The Pixelgrade Path For Some Of Our Teammates

Oana Filip

Build­ing the right team can some­times be over­whelm­ing and it is def­i­nite­ly an end­less adven­ture. We’re grate­ful to have on board peo­ple who are giv­ing their best to make Pix­el­grade a hit. Hap­py birth­day, guys and gals! 🎉


We’ve always been strong believ­ers in the pow­er of crews and tribes of all kinds. At Pix­el­grade, four of our team­mates are cel­e­brat­ing from two to four years next to us, so we decid­ed to make room for them to step on the stage. We tried to find out insights about how it was the ride so far and what’s keep­ing them moti­vat­ed. 


Radu — Four years of making customers happy

It’s hard to think about the biggest les­son learned in all of these years. I think that the most impor­tant thing is that you should nev­er be afraid of jump­ing into cold water. This is the way my jour­ney at Pix­el­grade start­ed in the first place. I wasn’t quite sure about what I was sup­posed to do in my ear­ly days.

So I guess that this is the gold­en-rule: nev­er be afraid of try­ing things that you nev­er did before. The result may sur­prise you.

The only cer­tain­ty was that I had to do my best to help our cus­tomers and make their lives eas­i­er and more pleas­ant. So I guess that this is the gold­en-rule: nev­er be afraid of try­ing things that you nev­er did before. The result may sur­prise you.

On the oth­er hand, I am proud of what we’re try­ing to do at Pix­el­grade on a dai­ly basis. The client’s expe­ri­ence while using our prod­ucts and inter­act­ing with us con­tin­ues to be the main focus. More­over, I believe that this is the only way to achieve suc­cess in the long run. Stay­ing strong to this may be hard some­times but it pays back when we see all those great web­sites made with our prod­ucts.

I can’t think of any­thing spe­cif­ic that might’ve helped ear­li­er on this jour­ney. There were a lot of ups and downs dur­ing all these years, that’s for sure. How­ev­er, I some­times think if the sim­ple fact of not know­ing what’s com­ing next wasn’t, in fact, a good thing. All in all, I think that I wouldn’t change a thing about every­thing that hap­pened so far.


Ilinca — Two years of crafting stunning products

One of the many things I learned is that if you want to make it (big), you either  break the grid or obey the rules, but nev­er do down­grades in terms of qual­i­ty. I was nev­er good at col­or­ing inbe­tween the lines, so here I am push­ing bound­aries.  It’s still a chal­lenge to know when and where to dis­trupt, but I feel I’m get­ting there.

I’ve had more than one full, sud­den bloom since I start­ed work­ing here, and I dare to say that it’s not only me. It’s a full house of can-do’s, so to say.

On top of all that, as a Design­er I’ve learned not to believe the hype. Trends suck, so be true to your­self. Peo­ple are ter­ri­ble at say­ing what they actu­al­ly need (me includ­ed). Keep the user in mind, the needs in mind, the pains in mind. Take it from there.

I am proud of the mantra of resilience we car­ry on as cre­ators, as a team and as humans. I recent­ly got a beau­ti­ful pseu­do-cac­tus that had some  blos­soms, still tiny and green. The next morn­ing all of them just burst into full bloom, all fuch­sia-pink. It remind­ed me about the ener­gy and mechan­ics that push us, even in hard­er times, to re-think, re-brand, re-dis­cov­er, re-gen­er­ate.

I’ve had more than one full, sud­den bloom since I start­ed work­ing here, and I dare to say that it’s not only me. It’s a full house of can-do’s and I’m proud to be around them.

I am tempt­ed to say that I want­ed to know about Pix­el­grade ear­li­er, but with all the rum­bling of the age, I prob­a­bly wouldn’t have got in touch. I was pret­ty hard on myself and usu­al­ly belit­tled me or chick­ened out.

