Selim Kaya is currently in a transitional period between two jobs, from being a Senior Enterprise Sales Account Executive at Oracle in Sweden, to now stepping into the role as Nordics Enterprise Sales Lead at UBER in Amsterdam. Selim first moved to Amsterdam in 2015 and left the city in 2017, after which he felt like he left a big part of himself there and has been a frequent resident at Zoku since its very first opening night.
What path has your career taken?
I chose to see my career as a journey. From the very start, my goal has been to experience work from a variety of perspectives. As a person I see the world through the lens of an adventurer and until now it has taken me through small and large international organisations in various geographies.
Throughout my years in the workfield, the common denominator has been to connect consumers and bring them closer together through innovative tech solutions. From learning the ins and outs of the particular technology and identifying customer challenges I have during my years helped customer and consumers to save more lives with non-invasive gamma therapy, supporting them in automating workflows through cloud solutions and now looking forward to ignite opportunities by setting the world in motion with UBER.
What were your thoughts of Zoku and how has your time here helped you in business or in life?
I started to visit Zoku already on their opening night in 2016 and since then it felt like home. It really brings all things together and gives a traveller like me a place to call home. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable, informal and the warm environment of Zoku enables you to create new relationships with all the people that live and work here. My time at Zoku helped me to feel at home in. It also helped me to get to know great people, and build new connections.
Which book/product have you gifted the most, and why?
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari – It’s a great book that talks a lot about how happiness does not really depend on objective conditions of either wealth, health or community. Rather, it depends on the correlation between objective conditions and subjective expectations. It’s a great book for all.
What advice would you give to your 20 year old self?
Value your time, don’t spend it on watching tv or waste it on people you don’t trust. Spend time figuring out what your own worldview is and where you want to be in the future. Have patience and don’t be afraid to fail a lot, fail often and fail at love.
If you could pick one project to work on for the rest of your life, what would it be?
So many projects, so little time. But if I got to choose, I would probably focus my time In converting the usage of environmental hazardous material into eco friendly ones with the help of today’s technology.