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Time frame: Oct 27 – Nov 10 (340 hours)
Number of steps: 141706 (-27% compared to Budapest)
Modes of transport: 5
Coworking spaces visited: 2
Coffees consumed: 8 (-55%)
Productivity score: 65% (+1pp)

Tools: Moves & Mapbox
Yellow: Walking
Red: Transport

Nov 10, 2017  ×  Vienna, AT

Notes on Budapest

I spent 14 days in Budapest this October.
Here are a few notes and thoughts:

  • Budapest is a lot more modern and Western than I expected. Especially the city center is very similar to Vienna.

  • This also applies to the cost of living, which was not as cheap as I had hoped. Airbnb’s are quite cheap (~€30-40/night for an apartment in the city center). A good cup of coffee will cost you roughly €2.5. An average restaurant meal is about €10. Coworking spaces were surprisingly expensive, ranging from €10-18 for a day pass.
  • To be fair though, most coworking spaces offer trial-days, so in theory you could probably work for free for almost a week just by visiting a different space each day. During my stay I worked from Impact Hub, KAPTÁR, LOFFICE, KUBIK and Mosaik. LOFFICE is probably the nicest space, but also the most expensive. My overall favourite was KAPTÁR: Open from 8:00 – 20:00, super nice staff + community, and they have standing desks.

  • In addition to co-working spaces, you can also work from most coffee shops. People are super relaxed about you bringing a laptop and working for a while and there’s free WiFi everywhere. The Magvető Cafe was particularly nice for laptopping.
  • Also: A lot of these places offer really good, third-wave-ish coffee. If I had to recommend one, it would be Espresso Embassy.

  • As a flexitarian who hardly eats meat, I was a little concerned about the availability of vegetarian food in Budapest (Eastern European cuisine tends to be quite meat-heavy). To my surprise there were a lot of Jewish /Mediterranean restaurants, of which I can especially recommend DOMBRUMBA and Mazel Tov.
  • Transportation: I already wrote a few words on how awesome Budapest’s metro system is. Uber has unfortunately been banned (for the usual technophobic reasons in Europe). Taxify is a pretty solid alternative though.

  • As an avid swimmer, one of my metrics for quality of life is availability of swimming pools. I’ll give Budapest a 10/10 here. The Hajós Alfréd Nemzeti Sportuszoda is amazing (50m heated outdoor pool!); you should also make sure to visit one of the city’s thermal baths.
Oct 27, 2017  ×  Budapest, HU

Handing in my Badge and my Gun


I’m pretty excited to share that after almost four years I have decided to leave Google and start working on something new.

This is a pretty big change for me: Working at Google has been a childhood dream of mine. I vividly remember when I got access to my first Gmail Beta account back in 2004. I was really into building and designing websites back then and was blown away I was by the simplicity and playfulness of the interface. This was when I first decided that I wanted to work for Google one day. I wanted to work in a fast-paced environment with exciting products and alongside the smartest people possible.

Ten years (and many unsuccessful job applications) later that dream became reality. I spent the vast majority of my time at Google managing partnerships with mobile app start-ups. I got the opportunity to build user acquisition campaigns for some of the biggest taxi and fin-tech apps in Europe, help gaming studios acquire more valuable users and consult subscription businesses on how to improve their UI and UX with behavioral insights. I was lucky to work with and be mentored by some of the brightest, nicest and most passionate people from all over the world. Joining Google has been one of the best decisions of my life.

However, there has always been one thing I missed: Building something that’s my own.

So this is what I’ll be doing from next Monday onwards. I have had an idea for a product for quite a while and will try to build this into a company.

I’ll share more about my new adventure in the next few weeks.

Oct 01, 2017  ×  Dublin, IE

chapter 0007

Moved to Dublin. Started working at Google.

Jan 04, 2014  ×  
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