Debugging Gender Stereotypes – FishingBooker’s Female Coders

Walk the corridors of FishingBooker’s offices, and one thing you’ll notice is the mixture of people around you. We base our operations in Serbia, and our employees come from as far afield as Russia, Peru, Australia, just to name a few.

When it comes to the distribution of men and women, it can look like some departments are even intentionally counteracting the “typical” gender balance for that field. Nowhere more so than in the Engineering Team.

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Things I Never Thought I’d Learn from Living in Belgrade

Moving from a small, relatively-unknown town in the middle of England to a small, relatively-unknown country in the middle of Southeast Europe wasn’t something that I ever thought I’d end up doing. I also never thought I’d end up working as a Partner Content Specialist for the world’s largest online platform for booking fishing trips (“the AirBnB of fishing!”, I still often tell my bemused dad). 

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FishingBooker Goes Team Building, Croatia Style!

The old saying goes: Give a FishingBooker-er a fish, and you’ll feed them for a day. Teach a FishingBooker-er to fish, and you’ll feed them for a lifetime. So, in the interest of making sure we don’t starve (and getting to know our business better, having fun, and celebrating the end of a successful high season), every year the whole company goes in search of sun, sea, and fish on our annual fishing trip.

Last year, we all packed off to the UAE for a glitzy big game fishing extravaganza. This year, we stayed closer to home, heading over to the charming town of Rovinj. Located on the Adriatic, this small Croatian town is the perfect place to wet a line and get some well-deserved relaxation.

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FishingBooker’s 2018 Fujairah Fishing Tournament

It’s been a busy year at FishingBooker. We worked hard throughout the season, creating memorable fishing experiences for our customers and captains along the way. With hundreds of successful trips in the books, we thought a celebration was in order. And what better way to celebrate than to do what we do best – yes, FishingBooker went fishing! Our destination: Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. To fire up some friendly competition, we set up a contest – our very own Fujairah Fishing Tournament. Today, we’re inviting you to relive our team’s fishing adventure.

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In the Spotlight: Business Development

Our Business Development Team is the reason we can offer customers the largest online selection of fishing trips around the world. They expand our network of captains, explore markets, and act on new opportunities. Along the way, they make sure captains get the most out of their partnership with us. It’s not easy to juggle all these aspects; today Steva, Vasilije, and Igor will tell us what it’s like to work in their team.

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Young Expats Are Kicking Off Their Careers in Successful Serbian Startups

Belgrade has long been known for its friendly people, pastry shops, varied architecture, and nightlife. In the nineties, its reputation suffered; but during the last century, the city has reinvented itself, casting away its status as a failing, former communist capital and becoming one of the region’s most significant cultural and economic hubs.

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In the spotlight: Captain Coordinators

Captain Coordinators are the voice of FishingBooker. They help captains worldwide make the most of our platform, making sure everything runs smoothly from the initial sign-up to a successful trip. Today, Marina and Tanja give us an inside look into the Captain Coordinators team. Continue reading In the spotlight: Captain Coordinators

FishingBooker Marketing Chief Reels in 70lb Tuna in Croatia

In early September the FishingBooker team headed down to the idyllic coastal Croatian town of Rovinj for some well-earned team-building fun after a busy summer. But they weren’t there to relax. They were there to catch a GIANT Bluefin Tuna.

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“I’m Sold” – The Story of a Serbian Engineer’s Journey to Head of Sales at FishingBooker

It’s just over a year since Steve Koncar joined FishingBooker – a startup that, true to its name, books fishing trips all across the globe. Over that time, he has helped the company double the number of partner captains on the website. At the same time, he is constantly looking out for new areas of growth.

I manage to briefly tear Steve away from his phone and he tells me about the job that gets him doing business with passionate fishermen everywhere from Fiji to California.

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From Oxford To Belgrade: How I Landed My Perfect Job Where I Least Expected It

When I tell people in the UK that I’m living in Serbia, their reaction is usually fairly predictable. It ranges from the mystified “is that in Russia?” to the concerned “is there still a war on?” to the downright dismissive “my husband drove through there on the way back from Greece. He said it was awful”.

When I tell Serbs I am working here, they are often equally disgruntled. Like many countries in South and Central Europe, Serbia has a serious problem with unemployment. This has resulted in a brain drain of some of the country’s most ambitious young people, who are fed up with the clunky bureaucracy and nepotism that is rife in most of the country’s largest companies and go abroad to look for brighter opportunities elsewhere. This means the idea of a foreigner coming to Belgrade from the safe haven of Oxford University can take some getting used to. It just isn’t usually done.

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