DerAndereOsten: Welcoming Romania into the mix
20 September 2018
6 min read
Last week we launched the first article in our series to help promote the diversity that Leipzig, that our startup community houses everyday, by creating content around the #DerAndereOsten hashtag. We’ve lost count of how many nationalities are represented in our community here in the Spinnerei, but it’s a lot! In our area alone, our startups total over 250 active employees from all around the world.
So continuing on with our series, this time we have interviewed one of the Co-Founders of Digitail. Digitail is a startup in our current (7th) cohort that is developing a CRM for veterinary clinics. The team is operating primarily remotely, with one member rotating in and out of the SpinLab in Leipzig at a time. Beyond that, their operations are split between Spain and Romania.
Let’s play 7 seven questions with Digitail’s Co-Founder: Sebasitan Gabor
1. Sebastian, when and how did you come to Germany?
My first interaction with Germany was in 2008, when I came for a language learning bootcamp in Berlin. My stay was short, around 1 month but I ended up coming back various times to meet with business partners for shorter periods (4-6 months) in 2013 and 2014.
Afterwards I had a lot of friends to visit and I always try to come by as often as possible.
2. Since you’ve lived in another German city, tell us how that compares to Leipzig.
Berlin would be my longest interaction with Germany, however, Leipzig made its way to being a place where I really want to come again.
Leipzig has some of the great advantages of Berlin but it offers also a calm and cozy experience. I saw that Leipzig offers a wide variety of possibilities and I definitely need to explore more of Leipzig before fully answering this question.
What I can say now is that the people in Leipzig are great and I loved being able to jog in the morning in the park nearby. The walks in the city are calming and you always have something to do.
3. Would you say that you feel warm and welcomed in Leipzig?
Yes! Even without a good German level, you can easily feel like home here.
4. Being in Germany for a while now, what’s the biggest difference compared to people in Romania / Spain?
I love that people keep their word fully and take responsibility for their actions. Everyone commits and is willing to give 110% to achieving the best results.
People are also more organized and this helps them have enough time to also enjoy and have fun. The only downside is that there less spontaneity involved and you need to plan things days ahead.
And yes, as Shawn was saying, it’s extremely annoying to have to pay cash all the time. (ARE YOU LISTENING GERMANY?!) In both Spain and Romania, I end up using only the Apple pay solution and do not even need to carry the card with me.
5. What is the most important thing you miss from your home country?
Friends and family are the first thing that come to mind. Besides that, it’s the spontaneity, late night talks with friends and people smiling all the time on the streets!
6. What is your favorite German food dish? What is your favorite food from Spain / Romania?
Hard one! I’ve started eating less meat so my first thoughts when it comes to food I eat in Germany, would be to go to Thai places and have some absolutely tasty veggie Kebabs.
However, there is one thing in which Germany holds the record and that would be B-R-E-A-D! It is insane how good and addictive the bread can be over there.
7. Could you imagine yourself staying in Germany forever?
Forever is a really long time. I see myself living and allocating a certain percent of the year to Germany. It is the place I feel most productive. However, I have noticed that time has changed the concept of home and that we get to a point where “traveling” is our new home. Regardless what you do, growth is now dependent on new markets, understanding them, partnering up with locals and how can you better do this than actually going there.
Regardless what you do, growth is now dependent on new markets, understanding them, partnering up with locals and how can you better do this than actually going there.
I’m still fighting to reduce the time needed to creating a routine and going into full productivity mode. The personal feeling that draws me to Germany would be the cold morning runs, being close to nature (tons of parks and green areas) and the possibility to always have a good conversation.