Codemate - Creative Tech
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Codemate is one of the core Fusion Ecosystem companies, helping companies go forward with their digital development projects. Located in Helsinki, Oulu, and Bangkok, our 90 designers and developers work with clients like Google and Netflix, as well as forward-looking Finnish companies to build their world-class digital products.
Roots in the North and 15 years of international presence
Codemate has been through a couple of essential phases over the last 15 years. The founders who are still in the operative management, Toni Piirainen and Jukka Katajaharju, were tired of suffering from burnout while traveling across the world as tech experts for their joint employer. They decided to establish a humane work environment for the finest experts in the software industry to work.
Codemate was founded in 2007 simultaneously in the cold of the North and the warmth of Southeast Asia. From the early days, Asia has been one of our twists that sets us apart from the other cool tech agencies in Finland. You could say that we did remote work from sunny beaches before it was a thing. Our Northern Finland site in Oulu is our spiritual home and that Northern way of doing business and work can be seen in all of our sites and their culture.
In 2014 the author of this story, who is also still very much involved in Codemates’s operative management, moved from the cold and snowy Northern Finland to the cold and rainy Southern Finland, to found our Helsinki office. We quickly took a firm stand in the Helsinki region’s highly competitive IT consultancy sector. Quite naturally, Helsinki has become an essential base for us, and that’s where most of our business originates from.
Lately, the Fusion Ecosystem has become another key asset in offering those unique opportunities to our people, making all of us bigger and better while collaborating on joint efforts to reach some of the world’s most well-known brands and challenging projects. Codemate joined the Fusion Ecosystem already back in 2017, coincidentally on Codemate’s 10-year anniversary. You could call us one of the OG fusionists. 😎
All of this enables us to offer unique opportunities and experiences, which helps us to attract and retain the best talents. And eventually, that’s what this is all about: the best talents working for the best customers and having fun in the process.
Mission: Help customers go forward
The non-fancy, no-💩version of what our customers buy from us are expert teams who can deliver them the needed web and mobile applications.
We offer Design, Code, and Care services based on the client’s actual needs. Sometimes a customer wants to buy the end results instead of a feature or resource and doesn’t want to babysit the team or their backlog. That is exactly what our agile teams are the best at, and we have approximately 700 cases under our belt that prove our value.
This no-bullshit attitude and extremely solid technical expertise have taken us far from home to work with global clients. We are proud to name-drop a few cases for your evaluation: we designed and developed the user interface for Netflix’s data science tool and helped Google by making the Flutter developer experience better for mobile developers across the globe. Read more about Codemate references here.
The best place for employees to develop themselves
One of the main reasons top developers and designers want to work for any agency is the ability to learn continuously as the projects, technologies, and business domains vary a lot. We have taken this constant learning as our main value proposition for our employees. Tailored development plans, mentoring programs, case staffing based on personal preferences, tech meetups, and conferences are just some of the ways we help our employees get to the famous next level.
You can watch this short propaganda video if you’d like to know more about our culture and people. In this flick, entrepreneur, host, and speaker Lauri Salovaara visits our office in Oulu to find out what life is like for a software developer at Codemate.
Check out our current open positions and read more about our work culture here.
About the Author
Miika is one of the owners of Codemate and responsible for our Fusion Ecosystem friendships. He got his first paycheck from coding 20 years ago, but the business side of things was like a dark hole to his coding career dreams and now our experts make sure to keep him away from version control. He founded our Helsinki office in 2014 and our mobile app consultancy brand Rebel App Studio in 2021. In his free time, Miika loves to enjoy nature by hiking, boating, disc golfing, or simply staying relatively still.
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