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Who am I?


[Teemu] Hey! Should I look at the camera or the microphone? Yeah, I'm Teemu

[Lucia] I'm Lucia

[Anssi] I'm Anssi

[Mojjammil] I'm Mojjammil

[Suvi] Hi, I'm Suvi

[Iida] My name is Iida Hokkanen

[offscreen] Okay, then you can tell me about Juhis

[Lucia] Hmm, Juhis is a great community builder and community developer

[Anssi] Juhis is one of the pioneers of community development here in Finland in the IT scene

[Iida] I think Juhis' strengths in building communities are his wide network and and also his encouraging nature

[Mojjammil] Even though I didn't get to know Juhis for very long time but for me he turned out to be someone I decided to look up to

[Suvi] He has been mentoring and coaching our startup teams in LaureaES for a few years now And every single time his workshops are the most liked of the whole program

[Lucia] The biggest strength of Juhis is his approachability

[Anssi] Juhis is the kind of person that works for long-term goals he's not there for an overnight success He truly loves what he's doing

[Iida] I'm also a subscriber of Juhis' newsletter and even though I don't always understand all the topics he writes about, I still read them because you can really feel the excitement through his texts and you get inspired yourself as well

[Teemu] When you look at the dictionary and open it up from the, like the word 'pöhinä' there's a picture of Juhis in there, that's for sure.

For a long time, I've struggled to write about myself or figuring out how to tell about me. Since I build communities and am active in different communities, I asked people from those communities to tell you instead.

The amazing people in this video are

  • Teemu Mäntyharju, my co-founder of Turku ❤️ Frontend
  • Lucia Nazarro, my colleague from Futurice
  • Anssi Ketopaikka, my colleague from Boost Turku
  • Mojjammil Tanzil, together with whom we organized workshops at Shortcut
  • Suvi Lehtonen, LaureaES powerhouse
  • and Iida Hokkanen, a Boost Turku Startup Journey alumni

This video was produced by great people at


Customizing experience

When I visit a sports website, I want to see scores, standings and how the league/tournament is run. Usually you see ads, news, content pieces and all the good info is hidden somewhere. With custom CSS, that's not a concern anymore.

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codebase Youtube show

codebase is a celebration of developer culture. A live coding live streaming Youtube show where I get together with people from different developer communities and we build things using technologies they know better than I do while chatting about technology and life.

Season 1

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International Conference Speaker

I love sharing what I do and what I've learned, whether it's about technology or communities. Speaking in meetups and conferences is my favorite way of doing that since I can combine sharing stuff, learning stuff and meeting amazing people.

So far I have spoken mostly in Python conferences due to my love for the Python language but most of my talks are not language specific so I would love to talk in larger variety of conferences in the future as well.

I also regularly speak in meetups and other events.

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Helsinki Dev Lunch

Helsinki Dev Lunch is a lunch gathering of software developers, students, hobbyists and other people interested in meeting developers, eating lunch and talking with people.

Started in August 2019, we come together once a month for the most casual developer meeting in the world. No corporate sponsorships, no agenda, no presentations - just great people and good food.

In the spring of 2020, the concept was adopted by developer communities in Tampere and in Turku.

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Turku ❤️ Frontend

In December 2015, I set up for an adventure: I launched Turku ❤️ Frontend (pronounced Turku Loves Frontend) in a city where meetup and developer culture had dried out for a while.

Ever since, we've grown into a welcoming community of over 500 developers, designers and students in the Turku area – making us the largest and most active meetup in the region.

Monthly meetups, hackathons, happy hours, Code in the Dark tournaments and open source promotion campaigns, we've established our place in the Turku tech scene. A scene that has been rapidly growing and attracting new companies to open offices in Turku ever since we started.

Read the whole story of Turku ❤️ Frontend →

Talk: Communities in Marketing

I love sharing what I have learned from building products, communities and events. I gave this talk on the eve of my 30th birthday at Fraktio's Perjantaipresis event. Despite the text in thumbnail being in Finnish, the talk is in English.

For those, you who don't have time to watch 40 minutes of talk, I also wrote a blog post that summarizes the learnings.

If your company needs help in building a meaningful community to strengthen your relationship with your customers, get in touch.

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From Finland to Silicon Valley and Back

I've been forged in the hot fires of software development. From fast-growing SaaS startups to Finland's top consultancy, I'm afraid of no challenges.

In 2014, I moved to San Francisco to work at Chartio, a Y Combinator alumni startup, as one of their early employees. Working in a fast-growing startup taught me valuable lessons about customer-centricity and building quality SaaS products.

More recently, I've put those skills in work at Futurice, one of Finland's top software consultancies, working as a full-stack web developer. I build full-feature solutions to demanding clients in healthcare and sport industries.

What people have said about me?

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Arielle Tannenbaum
Community Strategist
"I chose him to be one of 10 Hosts in our Slack community of over 4,000 members, and he has constantly impressed me over the past 6 months. He brings warmth to each of his interactions, and is always thoughtfully supporting every member he meets."
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Dave Fowler
"Juha-Matti has been an absolute pleasure to work with during his year at Chartio. He's an excellent, bright, pragmatic and motivated engineer. He was always excited about his work, and always incredibly productive."
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Linda Liukas
Rails Girls and Hello Ruby
"In a short time Juhis has become an irreplacable part of the Rails Girls Community. He knows how to steer volunteer excitement into tangible projects, and gets stuff done whatever the size, scope or geographic location of the project. Juhis is very self-driven and understands the dynamics of community management well."
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Konsta Weber
Boost Turku
"Juha-Matti really manages the community with all the sides necessary, attracting new members, getting the actives to commit more and helping our startups fly. His shift from an engineer to the community side is visible in his ability to communicate to tech people."

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Let's Get In Touch!

Send me an email at and let's talk about how I can help you reach your users, understand their needs and desires and build more meaningful relationship with your community.

And if you're interested in learning more about community building and technology, I share my learnings openly in Twitter and in my blog.