It was about a year ago when I was contacted by Anssi to discuss about working at Arado and had kind of an “interview” lunch with him. At the time I had worked for about 10 years in the industry and I had always had quite interesting positions in different fields ranging from telecommunications to electronics to financial industry, building devices, mobile applications, web applications and backend systems. Despite this, and despite the fact that I had a good position, I wasn’t satisfied and was looking for something different. Somehow, even though I loved the daily tasks I was dealing with, I felt that I was missing the point: I was tired of just building software, doing something without knowing why I was doing it.
When I met Anssi at lunch that day, we didn’t discuss about anything else but software and how that, if built well, can really change people’s life. We didn’t discuss about money, about roles, about normal topics you would discuss in an “interview”. (Whether that was or wasn't an interview I will probably never find out...) It was clear to me that we shared the same passion, the same goals. In short, it was clear to me why Anssi and Mika started this company. So, on that day, I decided to join Arado. Not consciously though, it still took a few weeks before I actually realised I had decided to join, but in retrospective that lunch has been the key - knowing that we all want to build great software.
This has been, so far, the best professional decision I have taken in my career and I really hope it stays that way. Although technically, at least so far, I am working on similar daily tasks as before, but it feels completely different to go to work and the reason is that now the company I work for has a purpose, it knows why it is in business and all the people belonging to it share the same values and contribute to build the company. We all work together to build the future of this company with the same goals. For me this is a game changer: now when I go to work I feel like I am giving my contribution to build a something that can make the difference while doing something that I love and having fun: and that, honestly speaking, is all I need to get out of bed in the mornings.