There are many brilliant ideas floating around. Bringing them to life is the difficult part.
Our mission is to help your ideas materialize and literally take off into successful businesses.
We specialize in web and mobile applications elegantly written and tested in Ruby on Rails for iOS and Android.
- have Microsoft, Google, Apple, CMU on their resumes
- lived in the US, Germany and Switzerland
- are now developing software from Romania
- won medals in international algorithmic competitions
- constantly check emails & are available for calls
- are always early for meetings
- never miss a deadline
- large, scalable system design
- big data analytics and visualizations
- rich, responsive user interfaces
- MVP specification and wire-framing
- project planning and estimation
- integrate ideas across diverse industries
- spread knowledge and training
- Ruby on Rails & EmberJS
- Swift & Objective C & Java
- Mac OS X
- SQL & NoSQL
- CoffeeScript & SASS
- RSpec, Capybara, Selenium
Our Partners & News
HandicapServer.com takes the Math out of the putter's way and allows golfers to focus on what matters - the game and how well they perform. HandicapServer.com offers a comprehensive library of computation methods for a golfer's handicap index and is now tracking more than 120,000 scores through its mobile and web applications.
Our mission is to support the brightest computer scientists in Romania. Founded in 1581 and with more than 50,000 students, Babes-Bolyai University is the oldest and one of the most renowned universities in Romania. We are always interested in sponsoring events and hiring the brightest minds either for internship or full time positions.
We are an official Herkou partner and we are using their services to host all the apps we develop. It is the fastest and easiest way to push product updates and our engineers focus only on what makes your application special. Serving, monitoring and scaling your product application is as easy as dragging a slider.
Ing. Alex Tandrau
Alex acts as CEO – Take Off Labs and Director of Product Development – Golf Genius Software. He gained industry experience at top software companies, Microsoft and Google. In the technology start-up scene, Alex was Chief Technical Officer (’09 to ’10) of 123LinkIt.com (acquired by NetLine). He got his Bachelor in Computer Science from Jacobs University Bremen, Germany and Master of Science degree in Computer Science and Entrepreneurship from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne.
Alex competed in various national and international Computer Science competitions. He is the recipient of the Bronze Medal – Balkan Olympiad in Informatics 2008, a Google CodeJam semi-finalist and a TopCoder finalist.
Ing. Flavia Grosan
Flavia is President – Take Off Labs and Director of Product Development – Golf Genius Software. Flavia spent summers interning for Microsoft and various other German research institutes before meeting the co-founder, Alex. She graduated from Jacobs University Bremen, Germany with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science (and Electrical Engineering) and from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne with a Master of Science degree in Computer Science and Entrepreneurship. While enjoying a semester abroad at Carnegie Mellon University, PA, USA, she was awarded Apple Women in Engineering Scholarship. In 2012 she received Google Anita Borg Scholarship .
When not committing code, Flavia enjoys blogging and playing tennis.
Ing. Dan Grosan
Dan is Senior Software Engineer at Take Off Labs bringing along the experience of more than 20 years of programming large systems. He started his career as Systems Engineer in a Romanian large aluminium plant, then moved on in the telecom business at Romtelecom, the largest Romanian telecom services provider and then at Atlas Telecom, a privately held telecom company, where he lead the billing systems development team. He then combined his skills in large billing software systems with web development by joining Lechpol, a company operating in the electronics shopping domain.
Adrian holds a BSc. degree in Computer Science and a MSc. degree in Management of Business Administration from Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He has been building web applications for friends and family ever since he got his first computer in the early 90s. His skills are based on a thorough understanding of IT technology concepts with a stroke of graphical design. Before joining Take Off Labs in 2011, Adrian also ran his own photo studio creating beautiful photo albums for high school students.
Adrian enjoys driving, photography and playing with his husky, Jack.
Ovidiu’s passion for Computer Science stared through playing video games and researching the development process behind it. Ovidiu grew fond of web design and web development while freelancing on 99designs.com, where he managed to win contests, be a 4 time runner-up and gained skills in Abode Illustrator and Photoshop. He’s been developing Ruby on Rails applications while studying Computer Science at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
In his free time he enjoys playing video games, hiking and researching the latest technologies.
Ion holds a Masters degree in Software Engineering from VU University Amsterdam. While studying there he had the chance to get an inside look into a few companies from one of Europe’s most vibrant start-up hubs. He developed software for advertising on Facebook and online copyright protection services. He loves the expressivity and elegance of Ruby on Rails for making the development of applications fast and enjoyable.
In his free time he plays in volleyball tournaments and takes hikes in nature.
Timea studies Business & Computer Science at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca and helps us with growth hacking – smart marketing, analytics, content and user support. She makes sure customers are happy and know what buttons to press to get the desired results with fewest steps. She speaks fluently 3 languages.
Outside work, she enjoys traveling, reading and watching movies.
Raul holds a BSc. degree in Computer Science from Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He was an enthusiast programmer ever since highschool when he built his first graphic applications. His first interaction with web applications was in the 9th grade, but he truly learned what web development means after becoming a part of Take Off Labs team in 2014. Now he uses his skills to bring the best designs and features to our applications.
