Interning in a fast growing startup by Juha-Matti Santala

My year at Chartio as a Finntern is at its end. It has been an exciting and amazing year full of chasing and fulfilling dreams. I didn’t really know what to expect when I came here but working in a fast growing startup has taught me more than I could have ever imagined.

My journey with Chartio started in October last year with the interview for a company that had 8 employees with a team of 3 developers. Now, one year later we have a team of some 25 people with 8 developers, a dev ops guy and a designer. And a fish. And a mouse.

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As the company size triples and people come and go, the processes and dynamics in a team change drastically. When I started, we had the entire team doing a standup meeting every morning, we ate lunch out in the restaurants and you basically saw everybody at the office all the time since we only had one big room. Now the developing team has moved the standups to IRC and we eat catered lunch daily at the office. I’m happy we still eat together as it’s one of the greatest ways of keeping the team together. Also, our sales department moved to another floor at the office so I see them mostly during lunch.

More people also means more opportunities to learn from your coworkers and different skill sets bring more diversity into the team and culture. At Chartio we had Friday Lunch & Learn events every now and then where developers taught other people in a subject like machine learning, assembly, regular expressions or frameworks and libraries. We also had one hackathon this year where people had couple of days to hack on what ever they wanted.

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For me, it is time to leave the excitement and buzz of San Francisco for now and return to enjoy the silence of Finland. Looking back one year, I can easily say that this experience has changed my life upside down. I gained friends, skills and self-confidence beyond my imagination. It has been a year I can recommend to anyone wanting to take the next step in their life.

Thanks Startup Life and Chartio!

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