Official Blog of Tink Tank Coworking Space

Monat: November 2021

When Tink Tank reunites

Throughout the history of popular culture, there were duos that would be long remembered. At Tink Tank Space it’s Hilary and Lorna! 

Whether it’s the opposites or the similarities that make them so tonic – let’s find out in our interview! 

Tink Tank:  Who are you, what do you do for a living, and where do you work? 

Hilary: Originally a chemist from Ireland, I have now lived in Germany for about 10 years and I work in pharmaceutical regulatory affairs.  

Lorna: I’m originally from the UK but lived in several countries before arriving in Germany in 2007. I studied chemistry and work as a post-doctoral researcher before starting a career in publishing, where I have had a few different roles and am now a publishing director responsible for our relationship with the German research community. 

Tink Tank: Are you colleagues? How do you know each other? 

Hilary & Lorna: We are not currently colleagues but have worked together in the past. We met when we were both editors working on materials science research journals in a scientific publishing company, where Lorna still works. It’s funny to find ourselves office mates again after quite a few years, especially as we came to the Tink Tank separately without realizing we were both going to be here.   

Lorna & Hilary

Tink Tank: What’s your go-to productivity trick?  

Lorna: I live to ride the inspirational wave as much as possible – I know that I am much more productive when I work on the things that are piquing my interest at a given time. It’s easier to achieve things when they don’t feel like work. I review and revise a lot of documents and really the option to have my laptop/phone read them to me for a change.  

Hilary: I am at my most productive when working on challenging problems in a close-knit team.  

Tink Tank: Do you already have experience with coworking? 

Hilary & Lorna: This is our first experience of co-working.

Tink Tank: What are the differences between a coworking space and your usual office? 

Hilary & Lorna: We’ve both been working from home since March 2020. 

Hilary: Compared to my homeoffice, Tink Tank is much more stylish and sociable, and I don’t have to hoover it! 

Lorna: Compared to working in my company office pre-pandemic there are fewer interruptions, which can be good and bad. These days the interruptions tend to be virtual, so easier to ignore. I like the uncluttered feeling and really appreciate having my living space back again after working at my dining table for 18 months.  

Tink Tank: What do you think is great about working in a coworking space?/What do you like about Tink Tank? 

Hilary & Lorna: The social and networking events offer a chance to get to know others in the office, working in a variety of different areas. The different spaces for desk-work, meetings, chilling out offer a nice chance to change the working environment from time to time.  

Tink Tank: If you could add one thing to Tink Tank, what would it be? 

Hilary: Fußball table!

Lorna: Hot chocolate for the drinks machine and running sushi (yes, two things). 

Tink Tank: What’s one professional/private skill you’re currently working on? 

Hilary: Australian Football, it’s a steep learning curve!  

Lorna: Professionally, I am working on change management qualifications. After work, I’m currently doing an Impro course – my first time on stage in German! 

Tink Tank: Do you have a common hobby?  

Hilary & Lorna: We have enjoyed quite a few activities together over the years and have found ourselves bouldering and climbing (well, at least once together!), performing improvising sketches in the Heidelberg hills, surfing in Sri Lanka (well, Hilary surfing and Lorna falling off the board over and over), on a pedal boat in Croatia battling not to be swept out across the Adriatic, and have a very intermittent jogging group. 

Tink Tank: Do you have any recommendations for after-work activities? 

Hilary: I am very active in an Australian football club (The Heidelberg Knights) and I recommend checking them out as a great way to get fit and meet new people. 

Lorna: Drinking gin, hiking, or doing a bit of Impro – not necessarily all together. 

Tink Tank: Where can you be found when you are not working? 

Hilary: On a ski trip or planning a ski trip.

Lorna: Drinking a nice dark-roast espresso, a glass of wine, or a G&T in one of Heidelberg’s cafés or restaurants.  

  

Tink Tank: Thank you for sharing your story.

