Every Team Tallie member is awesome in their own way. When it comes to our resident UI Ninja, Milan Korsos, we can’t get enough of his refreshing product perspective, inspirational discoveries, crazy collaboration skills, and unwavering commitment to the Tallie vision. He’s our thrill-seeking, bright-eyed builder and he’s here today to share his Tallie story with us.
A Tallie UI Ninja’s Mission:
To build the next generation of business products that are beautiful, easy-to-use, and provide breakthrough value.
BUD-BRC-SFO (My Tallie Journey):
After too many years working on consumer facing products in T-Mobile Hungary’s innovation lab, I was craving a change of pace. So I bought a ticket to California.
I kicked off this west coast adventure with my first trip to Burning Man. After that crazy week, I landed in San Francisco and began a wild ride. I made new friends, worked for a startup, couch surfed, survived on Burger King when said startup shut down, stayed with a fun group of stand-up comedians, and spent a lot of time interviewing with tech start ups looking for the next cool gig.
Just before my return flight to Budapest, I met Chris Farrell – our Tallie CEO – who sold me on an ambitious plan to build an automated expense management software from the ground up. The night before my return flight, I had to make a decision – do I head back to Hungary and resume my familiar and comfortable life? Or do I listen to instinct and embark on a new adventure with Tallie?
I cancelled my flight. The following week, the life of the Tallie UI Ninja began, and I haven’t looked back since.
My TedxYouth Experience:
In 2010, I received an invitation to speak at TedxYouth in Budapest. Yeah, that TED. In front of a packed theater of curious eyes, I shared my passion for “building” and discussed the limitless opportunities on the internet for us creative, forward thinking “builders”. Even today, I firmly believe talented and determined dreamers can launch a successful web product no matter what corner of the world they live in.
My Definition of Awesome UI:
Square, Uber and Airbnb. Not only do they have beautiful products but every aspect of their user experience is outstanding. They’re also doing an amazing job of redefining legacy workflows in their respective industries, which is our primary mission here at Tallie, too.
Tallie’s Freshest Product Features:
We’re always improving Tallie by adding new features and fine-tuning the existing aspects of our product. We just released a new version of our Tallie iOS App that’s smoother, sturdier and easier. We’re also working hard on a long list of really exciting stuff on our whiteboards, all leading to an even more streamlined and swift product. From improvements to our auto-calculated mileage feature, to a simpler Expense Report page, to new impressive software integrations – please stay tuned!
A Peek Into My iTunes Playlist:
My playlist contains many different personalities – from Thievery Corporation, MSTRKRFT and Beastie Boys to Grimes and Pretty Lights. Growing up in Europe, I listened to Pete Tong’s famous weekly BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix and was influenced by this late 90s UK electronic music scene – mainly trip hop, drum&bass and house.
For writing code, electronic music is still my go-to, but I’m more on the happy and sunny side of house music these days. My Soundcloud list has sets from Wolf+Lamb, RobotHeart and Distrikt crews as well as the new shining Hamburg based Diynamic label.
The Go-To Surf Spots:
I have a love-hate relationship with Ocean Beach. There are days when I have epic moments out there, but when the waves get mean, I stay away and opt for the Pacifica waves instead.
My recent favorites include my 6.6″ thruster and 6.4″ fish. You need to paddle hard with these guys but once you gain some speed they’re super fun.
The Traveling Man:
Having the luxury of living in two different countries has shown traveling as a remarkable way to discover more about myself and the world around me. And it’s super fun! Whether it’s a quick weekend in the Sierras or a month in an exotic location – if given the chance, I always hit the road. As for my next adventure, I will get the Indonesian stamp in my passport – I’ve heard too many incredible stories about their endless perfect waves, exquisite islands and heavenly food. I can’t wait to see, surf, and explore it for myself.
3 Reasons I Love Working on Team Tallie:
Of course, our product. Additionally, we have a passionate team that believes Tallie is changing the way companies work by reducing back-office time so they can focus on what’s most important: the front office, strategic part of their business. Last but not least, we have a keg at the office. What more could you ask for?
Over the last two years we’ve worked hard to build the Tallie product and establish a growing, loyal user community, but I feel like the real journey is just about to start. It’s an exciting time for us.
The UI Ninja Mantra:
“Keep it simple, make it fast!”
If you share Milan’s love for building, have cool ideas to share or are Tallie fans with stories to tell, Milan would love to hear from you. Email your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org!