Meet the people who work at eyeo, but don’t necessarily work at eyeo. Take a sneak peek at their lives and what it means to be part of a company that allows you to work anywhere in the world. Today, meet Paul, our resident angry Greek.
Where in the world do you work?
I work from Innsbruck, Austria. Or as we like to call it around here, the Heart of the Alps.
Tell us a little about your role at eyeo
I’m all over the visual aesthetics of things and the impact they have on our users and partners (so blame me for everything). Anything to do with website layout, user interfaces (UI) and user experience (UX). I work closely with Product Managers, Art Directors and Copywriters in order to visualise their needs and requirements. I am also involved in photography, videos and branding.
What does your workday look like?
It literally looks like this:
What’s so great about working remotely?
There are no “office” distractions, there’s a lot of “silence” and I get to listen to my focus music on proper speakers without disturbing anyone around me. Well, maybe the cat, but he hasn’t found a way to express his complaints verbally yet. In case you were wondering, here’s what the cat is subjected to (musically) on a daily basis:
Where is your favorite place to work?
When I’m in Innsbruck, it has to be my office room. When in our headquarters in Cologne, you’ll find me somewhere in an office on the 4th floor or out on eyeo’s infamous terraces.
What do you do when you’re not working?
I usually travel to Italy (South Tyrol), since it’s amazing how different an espresso or a pizza can taste after a 60 minute drive. I hike, while taking photographs and videos and posting my experiences in the official blog of the Innsbruck Tourism board. I also binge watch series on my android tv and manage my creative label’s music (Pueblo Vista).
You’re traveling for work and can only take a backpack. What do you pack?
Laptop, phone, portable hard drive, camera, lenses, drone and all sorts of cables to charge all that. Potentially a pair of undies.
What job would you be terrible at?
Ski instructor. Basically anything having to do with winter sports. The reason for this is that I do not trust H2O in any of it’s frozen forms (ice or snow). I guess being Greek I can only trust it in its liquid form. Which basically makes me think that I will be teaching people how to do epic van Damme-like splits with their skis on.
What’s one gadget you can’t live without?
Cliché I know, but that would be my mobile phone. Sure that’s a popular answer.
What’s your favorite app?
Instagram. It’s the app on my phone that gets the most taps. Being a passionate semi-amateur photographer, Instagram allowed me to expand my audience and showcase my work in front of more eyeballs. It also helped me connect with other like-minded photographers across the globe and get inspired by their work.
Why did you join eyeo?
I joined eyeo simply because it was my life-long dream to work for a company that disrupts the technological industry and its products are used by millions of people every day. I’ve stayed because of its people and culture. Everyone is so freaking good at what they do and specialize in, that it feels great not to be the smartest person in the room. The amount of “stuff” I’ve learned ever since I started in eyeo is overwhelming. I got the chance to meet exceptional individuals that I am proud to call my friends. The international environment also played a very big part since I am a sucker for geopolitics, cultures and languages. At the moment of writing this, I am the only Greek native in the team, so I guess that kinda makes me a unicorn. Also, there’s beer pong.