Jesper joined KAPTÁR only a few weeks ago but he uses the space with such confidence that one can think he’s been living here for ages.
Please introduce yourself in a few lines. What are you doing now?
Our latest guest of KAPTÁR Success Stories is András Sali, the lead data scientist of Alphacruncher.
We are the Budapest team of around thirty employees of a software engineering company called Precognox. Our main task within the company is to help clients retrieve quality user data from written text that can be transformed into useful information to the users by way of search and visualization.
Csaba has worked as a frontend developer for the past ten years. Then in February, after leaving his last workplace, he started developing mobile games. Now, this is an exciting, scary, creative time in his life.
Ten years ago, I left my 18-year carrier of international advertising and managing director to work for the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) to promote sustainable forest management and the FSC certification globally from Germany. A couple of years later, I moved back to Hungary and started to work as an interim marketing director and marketing consultant.
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.
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 newfound digital nomad and according to Jenine, there is no better place to start than at KAPTÁR!
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 an addictology consultancy. This topic is an important part of her life.
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 traveling, 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.
Gábor had been a multinational soldier for 14 in the area of product development, including a 5-year visit in Vienna. They returned a few months ago with their kids and they all started something completely new. He wanted to leave marketing and wanted to dive into a topic that shows him a real future. So he started his business. He’s a payment systems consultant with a focus on smartphone payments.
Marco calls himself a geeky eclectic guy who always wants to try to understand how the world works. His major field is an economic theory and currently, he’s a research fellow at Fondazione Luigi Einaudi and an independent consultant at Consumer CentriX. He loves sports and playing his guitar 🙂
Kasandra is from Ohio in the USA. She works for a travel company where she finds airline deals and is the Customer Success and Community Manager. She came to Hungary with her boyfriend for his work a few years ago. For the past few years, she has been splitting her time between living in Budapest and in the US. She loves living in Budapest. 🙂 She really enjoys traveling and hope to do as much as she can while here!
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, ModulTrade Ltd, which develops smart contract, blockchain-based e-commerce solutions.
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?
I’m the managing director of Távügyvitel Kft., which offers online accounting for companies. Within the company, I’m responsible for marketing and the development of our online marketing system. Thanks to my online work, I’ve traveled a lot in the past years. Now I prefer hiking in the mountains around Budapest and I rediscovered reading!
I am Péter Szentkúti and I work in the field of data analysis and biostatistics. I’ve just switched from the bank modelling sector to the medical university a few weeks ago, where I’m gonna work as a biostatistician. I’ve started this work at KAPTÁR, where I popped by after I saw the friendly website. Since my experiences there were aligned with the „web impressions“, I kinda got stuck here.
Ciaran is from Cork, Ireland, but has spent most of his life in New York and Florida. His wife is from Budapest so he has been to Budapest almost every year for the past 20 years. 2 years ago he moved to Budapest full time with his wife and 2 children so that the children could learn Hungarian and talk to their Hungarian grandparents. There isn’t much chance to learn Hungarian outside of Hungary. Their children, now 6 and 2,5, both speak English and Hungarian fluently.
Antal Víg is the managing director of VIG.studios and an online marketing specialist. If you want people to notice your product or your service which you offer, Antal and his team could help you to get better access.
I’ve been working for my ex-company for more than 5 years now (a company dealing with film licenses etc. and seated only 50 meters away from here) and time has come for a chance to find something different, more interesting. We’d known each other with Áron for a long time now and therefore I’ve been following Kaptár’s story also since it’s opening and I was very much sympathizing how passionately it’s been founded and run since. We had a few chats earlier and ended up with the positive conclusion of giving us a try working together. Plus stayed close to Basil Ica just to make sure. 🙂
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.
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.
Hi Zsuzsa, thanks for the interview! Could you please introduce yourself? What should we know about you?
I’m a 23-year-old entrepreneur and have my own business in the IT sector. Our speciality 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.
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.
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 front-end developer, but she will always jump at the chance to explore a city on two wheels.
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.
Meet our new team member Effe Thompson from Ghana. Since July, he is the host of KAPTÁR Happening and its events. He’s currently studying marketing and has serious plans for the future.
Today’s guest of KAPTÁR Success Stories is Dani Farkas, the founder of Drops and one of KAPTÁR’s original inhabitants. His application has already been the „Application of the Day“ in several countries and platforms several times and lately, TechCrunch released an interview with the team about introducing the latest language – Hawaiian. Thank you for following our invitation as well, Dani! How has all of this started?
