I’m happy to announce that Otto "Mutru" Hilska is joining the growing Smartly.io team as VP of Engineering. I’ve known him since the first Aaltoes Silicon Valley trip, when Otto was still the founder and CEO of a SaaS startup called Flowdock.
One of Smartly’s most valuable unique selling points is our quick and responsive support. As the company's customer base grows, we need to find ways to be able to maintain the high quality and fast response rates that our clients need - even improve them. Skype chats are no longer an option at our scale.
Our PhD, Chief Data Scientist Markus Ojala loves building team spirit, inspiring people and playing jazz piano. Before Smartly.io he worked as a Senior Data Scientist at Comptel and as a data mining researcher at Aalto University. In addition, Markus has experience from working at one of the cutting edge data analytics startups called Xtract which was acquired by Comptel in 2012.
I met Arto Tolonen for the first time when he was building his own startup called Audiodraft. He co-founded it and worked as a Chief Technology Officer for over four years. In addition, Arto has coached plenty of startups in Finland and worked at Reaktor as a Senior Consultant. He returned to the startup circles last month and now works as a Product Lead here at Smartly.io. I decided to challenge him with some questions.
In 2012, Lauri Oikari won Hello World Open, the first Finnish Coding Championship. He joined Smartly.io as a Software Developer about a year later. Lauri has experience in algorithm design and native mobile app development. Now, he expands his knowledge by building a scalable SaaS product with the latest web technologies.