STORY

This is a story of my growth as a developer and human being–what I've done, achieved and learnt in life. Emphasis is on web development skills because that's my profession.

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2019

The last two years I've been travelling quite a lot: France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Japan, China, Korea, Israel, Palestina, Jordan and USA East Coast. Also been writing essays and articles, studing marketing, business, human beings and political power. And swimming and drinking a few beers.

2017

Antelope Canyon

I returned to the e-commerce business when the largest online retailer in Finland, Verkkokauppa.com Oyj, recruited in 2016. In the same year I visited USA first time.

I was also writing articles. For example:

2015

Pulupalsta

Moving to Helsinki and working for an international corporation (Management Events) proved me that it's possible to overcome even my hardest obstacle, using English on daily basis.

I lived half a year in Barcelona to experiment the tremendous country with lots of great friends. I worked remotely to Finland—web developing is possible and even more efficient in remote if done right.

To learn the most modern technologies I wrote a comprehensive article: PHP developer in JavaScript world.

2013

Travelling in Europe

While becoming a better web developer I also wanted to understand the whole world and human beings. I studied investing, economics, psychology, history and politics.

To extend the history studies we had a group of friends to travel around Europe. I visited 24 European countries in four years.

Running 4:00:02 time in marathon was comical but frustrating. I didn't know the exact time during the run, though.

2010

Master's Thesis

Just before graduation I started to work in Koodiviidakko, a web software house in Oulu. During the next five years I was involved in numerous projects from the customers' legacy systems to in-house products such as ViidakkoStore, of which I wrote my Master's thesis. Major was Information Technology.

2009

Moposite

The first version of Moposite, the biggest website project of my life, was created when I was in the intermediate school in 2000. Creating four major versions and administrating the website during a decade taught me not only professional level web development but also organizing, managing, even leadership. At peak time Moposite had over 1500 daily visitors.

2008

Tutkijoiden Lappi

In addition to studing I was also working in the University of Oulu. Some of the works were Tutkijoiden Lappi expedition gallery and a facelift of the department of dermatology website (pun not intended).

I developed a Virtual Exam System for the department of gynaecology while doing general IT support for them during five years. Lassitek was established when the universities of Tampere and Turku wanted to acquire the system as well.

2006

Pepsi

Buying (and selling) 1500 litres of Pepsi to earn a good laptop was the topic of my first web article which I've written dozens in after years. I also created a sport competition Liikuntoilu and broke most of my personal records such as bicycling 260 kilometers in one go.

2004

Army

Passing Reserve Officer School (RUK) with good grades taught me how to tolerate and endure hardship. It was also a lesson of leadership.

2003

Rovaniemen maalaiskunta

Exploration is great. After getting driving licenses our friends toured Lapland first and soon after the whole Finland. The goal to visit all 440 Finnish municipalities was achieved in 2012.

1998

Study of Ilmari Kianto

My family moved to Oulu when the 90s tech boom with Nokia was just about to kick in. I made my first software in Pascal and QBasic but it was the website design class that changed the course of my life once and for all. A few years later when I was 17 years old I created a new website for the school (Kastelli Upper Secondary School) that had originally teached me the basics how to make websites.

A study of Ilmari Kianto by me was added to the permanent exhibition in the Kianto's home town library.

1990

Bike gang

Sport has always been one of my passions. Thanks to my grandparents, I learnt to ski very early: two gold medals before school and four in primary school. Bicycling around the neighborhoods was also lots of fun!

1983

I was born in Suomussalmi, Finland. The town is known by the author Ilmari Kianto and Battle of Raate road. I'm influenced by both.