Attila Prácser, Oszkár Managing Director and Co-Founder of the company with Máté Gyürüs answered my questions.
BBJ: When and why did you start Oszkár?
Attila Prácser: We designed it in 2007 and it went live in November of that year. We were both at Budapest University of Technology and Economics in the faculty of transportation engineering. Thanks to an angel investment in 2014, we were able to work on Oszkár full time and it became profitable at that time. In the beginning, we both did everything, from planning and programming to customer service and marketing. After a while, Máté specialized in tech and became CTO and I did the rest. Now we have a dedicated marketing and customer service team of six people plus four others who handle customer service outside of normal working hours.
BBJ: Could you give us a brief biography of Máté and yourself?
AP: We both came from Szombathely (222 km southwest of Budapest). After uni, Máté worked for Vatera, the market leading consumer-to-consumer auction platform in Hungary. In the beginning he was junior and then senior back-end developer. Later he became the head of development there. As for me, after university I went to London for six months then worked for a mid-sized software developer company, called Vision-Software. I followed the same route as Máté.
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