Leben als digitaler Nomade

Cosmin ist einer unserer neuen Coworker und immer im Tink Tank, wenn er gerade in der Gegend ist. 

Tagsüber ist er vertieft in Excel Tabellen und nachts lässt er die Puppen tanzen, sowie beim diesjährigen Sommer am Fluss. 

Wenn er mal nicht hinter seinem Laptop oder den Plattenspielern ist, fängt er schöne Momente mit seiner Kamera ein oder flitzt mit seinem Mountainbike durch Heidelberg. Catch him if you can!  

Tink Tank:  Wie lautet deine Berufsbezeichnung? 

Cosmin: SAP Berater.

Tink Tank: Wo arbeitest du? 

Cosmin: Als Freelancer kann ich normalerweise überall arbeiten, wo es eine gute Internetverbindung gibt. 
 

Tink Tank: Was war der erste Job, für den du bezahlt wurdest und wie alt warst du?  

Cosmin: Mit 22 als Angestellter für den rumänischen Geheimdienst.

Tink Tank: Was magst du an deinem Job? 

Cosmin: Am meisten mag ich die Flexibilität, aber ich finde meine berufliche Tätigkeit an sich ziemlich interessant. Es wird selten langweilig, weil es immer neue Technologien gibt und ich immer up to date sein muss.

Tink Tank: Was sind die Herausforderungen in deinem Arbeitsbereich? 

Cosmin: Die größte Herausforderung ist, wenn ich mit Leute ohne einen soliden technischen Hintergrund arbeiten muss. 

Tink Tank: Was magst du an Tink Tank? 

Cosmin: Alles.

Tink Tank: Was ist das Must-Have in einem Coworking Space, damit du gut arbeiten kannst? 

Cosmin: Ruhe, gute/professionelle Office Anlagen und coole Menschen. 

Tink Tank: Danke, Cosmin.

The Right Machine – the right attitude

What do The Right Machine and Tink Tank have in common?

March 2020, when Tink Tank opened its doors for the first time, Thomas founded his company and was one of the first coworkers to find us. You might think that establish a start-up in times of a pandemic is a very hazardous idea. “C’est la vie”, Thomas would say in his nonchalant manner. 

In the meantime we have been able to celebrate the first year of business together and watch The Right Machine grow. Therefore a coworker interview is long overdue!

Tink Tank:  What is your job title? 

Thomas: Managing Director.

Tink Tank: Where do you work?

Thomas: I work at my company The Right Machine GmbH .

Tink Tank: What do you like about your job?

Thomas: I am free to decide in which direction I want to go, I am the only one to blame if something goes wrong.

Thomas (r), with his Team Kannan Ganesan (l) & Vahe Gevorgyan

Tink Tank: What is your day-to-day work like, what are your tasks? 

Thomas: Everything to run a business: Personal management, customer contact, projects clarification, strategy, accounting, software development, video editing, marketing, business travel.

Tink Tank: What are the challenges in your work area?

Thomas: To grow fast enough.

Tink Tank: Has the pandemic had any impact on your work / industry? 

Thomas: Yes the investments in machines manufacturing where stopped during the lockdowns, however, with the high amount of “free” money available on the markets, the companies are right now investing in new equipment like crazy.

Tink Tank: What has your work taught you that is valuable to you today?

Thomas: Flexibility, and I learned to learn and adapt. 

Tink Tank: Do you have a motto: 

Thomas: Try stuff and fail or succeed instead of living in maybes.

Tink Tank: Do you already have experience with coworking?

Thomas: Now over 1 year.

Tink Tank: What do you think is great about working in a coworking space? 

Thomas: It is good to see people from time to time to exchange.

Tink Tank: What do you like about Tink Tank?

Thomas: It is community centered.

Tink Tank: What is the must-have in a coworking space so that you can work well?

Thomas: Electricity and internet.

Thanks Thomas! It we are happy to have you and your team at Tink Tank.

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