Tech CTO takes 6-hour daily commute from Burbank to SF workplace — by plane

Tech CTO takes 6-hour daily commute from Burbank to SF workplace — by plane 920 613 C-Suite Network
  • Curt von Badinski, CTO for Motiv, takes a 6-hour commute to work daily. Part of that trip is by airplane. Photo: Courtesy Motiv

Curt von Badinski, co-founder of a wearable technology brand called Motiv, prefers to live in Burbank rather than in the Bay Area.

To many, that makes sense; the cost of living is high and the foggy weather isn’t for everyone. There’s just one big problem: The company he helped establish is nearly 400 miles away in San Francisco.

The distance, however, is not a deal breaker. While by no means convenient or inexpensive, von Badinski commutes, four to five days per week, to his San Francisco office by a combination of plane transport and automobile.

To make it work, von Badinski has two cars — a small sports car he drives in Southern California, and a hybrid car he parks in Oakland — and uses a small airline company called Surf Air. He makes the best of it; the time spent in the air allows him to get a lot of work done.

“My days here are spent busy all day,” he tells SFGATE. “The commute is a baked-in way to get heads-down time.”

The whole roundtrip journey, as he told the BBC, takes around six hours and requires…