As the COVID-19 crisis also had a strong impact on parents around the world, we began a segment on our blog to feature stories of employees of FREE NOW who are parents. Here we will dive into questions surrounding how they juggle their careers and parental life.

This time we are featuring Krzysztof Urban, our General Manager in Poland, who has been working with us since 2012. He is a proud father of a 3,5-year-old daughter. Together with his partner, they are raising Marysia in Warsaw. Krzysztof is originally from Wroclaw, where he studied Economics and later pursued a career in Finance & Tech. …


What was the last mode of transportation you used? Do you find yourself thinking twice about how you want to get from Point A to Point B, given the changes that we have been going through in the last months? Is safety a key concern for you as you make this decision?

Chances are, you answered yes to the last two questions.

Within the last months, we have seen great changes in movement locally and internationally. With the efforts of governments to #flattenthecurve, people were encouraged to remain at home for an extended period of time. This resulted in great impacts on both the travel and mobility industry, including FREE NOW, where our business is heavily reliant on individuals using our service to move from place to place. Due to current travel restrictions, the decision to go abroad and travel further distances is not made as easily as before. In addition, the level of trust in meeting one another again is proven to be requiring time to rebuild. …


Asif Hossain, a Senior Backend Engineer in our Payment Tribe shares his perspective on leadership and what it is like to lead virtual meetings at FREE NOW.

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What has been most important for you these weeks as a leader?

I am the epic owner of several payment projects — the scooter payment integration, automatic debt collection, and toll integration. My duty is to work closely with the product owner and other tech team members to lead the discussion and workshops on the specification of technical architecture for the projects.

As a leader at FREE NOW, how are you continuing to learn while working remotely?


Part of my role in the employer branding department is to support in making the start of new employees in the company as smooth as possible. At FREE NOW, we do this by pairing each new starter with a buddy on their first day at the company as well as holding a 2-day company induction training in our Hamburg HQ.

Under normal circumstances, everyone who starts at the company (whether locally or in one of our international locations) would have the opportunity to attend this 2-day training. …


As the COVID-19 crisis also had a strong impact on parents around the world, we are starting a new segment on our blog where we feature stories of employees of FREE NOW who are parents. Here we will dive into questions surrounding how they juggle their careers and parental life.

In conjunction with Mother’s Day in Germany, we are kicking it off with Carolina Magan, a product manager at our Barcelona tech-hub. Caro, as she likes to be called, is originally from Caracas, Venezuela, and has been living in Barcelona for 10 years now. She has been working at FREE NOW for two and a half years as a Product Manager for the Driver Experience and Driver Operations teams. She is also a mom of a 4-year old human and 12-year-old cat. …


The coffee breaks, the bumping into each other at the kitchen and restroom, or the occasional stroll together to the train station after work. For those who are used to working their usual 9–5 in an office, these are some aspects that are currently missing from our day to day work life. These moments of in-between, are the very moments that actualize the liveliness and excitement of working in a dynamic company.

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Employees picked a song to dedicate to their work bestie and added it to the collaborative playlist

Curating spaces for interaction

At FREE NOW in these difficult times, we have been working on several initiatives as an attempt to boost employee morale and fill in these very gaps that have been missing since we moved to operate as a completely remote company. …

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Jedida Ravindran

Intern at FREE NOW // Curious about all things tech & employer branding

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