Covid-19 through the eyes of a tech CEO

There are different opinions on how to survive the epidemic with the least possible sacrifice. It can hurt us to drop out of our daily routine. There might be less nervousness associated with getting ready in the mornings, or by being able to avoid morning traffic jams, and I could continue listing the various daily situations which have required a lot of positive thoughts from our part until recently, yet, we might still feel the absence of these as some kind of loss, as we have to develop new plans, new frameworks, and there is a lot of uncertainty involved. Uncertainty can create fear and anxiety.

We like to consider how much risk a change might have. But we don’t like it when we have to calculate the risk of keeping the status quo. I can easily identify the view where instead of anticipating the tasks ahead, I should paint a picture of future where my plans came to fruition and I am a part of it, and then I move step by step backwards, to see how exactly I achieved my goals. This way I am connected with my future.

As had to move forward in home schooling, from scratch, on an R&D basis…(hemming)…- as a parent, it was quite difficult to experience from one moment to the next that until now my children have been able to be developed in a supportive environment, within a school framework, with open communication - now I didn't want it to happen either to myself or during a weekend. Classmates, teachers, parents, and the buzz are dearly missed, and our way of connecting to each other has transformed dramatically. We now have to schedule and plan what was available in abundance before, including our personal connections. Yet, my children are progressing, our teachers are coping well. It really shouldn't have been like this, but this is what we have now. It stutters here and there, but we can shape this ourselves, so much so that when we return to a life previously considered normal, I will support my children (if possible) to stay and develop at home for one day a week keep learning technology and other types of communication as well. However, many will not be so lucky, they will not be able to adapt in places where they don’t even have electricity.

There is no substantial change in my work or in the everyday life at TC2. My employees behave like mature adults, I know that they perform their tasks with due diligence, cooperation on time, and we deliver cloud computing with the same professional conviction now as before. Trust is a great feeling! The stand-up meetings and project discussions are the same - we worked either at our clients’ offices, or from home or from our office even before. It was common for cooperation on projects to happen through a video chat platform. It’s all good, but at the same time, I feel that both me and my colleagues miss our co-existence in the office, we miss our sometimes-unproductive client discussions, we miss the former physical connections.

I want to say that human relationships are even more important today, but it sounds more honest if I say that we need to pay more attention to each other consciously. Once a week, we have a video chat with all my colleagues where we talk about who is having difficulty, how they feel, whether they need help from others. It sounds simple; however, I think these conversations have a different weight now. Every day my co-workers receive press coverage, in which I share relevant tech, economic, social news AND positive, forward-looking content. If it all sounds like everything is perfect, it isn’t. It is difficult to find the real thing in the news. Every day is a task to strengthen my mental health and identify-feel the real dangers, because it can be useful to understand, but also don’t get stuck in the grip of anxiety…and, what’s most difficult is to keep online within certain boundaries, because it’s awful lot today, much more burdensome than before ☹. Although it’s really hard what we’re in now, there’s also an opportunity to develop new systems, new operating models that might be more sustainable.

When we drafted the identity of TC2 we set up such goals as “to make the highest quality technology available to even the poorest population: education, catching up, mobilization”. We believe that such a statement not only strikes emotional chords, but also truly involves responsibility and opportunity. Today, it is more difficult for many to organize their private and professional lives well. Our social interactions and business flows have changed. What would have taken a few years as a change in digitalization is now happening in a few weeks, from digital schooling to mass home-office.

As important players, tech companies rightly carry the banner of development. And cloud computing could provide social development and an opportunity for the more disadvantaged to catch up. From a web browser, a person in Hungary who wants to learn and experiment tech edge can access almost exactly the same services as those are in a richer part of the world. For the private/public sector on the other hand, the cloud enables cost-effective testing and implementation of R&D-based (business) models. Without a doubt: learning, learning and learning is essential. The technology provides a platform not only for drug development, contactless parcel delivery, or theatrical online broadcasting, but also a platform for peer-to-peer and interpersonal connection, which today seems to be even more relevant. I am confident that this “relationship-gap management” caused by the daily life restrictions can lead us to a new level of interpersonal connections, where we can give and receive mutual attention and understanding even without a virus.