EdTech research at CRI Paris, France
In February 2016 I become a guinee pig for simultaneously two new education experiments at www.cri-paris.org - lifetime experience validation program and the white diploma project. You can find more about my education research on this dedicated blog page. Shortly, my education research is focus on how we can document lifetime learning experiences and design better policies to validate those off-campus lessons and skills.
Speaker at TheCoalition Conference, India
In February - March 2016 I had the opportunity to explore, for 2 weeks, the maker community in India, and their effort to improve education in the country. The research trip culminated with a talk at http://thecoalition.in/ where I shared the insights from my work at Qodemo and the visits we had to 50+ maker / hacker spaces around the world.
Chief Design Experimentalist @onesevenx, Netherlands
In January of 2016, after 10 years of various startup projects, I decided to take a break in pursuit of new life adventures and one big love story. I moved to Paris for a wicked smart lady and made few micro steps for big dream - a state of the art lab space for dozens of misfits experimenting with the new technologies, art and the our future in general. It will take few years, for now @onesevenx is my private freelance and experimentation lab.
Hacker in Residence, Thinsgua University, China
In October 2015 I joined China Hacker Trip, organized Mitch Altman and joined by a group of super awesome people. Our goal was to meet engineers, creative and hackers from China, but to also to enjoy the local culture and cuisine. The experience was fantastic and it lead to a hacker in residence program at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
Co-founder & CEO at Qodemo.com, Netherlands
Qodemo (founded in 2012 as Dreamups.org) was created with the goal to organize and share all world's open-source engineering knowledge. To achieve that goal, we set out to build the best knowledge documentation software technology, then offer free engineering DIY guides to empower local communities in solving their own challenges - being it sanitation, energy, transportation, housing, farming and so on. Qodemo is now pending a major EU research grant, shifting its product towards education and I am stepping down from CEO position.
Europe hackerspace roadtrip research
Following an equity investment at Qodemo, we set out to perform one of the biggest research projects about the maker / hacker / fablab spaces in Europe. Eventually the research extended to China and USA. The aim of the research was to co-develop the Qodemo documentation software with the members of maker movement in Europe. We visited over 50 community spaces and gather lots of useful stories / data.
#SF #NYC #Boston 90-day maker residence, USA
After the Rockstart Accelerator program (see below), Qodemo had only a simple prototype and not investment yet. We decided to look for resources and clients in USA. Ninety days were divided in rafly 1 month per city - San Francisco, New York and Boston and there was everything - from soldering classes at Noisebridge to self brewed beer at Hack Manhattan and from a residency at Artisan's Asylum to research time at MIT Media Lab. By the end of the USA trip we got an investment from Doen Foundation.
Rockstart, Startup Accelerator, Netherlands
After two years of hustle, micro business angel funds and few competitions won - we joined an official startup accelerator program. What followed next was a 6 months intensive program packed with training sessions, mentoring hours, software perks and product iterations. We learned a lot, plus leading a company in such an environment was a highlight of my entrepreneurial life. After the accelerator program Dreamups.org became Qodemo.com
Silicon Valley Couchsurfer
I first discovered USA and Silicon Valley following an invitation from Heather Cochran for the opening of Digital Garage in San Francisco. That autumn of 2013, I ended up with a longer trip to US, couchsurfing with awesome people, private visits to Mozilla, Google, Facebook, Evernote, Blackbox and other awesome experiments in between (like making a California driving license and trying to become an Uber driver).
Edu on Tour, Netherlands - Germany - Denmark - Sweden
In November of 2012 I had the chance to join a research trip, organized by Presente! with the aim to document alternative learning institutions in few European countries. On our map was Amsterdam, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Aarhus and Stockholm. It was an eye opening experience for what the future of learning (education) might bring.
Dream Developement, Austria
After a failed attempt to build a social platform for all things #streetart and #urbanculture I moved from Cluj (Romania) to Siegendorf (Austria) to become an apprentice at Dream Academia . DA is a decentralized movement started around Hermann and Katzi - two guys who follow their dreams and help others in the process, regardless of background, age, sex, industry etc. This duo is challenging most of what we call norm. It was fantastic.
Co-founder Kineters, Romania
After my AIESEC and TED experience, I discovered the world outside my country and, along with a feeling of abundance, there was a dose of rebellion as to why the humanity was so fucked. That inspired me to joined a team of young creatives, to build a hub for all things #screenart. The core business of Kineters was a clothing line but we wanted to build it on top of events and street art gigs. Basically, a central place where underground artists and sportsmen would find a way to pay their bills, while supporting the whole thing with prints and cool wear. We failed.
Curator TEDxChisinau, Moldova
Being a fan of TED.com since 2009, when I first discovered that TEDx licenses exist (thanks to Cristian from TEDxCluj) I imediatly applied. Being part of TEDx community was a wow factor, beginning with my team in Chisinau (Mihai, Victoria, Nika, Oleg, Vasile, Victoria) and the multitude of amazing people I met across the globe during the following years. One of the great experiences was to represent TEDxChisinau at the TEDxSummit in Qatar, April 2012.
Partner at Evenda, Moldova
Following my AIESEC experience, with a passion for public speaking and events, I co-founded Evenda together with Alex and Iulia. I was 21 and this company changed my life. If a car crash on the way to your biggest company launch, is not changing your priorities, I don't know what does. Evenda was a training and education events' agency in Moldova. Building the foundation of this company with Alex was a true MBA, I am grateful for all the experiences we had together.
AIESEC Member, Moldova
Sweet student life. Actually, by the beginning of 2010 I dropped out of "Academia de Studii Economice" and became seriously dedicated to self development through Internet, entrepreneurship and AIESEC. This organization works as a company simulation where students get to solve various social or economic challenges through hands-on projects. Every project would have a team, budget and specific goals to achieve. It was an amazing experience for a wandering young mind.
2005 - 2009
College of Informatics, Moldova
At age 16, I basically received the permission to do whatever the heck I want with my education (when becoming a surgeon, my father's wish, did not work with me). I moved to Chisinau and joined "Colegiul de Informatica" but instead of Computer Science I took Business Administration (partly, a sad story). First I struggled to compete with the "city kids", they were much better, but I graduated as the best on my faculty. Until 2016, this was my only "systemic" education.
1996 - 2005
CEO at #childhood, Moldova
Maybe one would not call my childhood a happy one, we did not have much, but we, with my brother Sergiu, inherited a great set of values. I am immensely grateful to my parents for delivering their best despite multiple challenges (USSR economic collapse).
Besides our village routine, we had lots of freedom to explore the natural surroundings of our home and grew up with an explorer mindset. We had frequent forest quests, bicycles tours and lake swimming breaks on weekends. We also grew most of our own foods and sport was a norm. Looking back now, nature was my biggest childhood influencer.
Early morning of July 1st 1989. A simple village family. A kid was born.