Business Minor: Nadia Ciobanu
“I had been interested in entrepreneurship for a while, so coming up with a business idea, figuring out what the market would be, how we would advertise it, and who our competitors would be was a lot of fun. It really helped me experience what it means to run a business.”
I decided to take the business minor program because I thought it would be a really good complement to my computer science degree. I've always been curious about the business side of the technology industry, like figuring out which products make sense to build. My business minor has really helped me understand a broader industry context and made me a better teammate to work with.
The entrepreneurship course was one of my favourites. We did a group project where we developed a business plan and fleshed it out. I had been interested in entrepreneurship for a while, so coming up with a business idea, figuring out what the market would be, how we would advertise it, and who our competitors would be was a lot of fun. It really helped me experience what it means to run a business.
I also really enjoyed the marketing class I took. I had some preconceived notions of what marketing means – I learned that it's a lot more than advertising on YouTube. We spent most of our time learning how to answer questions like: What product should you build? How should you distribute it? What's the value proposition of it? How do you position it in relation to other products on the market? It surprised me how much I enjoyed that course, and how relevant it has been to my computing science major.
Major: Computing Science
Women in Computing Science
Computing Science Student Society
Where I am now
I'm currently working as a software engineer at Google in Mountain View, California. I work on the telephony platform team, which powers phone call functionality for a number of different products, like Google Voice and Google Fi. Some of my projects have included spam prevention and emergency (911) calling.