#12 A day with Dave (Unicorn Workspaces)

January 26, 2022


Dave about Unicorn: Unicorn Workspaces not only offers the fairest product, but also maximum service for every team size. On top of that, there’s flexibility for user needs, and usage fees to match any budget.

It’s 8 a.m. Are you already wide awake, or still in a deep sleep?

I pretty much yield to the sun. When it wakes me up, I’m normally up in a flash, and upon closer observation, you might even recognize a spark of optimism there. This is totally different in the “dark” months. It can’t be a coincidence that in the 80s, at the same time I was born, the first snooze buttons were built into alarm clocks. 

It’s 11 a.m. There’s a fire alarm! Do you run away shrieking or toast a few marshmallows? How do you handle stress?  

Stay calm, get to safety! In my time before Unicorn I worked in the hotel industry. And we frequently had fire alarms, mostly late at night. And there could be 300 to 400 people running for the exits to get out of a building. Once you’ve been through that two or three times, it’s no longer shocking, you can have a resting pulse rate of 80. When something doesn’t happen and everything’s running smoothly – that’s what really stresses me out, I feel like I’m sleeping on top of a slumbering volcano.   

It’s 1 p.m. and your stomach is growling. What do you do? Have a muesli bar and go out for a jog? Are you rather a stay-in-at-the-office type, or do you need to get out and get some fresh air?

If it’s about 1 p.m. and I still haven’t had lunch, then it’s probably one of those days where there’s no time for it and Gummi bears will have to do. Usually both my stomach and my mood start acting up around 11.30. That’s also the ideal time to go out on the hunt for food. I cut out a lot of waiting time by avoiding those people counting out coins to pay for their stuff. Patience is a virtue I’m still working on. 

It’s 4 p.m. and you have a meeting with the press. They want to know more about you as a person. Has anyone in particular influenced you? Do you have a role model? 

I don’t have one single role model, I’m inspired much more by the unique aspects of different people and their successes. Da Vinci, Luther, Einstein, Banksy and Elon Musk – and you can have some pretty lively discussions about the latter. 

It’s 6 p.m., is the workday coming to an end or just getting started?

Our Operations Team is available around the clock. But even the gourmet chef Tim Raue needs a source of inspiration. Time for purchasing ingredients and conjuring up culinary delights. Winters are spent at my stove, and as soon as the weather’s warmer, I’m at the grill in the community garden Frieda Süd two or three times a week, rounding off the evening wih neighbors, friends and those who happen to drop by the garden. 

It’s 10 p.m. and you finally take a break. Time to read, to listen, to think. Are there some interesting books, podcasts, series or music which you’ve recently enjoyed?

Book: Tom Wolfe – The Bonfire of the Vanities
Podcast: Gemischtes Hack (German comedy)
Series: King of Queens
Music: Erykah Badu / Leela James
And soft pastel painting.