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Leading the line, like a Rebel woman. Stories & insights from women in tech.

It’s March, which means that besides enjoying the weather getting warmer, this month we celebrate women a little bit more than we do during the rest of the year. We make sure to bring chocolate, flowers and all the kind words with us at the office, all to make them feel special.

At RebelDot, we are over 20 women software engineers, delivery managers, HR, marketing, business development specialists and product managers. We love the tech community we get to work and experience with every day, but we know it hasn’t always been easy for women in tech to pursue a tech career. Some of us still struggle today.

We had a few of our rebel girls share bits of their own experience as women working in the technology industry. Grab your favourite cup of coffee and put on your superhero cape, you’re about to get some empowering messages from our rebel, women in tech.

Allowing yourself to be vulnerable and soft is an act of courage.

I love how my experiences taught me, many many times, that choosing to be kind, perceptive and allowing yourself to be vulnerable and soft is an act of courage. That it’s actually the hardest thing to do, yet it’s still perceived by so many as being a weakness.

I love that not a single day goes by without seeing the importance of empathy, active listening and emotional intelligence. And I love how in the world where we encourage people to speak-up, stand-up, do this, do that, fit templates and checkboxes, the thing that helps us stand out is being true to ourselves and embracing our imperfections.

So don’t “toughen up” if you don’t want to — no matter if you’re a man, a woman or you’re still trying to figure that out. Come back to yourself.

Be confident in who you are and what you can achieve.

Growing up, I have always been fascinated with technology. I think innovation and the fast pace at which technology evolves has been something that has drawn me towards it, since forever.

I give credits to the fact that I was brought up in an environment where I always felt equal to boys, although I know it is not the case for every girl that is in school as we speak. To them, the girls that wish to pursue a career in technology, all I can say is, dare to believe in your abilities, and have the courage to start doing whatever you are passionate about, despite the odds.

The lessons you learn while being a stay at home mom will help you get back on track faster and better than before.

In a such evolving and changing world, and as a new mother, being disconnected from the business’ world for two years can be discouraging. What I’ve learned from my experience is that attitude is a game-changer in this situation.

You took two years to grow a little person, but you also gained so much strength, brainpower and endurance that you`ll bring back to the business field and that will help you get back in the game in no time, better than before, more efficient and more driven.

So, now you have a new set of skills to play with and to bring into the equation. Also, another aspect that helped me was to go back to the basics, learning what`s new on my professional field. For that, I took 1–2 hours per day for study, two months before getting back to work.

Keep fighting for your dreams.

There is a place in technology for everyone, keep fighting for your dreams. Lyndsey Scott, Florina Muntenescu, Sheryl Sandberg are some women who are influencing the landscape of tech and IT.

 

Find mentors in your niche that can help you with their knowledge and experience of navigating the tech industry as a woman.

I was brought up in a world where girls and boys were equally exposed to exact science and technology. As a child, being a girl meant doing great in school. They would also expect you to maintain an eloquent speech at all times, don’t get too covered in mud while playing outside, don’t scream, don’t cry, wear a dress and of course, smile at all times. You’d often find yourself in a constant aim for perfection, being good at everything and excelling at nothing while trying to fit in and please everyone you meet. You grew up comparing yourself to everyone, without even knowing how lethal to your soul this is.

Translating this into the tech business scene, as women, we often become victims to the feeling of not being good enough, lonely, and many times, outnumbered. A lesson I learned in my three years of doing marketing & business development for tech, is the importance of mentorship and communityThere are women out there who look forward to helping and sharing their experience with other women. Find female mentors in your niche that can help you with their knowledge and experience of navigating the tech industry as a woman. They can be your peers, your colleagues or female leaders you look up. Look for a community and if you can’t find one, go ahead and create one. Keep an eye for people you can learn from, and be savvy when it comes to learning from the experience of others. It will help you move faster in your career.

 

To succeed, you need to make sure you have people around you that can help you grow.

My passion for tech & informatics goes back to high school. I was in the 10th-grade and 16 years old when they brought in a new informatics teacher, a female. At the time, I was doing great in school, but I had no idea I was ever going to pursue a career in tech. This new teacher happened to be one that changed my perspective. She came in with a unique, empowering vibe, and she had her way of making things seem more attractive than before. I would not give all credits to the fact that she was a woman, although this might have helped me resonate with her. All I know is that the informatics class became, in short, one I was looking forward to attending. Little time passed by, and I started doing research at home and being keen on discovering new things. Years passed by, and I decided to study at the Technical University of Cluj Napoca, pursuing my dream of becoming a software engineer.

University came with its challenges. I vividly remember the front row, filled with young males all with exceptional merits in the field. We were outnumbered, that’s for sure. In my study group, for example, we were 30. Out of this, only 10 were women. Despite the odds, just as in my high school story, I had the right people around. All of our university teachers would continuously encourage us to get involved in research projects and were there to equally support us. I wasn’t surprised when our valedictorian was a woman.

Being fairly new into the work scene and having these two past stories to guide me, the pursuit of a job in tech was highly guided by the people I met during the recruitment process, and whether I felt that I could quickly learn from them.

Today, I believe that to succeed, whether you are a male or a female, and especially if you are at the beginning of your career, you need to make sure you have people around you that can help you grow. It can be your teacher, your colleague or your team lead.

Get involved. Participate. Ask questions & stay curious.

Growing up as a teenager, I had somehow always been passionate about technology and informatics. I can say I am blessed with parents and relatives that had never tried to frame me when it came to choosing a career path. It has always been clear to me that the intriguing problems and the practicability of the challenges you find in this field were for me to choose, from the very beginning.

