KAPTÁR faces – Attila Őzse

KAPTÁR faces – Attila Őzse

Attila Őzse photographer is a true example that creativity and discipline are not mutually exclusive qualities. In fact, it is the routines built in his life that make his talent to unfold possible. It is Attila, who comes to KAPTÁR every morning at the same time, works through the day, yet the result is full of creativity. Oh, and on that note, he’s the photographer of KAPTÁR too!   We’ve known you for a while now, and I couldn’t agree more that there is not many such fanatics like you around. It is photography that seems to be the key driver of your life. Is this correct?Well, it is a fact that the family camera was always in my hands because it just interested me so much. I started at the age of 17 and was continuously taking pictures of everything. There was a full night when I was making pictures of a snowy street in Gyöngyös and arrived home in the morning completely frozen. This all made sense when after a not too successful graduation I finished a machine manufacturing school and started to work at a factory. It was like a punch in the face. It was then when I realized what adult life means exactly, when your mom does not put your lunch in front of you every day and when you have to make a living working hard day by day. And it was so clear that I don’t want to do this like that and started thinking if there is a way to make some money with photography and how this works. I used...
KAPTÁR faces – János Balassa

KAPTÁR faces – János Balassa

A hard-set outsider, who eventually found his place in the world   Have you seen the guy running around KAPTÁR with Caramel[1] posters under his arm? He’s János Balassa, owner and founder of InConcert, whom we thank the brand Caramel. The road of the son of a diplomat landing in the world of entertainment lead through years in the banking and finance industries, coincidental encounters and several continents.   Changing from the bank sector to the world you are living in today is not an obvious move. No, it wasn’t. But illogical turns and unreal encounters followed one another in my life luckily with such self-evidence that my life always changed to the better. The 5 years I spent in New York thanks to the diplomatic mission of my father not only secured my command of the English language but also set the foundation of this sort of outsider existence that still represents me somehow, even today. When we returned in the ’80-s into that reality of communism. here, well that was very different from what I’d been living in before. My dad arranged that I got accepted to Radnóti High School, where they sat me down next to a little girl. We were 10. She’s my wife now. Everything got decided quite fast if I understand correctly, right? Absolutely not. Although my life started quite normally, because I continued after finishing high school as everyone else back then.Being an obedient son, I accepted what my father had for me, so went to the Collage of Foreign Trade then to the University of Economics (now Corvinus), what was followed...
KAPTÁR faces – Ann Borszeki

KAPTÁR faces – Ann Borszeki

Anna is living in Hungary for half of a year already and hope to stay here forever. Originally she’s from Moscow. Actually she never thought that she would ever make such a change in her life and we are happy to be a part of it! Get to know her story! I’m Linguist by education but working in IT as a Project & Business development manager. My current aim is to launch my company’s geo products outside of Russian-speaking markets. For example in October we launched public transport app in Budapest. (Have a try and let me know your thoughts – http://bit.ly/2kPSaKV). What did you hate most about working in home office? For me the worst thing about working in home office is that you are locked-in all the day(s) in closed space, you do not feel the time and can work till nights. It can last days and weeks, time is running, task after task and so on. And even if you stop for a break or dinner with your family – this horrible feeling inside is pushing you: “Anna, you forgot this and that, you should send 100 more e-mails and make 200 calls”. So you cannot just enjoy. At the end of the day it may help you to earn all the money of the world (which is maybe not bad), the question is – is that a life? Best KAPTÁR moments? Let’s speak about happy moments at Kaptar – for me they are happening quite often somehow, for example yesterday Tamás brought best cookies I ever tried, very tasty. I ate half of the pack…:D Or...
KAPTÁR faces – Zsombor Járosi

KAPTÁR faces – Zsombor Járosi

Chopin and Nintendo Zsombor had just freshly finished university when he was already hunted down by one of the top picks on the list of dream workplaces, IBM Budapest Lab (previously known as Ustream). Today, he is pretty much a one-man show representing the complete EngineeringEffectiveness team himself alone. Besides this job, he is also a recognized game developer. Although everything pointed towards becoming a software developer since birth, at one point he got very close to eventually playing on a completely different keyboard. Have you been considered to be the type of kid who already knows what he wants to become when growing up at the age of 6? Well, not that early, but by the time I turned 11, I already started developing games using a software that would now be considered so very ancient called MacromediaFlash. Then I started to make money on it by the time I was in high school working for a tiny Hungarian studio developing awrestling game. So it seemed quite obvious you’ll go to ELTE (Eötvös Lóránd Science University) or BME(Budapest University of Technology). Totally. Yet, for some time I wanted to go rather to the Music Academy to the Faculty of PerformingArts. They say I had a shot to get in, I played the piano pretty well by then. I even made some additional money on top of what I made on game development by playing in little bars and cafés. Although these were rather special occasions. Then somebody made you change your mind? It wasn’t really necessary. By the time I was graduating, I was quite sure I’ll apply to ELTE’s SoftwareArchitectures in Computer...
KAPTÁR face – Jonathan Patrick

KAPTÁR face – Jonathan Patrick

I chose KAPTÁR because of the strong community and because it felt not only like a cozy and friendly environment to work, but also to meet some great new people. Through KAPTÁR, I met some great friends who made Budapest feel like a real home to me!   What are the biggest milestones in your life?   My most recent big milestone has been the journey I started earlier this year – to build 20 startup experiments in a year, and share the process in public. It’s been tough, and I still have a way to go, but along the way I’ve learnt how to build full-stack web apps, have written 6 essays and picked up 2,000 users of my products! You can follow the journey here.   What excites you most about new challenges?   What excites me most about new challenges is having to learn something totally new and grow in the process of doing so. I’m a big fan of testing my limits and a strong believer that anyone can learn something new, they just have to commit the energy, time and enthusiasm to it. Regardless of whether the challenge is won or not, you always walk away with new knowledge or experience, which makes it worth it.   What are you most proud of in your life?   One of the things I’m most proud of is running the Uganda International Marathon – a hill marathon under the heat of the African sun. The craziest part was that I hadn’t run in more than 5 years… but I signed up to force myself to start...
KAPÁR face – Justin Butlion

KAPÁR face – Justin Butlion

My name is Justin Butlion. I’m 35 years old and was born and raised in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Today I’m working as an analytics and business operations consultant for online-based companies. A year and a half ago I left Tel Aviv where I had been living for 3 years (I immigrated to Israel when I was 19) and became a minimalist and digital nomad. Since then I’ve travelled to 10 countries including Thailand, Colombia, Greece and Costa Rica. My passions include football (Chelsea FC), poker, learning new things, and of course data and analytics. What is the best part of your job? My job involves helping companies learn more about themselves so they can make better decisions. The best part of my job is helping a client find out something new which really helps them grow their business. There is a moment of realization that hits the client which is magical.   What is your most important life lesson, since you became an entrepreneur/freelancer?   Since I became a freelancer I’ve learnt many things but the most important life lesson is the importance of self-discipline. When I became a freelancer I had all the freedom in the world but with that freedom comes a lot of distractions. I had to learn to put all those distractions at the back of my mind so I could focus on growing my business. It’s an ongoing challenge.   What are the biggest milestones in your life? The three biggest milestones so far in my life are: Finishing my military service in the IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) Helping my mother retire Becoming a...