STORY

This is a success story of my growth as a developer and human being–what I've done, achieved and learnt in life. Emphasis is on web development because that's my profession. I'm a humble person but not today.

The story begins from the bottom of the page.

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Antelope Canyon

2016–2020

I returned to the e-commerce business when the largest online retailer in Finland, Verkkokauppa.com Oyj, recruited me in 2016. In the same year I visited USA first time (Utah, Arizona, Colorado) which got me to travel more outside of Europe to Japan, China, Korea, Israel, Palestina, Jordan, USA (East Coast), New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam. Exploration is still fun.

At Verkkokauppa.com I've been working in the Web Team that is responsible for the customer website of the company. I've been doing front-end developing, back-end developing, usability designing, scrum mastering, backlog redefining, serving investors and doing simple data analyzing. Main tools being JS, PHP, SQL, JSON, CSS, React, Symfony, Git, Trello and spreadsheets. ROI always in mind and getting things done.

I've been also writing lots of articles, swimming more than ever and skipping too many beers.

Some of my recent years articles:

2014–2016

Barcelona

Helsinki and JavaScript entered my life when I started working in an international corporation with lots of business people (Management Events). It was hectic.

The best part of the new job was being able to work in remote and live in Barcelona to experiment the tremendous country – especially Catalonia, the region of art.

2011–2015

Travelling in Europe

While practicing my profession I also wanted to understand more about the world and human being. I read books about economics, history, politics and travelled quite a lot in Europe.

Finishing marathon in 4:00:02 was ... comical.

2010

Master's Thesis

After graduation I got a new job in a web software house (Koodiviidakko). During the next five years I was involved in numerous projects from the customers' legacy systems to in-house products such as an e-commerce website platform (ViidakkoStore) which was also a topic of my Master's Thesis.

2009

Moposite

The first version of my biggest website project (Moposite) was created in 2000. Building four major versions and administrating a website of 1500 daily visitors nearly for a decade was a comprehensive self-taught course about web development and project leadership online.

2008

Tutkijoiden Lappi

While studing my Master's degree in information technology I was also working for the University of Oulu. Some of the extra works in addition to general IT support were Tutkijoiden Lappi expedition gallery (ed. still running in 2020) and renewing the websites of the Department of Dermatology and Department of Gynaecology.

A larger software project (Virtual Exam System) was also implemented and a private company (Lassitek) was established when the Universities of Tampere and Turku wanted to acquire the system as well.

2007

Pepsi

During the university years I had some extra time to focus on sport. I beat many personal records such as 1/4 triathlon in 3:04:31 and bicycling 260 kilometers in one go.

I also programmed and organized an online sport competition (Liikuntoilu). The competition ended in 2015. Bronze to me.

2006

Pepsi

My first published web article was about buying 1500 litres Pepsi to get a laptop – my very first laptop – what a great investment!

2004

Army

Reserve Officer School is a good place to learn both leading and being led but also tolerance and resistance – especially in hardship.

2003

Rovaniemen maalaiskunta

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

1996–2002

Study of Ilmari Kianto

My digital steps started in 1996 when I first time browsed World Wide Web. Then in school I learnt a little bit programming (Pascal, QBasic) and created my first web page. Finally I bought my first computer in 1999. One year later I renewed the website of my school (Kastelli Upper Secondary School) when I was 17 years old.

Publishing a literature study of Ilmari Kianto in the permanent exhibition of his home town library was another nice achievement before the university life.

1990–1996

Bike gang

Sport is very important to me. Six gold medals in primary school in skiing, running and shot put. Also researching surroundings has always been on agenda.

1983

I was born in Suomussalmi, Finland. The town is known by the author Ilmari Kianto and Battle of Raate road. Both have influenced me.