During my university studies, I worked in various architecture studios and gained real insight from the beginning. But thanks to these experiences, I realized that working for someone else is not my career path. I needed to express my ideas without the influence of others’ decisions – to have creative process as a dialogue, but with possibility of having the final word. A few months after my graduation, we set up our studio where we were to build our first project. Many people have asked if I was scared to do it so early, but I remember feeling pretty confident about it.
Ecocapsule, the resulting startup that I co-founded, was a natural continuation of previous successes. It was different, though, because it wasn’t handed to me as an assignment, but rather it was our own vision of freedom. The first big risk came with investing our own money to build a prototype; after all, we couldn’t just show nice visualizations forever! It turned out to be a great success and an important milestone for us. We got a huge response and a real interest from people. It helped us fully commit to the project, and showed me that in order to achieve real success you must leap into the risk.