Colleagues interviewed: Tito, Chief Treats Officer & Scully, Head of Borks


1. You are a Chief Treats Officer working for MindTake. What does your work consist of?

TITO: As CTO for the MindTake group, I steer the team in all matters of morale, team spirit and work-life balance – I always have time for my colleagues who are stressed, in need of mentoring or who have trouble finishing their lunch on their own. It’s busy, but an exciting challenge.

2. What is exciting and what is challenging in your day-to-day work?

SCULLY: As Head of Borks, my biggest excitement comes from keeping my colleagues alert and awake to new trends. Whether it’s a new technical framework or the postman at the door, I help share that knowledge in an innovative, fast-paced environment.

3. What drives you every day?

TITO and SCULLY : Treats! It also helps that we get to work with a team of amazing, diverse colleagues who bring a totally different perspective to the table, and who are not afraid to think outside the box – often feeding us, secretly, several times a day!

4. Let's assume for a moment you wouldn't be working at MindTake, what would you dream of doing?

SCULLY: I consider myself a gifted detective on account of my extraordinary nose for snacks – If there is a piece of cheese under a table on the other side of the office, I’ll find it. So would set up my own business for truffle hunting.

5. What have you done before joining MindTake?

TITO: I was a dog model for leather collars and accessories. I was young, I needed the money. 

6. Tell us a little bit about your education.

TITO: I graduated from the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen program. You can see a photo of my graduation here  

SCULLY: I learnt it all at the School of Life, Out On Da Streets.

7. What is your favourite book and your favourite movie?

TITO: I am currently reading the Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, a Roman Emperor and Stoic philosopher who I see as my model of a ruler of blameless character, who acts with self-restraint and respect for others.  As for movies, the BBC documentary The Life of Birds, narrated by David Attenborough, always reminds me to keep my head high and my eyes open.

8. What do you do outside of work? Any hobbies?

SCULLY: As a first-generation Balkan immigrant to Austria,  I am passionate about helping other dogs chase the ice cream van and their dreams, improve their lives and become useful citizens of this great country.  Outside of work, I volunteer in a dog rescue NGO and am especially active in an anti-racism outreach program educating people against Black Dog Syndrome.

9. What does happiness mean to you?

TITO: As Marcus Aurelius would say, the path to happiness is found in accepting the moment as it presents itself, by not allowing oneself to be controlled by the desire for pleasure or fear of pain, by using one's mind to understand the world and to do one's part in nature's plan, and by working together and treating others fairly and justly. Also, roast chicken.

10. What gift or talent would you like to be blessed with?

SCULLY: Opposable thumbs. Then I could open the fridge myself, finally!