Meet the Kambrian — Máté
This week’s Meet the Kambrian introduces everyone to Kambr’s Head of Dad Jokes…er back-end developer Máté. Read on to learn how his trip to the grocery store ended with not just getting a bag of food but also a job at Kambr and why he had to hide in a bathroom for 1.5 hours 🤔
Where are you from?
I’m from the sunny Balatonalmádi (a small beach town in Hungary).
What’s your role at Kambr?
I’m a back-end software engineer and in charge of the dad jokes during meetings 😉
What was your path to Kambr?
When I was eight years old and flew my first falcon, I instantly knew that I wanted to become a programmer at an aviation company :D
But in reality, I’m the luckiest person in Balatonalmádi. I had the opportunity to attend Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. While I was in school, I went to a local grocery store and had a conversation with a nice lady there.
It turned out that she was renting an office space next to our CEO, Jason Kelly, who was looking for software engineers at that time. She put us into contact and it went from there.
What’s something you want your colleagues to know about you?
I would definitely want them to know my name 😀, but jokes aside, just that I really look up to them because they are great people and I have learned so much from them.
“I really look up to [my colleagues] because they are great people and I have learned so much from them.”
What keeps you busy outside of work?
Sports in general. I love kite surfing, swimming, snowboarding, horseback riding, wind surfing, biking, slacklining. Once I have enough courage, I will hopefully add hang gliding to the list.
What’s your superpower?
I can jog for six hours, if I have the motivation.
What makes you nervous?
The sound of a whistle at a pool. Thirteen years of water polo gave me PTSD… 😀
What are you proud of?
I’m proud of my brother who is consciously bettering himself and turning bad habits into good ones with hard work.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
“If you wanna have purpose in life, aim for the highest conceivable good and work towards it every day” — Jordan B. Peterson
I can tell you that this comes to my mind every day.
What’s one thing you love to do?
I love being with friends in a park, making crepes, listening to music, and slacklining.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to become a mechanical engineer and a four-time Olympic champion. I got the “engineering” part so far 😀
What’s your most memorable travel moment?
Once I was traveling alone back to a water polo game from a different city. I had a big suitcase full of clothes and I missed the last bus that could have taken me to the game on time.I even saw the bus departing the station.
As I was dialing my coach to tell him that I won’t be able to make it to the game (potentially lose all of his trust and never play again), I remembered that the train station is not that far away. I looked up the schedule and I saw that a train was leaving in the next 15 mins. The train station was 6 mins away by car….
I picked up my suitcase and sprinted the whole way in 12 mins. When I arrived, I saw that there was a big line at the ticket office and the kiosk didn’t work.
I jumped on the train without a ticket and closed myself into the restroom with my suite case. I sat there for 1,5 hours and jumped off at the destination. I made it to the game and we won 😀
What’s your favorite/dream destination to fly to?
Cape Town, never been, but heard that it’s beautiful and the wind is perfect for kite surfing.
What’s the airport you’ve been to the most?
What’s your favorite aviation related film?
Window seat or aisle seat?
Do you have any funny or weird flight stories?
Once I bought a cheap return ticket from Air Berlin. On the way there the plane was almost empty, I had a full row. At that time, I didn’t know anything about load factors or revenue management, I was just happy with my seats.
By the time I wanted to come back the airline went bankrupt and I had to buy a new ticket….