All in all, when it comes to Pix­el­grade, I’ve nev­er thought of the “what if’s”. Call it fate, des­tiny, kar­ma, path of life. Sprin­kled with a lot of trust from with­in the team and not only, I fol­lowed my gut and took it as it is. It turned out fan­tas­tic.


Oana — Two years of pushing the boundaries

I always believed in the give-before-you-get approach and I’m grate­ful that I found the right play­ground to explore it. It’s def­i­nite­ly hard to point a sin­gle les­son I learned in the last two years since I’m part of Pixelgrade’s crew, but I’ll give it a try — be gen­uine­ly inter­est­ed about the peo­ple around you.

Trust me, noth­ing beats the can­did feel­ing of help­ing oth­ers be the best ver­sion of them­selves, but not before start­ing with your­self. 

Once you con­sis­tent­ly behave this way you’ll not only grow both intel­lec­tu­al­ly and emo­tion­al­ly, you will also have the pow­er to change things for the bet­ter. Trust me, noth­ing beats the can­did feel­ing of help­ing oth­ers be the best ver­sion of them­selves, but not before start­ing with your­self. Price­less.

It’s quite com­pli­cat­ed to say when you achieved that par­tic­u­lar stage, but hey!, this is the beau­ty of the game. It’s def­i­nite­ly what makes me proud of being part of this tribe next to the impres­sive work we’re doing around here. And yes, I’m not afraid to self pro­mo a bit since we way too often lack the abil­i­ty of stop­ping and look­ing back to see how far we’ve land­ed.

If some­one would have asked me about what I want­ed to know ear­li­er I’d gen­uine­ly answer — noth­ing. There’s some­thing mag­i­cal about the process of dis­cov­ery that I feel quite unique and I wouldn’t change it for any­thing in the world. Oth­er­wise, it would have been bor­ing instead of chal­leng­ing and this is def­i­nite­ly not my tem­po.


Alin — Four years of active contribution

Four years ago I’ve got into this amaz­ing jour­ney and great things start­ed to hap­pen. I began work­ing as a Cus­tomer Hap­pi­ness Engi­neer and since then I’ve been inter­act­ing with thou­sands of peo­ple from all over the world.

The most impor­tant les­son I learned since then is to love peo­ple. Just like that. It might sound like a cliché but for me, it was a life les­son and it came soft­ly, as I under­stood that all these peo­ple are not just users or clients, they are real human beings with real needs. I’m talk­ing about love as an atti­tude towards their needs in par­tic­u­lar.

I have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to have a real con­tri­bu­tion to every­thing we do. The high qual­i­ty of the prod­ucts and solu­tions we’re offer­ing make me feel proud.

I’m proud to be part of a very ambi­tious team with great and chal­leng­ing goals, maybe too big for a hand­ful of peo­ple, some­times. I am pleased to be part of the Pixelgrade’s crew because I have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to have a real con­tri­bu­tion to every­thing we do. The high qual­i­ty of the prod­ucts and solu­tions we’re offer­ing make me feel proud.

I wish I would have learned ear­li­er that as a sup­port per­son, I can have a real con­tri­bu­tion to our prod­ucts. For a long time, I put myself at the “end of the tun­nel”, con­sid­er­ing that my dev team­mates know very well what they have to do when prepar­ing a new prod­uct.

How­ev­er, I under­stood that I can get valu­able insight by inter­act­ing with peo­ple about their pains and needs. Short­ly said, I wish I became much ear­li­er the cus­tomers’ voice inside our com­pa­ny and help­ing my team even more to cre­ate bet­ter prod­ucts.


We will con­tin­ue to let our peo­ple shine through their sto­ries as play­ers of Pielgrade’s team. We are thrilled to have around folks who are dri­ven by big ambi­tions, such as chang­ing the world for the bet­ter one step at a time. 🚀

Oana Filip
Oana Filip

Digital storyteller @Pixelgrade and community builder for creative industries. A true believer in the power of making the world a better place.