STORY

This is a story of my growth–what I've done, achieved and learnt in life. Emphasis is on web development skills because that's my profession. I've always been an active doer, constantly trying to progress, build, develop, improve, optimize, hack things and myself.

The list is better to read from bottom to up.

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2018

Verkkokauppa.com

In my current job, Verkkokauppa.com, the skill and ambition levels of the development work have impressed me big time!

2017

Elasto Mania article

Writing is a good way to understand more. The year 2017 was shaped by researching new areas of life and writing articles about them. For example:

2016

Antelope Canyon

I returned to the e-commerce business when the largest online retailer in Finland, Verkkokauppa.com Oyj recruited me in 2016. I also travelled first time to USA - but not last.

2015

Barcelona

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

2014

PHP developer in JS world

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.

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

2013

Travelling in Europe

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

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

2012

History studies

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.

2010

ViidakkoStore

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.

2008

Trekking

Finishing my Bachelor's thesis, trekking the Finnish classics Karhunkierros and Hetta-Pallas and starting the 1001 beers project shaped the year 2008.

2007

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 intended).

I developed also the Virtual Exam System for the department of gynaecology while doing general IT support for them. My company, 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 cheap 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

Explorations are great leasure activity! After getting driving licenses our group of friends toured Lapland first, including Sweden and Norway, and soon after the whole Finland. The goal was to visit each of the 440 municipalities and take a picture for proof.

2001

Lumina Polaris

The order book was growing while my web design skills improved. The first clients were Kastelli Upper Secondary School and Lumina Polaris orchestra.

2000

Moposite

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

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 programs in Pascal and QBasic but it was the website design class that changed the course of my life once and for all.

My article of Ilmari Kianto was added to the permanent exhibition in the local library of Kianto's home town. I was 15 years old.

1990

Bike gang

Sport has always been one of my passions. Thanks to my grandfather, I learnt to ski very early: two gold medals before school and four out of six in primary school. Bicycling around the neighborhood 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.