Balazs Szakacs is another Nomen est Omen member of Ustream. His family name is the Hungarian equivalent of the word, “cook”. So he likes preparing food and concocting the company’s important data.
He’s been working at Ustream around a year and enjoys every minute of it. He works more than before and much more willingly. ‘It was a kind of interaction from the very first moment. Ustream wanted to find someone and I wanted to move forward in my career, too’ he explains. ‘I had to take the unique opportunity to be the leader of a green field investment. The company culture was also tempting, before I was working at a Scandinavian corporate company, and an American start-up was pretty new and exciting, compared to my previous experiences. Plus, the passion and enthusiasm what I saw on the faces in Ustream during my interviews grabbed me to make the final decision.’
And he hasn’t regretted it.
He works as the manager of the Business Intelligence Team which is responsible for making trusted and quality data available for everyone. It helps Ustream to become a data-driven company. During the last year he managed to build the right team and to find the proper people. To tell the truth, it wasn’t always easy to find people who are different enough to inspire each other but still can work together. After all, he believes ‘now I have the best experts and personalities on board’.
He needs them to be successful as the hard work has just started. The next months for example will be busy with improving and automatizing the data and reporting system. It’s a very challenging task what he experienced even on his very first day at the office. ‘In the morning, when I was over the administrative stuff and got my laptop I was looking for a desk to sit, I was walking around the office with all my things, and one of colleagues stopped me. “Ah, so you are the data guy! Could you make me a report till 5 P.M., I’ll have an important meeting.” It was quite funny’ he laughs.
When he needs some time off from his data-driven job, he goes for dancing. ‘! I’ve been dancing for four years, I tried different styles but my favorite one is West Coast Swing’ he says.
Well, it seems to be another reason why he’s a fine pair with Ustream, as the company’s headquarters is on the West Coast.