Stefan Neagu [stenea]
What is your professional position? What technology do you work with?
I'm Managing Partner at heima.ro the Romanian foreclosures web-platform. Also I'm working as an IT Infrastructure Officer within a Romanian Bank.
Please list web addresses where one can see something about you.
My Personal website is reachable at www.stefanneagu.me . My company website is www.heima.ro and www.actes.ro .
More information about what I know and what I have done in the last 17 years can be found at www.vizualize.me/stenea .
Do you consider yourself a geek?
Not a geek, but a interested person, a curios one.
How did your professional interest in technology come about?
My brother-in-law brought "the beast" home and here I'm .
Were you one of those who broke toys to see the inner workings?
Ooooo yes!!!It was so fun. I remember my father bought from a duty-free in the period of time when Communism was the status-quo in Romania, a flying helicopter. It didn't took much until the helicopter being bring down to small pieces. You know,after this, has never been the same again....
How would you describe the emotion that comes from getting involved in a new technology?
Fear, curiosity, a real frenzy, you feel something running through your vines.
In your field of work, what is the major technological trend on the horizon?
What factors should one keep in mind when giving advice about an investment in technology?
Nothing last forever. Be prepared to change the basket sooner that you would expect.And for God sake, if your not open minded this is not your playground.
"And this ain't no place for the weary kind
This ain't no place to lose your mind
This ain't no place to fall behind
Pick up your crazy heart and give it one more try "
Do you think businesses waste a lot of money on bad technology?
Not waste but give credit to a technology that was not verified either by time or by a critical number of people.
What brands or companies within your professional environment are you used to recommending with great confidence?
Google and every sparkling start-up out there that has already thought to an application that makes your life easier.
How do creativity and methodology combine to resolve technological problems?
Only time will tell, but is for sure that if we are were we are today is because we questioned everything. We should keep up the good work.
Which one is needed to work in technology: great patience, or an especially ordered mind?
None of this. There are tools for this. In my opinion I think that all you need is open mind. For sure there is someone out there that has experienced already what you're going through right now. Just ask and collaborate.
Does pressure impede your concentration or is it a stimulus to outdo yourself?
It's a pressure but hey, this is applications like Garage Band exists.
Aside from work, what other technologies interest you on a personal level?
SEO and open source
What are your favorite gadgets? If someone can't find you, what store would they need to go to in order to look for you?
Are kids and teens too “technified”? Can one become addicted to technology?
There are kids and there are kids. Depends how and who makes the introductions between kid-tech.
Which is more difficult: dealing with machines or dealing with people?
Dealing with people. A machine will do whatever you'll instruct it to do.
How often are you called on outside of work hours to solve an urgent problem?
Play futurologist: what will the technology of your sector be like in 20 years time?
I can't tell you how it will be, but I can tell you how is not going to be. It's not going to be like anything we have right now.
Do you attend fairs, conventions, or other events related to your sector?
Up until now I did not attended. Now, I'm taking it seriously and I'll be there.
What professional challenge would you like to undertake at this time?
SEO Ninja. I believe is the next big thing. Without SEO everybody will be like sending a message in a bottle waiting to see what happens with their message.
Where is your professional career headed? What do you imagine yourself doing five years from now?
What magazines, forums or websites do you use to keep up to date with technology?
mashable, foreign policy magazine, forbes, techcrunch
What advice do you have for those reluctant to try new technologies?
You can't resist to the inevitable.