We talked to Luka Karsten Breitig of The Happy Beavers on how its team is redefining language services and he had the following to say about it:-
First of all, how are you and your family doing in these COVID-19 times?
Luka Karsten Breitig: Pretty well. I am trying to continue my everyday life as good as possible, but at times I can‘t go out so much, so I am trying to focus on work and be more productive than usual – which works out quite well. I can get a lot done.
Tell us about you, your career, how you founded The Happy Beavers.
Luka Karsten Breitig: It was completely random: I was working on another project and started translating for a Japanese client on the side to earn some additional money. This client continued ordering more translations, so at some point, I noticed that this is a more interesting business than the other project I was working on. Soon, I gained other clients and continued working with languages and building up a team. My past experience in sales helped me a lot to grow a company.
How does The Happy Beavers innovate?
Luka Karsten Breitig: We are trying to invent a computer system that can help us manage content marketing projects more efficiently. There is nothing on the market yet that fulfills our needs, so we think about how the optimal solution would look like and will get it developed soon.
How the coronavirus pandemic affects your business, and how are you coping?
Luka Karsten Breitig: Since we are a completely digital company with people working from all over the world, we didn‘t feel any impact. Our clients are mostly digital companies, so after everyone overcame the initial shock, we continued working together as usual.
Did you have to make difficult choices, and what are the lessons learned?
Luka Karsten Breitig: We had to let quite a few translators go who weren‘t focused enough to deliver constant quality. This was a difficult decision as we worked with them already for a while, but we learned from it how to improve our quality assurance to discover issues earlier in the process.
How do you deal with stress and anxiety?
Luka Karsten Breitig: I try to get away from work and do something completely different. That helps me relax, and then I try to get back to work with a fresh mind.
Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the game?
Luka Karsten Breitig: There are quite a few competitors out there. We believe that we can significantly underbid the competition while still delivering a high quality of work due to our internal workflow automation and the high expertise we have in the industry.
Your final thoughts?
Luka Karsten Breitig: I believe that the current corona times, as difficult as they might be for many, also hold opportunities.
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