Meet Lassi: “Coding is a team effort”

As much as we love our customers, we value our employees even more. Without our hard-working and eager staff, Zervant wouldn’t exist and entrepreneurship wouldn’t be the same for our loyal customers.

But who are these people behind the invoicing software taking over Europe?

One of them is Lassi, a devoted frontend-developer, who also happens to be Zervant’s first ever employee.

It all started with a 3-month work contract that eventually extended into 6 years.

Lassi: “I was working in a “traditional”, in other words, old-fashioned organsiation, where everything had been done the same way for ages. I met Mattias and Tuukka (Zervant’s CEO and COO) through friends, when they were just starting with Zervant. I wanted to take the chance to work in a startup so I agreed to help them for three months – six years later, I’m still here”.

What are your main responsibilities as a frontend developer?

In a nutshell, I’m coding the part that users see in the product.

So if there’s something wrong with the product, we can blame it on you?

Well, I wouldn’t say that. Coding is a team-effort after all. The programmers and testers at Zervant are very talented and extremely motivated and cooperation is an essential part of what we do here at Zervant.

Speaking of working together, our readers might be interested to know why you only show up twice a week at our office.

Zervant makes it possible for me to work from home most of the time, which is partly because of my four-year-old son. We have sophisticated online communication tools, which makes working from home or basically from anywhere, easily possible. However, I tend to keep my work and personal life separate.

Let’s stay with your personal life for a while. What are you passionate about?

I play the flute, the violin and the piano. I have diverse interest and I’m passionate about a lot of things, or let’s say, I have something to say about everything. I remember this one time in university, when the professor asked the class, if someone has something to say on that matter. Someone in the farback corner shouted: “Yeah,”, pointing with one finger at me, “he always has an opinion!” (Editor’s note: I agree).

My very last question, before I let you get back to work again: Which four individuals, dead or alive, would you like to invite to a dinner party?

I’d like to put Buddha, Confucius, Jesus and Muhammad at one table and let them have a discussion. I don’t necessarily have to be involved, I’d prefer to observe the dinner conversation. I just want to know what’s causing the problems between religions, between nation, between people. Is all of this really the way they intended it to be?

Some food for thought for all of us. Thank you Lassi for this interview and for the great work you’re doing here at Zervant!

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