Sandro Rybarik, Informatics student, Developer, CEO Kingfisher Company
“If I want an opinion on my ideas or things I work on, I go straight to Campus.”
Top three (audio)books/blogs/podcasts that changed your way of looking at the world?
Start With Why by Simon Sinek
Konec prokrastinace (End of Procrastination) by Petr Ludwig
How To Start A Startup series by Y-Combinator at Stanford
Your most favorite treat from Campus bar?
My go-to drink is definitely coffee.
The best personal hack that helped you become more effective/productive/healthier/less stressed/get things done over the last 6 months?
When starting something from scratch, lower all expectations by half.
Were you not doing what you do, what career path could we see you pursuing?
Theoretical physics. I’m a big fan of history of physics and its significant figures that brought us new ideas on how to look at the world from various angles.
If you could change one thing right away with a magic wand, what would it be?
Teach all the people around the world use the internet and its knowledge properly.
Sandro is a 20-years-old up-and-coming programmer and entrepreneur studying at the Faculty of Informatics. More importantly, he helps form the Campus student body, as well as takes part in the Mastermind team. Why?
From a passive dorm room to a dynamic hotdesk
“Believe it or not, I first came to Campus by a complete accident,” Sandro begins his retrospective with a laugh.
He’d wanted to go to an event organized by WebSupport, a company “next door.” He ended up in Campus Mlyny. By chance, he got engaged to the event and stayed.
Also, because he’d been looking for a new base of operations. “There’s not the right kind of work ethic in my dorm room. You’ve got your bed right by the desk, and you know you can always lie down.”
A study at his dorm was a bit too loud and overcrowded. He thought that Campus was an “all right space” so he headed to Campus website to find out a student community was forming there.
“At Campus, you find a place to sit down and work while people with totally different expertise are moving all around you.”
He didn’t want to miss out, and in a matter of a month or two, the deal was sealed.
Before going crazy with the product, test your ideas
Coming up with an idea and getting the work done is one thing, but it’s all for nothing if that initial idea isn’t good. Sandro found out the hard way.
“Just because you think of a product and you produce it, doesn’t mean it will sell. Here’s an example. At one point, I wanted to help shy people at events to feel more comfortable with networking.”
He and his Campus friends came up with a “networking table”: a marked place, where you could sit down with everyone who wanted to network, so you didn’t need to approach them out of the blue.
A solid, well-meant idea, right? It didn’t work as the team had expected. At all.
“It was one of the most embarrassing things ever. By sitting down at that table, it was like a spotlight was shining down on you, sending the signal that ‘Hey, look at me, I am afraid to network!’”
The issue was that everyone involved in the project was an extrovert and thus had no understanding of how an introverted person would look at the situation.
“You have to have a systematic approach to everything you do. Now I know I have first to test my ideas and have a due process prepared before I go crazy with coding applications.”
Four why’s of Campus-student fit
Through regular meetings with established business seniors and by challenging each other, students can develop their knowledge in any area of expertise: that’s Mastermind program.
“Mastermind gathers all of us into one room and makes us solve our professional problems. People help each other, yet everyone improves on his own.”
Besides Mastermind, Sandro lists three key reasons why Campus is the best start for a student. First, it’s the space, because “working in a dorm is a struggle.”
Then contacts follow. “If I want an opinion on my ideas or things I work on, I go straight to Campus. Even if I don’t talk to everyone on a day-to-day basis, I can always come for advice.”
Thirdly? Access to events. “It’s not that much about events being free for the students. By participating, you get to know everyone and learn how the ecosystem works. That way, the whole experience is much more valuable.”
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