Meet Cristi Moldovan and his romanian entertainment website
He is a 19-year-old romanian programmer and he developed a website filled with humorous content called Răcnetul Carpaților.
When and how did you realise that you want to study computer science?
I first realised that I want to study computer science a little after the 8th grade exam, when my brother, who was in college at the time, showed me some cool console game he made. I really wanted to be able to do that myself.
You won some C# contests; was your passion for programming the reason why?
C# was my first language to learn, so basically yes, my passion for programming drove me towards it. That and the friday night programming meeting that our teacher hosted at school, where she would give me ideas for applications to make, simple games like hangman or tic-tac-toe.
Can you tell us a little about Răcnetul Carpaților?
Răcnetul Carpaților is an entertainment website, for the moment I am trying to grow its audience by making up some (I hope) funny or humorous content, but its functionality allows virtually anyone to sign up and post anything. I am working on making it more user-friendly by adding more categories and encourage people to post.
My goal is to get into college and improve my coding skills by freelancing, and perhaps joining or forming a team.
Cristi says on his personal blog.
How did this idea come to your mind?
Before the BAC, I was bored, and I wanted to do something. I really did not know where I was going with what i was programming, but eventually I finished some sort of beta version and started to make up some content which my friends found funny, and I went with it. I am still working on its shape and what it has to become.
How do you empathise with your followers?
Even if people are not really aware of Răcnetul Carpaților, some followers on Instagram DM’d me ideas or even sent me some “breaking news” which could turn into something good, and that is really cool. I usually encourage them afterwards to make an account and when they have another idea, they should go and post it.
Do you enjoy creating content and presenting it to the world?
Creating content has to be the best part of it, it even passes the programming part. Sometimes it is a challenge to find something really catchy, it was easier when I suffered from academic stress, as I would do anything else rather than studying, but I kept it going after anyway. My favorite part is when I have the idea, the text and I have to find some pics to Photoshop.
How do you manage your time to maintain this platform and still have time to study and socialise?
I like separating work from distractions, I take some days when I don’t go out and I only work, and vice versa. That way I am 100% focused on whatever I am doing.
Do you think it’s complicated to make something from scratch? What about learning by yourself? How do you manage to do all that?
I think starting a project is always the hardest part, whether it’s finding an idea or just trying to get it working, you have to be motivated to finish anything. I also believe that in programming you learn by yourself most of the time, I manage to do that by making a lot of mistakes (unwillingly of course) and then trying to correct them. That would not happen if I would read documentations first, but I don’t foresee myself doing that anytime soon.
Where do you professionally see yourself in five years? What about Răcnetul Carpaților?
I always wanted to work in the cyber security field, as I found it really interesting, but I never really went for it, perhaps in college I will have the motivation to actually do something. So I can’t really tell where I will be in 5 years, I just want to make sure I will like what i will be doing. I really think Răcnetul Carpaților will stay for a really long time, and perhaps when I get a job my colleagues will come up with ideas themselves, and by that time, hopefully, people will post there on a usual basis.
Do you have a team? If so, would you like to expand it for more creative ideas?
I don’t have a team, but I like the idea of working with other people. That is also a plan for college, hopefully I will meet some people who would like to contribute with their own ideas to the expansion of this platform.
What do you think about Youth Only Club?
Youth Only Club is a really inspired idea, I honestly see this turning into big meetings for young people with performances, it is a platform that can motivate you to follow your passion or discover people that share yours.