Today, I am a software developer at RebelDot.
I’ve been asked, multiple times, what makes a great developer, and what are those practical activities you can do to become better in your field. Looking at myself, I believe it is essential to have the passion and to be confident in what you do. I am lucky to be able to say that I get to live my passion every day. This does not mean it is a challenge-free zone. After all, challenges make it all more interesting.

Second, I’ve always been very keen on getting involved and participating. There’s so much you can learn from just showing up and sharing the experience of building something with a team of developers. It helps you overcome fear and uncertainties, accumulate information and build experience. It’s simple, and I like to think of it as the snowball effect. The more you experience, the more you know. So have that curiosity, and keep an eye on those experiences you can benefit from the most.

 

Like what you read? At RebelDot, we are on a constant search for amazing women to join our team, and we are always happy to share more of our experiences with the tech industry. Check our openings, and come by for a chat and a coffee! We look forward to meeting you.

Love,

The Women at RebelDot

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Yet another 2019 in review!
Only this time it’s a Rebel (Dot) one.

2019 was busy, hustling and in a complete manner, uneven. It had its bright highs and lows, and as sudden as it all was, we had our spoonful of learning opportunities we are more than grateful for. Here’s what we are most proud of, and we want to thank you for it!

We turned one!

This years’ July the 2nd marked one year since we acquired the services division of Imprezzio Global and became one Rebel, web and mobile development company

If you are not familiar with our story, this is the very short version of it:

RebelDot`s history

We celebrate this moment as it gave us the opportunity to bring more innovation within our digital creative spaces. Questioning everything we have done so far and most importantly, the way we have done it, we were able to adapt to new processes, perfecting our way of building digital products.

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Teambuilding Fain.

Before getting into the details of this one we’ll make sure you understand the meaning of the word fain (pronounced exactly like the English “fine”). It is a word often used in Cluj, Transylvania, describing something that is nice or cool.

This summer we had our team building in the mountains. It was the optimal opportunity to reconnect with nature, relax ad rewind. We honestly think that a few photos would best describe the amazing time we spent there, so here are just a few:

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Redefining what it means to be a Rebel (Dot).

2019 made us question what we believed to be true about ourselves. It placed us in a zero zone from where we were free to march towards discovering our genuine self. We called on help and boarded on a trip to discovering our Rebel values. We found out that we believe in the power of togetherness, and when we say together, we count you in the mix. Care, growth, fulfillment and fun are the other building blocks of what we do at RebelDot.

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Our values chart. Which one of them do you most resonate with?

Oh, wait! Did we double in size?

Growing in experience meant growing in size as well. Since we love a good tech riddle, we couldn’t help it but grasp the opportunity of getting more tech experience, through building digital products from a wide array of industries. In doing so, we needed more exceptional people to join us. We doubled in size, adopting 19 new rebels. We could not have done it without the skilled hands and brilliant minds of the people in our team. This is our #kudos to them!

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More work? This just meant more amazing web and mobile apps to build!

Looking back, 2019 was a year in which we diversified our portfolio, strengthened our relationships with our partners and perfected our approach to building digital products. We doubled in size, reaching a number of 60 amazingly creative people and managed to cover software development for startups, medium-sized businesses and Fortune 500 companies all around the world.

Today, we handle more projects, from even more industries and we are challenging our creativity and innovative thinking more than ever before.

We love our craft, love the people we work with and treasure every challenge that gets us closer to a new technology breakthrough

UNL Global is just one of our many favourite projects that happened this year. Having started from a paper sketch, they trusted us with our expertise and our UX-first approach to building web and mobile apps. Thus, the amazing result, proving once again that alignment in values and understanding is essential when starting a collaboration with a client.

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Curious to know more about what we have built in the past year? You can always check the reviews of our clients, on Clutch.

Opening a new office, this time in Copenhagen, Denmark

You already know we love traveling, and even more, we love our Rebel people overseas. We wanted to be closer to our clients and the tech community in Copenhagen, so we opened a new office right there, in the heart of the Scandinavian way of living we are fond of. Do we have other expansion plans for 2020? Oh, yes!

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We launched Visidot App, our internal digital product.

It all started with wanting to create a digital product that would help us log our dear office visitors faster and in a completely digital manner. Today, Visidot helps office building administrators keep evidence of their visitors.

Curious to know more about our internal product? Find out more, here.Here’s a short sneak peek on how VisidotApp works.

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Did you spot the Rebels? London, Singapore, LA & Miami were our hottest travelling locations this year!

Did someone say travel? This year we made sure to meet all of our partners across the borders and check the pulse of the global tech community. If we were to get through all the locations we have visited this year, it would take you a few cups of coffee to read through all of them, so here is our shortlist.

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Ending the year with the most epic Jungle (Re) Bell Christmas Party.

We love a good party! And even more, we love a themed party! Thanks to our great employer branding team, this year we managed to break any rule of Christmas party themes that might be out there. It wasn’t a retro party, it wasn’t an ugly sweater Christmas party, not even a Grinch party but a Jungle (Re) bell Christmas party!

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We treasure our little Rebels, so we had to make sure Santa passes by our office to give them some really special presents. Here’s a snapshot from our kids Christmas party

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Now that’s a wrap! 2019 was a full year, and in 2020 we are up to some great stuff as well! Make sure you know about it before we write our next year in review. Spot the rebels on FacebookInstagramLinkedin and Twitter.

🚀Did we convince you that doubling in size did not make us less fun? Reach out and let’s talk about building your awesome digital product. Make sure you getintouch@rebeldot.com, and we will get back to you in no time.

🤔Reading this made you want to be part of the RebelDot team? We’ve got great news! We are in search of creative engineers that can help us ship digital products. Check our openings, here.