People of DataDiggers - Paula Pislaru (Chief Operating Officer)
Updated: Aug 11, 2021
It means a lot to us that you trust us! Because of this, we decided to continue our series of interviews called "People of DataDiggers" with lots of creative questions, so that you get to know us better!
Our intention is to give you the chance to meet our team, the people behind the fancy titles!
This week's interview features Paula, our COO!
If you could be a crayon, what colour would you be? What’s the meaning behind it?
I would definitely be a purple crayon. It is luxurious, and it means royalty to me 😊.
What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?
About what is the appropriate music for that specific journey and about lost loves…
What’s your favourite ‘90s jam?
Prince - Purple Rain and Michael Jackson - Dirty Diana
What’s the last TV show you watched?
Breaking bad - I loved it.
What are you known for?
I have no idea - maybe for my desserts? 😊
What’s the most interesting thing about you that it’s not put up in your resume?
That I am the kind of person that likes to take risks.
What’s your go-to productivity trick?
Efficiency is the key! As little resources as possible and as many results as possible.
What’s your favourite way to unwind after a busy day?
A nice, warm shower and a glass of red wine (dry, always dry).
What three words would your friends use to describe you? Why?
Hmm, maybe they thought I was a bit distant at first, until they got to know me. Also, happy and helpful. This is how I act 😊.
If you could add one thing to the DataDiggers office, what would it be?
A big and nice relaxing space and maybe a cafeteria.
What’s the first concert you ever went to?
My parents took me to see Mihaela Runceanu (a Romanian singer) in the late 80s.
If you had to pick one age to be permanently, which age would you choose? Why?
32, I think this is when I started to fully understand myself and find inner peace and equilibrium.
If you could write a book about your life, what would the title be and why?
The wannabe writer – I always dreamed about becoming a poet or drama writer, I even started some projects, unfinished, unfortunately.
What was your first job?
Waitress in a well-known restaurant in Bucharest, I was just lucky they hired me with no experience. I think I smiled a lot 😊.
What’s one professional skill you’re currently working on?
In-depth financial analysis.
What do you do at DataDiggers and in what circumstances would I come to you for something?
I do a bit of everything, I help things move forward, so please come to me for any new idea/initiative you have! I am always curious to see or hear your ideas! 😊
How do you prefer to start your day?
With a nice jasmine tea and some chill music.
What’s one thing that surprised you about working at DataDiggers?
How fast we have grown and how dedicated are our people, I am amazed by it every day.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?
That I am an unreachable and tough person.
What’s your favourite place you’ve travelled to and why?
I have many that come to mind right now, but I think I will choose Istanbul, it is a vibrant, amazing city, which satisfies my needs to see historical places still standing, tradition, culture, and lovely people.
Who is your hero?
My paternal grandmother, I have learned virtually everything from her and the way she has led her life is a model to me, she is practically my personal saint.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
In a small village, in Provence, maybe? There are plenty of places that you can choose from.
What’s your favourite podcast show, and why should I listen to it?
Not my thing, but if I can choose a TV program I would go with “Profesionistii” hosted by Eugenia Voda.
What’s your favourite quote from a TV show/movie/book?
The 2 most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you found out why - Mark Twain.
What’s the phone app you use the most?
How do you take your coffee/tea?
Always tea with a twist of lemon, no sugar/honey, no milk.
Do you have a work best friend? Who is it?
Yes, he knows who he is 😊.
How do you pick yourself back up after making a mistake at work?
I pick myself up very quickly all the time.
Have you ever had the “imposter syndrome”?
Yes, and I still have it sometimes.
What’s the best thing you’ve learned in your current position?
You have to constantly learn, adapt and grow.
What’s the best clothing item you’ve ever bought?
I have a Versace blouse which I have never worn 😊.
What’s the most stupid thing you’ve ever bought?
Many things, but I distinctly remember a body massage machine which was supposed to make your muscles firmer with flat abs, etc., and… you guessed it right: nothing happened😊.
If you could recommend me 5 movies, what would those be?
The Notebook, Matrix (1st one), Fight Club, Seven, Who’s afraid of Virginia Wolf?.
What’s your motto?
Enjoy today, tomorrow may be worse.
Can you tell me a good joke?
All my colleagues tell me I know only bad jokes and the good ones cannot be told here, so…