Theater director Chris Simion- Mercurian, Gabriel Trăistaru – Tele-kom Romania, entrepreneur Iulian Pădurariu and Raluca Radu – are coming to Fuckup Nights Bucharest Vol IX

Bucharest, March 15th, 2021: Chris Simion-Mercurian, director and founder of Grivita 53 – The first theater built together; Gabriel Trăistaru – director of the digital division within Telekom Romania; Iulian Pădurariu – entrepreneur (SeedBlink, Cruiser Aviation, Pony Car Sharing) and business consultant; Raluca Radu – country manager and founder MTH Digital – are the speakers for this new edition of FUN Bucharest.

Their career stories can be heard on Thursday, March 18th, 2021, starting at 19:00, online, on ZOOM. Event tickets are available here.

Fuckup Nights bring a constructive perspective on professional failures, encouraging learning from difficult situations, thus facilitating creativity.

“The ninth edition of FUN Bucharest brings together professionals from various fields so that we have the opportunity to extract different experiences, with a unique emotional and educational load, aspects that we can’t find in everyday life. This is the charm of Fuckup Nights: it urges curiosity, normalization of mistakes and, implicitly, progress”, says Diana Iosu of Fucked Up Nights Bucharest.

The moderator will be the radio and television journalist Julia Nagy.

„In my life, failure doesn’t exist. There are just results that do not match my expectations. But this is life … an adventure full of unpredictability and surprises. I accept this and I manage everything according to each situation”, says Chris Simion-Mercurian, one of the most successful theater directors in Romania and founder of Grivița 53 – The first theater built together.

Raluca Radu will share two important moments in her career that she always goes back to: “When we encounter them on our way, failures seem to be moments from which we want to escape as quickly as possible. However, when we look back on our journey, they prove to be the best teachers we have ever had. I will tell you 2 moments from my career and life that I always return to when I need to remember that I am strong but also to remind myself of my true values.”

A story about professional trials will be shared by Gabriel Trăistaru: “Failure taught me a lesson about attitude. We can’t control everything and I believe that’s very good. Once I accepted this fact, I was more flexible, more curious, more courageous, no longer judging others but instead, I looked for solutions instead of culprits. Failure has helped me become more humane.”

Chris Simion-Mercurian, one of the most famous theater directors in Romania, is recognized as having a modern, unique vision and rare aesthetical courage. She is the initiator of the UNDERCLOUD International Independent Theater Festival and Grivița 53 / G 53 project – The first theater built together. She has published 11 books, including “Ce ne spunem când nu ne vorbim”, “Care dintre noi”, “40 de zile”, “În fiecare zi Dumnezeu se roagă la Mine” și “Imperativele adolescentei” (“What we say when we don’t talk”, „Which of us”, „40 days”, „Every day God prays to Me” and „The imperatives of adolescence”) – all launched at Trei Publishing House.

Gabriel Trăistaru is the director of the digital division within Telekom Romania and is mainly responsible for implementing new digital solutions to improve the company’s operations, sales on the digital channels, developing and promoting the MyAccount mobile application and electronic invoices among Telekom customers. He has over ten years of experience in digital marketing, e-commerce, and digital communication in multinational companies such as Enel SpA or EY Romania. Gabriel is an active individual in civil society and is one of the founding members of the Europuls think tank.

Iulian Pădurariu is an entrepreneur, business consultant, and marketing specialist with approximately 25 years of experience. He founded companies in marketing or management consulting such as Trout & Partners or Marks – Simplicity. In recent years, he involved in the sharing economy by creating Pony Car Sharing and Cruiser Aviation. Pony Car Sharing is the first car-sharing service in Romania and Cruiser Aviation is a similar service in aviation (airplane sharing for flight training). He is also a co-founder of SeedBlink, the largest equity crowdfunding platform in Southeast Europe for technology companies.

Raluca Radu is the country manager of ANSWEAR, co-organizer of GPeC – The Most Important E-Commerce Event in CEE, and MTH Digital founder. With over 16 years of experience in digital marketing and online business strategy, Raluca is actively involved in growing and educating the Romanian business market regarding business digitalization, being an online marketing trainer at DallesGO and a consultant in strategy and online marketing for businesses in a variety of fields.

In the past, Raluca introduced the business on the market and successfully led online teams and projects within Naspers, The Group, F64, She also has solid experience in the field of technology startups, being the co-founder of the How-To-Web project and getting involved as a mentor in many local tech startups.

Fuckup Nights Bucharest, part of the series of events that take place globally, targets equally small and big entrepreneurs, corporate people, professionals, and students. This rapidly expanding global movement promotes, through the power of the speakers’ example, the constructive conclusions drawn from professional failures.

The events are now taking place in 320 cities in 90 countries around the world. Speakers from different areas of interest such as business, culture, entertainment, sports, etc. are invited to each edition, who briefly informally tell their career stories.

Each of the previous editions of Fuckup Nights Bucharest is summarized here: Vol I, Vol II, Vol III & Vol VI.

The event’s partners are FAN Courier, More Networking, Complice, Fonduri Structurale, Learning Network, Bizilve, Psychologies, Kooperativa Fru Fru, IQAds, SMARK, and Sandler Training.

More details about the event are available on the dedicated page and Facebook:


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DiFine PR is a full-service communication agency that combines the solid experience of the team, for over 20 years, both nationally and internationally, with the satisfaction of creating success stories. In addition to full PR, communication, and business consulting services, the agency also organizes technology and business events (eg NASA Space Apps Challenge, TechFest), as well as conferences, the most recent concept added to the list being the series of informal events Fuckup Nights Bucharest. The current portfolio of the agency’s clients includes the business consulting company McKinsey & Company, the GapMinder VC Investment Fund (45M USD), the Techcelerator startup accelerator, Bitcoin Romania, Undelucră platform, ClujHub, the bpv Grigorescu Ștefănică law firm, educational business “Informal IT School” and several technology startups.


Diana Iosu

Corporate Communication Senior Advisor, DiFine PR

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