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Druid's CTO Marko Korhonen

Meet a Druid: Marko Korhonen

Marko Korhonen
Marko Korhonen

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your job!
I started working at Druid in September 2015 – just in time for DrupalCon Barcelona! And now I’m the company’s CTO. My responsibility is to ensure that our technological choices are aligned with our vision, and that our daily choices keep the machine running and well-oiled. My job is also about defining our technological core: what are the things we should focus on and build in-house, and what are the things that are worth getting from elsewhere.

As a CTO I want to maintain Druid’s capability to handle the challenges we face. It’s easy to be good when it’s smooth sailing, but what really separates the wheat from the chaff, I think, is how well a company navigates the rough waters.

Before joining Druid, I worked at Datafisher for 13 years with many Finland-based global corporations as customers. I started there straight from school and worked with content and cloud technologies.

What are you currently working on?
I’m currently in the Helsinki University team as a Scrum Master and backend developer. We’re constantly updating their public helsinki.fi website to match changing needs in their communication. As to the CTO related tasks, I’m working on unifying all the tools and solutions we are using. 

What made you join Druid?
The reason I chose Druid in the first place was the company culture. Happily they chose me too! I had a possibility to choose between the PHP world or totally go to cloud consulting. Then my passion made the difference. Also, after so many years in the same company, I felt I needed a change. Although I had used Drupal already before joining Druid, I still consider myself somewhat of a newcomer as a Drupalista – but with fresh eyes and views.

What, in your opinion, makes a Druid?
Attitude, passion for technology and a good sense of humor!

What would you like to learn?
I would actually try to unlearn some stuff. The developer mindset is such that we often try to fix and solve all the challenges we face ourselves, even though it would sometimes make sense to delegate or outsource some stuff. It’s great to learn new things of course, but when you think about your working life in the long term, the do-it-yourself mentality can become quite burdening. And that’s when you need to close some doors to open new ones.

What inspires you?
The latest and hottest tech! I like to boldly try out new things rather than to stick to the old.

What has been the biggest success in your career so far?
In my previous job, I created a cloud platform that was based on my thesis. The platform is still used by some big corporations. Another success was being the technical responsible person for a cloud solution rollout covering over 20 countries. And I’m sure there are some great successes awaiting me here at Druid as well – we’re just getting started!

How do you spend your free time?
I play ice hockey and console games, and I like to watch TV series and movies a lot. And of course I spend a lot of time with my wife and two daughters. On summer holiday we’re going to Germany with the family. It will be a road trip from Frankfurt to Munich via some amusement park and some princess castles.

What was your dream job as a kid?
Cowboy. Like those in the Western movies. And when I realized those don’t exist anymore, I started to dream about becoming a NHL player ;)

What would you do if you won the lottery?
I would pay off the mortgages and buy two Mercedes-Benzes. BUT I would continue working…maybe after a long holiday :)

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