10 questions with.. Marina Bunzlt
Hello #supergirls! Welcome to our weekly series "10 questions with.." - talking to girls who are R.O.C.K.I.N.G. it!!
THIS WEEK WE ARE GOING TO GET TO CHAT WITH Marina Bunzl. Marina is 26 years old and works as Director of Marketing at REMERGE - App Retargeting in Berlin, Germany. So excited that we get to spend some time with her!
10 questions with
Hello Marina! So happy to get to chat to you. Would love to know more about you and your background! Have you always been living in Berlin? If not, since when and what are your favourite parts about this city?
Hello TCF! I have been living in Berlin for 4 years. I am originally from London. There are many things to love about Berlin! I love Berlin for the open spirit, there are many “non conformist” types here and it is allows for freedom in expression. The city has been changing a lot even in my short time living here, rental prices increasing, buildings taking up formerly open spaces, but the spirit remains. I particularly love the wide leafy roads, the efficiency of transportation, the joy and ease of cycling, the proximity of a developed city to the natural area of Grunewald with its forest and lakes, as well as the option of joining a party somewhere at any time should I feel so inclined.
Your job sounds really exciting! Please tell us more about what you do!
I am responsible for Marketing at Remerge - App Retargeting. The team consists of writers and event managers. Events are a large part of the marketing strategy; we are regularly hosting events for educational purposes, branding and entertainment. I attend many of them, meeting with our clients and partners to understand how we can grow the relationship. The events have a particular flavour to them since they reflect the character of the company. We have a lot of fun together as a team and I believe this great spirit is translated into the events.
That sounds like quite a lot of fun indeed! How did you get to do this?
I have a background in the Arts, both from studies and previous work experiences. I wanted to learn about a new industry. The Tech sector was an attractive industry to me because it was very much 'the unknown’. I was employee #7 after the founding team. Today in the marketing team alone we are 7 people sat across Berlin (HQ), San Francisco, New York, Singapore, Tokyo and Seoul. I couldn’t imagine then to be a part of such a startup success story! When I consider what we have accomplished so far, I feel very happy because we have all worked really hard for this setup and success is not a given. The company values come from the founders and they have placed a big focus on culture and team fit when recruiting.
What do you find the most exciting about your work?
I get to work with my best friends! One team member is a former friend from university days and she joined the marketing team this year, two of my now best friends were there from the early days at Remerge and we have grown up together and grown up the company professionally together to be team leads. I am very grateful that I get to work with people whose company and brains I value dearly.
I also love travelling to our offices to spend time with the smaller, remote teams and see the culture they are developing there, in line with the Berlin team culture but with their local twist and cultural traditions.
We learn as humans through trial and error and I am grateful to work for a company which provides this safe environment for learning. I love that I can trial and test things and if it works, great, how do we increase performance from there? If it doesn’t work that’s ok, we change the strategy. This flexibility enables the working life to be exciting day by day.
What have been the biggest challenges you faced in career or life and what helped you overcome them?
I find it challenging to be sat at a desk in front of a computer. It is very unfortunate that today many jobs have this requirement as it is how we communicate. This sadly is increasingly a requirement even for artists, with all the social media stuff. I am still working on how I can decrease the desk time and maintain output, since a lot of my work does require communication via technological channels. I take walking meetings whenever possible and I try to set up external meetings in an inspiring location too, which could simply be a cafe with an interesting design.
What do you like to wear at work? Do you have any favourite pieces?
It is of high importance to me to feel comfortable. I am often in black jeans, a variation of a black t-shirt, sweater and boots with a hint of colour in jewellery. After my trip to India earlier this year I considered how beautiful and uplifting it is to see people dressed colourfully so I am actively trying to add some colour!
What’s your off-duty style?
What is your favourite Changing Factor bag?
The Alien Large Minimalist Sleeve Bag.
Now when it comes to having fun… what do you like to do in your free time??
I am a dedicated student of Iyengar Yoga. I am truly inspired by this tradition! I enjoy taking classes at the various regional Iyengar Institutes (my home school of Maida Vale is the best!).
I visit London regularly as my family and many childhood friends still live there.
I'm an enthusiastic student of languages! I originally moved to Berlin to learn German. Now my learning focus is on Portuguese. I started some months ago with private classes.
Lastly, I love to spend time at the beach when/where-ever possible. I am a hardcore sand, rock, water, sun-lover!
Share with us a favourite piece of advice, quote, or saying of any kind!
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