Thought Leadership

Quarantine Q&A: How Brian Buttray & Carole Dubourg Are Adapting

May 1, 2020
By The Rubicon Project

Over 7 weeks ago, our employees began a new way of working as the global pandemic took shape. While Telaria and Rubicon Project continue to integrate, we’re curious how some of our employees are handling their quarantine.  

We spoke with Brian Buttray, Senior Director on the Revenue Operations Team, and Carole Dubourg, Country Manager in France, to find out how they are doing, what’s keeping them sane, and to discover any tips they have for getting through this challenging time.  

BRIAN BUTTRAY

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What is your name?

Brian Buttray

What do you do at Telaria/Rubicon Project? 

I’m a Senior Director on the Revenue Operations Team. 

How are you doing with the quarantine? 

All things considered, I’ve been pretty well during the quarantine. I’m just lucky and thankful to have my health, employment, and a great support system during these unprecedented times.

What adjustments have you made to your work life? 

I don’t have to drive an hour each way, which I consider a silver lining!  Seriously though, the biggest adjustment has been not being able to see and interact with my RevOps team as well as the wider RP team at HQ.  I think getting to know and interact with folks in person is something that can never be duplicated online. No matter what Netflix and Love is Blind may try to tell you!

What gets you going in the morning? 

Purpose and adventure. I think now, more than ever, is a time for us to ponder what it is we really want out of this one shot we get at this little thing called life. We see the fragility of our species as well as the planet in a time like this and, for me personally, I take that as a chance to really ask myself how I can make the most out of this life. 

Am I learning and growing as a person? Am I doing my part to help friends as well as strangers? Am I doing enough to help our planet? Life’s an adventure and it’s important we live it with a purpose. That’s what gets me going each morning. 

Do you have some productivity tips for working from home? 

Don’t be afraid to try new methods during this time! I switch up my work spaces around the apartment throughout the day to keep things fresh. I’ve also been testing the Pomodoro Technique this week:  25 minutes of uninterrupted work followed by 5 minutes of space. After four 25-minute sessions, I’ll take a longer 15-20 minute break.  Experiment during these WFH days!

What are the best things you’ve experienced during this situation? 

It’s confirmed my love for the big mountains. I miss being out there. It’s what consumes a lot of my imagination each day! I actually took this time to host a “Zoom: Mountain Stories Edition,” where I chatted about my most recent experience of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, via a route in which only about 5% of people attempt.  It was awesome to have friends, family, and strangers join for the slideshow.

How are you keeping in touch with friends and family? 

FaceTime, Zoom, Google Hangouts, etc.  The usual suspects of video technology. 

What is your favorite recipe you’ve concocted out of things lying around the house?

Sadly, I haven’t concocted anything odd. Challenge accepted though.

What are you doing to stay occupied outside of work hours? 

Exercise, movies, TV, books, and planning future mountain adventures.

How are you staying active during this situation? Are there any exercise videos or tips you recommend? 

I’ve been training for climbing in the Andes, which just got cancelled unfortunately.  I use a company called UpHill Athlete. They have coaching services available, as well as free workout sheets and videos!  I also meditate for 15 minutes each morning. Mental health is important! 

What TV shows, movies, or books do you recommend? 

The Last Dance. Michael Jordan and the Bulls were everything to me as a kid, so it’s been a blast watching the docuseries recently. You should all check out Meru and Free Solo for great mountain stories! There’s also a great little documentary online called The Last Honey Hunter, which is incredible! 

When all this is over, how will you celebrate? 

I’ll be headed to the mountains with some friends. I will also look to take a trip back east (New Jersey), when it’s safe of course, to see my family.

CAROLE DUBOURG

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What is your name? 

Carole Dubourg

What do you do at Telaria/Rubicon Project? 

I lead the Telaria business in France.

How are you doing with the quarantine? 

Having been in the digital era for many years, it has been quite easy for me to adapt, although I did have to change my routine.

What adjustments have you made to your work life? 

I found it helpful to develop a standardized way to cope with this situation, especially when you manage a team. I organize daily individual and group video calls with the team to review the priorities of the day, share day-to-day topics, and convert face-to-face meetings with clients into Zoom calls.

What gets you going in the morning? 

My early daily yoga class before jumping into my emails and having conference calls internally and with clients.  I need that energy to be in good shape (physically and mentally).

Do you have some productivity tips for working from home? 

Do whatever helps you to feel well, whether that be cooking, practicing sports, meditation, or whatever. I do believe that we all need to have moments to disconnect from our job requirements and grow stronger. But I definitely need discipline in my daily activities.  

What are the best things you’ve experienced during this situation? 

As a team, we are more connected. We also share more personal topics. It gives us the opportunity to better know each other.  I also discovered plenty of new Instagram accounts. 

How are you keeping in touch with friends and family? 

We call each other very often and share our Instagram tips, recipes, great yoga, and pilates classes. I am now following more than 250 accounts!

What is your favorite recipe you’ve concocted out of things lying around the house? 

It is not one of my favorites, but I experienced a new one:  a chia pudding. I know it might seem unappetizing, but it’s really good with kiwi, banana, and orange.  It has plenty of vitamins and proteins!

What are you doing to stay occupied outside of work hours? 

Daily sports and cooking.

How are you staying active during this situation? Are there any exercise videos or tips you recommend?

Definitely! I’ve learned a lot from Instagram. Some of my favorite ones include:  @the_graceful_movement, an amazing yoga / pilates teacher, @earthyandy, which features nice recipes and a window into the way of life for a family living in Hawaii, and @wildandthemoon, a collection of healthy recipes.

What TV shows, movies, or books do you recommend? 

I love Bosch on Amazon Prime Video and Ozark on Netflix.  An interesting book I’ve read is Yuval Noah Harari’s 21 lessons for the 21st Century.

When all this is over, how will you celebrate?
I will organize a dinner with my best friends!

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