Here at Take Off Labs, we really value our team and all their incredible work, so we decided to bring the whole company together for some fun this month!
To keep our people safe and comply with the pandemic restrictions, we hosted our party online. As a remote-first organisation, we’re no strangers to a virtual gathering!
Working with Chef Sergiu Morea and Key Bar Executive Ionuț Ardelean, we prepared an elegant menu which included a choice of pasta with tuna, capers, olives, tomato and rice with mushrooms, wine and parmesan cheese.
And it wouldn’t be a party without drinks of course! On the cocktail menu we opted for Whiskey Sours and Hugos. All ingredients were packaged up and shipped to our staff’s homes.
Our cooking and cocktail shaking skills were promptly put to the test and it was great to see everyone’s inner chef coming to the fore.
Flavia and I would like to wish you all Happy Holidays!
While 2020 has been a year like no other, we must all acknowledge that we have been part of a historic moment. We observed our world being disrupted like no other technology or crisis has in recent decades. Being in business in these challenging times is incredibly exciting, but also terrifying at the same time. Our start-up spirit, along with our mature and established processes, simple rules of thumb and ability to adapt, helped us to navigate troubled waters like true professionals.
As you’ll recall, we teed off 2020 with the launch of our GHIN products, and it was incredible to see the positive feedback 10 months later at the virtual GHIN Users’ Meeting. The USGA staff, together with their associations, thanked the rockstar development team for launching a practical, modern platform that accurately implements the World Handicap System and delivers it with great user experience.
Tournament Management proved itself to be the most robust platform in the market once again, having had a decisive role in bringing golf back to the course in the USA, Europe and Australia. From digital scorecards to the UK product, and to numerous releases and acquisitions, TMS is the go-to product for all major organisations, with PGA of America and Golf Canada being the latest partners to start using our services in 2021.
From the infrastructure setup to the newest mobile app, the Shop product paved the way with new technology and architecture. Everything we’ve learned in the process is used in developing innovative products in the space of golf registrations and coaching.
2021 will be an exciting year, with substantial growth in headcount and two new product launches in the pipeline. It will not be easy, but we are confident we have the right team and strategy to succeed. In June, it will be 10 years since Flavia and I incorporated the company and it’s nothing short of remarkable what we have all achieved together – a band of engineers, designers and support representatives who truly appreciate software as an art form, working together with determination and conviction to deliver absolutely stellar products to the golf community.
As for New Year Resolutions, if 2020 proved anything, it would be that we can never, ever stay still. Every day is an opportunity to become better at what we do, to ask ourselves if there is room for improvement and what the trade-offs are, to recognise risks early and get help to mitigate and move forward. If there are three things we should be mindful of, I would say:
- A teaching and a learning organisation – each and every one of us is committed to growth, to learning through experimentation or formal environments like classes, conferences or tutorials and, most importantly, from one another, by sharing our learnings relentlessly.
- Communication and transparency – we are a band of problem solvers. Every day brings a new set of questions, but also a new set of answers, and we are easy to do business with; we continuously talk to customers, be it a support representative, a product manager or a club PGA professional. We appreciate their problems and we help them to achieve their goals; that is our mission.
- Have fun – the opportunities ahead are vast, and we should not forget to ride the wave and have fun, as this is the journey of a lifetime.
Thank you for all the hard work and professionalism that is constantly devoted to our growing suite of products. It is amazing to see what a great bunch of people can achieve together.
With all best wishes, Alex & Flavia
At Take Off Labs, we’re passionate about finding new talent and welcoming it into our ranks by offering the chance to work on our market leading products, used by millions around the world. Over the course of the last couple of months, we’ve been busy participating in a number of career events, including Targul de Cariere, to get our story out there and talk about the range of opportunities we have available for aspiring algorithmic problem solvers.
Targul de Cariere
Targul de Cariere is one of the biggest career events in Romania, which attracts a huge range of companies and many talented engineers. More than half of our team was recruited at TDC events!
Having had a presence at the show for a number of years, this was the second time that Take Off Labs has been a principal sponsor.
Delivered as an online event this year due to the pandemic, every exhibitor had a virtual booth where delegates could ask questions and talk with company representatives, as well as apply for available positions.
As principal sponsors we were given the opportunity to host a live webinar, where Take Off Labs
iOS Senior Developer Andrei Blaj stepped up to deliver a fantastic session exploring the complexity behind the Today page transition in the iOS App Store.
If you missed it, you can watch this coding session, App Store Card Transition with Andrei Blaj, Senior iOS Engineer, on the Take Off Labs YouTube Channel.
In addition, Take Off Labs President & Co-Founder Flavia Grosan participated in a Q&A session at the event, where she provided delegates with key insights on how Take Off Labs has adapted and continued to grow during 2020, despite the pandemic. If you’d like to watch the interview, it’s available here.
Zilele Carierei Timisoara
Take Off Labs was also very excited to be taking part in this year’s Zilele Carierei Timisoara, a career fair organised by the prestigious Polytechnic University of Timisoara.
At this online event, Flavia delivered a webinar entitled Making Golf Management Easy Through Technology; a one-hour session where she provided an introduction into some of the work we do at Take Off Labs, as well as how we as a company are navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.
There was also a Q&A session where students were given the chance to ask all manner of questions about working at the company, from current vacancies and eligibility, to working remotely and how to apply.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the opportunities we have on offer, you can do so by visiting our careers pages.
Our Locations Worldwide
Our team is based all over Romania, including in Cluj-Napoca, Bucharest, Oradea, Timisoara, Baia Mare, Iasi, Craiova and Constanta. We also have staff located in London, Copenhagen, Amsterdam and New York.
Take Off Labs Executive HQ
Pintea Viteazul Nr. 6