What kind of plans do you have for the future?
Well right now I’m very happy as I am. I would definitely like to see Foodie go big in the US and continue being part of this success story. We have a great product and it’s thrilling to see how far we can go. As for long term plans, informed decision-making and defining development paths is something I’m hoping to specialize in so I’ll continue gaining valuable backend work experience and learning as much as I can.
You’ve lived in Helsinki for a few years already. Any good tips for other foreigners on how to cope here?
I would definitely recommend giving this place a chance: it’s a really easy place to live in. The sea is always close, the public transportation works extremely well and even though Helsinki is not the biggest of cities, there’s still so much to do and see. I would also urge to embrace the climate instead of fighting it – there’s so much beauty in the harshness, and yes, it does get warm in the summer! This goes for the Finnish people as well. They might seem harsh if you come from a country like Spain, but you need to understand that the quietness and certain reservation is not rudeness. Finns are actually very polite and considerate, and they have a high respect for others’ personal space. They don’t want to disturb you unless necessary.
Bonus question: name some websites you visit daily?
, ycombinator.com, Reddit, culttt.com, github.com
Thank you for the interview, Manuel!