! (laughs) Tell me, how does one become an ethical hacker? Why have you chosen this career path? I’ve been interested in this topic since I was 18. But back then it was just an interest. I know many people who have hacked professionally since they were young. Not me. The question which path to choose came up in university… (Zoli graduated at BME-VIK as IT engineer – edit.) I didn’t like programming, so I skipped the larger part of the technical subjects. But IT security stayed, and I thought, since I’ve always been curious about it, why not try now. Has it turned out as a good decision? Absolutely! It was one of the best decisions in my life. It was the first time that I felt how it is to do something that is not an obligation but a hobby and entertainment. It’s my vocation and passion. What happened after graduation? I worked for banks and started there with defence systems. It was a very exciting period. I got a good insight in how they protect people’s money. A little bit later, I switched to consultancy. We were still in the financial sector, we tested, searched for bugs and made recommendations for fixing them. What did you get most out of this field? I could experience at the very beginning of my career, what it is like on both...
KAPTÁR faces – Jenine Sharabi

KAPTÁR faces – Jenine Sharabi

Jenine is a Graphic Designer and Creative Partner at Two Desk Studio, a boutique creative agency primarily based in the Kingdom of Bahrain, a small island situated in the Arabian Gulf. Personal interests recently pulled her to relocate to Budapest and through the magic of the internet she is currently co-managing her business while fully immersing herself as a new found digital nomad and according to Jenine, there is no better place to start than at KAPTÁR! (P.S. If you are feeling nosey, our website is currently under-construction but don’t hesitate to shoot us an email and we will gladly share!)   What is your most important life lesson, since you became an entrepreneur? Being the master of your time means you truly value every moment even more. This applies to the projects you take on as well. You can get things done much faster and efficiently when you know it’s on your clock! What is the best part of your job? The freedom it gives me to work for and learn from people in industries I would have never otherwise exposed myself to. I get to not only learn about their businesses but then reflect this learning by reinventing the persona they choose to present to the world. What are you most proud of in your life? At the moment my business. My business partner and I have organically built it from the ground up and established a strong and consistent reputation for the work that we deliver. What is the fastest way to ruin a business? Dishonesty, you are working with other people that are relying on...
KAPTÁR faces – Gabriella Gál

KAPTÁR faces – Gabriella Gál

Gabi has been a KAPTÁR member for almost a year. Her full-time job is in the field of business intelligence in a bank, but at KAPTÁR, she works on her own part-time business, on a side-gig webshop. She started out as a Fixie member and she has been mostly working here in evenings and on weekends, when most of the people are gone, so she often feels like the phantom of KAPTÁR (even the opera house is pretty close :). She has a diploma in economics and addictology consultancy. This topic is an important part of her life.   Why did you choose KAPTÁR? It is close to my main job and it looked really inspiring. When I walked by here I got a peek inside, I must have looked very interested since a host immediately opened the door and asked me if I wanted a tour. You don’t often see this kind of openness and kindness in this country.   What have been your best KAPTÁR moments so far? Since I have a fulltime job and can’t be here very often, I have missed the community events, unfortunately. I simply don’t have the capacity. But I really like, that the place is animal-friendly. I love to see when people come with their pets. It doesn’t exactly make me more efficient when I’m busy petting them, but they really make me happy.   What is the fastest way to ruin a business? So far, I could write about how long it takes to start one. I bought the domain 5 years ago, that I use for my webshop now. And it’s...
KAPTÁR face – András Attilio Tóth

KAPTÁR face – András Attilio Tóth

Hi, I am András Attilio Tóth, and I recently became a Kaptarian. I work as a software developer, which means much more for me as a simple job: I am glad to learn new technologies or work on hobby-projects in my free time as well. Besides this, I like travelling, discovering new places and meeting new people, I’m fond of foreign languages, and I like to go hiking, canoeing and biking. From the first time I set foot into KAPTÁR, I was amazed by the atmosphere and the kindness of the hosts, besides the great place in the city, that’s the reason I chose it as my second home.   What was your funniest/best KAPTÁR moments? Of course, I enjoy every minute spent at KAPTÁR. :) The best moment so far has been the team lunch on Wednesday. It was the perfect occasion for getting to know many other Kaptarians and learn about the countries they came from and the variety of things they are doing.   What’s the best part of your job? What comes to my mind first, is that I can write code the whole day :) However, in spite of loving the technical part of my job, there is one thing which I think is even more important: I can be part of two wonderful groups at the same time. On the one hand, I enjoy being among Kaptarians, on the other hand, I also found an awesome team at the company I’m currently working for.   What is most exciting for you in new challenges? I really enjoy working with technologies or systems I...