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Ion Marian: ''Crawl, walk, and run on your journey to success''

The People Team
The People Team

Mar 31, 2023

In the vast ocean of technology, having a reliable crew is crucial. Join us #InsidetheArk as we set sail on a journey to get to know the Kubeark team: the individuals who bring their unique skills and expertise to the table, ensuring that our ship stays on course in the ever-evolving tech sea.

Ion Mircea Marian is a Senior Software Engineer at Kubeark, where he takes on several key responsibilities to help create a fun and productive work environment. Ion's blend of technical skills, mentorship, and light-hearted demeanor makes him a valuable member of the Kubeark team, fostering a workplace where everyone can thrive and contribute effectively. 

As the shepherd of the backend team, I guide my colleagues through project development and offer mentorship, while fostering a strong sense of camaraderie and teamwork. At Kubeark we embrace an iterative coding process. We constantly work on refining and optimizing the code. As any senior software engineer will tell you, we write a bad code and then we fix it.

What is something that has surprised you about your chosen career path?  

One thing that has shocked me is the industry's quick speed of development. Technology, tools, and processes are always developing, technologies, tools, and methodologies are constantly evolving, and staying up-to-date with the latest trends is crucial for success.

Yet, after some time, I've become used to the fast-paced workplace and learnt to adapt and welcome change as a source of development and creativity.  

Another interesting thing was the link between better compensation and the caliber of colleagues with whom I work. As my career progressed, I was surrounded by more and more talented and experienced people. Working with them not only challenges me to consistently improve my own skill set, but it also creates happy work environment where information sharing is highly appreciated.   

Mentoring and inspiration

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What’s your favorite famous or inspirational quote? 

"Sic transit gloria mundi" or "So fades the splendour of the world".  

It acts as a motivation for me to maintain my composure and sense of reality despite any successes in my professional or personal life. As I think about this remark, I'm reminded of how transitory and transient worldly accomplishments are.  

Furthermore, this saying encourages me to focus on the longer-lasting and more significant components of life, such as close connections and inner contentment, rather than only seeking exterior success. Especially, in the context of my profession, adopting this mentality enables me to keep a healthy balance between work and life and give priority to long-term happiness and personal fulfilment. 

What’s the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever received? 

It’s a simple, yet powerful mantra: ‘Crawl -> Walk -> Run’.  

In just three words it summarises the essence of what progress means. Much like learning to walk as a child, advancement in any field requires taking one step at a time and gradually building up skills and confidence. 

Working at Kubeark

What’s the coolest or most interesting thing you’re working on right now?

Currently, we are immersed in the development of a groundbreaking new piece of software. It's tough and requires a lot of work, but thankfully I have a fantastic team that cares immensely about seeing this through to success. More about our platform soon!

Why did you choose Kubeark?

  In short, I wanted to feel that start-up rush again! And,  at Kubeark, the start-up vibe is palpable.

There's something truly invigorating about being part of a team that's building something from the ground up, and I was eager to experience that adrenaline. At Kubeark, the start-up vibe is palpable. Everyone in the company is passionate about shaping our platform. We work, learn, and celebrate as a team. Here I've found a vibrant atmosphere, a sense of camaraderie, and endless opportunities for innovation. 

Life outside the Ark

I love to unwind by playing computer games with my squad. We're big fans of MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) games. Of course, when we lose, it's not our fault. The matchmaking is the culprit most of the time (and don’t even get me started on the peripherals).

I always say that in gaming, as in coding, there's no problem that can't be solved with a well-placed "git gud"! 

What did you want to be when you grew up when you were in elementary school?

Honestly, I just wanted to grow up faster, thought it was fun, boy was I wrong! Thinking back, I would choose what I do again, and I would have started earlier, but parts of my career path were not even invented at that time. 

 What’s your favorite hobby?

I am what you would call an audiophile. I love immersing myself in the world of high-quality audio.  

I have spent considerable time and effort refining my personal audio setup. My journey began with a simple pair of headphones, and from there, my passion grew exponentially. Over time, I added a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and an amplifier (AMP) to enhance my listening experience. I explored various types of headphones. From dynamic to electrostatic to planar, I had them all and I loved them equally. Most recently, I've ventured into the world of studio monitors. 

Throughout my audiophile journey, I've often asked myself why there is no standard for mass-produced speakers and headphones.  

If you could live in any city, where would it be and why?

Even while I may not be especially drawn to any city, I can understand the attractiveness of relocating close to major areas because of the infrastructure and amenities. Having said that, I tend to prefer the calm of the suburbs or the countryside for myself.  The suburbs provide a wonderful compromise between the conveniences of a city and the peace and quiet of country living. 

If you are curious to find out more about Ion's professional journey, you can follow him on LinkedIn: Ion Mircea Marian