A tech CEO in Los Angeles knows a thing or two about long commutes: His journey is 800 miles round-trip every day.
Curt von Badinski, 42, lives in Burbank, Los Angeles and is the co-founder of Motiv, a wearable technology brand, which is based in San Francisco. This means his home is some 400 miles away from his work.
The CEO lives with his elderly parents in LA and doesn’t entertain the idea of moving to San Francisco as the climate is mostly foggy and the cost of living is also prohibitive.
Therefore, Badinski would rather have an 800-mile round-trip on a daily basis.
The CEO’s day begins at 5 a.m. as he heads to the Bob Hope Burbank airport in his sports car, which is 15 minutes away from his home. He boards a 90-minute flight to Oakland and then as soon as he lands, heads off to his office in another car, which is at the airport, to reach work on time.
After a long day at work, Badinski leaves his office at 5 p.m. and then repeats the entire 400 mile journey again. He arrives back in Burbank at 9 p.m.
Although it appears that the CEO has a very high commuting cost every day, surprisingly it is not that pricey.
Badinski shares a Surf Air single-engine turboprop airplane every day with seven other people. He pays the airline $2,300 monthly allowing him to fly unlimited to San Francisco and back. He also saves money as he rents out a house in Burbank for only $1,100 per month.
The house rent together with his commuting expense is a lot cheaper than what the cost of living is in San Francisco. However, Badinski said the main reason to stay in Burbank is his family.
While adding that one of his parents suffers from Parkinson’s disease, he said, “It's really important to be home with my family.”
“It seems cool on the surface, but it could weigh down a lot of people,” he added.
Although Badinski admits the journey “is not for everybody,” he said he has the best of his time during the trip every day.
“My days here are spent busy all day. The commute is a baked-in way to get heads-down time,” he added.
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