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This is my personal website. Here you can find information about my favorite subject: me - my professional career, a few things about my personal life and maybe you can figure out a few things about my personality.
I adopted this way of presenting myself because it seems to be generally accepted that we have two separate section of ourselves - the work self and the personal self, however I need to state from the start that I do not completely agree with this social norm. It seems to be easier to convey information this way (not all of you are interested in the information about my profession and not all of you are interested in my personal life...) so I will comply with it for now.


I am a software engineer - as you might of guessed from the website title. If you want to see my CV here is my LinkedIn public profile. If you want the short version here it is: born in 1977, I was passionate about math and technical stuff before I discovered computers (in high school) when I became passionate about computers and programming them.(yes, I am still a geek and a techie even after 40). Later on I became interested in teams and human behaviour in the workplace so I shifted toward software management (because psychology was not an option). I must admit that from time to time I get an antreprenorial crisis but my mortgage calms me down quite quickly, and I also believe I have a good job so I tend to be creative there. In the last 2 years I become more and more interested in product management and marketing with a pinch of neuroscience and data driven decision making.

Personal info

I am a family man - I am married with Simona and we have 2 kids. Here is our family website it you want to know more in this regard. If you are interested in my upbringing here is the short story: my family moved in Timișoara, Romania when my parents started their university studies (~1970s). I was born in 1977 and followed the "normal" education path of that time. I can say that the High School marked me the most (in good and less good ways) - here I discovered computers and forged friendships that influenced me in the adulthood. I followed the Politehnica University and afterwards I stated my software engineering career. As I hinted before my "professional" and "personal" life are very linked from my perspective, however in the next sections I will try to explain some things that go beyond "information about formal education".

More about career

Here are some details about my career organised by "stages" that I believe I went trough:

  • I consider my career in computer programming starting in high school, when I got passionated about computers and programming. At that time I was part of the olympics team of the "Grigore Moisil" high school. It was then that I got interested in algorithmics, computer architecture and basically anything related to computers. There where different times back then and specialization was not such an evident requirement as it is now. I am very grateful to the teachers from my high school for providing the environment where my interest and passion for computers and programming could grow into a profession.
    I invested myself in algorithnics more that in any other area because back then I considered it as being the core of what it meant to be a successful programmer. I must admit that I miss the kind of intellectual challenges that I encountered back then. I still consider that true computer programming skills are related to algorithmic knowledge/abilities more that to technology knowledge - but now it seems to be somehow a less clear advantage because of the way the industry evolved. A point can be made that algorithmics in general is an area too wide to be a specialization and many standard/classic algorithms can be found already implemented on various frameworks or libraries (image manipulation libraries or sorting for example). However I do need to state that I believe that studying algorithmics gives the programmer a good basis for developing his/her career because of the way the pattern of thinking is formed and I also found it to be a sort of foundation for later development. I usually recommend Introduction to Algorithms - a good book for studying algorithms.
  • The next stage in my professional development was represented by the first job that I got - it was in my second year of faculty when I started working for CD Nelson Manufacturing - the work was project based rather than part time - only after finishing the faculty we started having a time based work schedule. In this period I started to get interested in OOP and software architecture. I started to understand the importance of organizing code, the long term advantages of writing commented code and the benefits of proper software architecture. At some point during this period I got into design patterns as well - as it become a very hype therm back then. In this period there where two books that left strong impressions on me: Code Complete and Design Patterns
  • Later on I started to realize that there are severe limits to what a single individual can accomplish by him/her self. My perception of the software industry started to grow and I started to realize the importance of teams. This was around 2007 while working for Innovative Systems where I started to work as part of a bigger team. In that period I also had the opportunity to be involved in the hiring process as well. These experiences showed me the importance of working well with other people and, more than that, constructing an environment that will allow other people to work well and work well together.
    In that period (around 2007) I started to get really interested in methodologies, project management practices and in a considerable degree in psychology. I started to read about Agile methodologies - XP in particular.
  • When I moved to Saguaro Print - a much bigger company - I continued to read more and more about these items, and I added coaching to my list of interests. I was fortunate to join a company with a significant interest towards developing it's people and with an equally significant benefit plan in this regard.
    I believe that my interest slowly shifted towards helping others rather than coding - assisting other developers technically and of late assisting by defining specifications, clarifying goals and adjusting methodologies or the way the team is organised in order to attain goals (team and personal). While I still have (and enjoy) technical assignments, I believe the value that I add to the current team is centered around project and team management. Here are some books that I believe are important for my current interests: Drive, Nudge, Predictably Irrational, Flow, The Ideal Team Player, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team:, Good To Great, Tribal Leadership, Leaders Eat Last, Start with Why, etc. For details about the books that I read you can visit my book archive - BookRef.

