New adventures – old challenges

Times pass and we all change. I’ve realized that I’ve gone from mostly coding at work, to almost not coding at all (I reflect on this in the Under utveckling pod – Swedish only). I’ve also realized that what I do in automotive has a much wider application (see my fosdem talk on this). Thus, the conclusion is that the time has come to change context.

I’ve also spent a lot of time on promoting free and open source software. I’ve spoken at conferences, gone to hackathlons, spoken at the university, and arranged meetups. All this culminated in foss-north which I’ve been organizing for the past three years.

The conclusion from all of this is that there is an opportunity to focus on this full time. How can free and open source software be leveraged in various industries? How does one actually work with this? How does licensing work? and so on. To do so, I founded my own company – koderize – a while back and from now on I’m focusing fully on it.

Before joining Pelagicore back in 2010 I was solo consulting for a year. This was a great opportunity and I finally got to spend some time working directly with the former Trolls at what later became The Qt Company. However, I also came to realize that solo consulting makes me go slightly mad. Also, my wife complained that I talked to much every afternoon when she came home ;-)

Thus, I want colleagues. That is why myself and some great people that I’ve passed by during my years in this field are founding Kuro Studio (the web page is minimalist – i.e. empty).

The team we’re setting up complement each other and the sum of our experience covers the full full-stack. We can do team building, purchasing, processes, QA, agile, development, design, licensing, devops – even some hardware. The goal is to create an end-to-end product design team that can help out during any phase of product development, as well as organizational development.

At the end of the day I’m still passionate about what I have been doing the past 8 years. Cars excite me, and combining that with Qt and Linux makes me even more excited. That means that I’ll still be around in that field. As a matter of fact, my first assignment is in that area.

So, at the end of the day, time pass, we grow, but some things still stay the same. A big thank you to everyone at Pelagicore – it was a great ride.

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4 Comments

  1. Burkhard Stubert
    Posted 2018-06-24 at 12:16 | Permalink

    Hey Johan,
    That’s fantastic news! I wish you all the best with your new company :) The three ko’s look like three solid pillars for your endeavour.
    I like your story about life as a solopreneur. When I work too much from home, my wife asks me at some point: “Don’t you want to go on another business trip, honey?”
    Cheers,
    Burkhard

  2. Posted 2018-06-24 at 15:01 | Permalink

    Thank you Burkhard! Let’s have a chat this fall – perhaps we can do something fun!

  3. Toni Luomala
    Posted 2018-06-26 at 19:58 | Permalink

    Thank you self. You were the best colleague what I have had ever and I know that you will be successful in your new challenges. Thanks again for your help and advice

  4. Posted 2018-06-26 at 20:09 | Permalink

    Thank you! I hope you’re doing well at VCC.

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