Programme Chair: Jussi Roine, MVP | Microsoft Regional Director | Finland

My name is Jussi Roine, and I’m based in Helsinki, Finland. Having recently turned 40 I think I’ve tackled the inevitable midlife crisis well, at least for now.

I’ve worked in all things IT for 28 years, having founded my first company in 1991 at the ripe business age of 14. For the past 10 years I’ve worked as CTO for my own company that we recently merged with our competitor. Today, the company is about 100 people strong for which I’m a little bit proud of, in a quintessential Finnish way. As part of my duties I’m actively presenting at international events and I’ve gotten really, really good in doing my presentation slides at the last second. Things that resonate strongly with me include cloud architectures, complex technical and business challenges and being outside my comfort zone. My only motivational and cheesy motto is “everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear” and I live by it.

I try and sometimes succeed in carving out some downtime for myself, that I then fill with rock climbing and scavenging activities for memorable red wines.

I’m embarrassingly excited for ESPC this year and I hope to meet many new people in Prague!