Fuckup Nights Bucharest Vol XII
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Speakers & Moderator – Vol XII Fuckup Nights Bucharest, January, 2022
Andreea‘s great advantage is that she still doesn’t know what she wants to do in life. She’s been a digital entrepreneur at Webspire for over 10 years. In the meantime, she is a screenwriter for movies and comedy TV series, and sometimes does stand-up comedy in New York. She started as a student at the Faculty of Pharmacy in Bucharest, and then continued her studies in Journalism, 3 years ago she graduated from the “Comedy Writing and Performing” program at the American Comedy Institute in New York. How has Andreea gone from being the Editor-in-Chief at Libertatea.ro to developing online reputation management strategies and writing international films? She doesn’t know either and it’s just fine that way.
Zoltan Prosszer is an engineer, he graduated from a communist university, he has been a self-made entrepreneur ever since he was 26, he has founded 12 companies in various fields, of which 3 are still active today. He went through bankruptcy twice and has come to believe bankruptcy is a natural state in the life of a company. He has always managed between 500 and 2000 employees. Zoltan thinks of himself as a self-taught man, everything he knows he learnt alone. His most important quality is his capacity to accept change, and to always identify solutions meant to support companies and help them adapt to the always changing realities of the market. He founded one of the first private companies with its own distribution network, long before many other retailers today, he started one of the first private companies nationwide, one of the first companies to go bankrupt and one of the few that managed to come out of bankruptcy and, without a doubt, it is the only one that went into bankruptcy a second time, and which, as it seems, will come out of it again.
Miruna first stroke it lucky when she was born in a dysfunctional family, which was followed by childhood and adolescence to match. She started working at the age of 18. Not because she wanted to, but because that’s what the political party dictated. For some time, her professional life functioned opportunistically, based simply on the call for a better life. Which brought her to Human Resources. After an entrepreneurial “fuck-up”, she went back to what she knew best: organizations and HR. At the age of 40, just like any other respectable person would, she went through an existential crisis of the “what am I doing in my life” kind. When it was over, she decided she liked people more than organizations. And her life as a psychotherapist began. At some point, she realized that she was or still is the idealistic party youth she was back in the day, as well as a mother, a wife, an entrepreneur, a corporate employee with a company-owned car, an HR Manager in high heels, a psychotherapist, with pink hair and a cat as secretary. She learned to appreciate them all, disregard none of them, see the value in each of them. Miruna worked at Fabrica de Cinescoape – the first computer editing company, at Jordan SRL, EBRD, Philips ROMANIA, Radio Contact – where she produced the show Tovarășii mei (My Comrades), and at Philips Romania. She now owns her own private therapy practice.
Radu Georgescu is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor in technology and internet companies. He founded GECAD Group in the early 1990s. Radu has over 30 years of experience in setting up and developing software, internet, and e-commerce companies. His successful exits include the acquisition by Microsoft of RAV Antivirus technology in 2003, Naspers ‘payments business in 2010, Francisco Partners’ Avangate in 2013, and Fitbit’s Vectorwatch technology in 2016.
In addition to being an avid athlete, Radu is passionate about art and culture and is committed to protecting Romania’s national heritage. In early 2020, he joined SeedBlink, the fastest-growing investment platform for technology startups in Europe, as Chairman of the Board.
MODERATOR: Julia Nagy, journalist 24IT & Europa FM with her own share of …fuck-ups.
Strong believer that tehnology can change our lifes: We decide how.
A positive person on & off air. The rest are details.
What is Fuckup Nights (FUN)?
Fuckup Nights is a global movement and event series that shares stories of professional failure. We do it regularly, in some cases even each month, in events across the globe, when we invite three to four people to get up in front of a room full of strangers to share their own professional fuckups. And to tell the audience how they rejoined the big game. These are stories of the business that crashes and burns, the partnership deal that goes sour, the product that has to be recalled.
Most of the stories have a happy end, but most importantly, all are valuable life lessons. And we tell each and every one of them.
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