Juha Ristolainen

CTO at the Innovation Hub for Daimler Fleetboard.

My current interest areas are:

  • Blockchain and smart contracts and how they can enable decentralised and distributed applications.
  • Machine Learning and AI applications.
  • New interface paradigms like conversational and voice interfaces.

On the development side my main interest areas are:

  • Serverless microservices in Azure and AWS with .NET Core, Node.js, Serverless.js, Python, Go, Scala. Kubernetes or Service Fabric-based.
  • Modern and progressive webapps with TypeScript, Angular, React, Vue, 3D.js, GraphQL.
  • Cross-platform mobile apps with Xamarin and JavaSript-based frameworks like React Native for React and NativeScript for Angular.

Back in Berlin

Impressions after a few months back in Berlin

First months back It’s been roughly 3 months since we moved back to Berlin from London at the start of May. I was traveling a lot for the first few weeks in Stuttgart and Munich for work so didn’t have time to write about it before. I also spent some time in Berlin earlier (in 2008 and 2012 as an expat from Futurice) but this is the first time I’ve properly lived here. [Read More]

Serverless microservices with Azure Functions and DocumentDB

Background I have been working as an interim CTO in a Lean Service Creation agency here in London for the past year and one of the most interesting pieces of work that has come across my desk was to do a full replatforming for a startup in the event space. They gave me free reign on the technology side to build a futureproof and scalable platform for them. They had grown enough to start having issues with their WordPress-only site and wanted to build a platform to take them to the next level. [Read More]

So long London

We're moving to Berlin

We are saying goodbye to Brexit Britain in May after 4 amazing years here. Things we love about London: Tech Scene. Undoubtedly the best place to be in tech outside of Silicon Valley. Culture & science. So much to see and experience for a science geek like myself. People. We’ve met so many lovely and interesting people during our years here who will remain our friends for life. Things we do not like so much: Congestion. [Read More]

Code::Stats

Visual Studio Code Extension

I recently discovered a service called Code::Stats. It’s a simple service that tracks how many keystokes you do while editing your source files using plugins to your favourite editors. Each keystore measures as 1 XP or Experience Point. There were already a few plugins available for Atom, Sublime Text 3 and IntelliJ editors but none for my main editor Visual Studio Code. Code::Stats has a simple API so I created an extension to Visual Studio Code for it. [Read More]

MS Accelerator London Cohort 7

Taking part in the judging panel

I was kindly invited to take part in one of the judging panels for cohort 7 in the Microsoft Accelerator in London. Thank you for an interesting day. I was happily surprised at the level of the applicant startups. Most of them were of high quality. The focus was clearly in more established startups rather than very early stage. Each venture had an established team and product already and were looking for Microsoft’s help in scaling/accelerating their business. [Read More]

A Few Tips for Hunting Developer Roles

From a Hiring Manager's Point of View

Background I’ve worked in service creation agencies, big corporations, startups as well as an accelerator. I’ve been hiring for different roles of cross-functional delivery teams for the last years. I am closing in on a hundred hires for development (backend, frontend, mobile), UX, UI, Product Owner, Scrum Master and QA people during these last years. I’ve seen tons and tons of CVs and applications in the Finnish, German and UK markets from all over the world. [Read More]