Hi JP. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Juha-Pekka Yliselä, and I’m originally from Järvenpää, some 40 kilometers north of Helsinki. I graduated from my studies in Media Engineering at EVTEK/Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in 2012 before settling down to Kamppi, where I’ve lived for a few years now.
What do you do at Digital Foodie?
How did you hear about Digital Foodie or did you know about it beforehand?
I was working at a digital advertising agency in early 2013, when I was contacted by a recruiter. I’d always been curious about working at a startup, so it seemed like a perfect opportunity. I’d heard something about the delivery service in Helsinki, but only then did I realize Digital Foodie was the company behind it.
What caught your attention in the company?
The thing that drew me in was that the business idea made total sense to me immediately. I also started using the delivery service myself right after the first interview. And the company had already proved they could create a credible product with a serious client and had plans for expanding internationally, which sounded like an exciting challenge to me.
How was the start? Can you tell us a little bit about your first week?
First I set up my environment, and got familiar with the ways of working at Foodie, and the others were very welcoming in helping out whenever I needed. But pretty much straight away I was working on my first user interface features.
Does the company seem how you thought it would be?
Pretty much exactly. The internationalisation has gotten off to a great start, and even as the company has grown, I feel like the culture has remained very similar from the time I joined.