Ideas about workspace and beliefs

Here are a few ideas and beliefs that are related to the workplace

  • I believe that the most important piece of information about someone is it's set of motivations - the things that drive him or her to do the things he or she does. When I was involved in hiring one of the questions that I used to ask was related to the reason why the candidate chose to be a programmer. Of course a better indication of someone's interest in a field are the things that he/she is doing besides work or school but that is another discussion. Regarding this issue I recently read some books about "Flow" (the term was introduced by the renown psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi) that reinforced my belief in the importance of motivation along with some older readings like Drive by Daniel H. Pink. In terms of my motivations I hope that the "More about career" section is illuminating enough.
  • I believe in trust and respect in a workplace. Trust to give people freedom to generate creative solutions/ideas and respect to not abuse that freedom. Also trust is something that encourages communication (or at least tends to eliminate communication blockages) and also supports healthy, argumentative discussions (some call this healthy conflict, but I do not really like the term...)
  • I believe in collaboration as opposed to competition in the workplace. I definitely do not endorse the "friendly" competition ideas still being promoted in some workplaces. I also believe that genuine collaboration is far more productive and it is something that is happening naturally in a good team. Related to this belief - I also despise internal political or veiled competitive behaviour that sometimes can be found in corporations especially in higher level management.
  • An important item in the workspace is the quality of the people to "play well with others". While this is harder to define I believe that the ability of a person to work well in a team vastly outweighs his/hers technical expertise - disrupting a team's ability to function cannot be justified by any amount of technical genius (no matter how technically talented the person is assumed to be). One author that I found inspiring in this regard is Patrick M. Lencioni and two of his books: The Ideal Team Player and The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
  • While at work I believe some discussion subjects need to be avoided - like: politics, religious belief, gender related opinions, and any subject that people could have strong opinions about. This kind of discussions can lead to unnecessary animosities between colleagues that are better left unaddressed. (It is highly unlikely that a discussion between two strong supporters of opposed opinions would lead to a compromise/agreement in these areas)

Now that the workspace item is covered, I should probably state a few of my philosophical/spiritual beliefs that I think define me as a person:

  • I was always interested in the study of the teachings and wisdom contained in the Bible - especially the new testament. As a child I tried to read, interpret and translate the biblical teachings to my own life and tried to understand their deep meaning.
  • As time passed and my focus and energy was focused towards academic achievements I slowly stopped my spiritual endeavors/development, and instead developed what later I understood to be a social kind of morality.
  • This phase changed once my academic studies come to an end. Soon after finishing the faculty I attended various courses related to spirituality - including reiky and inforenergetics. I started to go in pilgrimages (I was twice on Mount Athos) and attending an orthodox lifestyle. I was very involved and absorbed in esoteric knowledge, including parapsychology and other related fields.
  • This deep dive lasted for about 10 years and while I still regard the spiritual world as a source of immense wisdom I now have a more temperate view of the world.
  • Currently I would say that I try to be an stoic - with some heavy influences from Orthodox Christianity and inforenergetics. While I must admit that I still believe that some items from the 10 years of esoteric searches deserve serious consideration, I can say that I became much more sceptic that I used to be in that period. In my book archive you can find more about my readings in this area and some of the ideas that I kept from the above mentioned period.

If you want to know more about me, maybe a better way would be to read about some of the books and ideas shared on my book archive.

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This is me

As this is my personal website I figured I should show you a picture of me... it seems to be the norm...

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These are my kids

Cristina Ștefania and Teodor Andrei - our kids - born in 2008 and 2011. If you want to know more about them here is our family website.

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This is my wife

My wife - Simona Marilena - we got married in July 17 2006. If you want to know more about her, here is her personal website.

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Weight loss

For those of you who meet me before 2015, you most certainly know that I was overweight (morbid obese would be more accurate). Because a lot of people asked me how I lost 60kg and also because I do not really enjoy these discussions I will try to explain here how I did it and how I try to keep the weight in the "normal" range.
Firstly I need to admit that I was very lucky - the health issues that my obesity caused did not blocked/impeded weight loss (for example diabetes seems to make weight loss much more difficult). More, my health problems helped me mentally to associate severe discomfort with overweight. And here is my first point related to weight management - it is mainly a mental/psychological issue and only secondary a nutrition issue.
Let me elaborate on this item because I believe it was the key of my weight loss (and based on my readings I am no exception). The nutrition planning, diets and other technical items like intake motorization can and will be acquired by anybody that has the interest in weight management. However the key ingredient is the psychological change - for me was the mental association between an undesired state (sleep apnea in my case) and the food intake. Regarding "The Happiness Hypothesis" by Jonathan Haidt was illuminating in this regard and reinforced my convictions int his regard (also "The 4-Hour Body" by: Timothy Ferriss is reinforcing the idea).
I am not stating that the quality of the diet plan and other habits that need to be formed to control weight are not important, but without a good mental preparation weight management, at least for me (I believe I belong to a rather large section of the population that tend to gain weight in the current social environment) is not maintainable on the long run.
Onl last idea about the psychology of weight loss - like any change - and as Jonathan Haidt stated in his book mentioned above - will alone will not solve the weight loss problem - one needs to work on the mindset in order to change the bad habits and be able to resist all the junk food readily available on our consumerist culture/society.

Ok, now that the psychological item is addressed here are my "technical" insights on weight management:
  • I need to measure results in order to adjust any diet that I am trying out.
  • I need to measure everything that I eat in order to control my weight and decide what foods to avoid or not. I am currently using "Lifesum" - an app that helps me log my food intake. Also I need this habit (intake logging) in order to correlate the results with the food intake.
  • I need to asses the mental effort required to adhere to a diet plan and the likelihood that I can maintain the plan in the long term.
  • There are no temporary diets - the diet plan needs to be planned as permanent - even if you change it later on to fit your lifestyle, budget or desired results.

Lifesum - the nutrition app
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