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 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...
KAPTÁR face – Zsófi Stier

KAPTÁR face – Zsófi Stier

Zsófi recently joined KAPTÁR as a host to leave her home office a little and get social again :) She’s a technical translator and translates from English and German into Hungarian. She works for certain clients in specific topics (software user interfaces, help texts, marketing texts) and for some clients according to their needs (e.g. private letters, advertisement, users guides for commercial products).   What is most exciting about new challenges? When I face a new challenge, the start always seems a bit tough, but maybe the best thing about it is how your brain can magically adjust and build new skills out of nothing in order to help you master the obstacles. It helps you to shift into a new way and this way I can creatively solve tasks.   What have been the biggest milestones in your life? When I packed my things and left for a foreign country far far away (China) to do an internship. I didn’t know anyone and couldn’t speak the language :) This was such a formative experience for me that it completely changed my way of thinking about this world.   What did you hate most about working from home? My work is pretty lonely, you just sit there with your pc and only communicate with your clients or the project managers via email sometimes. I missed a community and teamwork. I used to really love these things at my former job. So the idea of KAPTÁR appeared ;)...
KAPTÁR face – Gábor Kőrös

KAPTÁR face – Gábor Kőrös

I deal with business consulting in the area of strategy, business models and innovation, but mostly I help companies to find their problems, to structure their way of thinking and to enhance their work productivity. I have experience in finances, I worked in sales and recently in the innovation team of an international bank. My current client is a foreign fintech company, the ModulTrade Ltd, which develops smart contract, blockchain based e-commerce solutions.   What is the best about your job? I love when I manage to find the real source of a problem in the middle of a complex and chaotic situation and to recognize the relation of the main influences in its structure. Besides that, I mostly enjoy being in a flow.   What do you find the most exciting about new challenges? The beginnings. When we start to discover a process without any kind of preconception. I love to start new things because I think it helps to keep being open and creative.   What is the fastest way to mess up a business? I could give many answers to that, but I think the fastest way, is to over-plan without taking any actual actions. There is a quote from Dwight D. Eisenhowertől, which is very true in the business world: Plans Are Worthless, But Planning Is...
KAPTÁR success stories – Zsófia Barcza

KAPTÁR success stories – Zsófia Barcza

Today’s guest of KAPTÁR’s Success Story is Zsófi Barcza, the founder of Syntesia Medical Communications and one of the ancient KAPTÁR inhabitants. Zsófi is a medical writer and mostly works for doctors and pharmacists. Thank you for joining in our invitation, Zsófi. How has all of this started? How have you found this market niche? The three words that are most typical for me are science, languages, and music. Fortunately, I went to a great secondary school and when it was time to decide about a career path, I thought I could do any of those. Eventually, I chose the medical path, because I could still deal with languages and music in my free time. Many people told me how nice it is „that a doctor deals with the arts just as a hobby“, but it turned out later that these hobbies were way too important to me. I had some subjects in medical school, which were really interesting, but the other two paths became more dominant by the end of my studies. After getting my diploma I started to study technical translation and interpretation which took 2 years…   Sorry for interrupting you, but if I got it right you have a doctors degree? Have you also worked as a doctor? Yes, I did. I worked as a doctor for 3 years. I always say that I squeezed 8 years into those 3 years after my graduation. (laughs). I graduated as a technical translator and interpreter (2years), I did a professional exam as a physician, which took me 3 years. Besides that, I did a part-time job in...