👋 I am a Software Engineer and Engineering Leader, working on verb.ai.
I am a product engineer with 15+ years of professional experience building web and mobile applications across various architectures in cloud and serverless environments.
I have a proven track record assembling and managing happy, cohesive and high-performing engineering teams. I’ve grown into a manager in progressive people-first companies, and I have experience making good teams great.
I love building tools to make teams and developers more effective.
I believe in fostering communities online and offline. I speak at conferences, run meetups, teach workshops, and contribute to open source software projects.
Most importantly I do my best to be a decent, empathetic human being who’s fun to work with. In my free time I perform improv and stand-up comedy, write fiction, and pursue other creative endeavours.
My preferred tool for building user experiences is React, either as SSR, SSG, or SPA applications. I've built and shipped multiple apps for iOS and Android using React Native.
I love designing UI/UX in Sketch and Figma, building out UIs with CSS-in-JS libraries, Utility-first CSS approaches like Tailwind, and deploying designs at scale using design systems and pattern libraries.
I have experience building and scaling end-to-end type-safe real-time systems using Node, GraphQL, gRPC, prisma, and y.js on the server, and using with tools like Apollo, Relay and urql on the client.
Configuring webpack is not my favorite hobby, but I can make it do what is needed, along with tools like esbuild, Vite, Rollup, Babel, and ASTs.
As a full-stack developer I have built and deployed resilient, large-scale services to AWS and GCP in containerised, serverless, edge, and PaaS environments.
I have a solid grasp of software engineering fundamentals such as functional and object-oriented programming paradigms, database design, and systems architecture.
I’m also keen to learn new things. Currently, I'm diving deeper into real-time, distributed, serverless, and edge computing.
Here are a few selected open source projects I've created.
Persistent Redux store for Offline-First applications, with first-class support for optimistic UI.
The first popular React Native starter kit, focused on functional programming, immutable state, and other good practices of its time.
Great for live coding presentations, impressing your friends, or just trying to look busy at work.
Communicate important updates to your team via git commit messages
A Jest Reporter to group, hide and prettify spammy console warnings
Run your web app inside VS Code
A few conference talks from over the years.
This is a Talk About You
React Native EU, Poland 2018
A dystopian tale of your life as a software engineer accompanied by music and illustrations. By far the weirdest, and most popular talk I’ve ever done.
Writing Code like a Real Hacker
Reactivate X, London, 2018
A comedy lightning talk about how I built a VS Code extension to make myself a 10x engineer. This is by far the least prepared, and at 400k+ views, the most seen talk I’ve ever given.
Good Enough Still Isn’t Good Enough
Chain React, Portland, Oregon, 2018
A call to arms for UI engineers to harness the power of new, more productive technologies in order to improve the lives of our users, not only our companies’ bottom line.
This talk is targeted for React Native developers, but relevant for all UI engineers.
Offline for the Greater Good
React London, 2017
An overview of how and why to build offline-first applications with React and Redux, ending with a release of a new open source project, redux-offline.
Founding Engineer (London, October 2021 - Present)
Building software that helps fiction writers tell their stories with a little help from AI.
Startups (Full-time, September 2020 - May 2022)
Helping startups build products and organizations. Developing full-stack go-to-market MVPs. Scaling existing development teams, processes, and architectures.
References available upon request.
Major League Hacking
Open Source Mentor (Full-time, Remote, June-August 2020)
Led and supported a team of 20 international students contributing to open source projects such as React, React Native, Relay and Jest as part of the MLH Open Source Fellowship program.
Vice President Engineering (London, 2016-2019)
I founded Formidable's UK/EU office, and in three years built it from ground up into a profitable multi-million dollar company. I was responsible for the entire consulting business lifecycle from client acquisition and recruitment to successful delivery.
I hired and managed a high-performing team of engineers with a focus on the team's personal and professional growth and work/life balance. I cultivated a culture of of learning, quality, innovation, autonomy and ownership, and maintained a near-100% employee retention over three years.
I worked in various client-facing roles as a consultant, project tech lead and solutions architect, and wrote tons of React, React Native and GraphQL code.
Senior Software Engineer / Team Lead (London, 2014-2016)
As a senior full-stack engineer, I typically worked as a customer-facing project lead, developing web and mobile applications with React and React Native on the frontend, and Node.js or Clojure on the backend.
I am a Certified Scrum Master, and in addition to building products, I focused on helping teams work effectively. As the most senior developer in our London office, I coached teams, mentored junior developers, and provided training and specialist consultancy to other Futurice projects across Europe.
Lead Developer (Helsinki, 2011-2014)
Software Engineer (Helsinki, 2009-2011)
I developed the company’s CRM system, SharePoint-based extranet portal, public website and marketing campaigns, mainly using ASP.NET WebForms, ASP.NET MVC and legacy systems.
A.P. Møller Mærsk
SAP Business Warehouse Developer (Copenhagen, 2007-2009)
I worked with the SAP Business Warehouse product, developing web interfaces and KPI dashboards on top of business intelligence data.
Freelance Web Designer
Self-employed, part time (Helsinki, 2001-2007)
I put myself through school doing part-time web development and graphic design, mostly simple HTML/CSS-based websites for small businesses. Thank god nobody in Finland had yet heard of Wordpress, or I would’ve been out of a job.