Oliver Vartiainen

Oliver Vartiainen

Tampere, Finland

I'm a software developer who thinks that code is a liability and too much time is spent on solutions in search of a problem, and that we can learn to do better.

I've been working at Kodan since April 2018 as a software developer. During my time at Kodan, I have become a confident consultant who enjoys working both as part of large engineering teams of huge systems and as a sole developer of narrowly scoped sprints. Right now, I'm part of a small, focused team that develops a service that aggregates and serves data, replacing legacy P2P integrations.

I used to work at Weave, a software consultant company, from September 2017 to March 2018 as a junior software developer. The job was short-lived because the company was dissolved due to corporate needs. During my time at Weave, I learnt various foundational skills as a consultant and reflected on my time as a one-man development team at my previous job. I worked on a full-stack cloud application that involved IoT.

My first programming job was at 24Rent, a mobility-as-a-service company, from March 2015 to August 2017 as a backend developer. I learnt the fundamentals of working as a programmer and a team member and how to grow as a person. I was responsible for developing and maintaining a backend with high expectations for reliability. When I left the company, several systems of my own initiative had become a part of the core of the business.

Outside of work, I enjoy non-web programming. Right now, I'm interested in graphics programming, game design and realtime problems. I also find it interesting to study the foundations of modern technologies to try to understand why we have arrived where we are. I often think about how we could best appreciate the fundamentals of programming instead of mindlessly stacking abstractions on top of each other. Essentially, I spend a lot of time questioning why things are the way they are.

Concerning non-digital matters, I'm happy to talk and hear about linguistics and languages (especially Finno-Ugric), making fudge (ask me for a recipe), East Asian cuisine (when in doubt, add oyster sauce), fermentation (it's a rabbit hole), sourdough baking (the worst rabbit hole), and coffee (grind your own beans and you're 90% there). ∎