Interview with Bogdan Sorescu, eMAG Product Owner

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A few words about yourself. How long have you been in eMAG and what have you been up to?

On May 1st I celebrated my 4th year in eMAG and during this time I’ve been working as a Product Owner for mobile applications. I took over the project from the first versions and together with my team, I managed to grow the application to 2 million installs in 4 countries: Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Poland.

Before eMAG I worked around 4 years as a Product Owner for wowapp.com, a startup that tries to solve income inequality through a revenue-share business model. At the base of the product, there is a chat platform similar to WhatsApp. In this role I mostly handled mobile applications. …


Interview with Vlad Puescu, Product Content Platform Director in eMAG

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In the first part of this series of interviews, we talked with one of the product owners in eMAG and what his take is on this role. He gave us some advice and some heartfelt opinions on the matter. Time to get some insight from Vlad Puescu, currently the Content Platform Director in eMAG.

Vlad a few words about yourself, how did you arrive in eMAG and what are you up to now?


Interview with Andrei Pirjoleanu, eMAG Product Owner

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What is a product owner

You will find lots of definitions on the matter. Go on, give it a search, I’ll wait. Finished? Are you enlightened on what exactly a product owner is or does? Maybe.

I am here to help you out. I am here to give you a simpler answer and to back it up with interviews from product owners in eMAG, the leading e-commerce company in Eastern Europe.

When I was little I was constantly breaking stuff. Well, actually I was taking apart whatever I could get my hands on and putting them back together. I wanted to know how they work. And as I was assembling whatever it was I tore apart, I always thought to myself — I wonder how they came up with it. …


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eMAG Hackathon 2017

Code and fun

Each year eMAG likes shaking things up a bit for its programmers and gives them a challenge: 24 hours to code something amazing, impress the jury and win cool prizes. Of course, nobody codes for 24 hours straight without food, drinks and a bit of relaxation, so as a whole the event is a mix of coding, drinking beer, eating burgers & pancakes, enjoying some Playstation VR and hover boards. …


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eMAG Hackathon 2017

Code and fun

Each year eMAG likes shaking things up a bit for its programmers and gives them a challenge: 24 hours to code something amazing, impress the jury and win cool prizes. Of course, nobody codes for 24 hours straight without food, drinks and a bit of relaxation, so as a whole the event is a mix of coding, drinking beer, eating burgers & pancakes, enjoying some Playstation VR and hover boards. …


The Context

Over the course of the last 10–15 years technology has been a very big part of everyone’s lives. Maybe not many of us acknowledge just how far things have come in a very short amount of time. For example, the first real smartphone appeared just 10 years ago with the first iPhone, but it feels like the smartphone has been around forever. Well it hasn’t. We now take for granted things like the smartphone or the world wide web but not long ago these were all SF concepts. If I would go back in time and showed someone a smartphone they would probably go nuts, lock me up and throw away the key. Technology has shaped the very world we live in, making life easier and maybe more fun. …


The Context

Over the course of the last 10–15 years technology has been a very big part of everyone’s lives. Maybe not many of us acknowledge just how far things have come in a very short amount of time. For example, the first real smartphone appeared just 10 years ago with the first iPhone, but it feels like the smartphone has been around forever. Well it hasn’t. We now take for granted things like the smartphone or the world wide web but not long ago these were all SF concepts. If I would go back in time and showed someone a smartphone they would probably go nuts, lock me up and throw away the key. Technology has shaped the very world we live in, making life easier and maybe more fun. …


If you search the internet for a clear description for the Business Analyst role you will most likely get a ton of answers, some may be confusing, and you might mix it up with some other roles, as I have found people tend to do. For many, the role seems to be unclear and I was often asked during the time I was a BA, “So what is it you do exactly as a BA?”. …


TechTalks 16 was held at the beginning of this month and I’d like to give you guys a short insight on what went down at the presentation, and what our guest speakers had to say. This time our speakers were Dan Gurgui who taught us a little bit about product matching, and Laurentiu Matei who shared some of his experiences as a programmer and what he managed to learn when things didn’t exactly go as he planned them to.

So jumping right in as you get comfy and crack open a beer, Product Matching. What is it? Well if you look at the eMAG website there are millions of products displayed on the site, with multiple sources, with multiple documentations attached to them and you might find yourself at time finding the same product multiplied on the same page. You might think that’s something easy to get around but it’s not and the solution of product matching involves very complex algorithms that makes it possible to find the desired search results. …


This eMAG TechTalks session covered some very interesting subjects brought up by our colleagues Dan Gurgui and Gabriel Nicola, namely the main ideas and concepts behind two interesting technologies — Sonata Admin and Angular JS. So let’s just have a look at what we’ve learned from Dan and Gabriel.

Sonata Admin

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Dan talked about how in eMAG we are always developing back-end functionalities for the administration of database records (simple CRUDs). Most of the times the requests come in a generic form like “Product management interface”. From this point we start iterating aso that we get a bigger understanding of what’s needed, we get a filter for order id, a new column for the created date and so on. …

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