Next in the #WeAreModex series of interviews with our tech team is the energetic and high spirited Loredana Bourceanu. An avid traveler, book connoisseur, and amateur baker, Loredana will share with us glimpses from her personal life, highlighting the experiences that helped shape her as a person, hobbies, passions, and of course, her work as Software Lead at Modex.
Tell us a bit about yourself, who is Loredana Bourceanu? Share with us some of the experiences that helped shape you into the person you are today.
I believe that most good things in life were born out of negative experiences. It’s difficult to quantify exactly the range of experiences that help shape us as individuals because we are so different from one another, but for me, it’s when we are taken out of our comfort zone when we are experiencing that sensation of incertitude mixed with a tiny bit of anxiety.
Of course, I’m not actively searching for bad experiences, but when they are unavoidable, I try to manage the situation calmly and tactfully. I am also the type of person that treats people equally. I’m convinced that you can learn something from anyone if you just take a brief moment to listen to what they have to say.
Let’s talk about books. Do you have any particular book or authors that you enjoy reading accompanied by a hot cup of tea on a cold and gloomy autumn day?
I’m very “moody” when it comes to reading, as well as the music I listen to. I lean more towards psychology, personal development books, or financial education books, but this doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy fiction or history. I am currently reading two books in parallel, one of them “When Nietzsche Wept” goes very well with the “hot cup of tea on a cold and gloomy autumn day” scenario. The other one is “The Art of Negotiation” by Chris Voss. As I said, I like to mix things up.
Care to share with us some of your hobbies and passions? What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t developing the next big tech solution?
I really like to travel around the world to discover and experience new places and cultures, alas this year everyone’s plans were turned upside down by the critical global situation we’re in. But I didn’t let this discourage me as I tried to take advantage of the good aspects of working from home so I geared up and relocated a couple of weeks to the mountainside in a pretty remote village. It was a beautiful and interesting experience.
Regarding my hobbies, I’m an active person that likes to do sports, beach volley being my favourite. I could play that game from dawn till dusk. I also enjoy dancing to the rhythm of good music. Oh, and baking all sorts of sweets, especially getting rid of evidence once they’re done.
Was becoming a programmer your first career choice? Also, what sparked your interest in programming?
I’m the type of person that has an analytic way of thinking. Since I can remember, I have always gravitated towards exact sciences like mathematics, chemistry, and physics. During the last years of high school, I already set my mind to attend a college with an engineering profile, and I think I made a wise choice, considering the current context. I enrolled at the Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest. It was during my time there that I caught a taste for programming: as results slowly started to accumulate, I delved deeper into the topic, wanting to learn more.
The market demand for programmers has always far exceeded the number of available professionals. Today, a large segment of the workforce is working from the comfort of their homes. Many see this as an opportunity to develop new skills, and programming seems to be a top choice. Do you have any advice for people that want to take their first steps into this domain, but aren’t quite sure where to begin, or what to focus on?
I have a younger sister who has just finished high school. She is not attracted by this field of work, but many of her colleagues want to have a career in IT. Some of them are already passionate, others dream of becoming programmers. This industry offers many opportunities, the demand for specialists is still high, it all depends on the person, how much effort he or she is willing to put. It also depends on their ambition on how much they truly wish to succeed.
For me, it was easier because I had guidance during my time in college, after that, I had time to perfect my craft during the various programming jobs I had over the years. If you wish to be self-taught, I think it’s best to take a moment and do some research, ask yourself what is it you are trying to achieve. You need to test the waters first to find something that matches your abilities and inclinations and more importantly, something you will enjoy doing. There is a lot of information on the Internet, you can find the answer to almost every question or problem you encounter.
Can you describe how the pandemic has reshaped the development process and the general workflow at Modex? What were the biggest challenges posed by moving “the office” to your living room? What is Modex’s strategy regarding working remotely?
I think we have adapted very well to the new way of working, we have daily meetings, and sometimes we also have meetings just for socializing with each other, where we chat, tell jokes and so on. It’s basically what we would do during our lunch breaks back when things were normal. Overall, our daily work was not affected, on the contrary, I think that our work life is progressing very well from home.
I consider social interaction an essential element of our work lives but realistically speaking, currently, there is no other option than to work from home. But once the pandemic situation is over, I believe that organizing a big night out with everyone from work is a must, especially considering the fact that we have new colleagues that I haven’t yet had the pleasure to meet in person.
You have been with Modex since the company’s early days. Can you talk about your experience at Modex, how the company has grown over the years, and how the internal dynamics evolved as the team got bigger and bigger?
True, I have been in the company for quite some time. Now that I look back, there have been a lot of fast-paced changes during my time here. One thing is certain, it’s not going to stop here. Things have evolved remarkably well, considering the fact that the whole team has grown a lot over the past years. This was made possible by our colleagues who have proved themselves as true professionals that quickly adapted to the company’s requirements. I also believe that teamwork is an asset of all our colleagues, we constantly help each other out and collaborate very well when the need arises.
As one of the key members of the development team, you got the opportunity to work on multiple projects. Please describe your favourite project and some of the challenges you needed to overcome during the development process.
That’s a difficult question. I can’t choose a favourite project, I don’t want to upset anyone (laughs slowly). All the projects I worked on were important and I treated them with the utmost care and responsibility. As I have already pointed out, I’m an analytic person, so I always try to successfully complete all my tasks, regardless if they are work-related or personal. Life is full of unexpected challenges, it’s important to have the right attitude and mindset to successfully overcome them.
Blockchain is touted as a game-changing technology that will have deep ramifications across the enterprise and business sectors. How is Modex BCDB going to fit in the current blockchain paradigm?
Modex BCDB is a product with a wide range of features that are beneficial across a wide range of sectors of the business sphere: we can talk about healthcare, legal or governmental institutions and we would only scratch the surface of the areas where our product can be integrated. To an outsider, it may seem that we are overestimating the capabilities of our solution, but the fact of the matter is that the blockchain database layer we provide can complement and enhance the security of applications that utilize database engines. This is because Modex BCDB was designed to empower businesses by guaranteeing data immutability, integrity, and security.
“In partnership we trust” – that is our motto in the tech industry regarding the future and the necessity for data protection in the digital world of tomorrow.
Modex is well known in the tech community for the numerous workshops and tech events it organizes. You have often been an active presence in these events as a mentor. What is it like to attend these large-scale events as a representative of a tech company? Do you often scout for new talent during these workshops?
Indeed, I participated in several workshops; the last one took place during the pandemic. Of course we needed to adapt to the times we are currently living in, so it was an online workshop. My goal at these workshops is to get participants, who are mostly students, to leave with some information at the end: information about blockchain as a technology and its benefits, as well as a general overview of the Modex BCDB product. I enjoy this role, because at one moment I was thinking of becoming a teacher. This way I get to experience a more didactic approach to technology and programming.