Undergraduate Blog / Author: Mara-Florina Steiu

Mara-Florina Steiu

Myth-Busting Internship

This internship has been a special one. More than an enriching learning experience, it has been a myth-busting challenge that constantly took me out of my comfort zone and made me reassess my beliefs on start-ups, people, and life. Such valuable lessons are worth pondering upon again and again, so I’ll do this once more,…

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Dear intern, please be a dumb legacy maker

Few months ago I became a product design intern in a computer vision start-up from Silicon Valley. I started my internship with a clear goal – give my best and leave a legacy inside the company. I was very confident that all my previous experience as a start-up founder would help a lot in the…

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Here’s why I love Silicon Valley

Amazing weather, great seafood, and breathtaking landscapes. All of these are legit reasons to love Silicon Valley, but none of them is significant enough to prove my unlimited admiration for this place. The real reason I believe Silicon Valley is truly special is that people here are T-shaped. Before imagining some weird creatures, let me…

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Never thought I’d intern in a stealth-mode start-up

“We’re afraid to not have our brilliant ideas stolen, so we’ll just go in stealth mode.” I used to think that this is the immature reason why many entrepreneurs decide to “go stealth.” In a world in which ideas are abundant and great execution is scarce, such a strategy seemed useless, if not counterproductive. On…