Yoana is a proof that artistic talent and technical skills can go perfectly together. When she is not helping customers with their websites, she moves to the world of magic. Writing short fantasy stories is her passion, inspired by all the fantasy books, shows and magic places she’s encountered. If there is anything she can’t express in words, she tells it in the language of dance. Find out more about Yoana in her interview!
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This September I joined the SiteGround team. This was a move from freelancing to working for a big company. I was a little anxious about such a serious change. However, it actually felt like quite a natural development. Now, as part of the SiteGround team, I will spend even more time doing what I truly love - being actively involved with the WordPress community. For the past few years I have organized regular WordPress meetups and a WordCamp in my hometown - Torino, Italy. I have also participated in the organization of WordCamp Europe. Now I will continue to be part of these and even more WordPress events. I will keep sharing my experience and volunteering with my time for the WordPress community. What is new is that I will also be part of one of the most amazing teams I have previously only met at WordCamps -- the people of SiteGround. Read below to see how I've ended up here and what is coming.
Last week was my first as CMO of SiteGround. Joining a new company, I had to learn a lot: its history, goals and challenges; business processes and everyday hacks. I wanted to become a real part of the organization and start contributing to its success as soon as possible. That said, I was expecting to spend my first week in meeting rooms and office tours. Oddly enough, I got to spend it on a Greek island instead, where my team-to-be was working remotely and learning to kiteboard. Ultimately, we all got back with a lot more than new surf skills and a suntan. Here is what my first week taught me about the company, and about working and managing a diverse team in a new field.
Pavel is one of our best technical support representatives. He takes great interest in new technologies and is a voracious reader. Apart from his technical expertise, he is also a history buff and can spend hours immersed in events from the Napoleonic Wars to World War II. Learn more about his passions from his interview!
Stoyko joined us less than 4 months ago and is already among our Top Customer Care Stars. He is an excellent learner and often looks to broaden his skills watching YouTube tutorials. When he is not geeking away in front of a computer, you could see him with his camera in hand, documenting memories of his adventures. Learn more from his interview!
The weekend of our team building was quite remarkable, unifying and overall amazing for all of us SiteGrounders! After a very successful 2016 when we almost doubled our employees for a second year in a row, our big multinational family grew to more than 450 people in 11 countries, speaking over 30 languages. We decided to invite all of them on an epic weekend meetup. To break down the geographical barriers and bond with colleagues we usually see only behind monitors, we decided to continue last year’s tradition and organize our own SiteGround Festival, this time on the beach!
As the Harry Potter magic just turned 20 this week, it’s a curious coincidence that our Top Customer Care Rep in June is among its most passionate fans. Toni Madjarova loves to immerse herself in the magical books, preferably while vacationing in a sunny destination. A secret hope she still keeps is to receive her acceptance letter from Hogwarts. We are pretty sure too she can’t be a muggle as she knows how to summon all her willpower and skills to overcome challenge after challenge.
Elena is a member of our Technical Support team and this month she became the top rated representative by our customers. So we interviewed her about her life in and out of SiteGround. Find out her favorite books, music and why she thinks she doesn’t actually work a single day in her life.