Ági is working from KAPTÁR almost every weekday by now. She has been working for Drops as a general assistant / universal problem solver since March, so this world is quite new for her so far. Before that, she lived in South-Korea for 3 years and went to University there and worked in a „proper“ office job, but she didn’t like it. At Drops, everyone works remotely and Ági has the feeling, that she found the perfect thing for her.
Kati Marton, a new KAPTÁR resident is a style and colour advisor. She can tell you, if you can wear brown or black, or if these colours make you look old. She also finds out if pastel or vibrant colours will make you shine more.
Bálint started out at a multinational company and then switched to being a freelancer. Now he manages his daily work at KAPTÁR and enjoys the company of many exciting people. 🙂
Meet Matt, our community member, who enjoys the KAPTARian life every day.
Meet with a core member of the KAPTÁR community, Zoltán Ratkó, (zoltanratk.design) designer. He designs the surface of various products using concrete, wood, marble, metal and other materials with a natural texture.
Meet our new community member. Daniel Marlin came to us as a digital nomad from Cape Town, South Africa. His passion is writing and several of his articles got released in magazines like Forbes or Huffington Post.
Born in BC and raised in Singapore, Nicole spent her formative years in Halifax, Tokyo, and Montreal. There, she completed a Mathematics and Statistics degree and worked with tech/startups before leaving to be a digital nomad. Nicole spends her leisure time exploring nature and loves the arts.
Meet Péter, this week’s KAPTAR face, who – as project manager of the European Consortium – adds more colour to our community.
Meet Dalma, this week’s KAPTAR face, who works as a freelancer in graphic design and social media management.
Hi Krisztián, thank you for accepting my invitation!
Hello Bálint, thanks for having me.
I’ve always felt very restless and never understood why or how people could accept the mundane life of, spending most of their time working a job they didn’t like and go home to a wife they didn’t care for. Recently I’ve discovered that my restlessness probably comes from ADHD, but I wouldn’t want to have it differently because it’s been fuel for many amazing experiences.
For example, when I was younger I started working with a dating coach and traveled to Europe and the US with him for 10 months.
So now my focus is really on how I can work towards a future where my excitement for life is not compromised by my job or the people I hang around!
The latest guest of KAPTÁR Success Stories is Francisco Javier Vera Gomez – the organizer of last spring’s KAPTÁR-Mexican Night and the CEO and Founder of Moradas.
My name is Timi and I’m the Hungarian Country Manager of Prospecto Group, a tech company based in Sofia.
I’m a human with a big smile, chef, traveller & a curious woman who wants to make every meal & ordinary moment sacred. As a business professional, I create structured operations and conscious organisations. As a mindful eating trainer, I teach mindfulness applied for food and eating to nourish body, mind and soul for individuals and groups, both in Berlin and Budapest.
I’m location independent since 2015, having worked remotely from 20+ countries around the world. I work as a full-stack web developer, but the thing I love the most is writing fiction. That’s what I do whenever I have free time and don’t feel too lazy or anxious or tired or drunk or other funny things. I mostly write in Russian, as this is my native language (I’m from St Petersburg), but the English version is coming soon.
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.
I’ve worked for over 25 years in different areas of marketing, in a variety of constructions. I have already worked for a big multi-agency, a municipal cultural institution and I had my own company as well. I was an owner, a company manager, an employee, a freelancer and a volunteer. I have already tried Levi’s, the Zoo, Wizz Air, Prohibited Radio, BeOnTrips, Michelin, Eco Partner and much more.
I’m a full-time PhD student at Eötvös Loránd University, my field of research in Russian literature. Although I do love academic work, it can be a little lonely sometimes, that’s why in the past couple of years while attending university, I always tried to hold jobs where I got to experience new things, and where I could focus on concrete, practical tasks. I think that a coworking office is a great concept in itself, and I’ve only heard wonderful things about KAPTÁR, so I was very happy when the opportunity presented itself to apply for a job here. For me, it’s really important to be surrounded by motivated people who are passionate about what they are doing. KAPTÁR is full of such people, so I’m looking forward to becoming part of the community.
Anna is living in Hungary for half of a year already and hopes 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 chose KAPTÁR because of the strong community and because it felt not only like a cosy 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!
The latest guest of KAPTÁR Success Stories is Zoltán Balázs, the technical director of MRG-Effitas, ethical hacker and IT security expert.
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.