Apparently I am presidential material

Last week I met a dear friend of mine who mentioned and intrigued me to the point of actually taking the personality test while driving back home :) Here’s a brief of my results:

ESTJ Results


ESTJs are representatives of tradition and order, utilizing their understanding of what is right, wrong and socially acceptable to bring families and communities together. Embracing the values of honesty, dedication and dignity, people with the ESTJ personality type are valued for their clear advice and guidance, and they happily lead the way on difficult paths. Taking pride in bringing people together, ESTJs often take on roles as community organizers, working hard to bring everyone together in celebration of cherished local events, or in defense of the traditional values that hold families and communities together.

Demand for such leadership is high in democratic societies, and forming no less than 11% of the population, it’s no wonder that many of America’s presidents have been ESTJs. Strong believers in the rule of law and authority that must be earned, ESTJ personalities lead by example, demonstrating dedication and purposeful honesty, and an utter rejection of laziness and cheating, especially in work. If anyone declares hard, manual work to be an excellent way to build character, it is ESTJs.

I never imagined that “Boromir” from The Lord of the Rings is ESTJ. Anyhow, the description of each of the 16 personalities is pretty detailed and at some point it’s like reading a book about yourself. It gets really weird when they dive into Strengths & Weaknesses, Romantic Relationships, Friendships, Parenthood, Career Paths, and Workplace Habits.

If you’re up to it go ahead and take the test, it only takes 12 minutes and you can learn so much about you.

When spending time with mentors becomes a waste of time

How to identify those mentors that are worth spending time with? Given that most mentors, angels or VCs are guided by a similar principle when meeting new entrepreneurs/startups, why shouldn’t you have the same approach? At the end of the day, YOUR time is the most valuable resource you own. Invest it carefully!

I have put together a list, based on my personal experience, that will help you identify toxic/unhelpful mentors. I’ve posted it on Medium:

I’m one of the 30 under 30, 2014 edition by Forbes Romania

An entrepreneurial journey that started in 2005, with a huge break-through in 2010 when we were the first Romanian team selected at the 1st Startupbootcamp in EU, followed by our first investment round from LAUNCHub at the beginning of 2014.




Read all about it in “30 under 30” edition of Forbes Romania:

Trip to Barcelona

Spain, Barcelona, 2013. Said to be a wonderful city, never been there and honestly didn’t know what to expect other than practicing the Spanish I used to know from watching too much soap operas back in high school. In any case, never thought of Barcelona as the world’s capital of mobile, the place where, for a week, everything gravitated around devices, gadgets, operating systems, apps, opportunities and people of all nationalities united under one single but conclusive word: mobile.

And just like when you visit Paris, you have to see the Eiffel Tower, when you go to Berlin you have to see the Wall of Berlin or when you visit Copenhagen your mind immediately thinks of The Little Mermaid, Sagrada Familia has to be the place to visit when in Barcelona. For me that was kind of a treat since the place I’ve rented out from Airbnb had a view from the window directly into this magnificent cathedral. Imagine waking up each morning and seeing this:

Sagrada Fimilia from my window

So, all of the sudden Sagrada Familia and Mobile World Congress was a mix that stuck with me the entire week while I was in Barcelona and while I could go on and on about the two, I would just like to say a bit more about the rest of the things that I did there including pitching at Mobile Premier Awards in front of a jury from Mozilla and Intel.  This was an interesting experience and I have to say that being the first one to pitch out of 20 finalists gave me the opportunity to be more relaxed afterwards and enjoy the rest of the show.

The next day, I’ve pitched at Barca Starta, an event organized by Mobile Marketing Magazine and that was held in a really nice venue and on the third day it was time for me to be in the audience and see 7 startups pitching on stage at Telefonica Tower after going through the Wayra program. All in all the Wayra BCN Demo Day was a good show, although I personally was expecting more from some of the startups that got accelerated for 6 months.

The last day in Barcelona was all about visiting stuff: Sagrada Familia, Camp Nou and La Boqueria. But because I had so little time for visiting, I’ve just promised myself that I’m going to be back in the summer time cause something tells me I have a lot more things to see then :).


To Berlin and back again

This is the story of me getting to Berlin, while my luggage was enjoying its rest in Istanbul.

First of all, the reason I went to Berlin was because I’ve been invited by Alex Farcet to be one of the mentors for the Startupbootcamp Berlin Selection Days 2012. It was an unexpected invitation and it made me so happy I was given the chance to experience the other side of the table and add value to fellow entrepreneurs that were competing for the 10 spots opened this year at SBC Berlin.  I really took this seriously and I believe that my SBC Alumni status gave me a unique perspective over the teams & ideas that were presented in Berlin.

Reaching Berlin wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. The food onboard of Turkish Airlines was great, but although I had a 4 hour transfer time in Istanbul, when I got to Berlin my luggage was sadly lost. Yes, by lost I mean no one knew exactly where it was. You would think that 4 hours is enough time to transfer a luggage from one airplane to another, but no! It took them 3 extra days to find it and ship it to my temporary address in Berlin. My confidence was further shaken by the appalling stories I read over the Internet… and some people even made step by step tutorials on how to deal with Turkish Airlines in the likely event they’ll lose your luggage.

As if this was not enough for the day, because I had to fill up some forms at the airport, I was late to pick up the keys for the flat so I ended up on the streets … homeless. Well, maybe not exactly homeless because I still had my laptop and iPad with me J Eventually I was able to get into the flat and I have to tell you that seeing the empty wardrobe 3 days in a role was not an encouraging sight. The 3 T-Shirts, 1 pair of jeans, a few socks and underpants I bought immediately the next day from a shopping mall brought a shade of normality to my miserable situation, but they were not enough to make me feel comfortable.

So, with only a few clothes at my disposal, I went straight to SBC headquarters to mentor the hell out of the 20 teams, 2 days in a role. At the end of it, only half of them made it to the 3-month SBC program that’s about to start on 30th of September. And boy!, it was hard to decide on the final 10!

Mentoring - Dr. Oliver Wagner & me

I have to say I was impressed by the quality of the teams, all 20 of them, the energy they had throughout the entire selection period and the willingness to learn and adapt based on the feedback they received from mentors, even in this short amount of time.

I’m thankful I had the chance to meet the SBC Berlin batch and I can’t wait to see the show they’re going to put on the Investor Day in Berlin.

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