When he has a free moment, Raul enjoys reading, playing table tennis and teaching his cat new tricks.
George finished his BSc and MSc degrees in Computer Science at the West University of Timisoara. His previous industry experiences include internships at Facebook and Palantir. He competed in programming competitions like Algoritmiada, ACM ICPC and lots of other online competitions. Nowadays he focuses on web development. He is always trying to improve in everything he does.
George can play several musical instruments, mainly the violin. In his free time, he likes to play table tennis, work out and watch Twitch.
Kinga holds a Master of Arts Degree in Design awarded by the University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca. She completed her studies with specialization programs in Belgium and Hungary. She studied art from a small age and also participated in various art and design competitions, exhibitions and art camps. She then applied all the acquired skills in the digital world creating branding and advertising concepts, web and mobile app designs either as a freelancer or part of various design agencies.
Her job is also her hobby. She enjoys hiking in the wild. These trips are great sources of inspiration and they can transform into the environment of her land art works.
Andrei holds a BSc. degree in Computer Science from Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He is an iOS enthusiast and enjoys developing performant APIs, but his great love resides in coding with Apple’s Swift. Always up to date with iOS news and changes, he incorporates the latest OS additions in an application’s architecture, flow and design. At a younger age, he flirted with acting, so he can always come up with a different perspective when solving an issue.
While not coding, he enjoys playing his guitar, hitting the gym, going to the theatre and reading science-fiction.
Andrei is responsible for growing and improving our Android apps. He holds a BSc. degree in Computer Science from Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. In the past, Andrei focused on developing monitoring and communication tools for impact organizations with emphasis on: building and displaying complex nested forms on mobile devices, communicating data in low connectivity areas, and clear and usable user interface design.
When not coding, he’s probably watching or doing sports. He’s also a car and dog lover.
Alexandra holds a BSc. degree in Psychology from Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She loves studying human behavior and she is curious about what makes people happier. She thinks that a healthy mind is maintained with starvation for knowledge of any kind. Alexandra’s background is in customer support for a large telecom company. She then joined our team and started applying her skills in golf software support.
In her free time, she enjoys reading books, taking long walks or singing.
Mircea is a Ruby on Rails specialist with extensive knowledge in responsive web design, where applications look and behave nicely on a plethora of devices. On the back end, his skills include using specialized index services to quickly query the database. After switching from Python a number of years back, he has found in Ruby on Rails a framework that easily integrates both front and back end technologies, and is now putting this combo to work in the game of golf.
He hols a BSc. in Computer Science from Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. His hobbies include a good read, hitting the gym and researching the latest technologies.
Rares is a very enthusiastic Ruby on Rails developer, always seeking to improve himself. He is very dedicated and focused on his tasks, going the extra mile to achieve great results. He holds a BSc degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. In the past, Rares focused on developing various projects and experimenting with multiple technologies.
In his free time he enjoys travelling, reading and playing video games.
Oana’s curious nature led her to experiment with different sorts of technologies and programming languages. From a full-stack .NET developer, to Xamarin/native mobile developer and a light connoisseur of Apple’s AR framework, it was Ruby on Rails that she really grew fond of. The keywords that drive her work are: efficient, scalable, well-documented, convenient.
In her free time she likes to paint, hike and cook.
Alex is one of our youngest prodigies, currently studying Computer Science at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. He developed his passion for Ruby in high school and his enthusiasm has since grown significantly. He is always doing his best trying to use the latest technology in order to build a better web for everyone.
Alex competed in numerous Computer Science contests and hackathons, most noteworthy being his participation at the American Computer Science League final two years in a row. In his free time, he enjoys reading poetry and playing video games.
I’m studying Computer Science at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. I’m always trying to do my best, to learn something new every day and to improve myself. I became a Ruby on Rails lover since I’ve joined this company and I’m very happy that I’m part of this awesome team.
In my free time, I’m a football referee, I enjoy reading books, watching football games, running, swimming or cooking.
Ovidiu has graduated from Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania and holds degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science and Database Systems. Previously, he has worked as a PHP web developer building Facebook apps, where he has discovered a new passion for Ruby on Rails.
In his free time he enjoys playing video games, watching movies and participating in the occasional match of soccer and tennis.
Andrei’s educational background is in Electronics and Information Technology at the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca. After having a brief run in the field of Electronics, he switched back to his first passion, programming. When he discovered Ruby on Rails, it was love at first gem as he was quickly impressed by its power and beauty. He previously used Ruby on Rails for building property management software in conjunction with front-end frameworks such as Bootstrap.
Besides work, Andrei has a big crush on everything that implies an internal combustion engine, especially motorcycles and he is also a winter sports lover.
Andrei’s background includes a BSc. degree in Computer Engineering and a MSc. degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca – North University Center of Baia Mare. Prior to joining the company, Andrei honed his skills developing large web applications in various domains.
He likes to spend his free time playing soccer, hitting the gym and watching movies.