Get to Know Erkki Lepre, Lead Cloud Software Engineer

Erkki joined Refined after a 20-year stint at his previous company—and a pass on his job application from McDonald's.

Hired: January 2020

Works from: Helsinki

What I actually do: Write code, plan upcoming features with the Product Owner, help other team members.

How I got here: In my early 20s, while studying computer sciences at the University of Helsinki, I applied for a job at McDonald’s. I didn’t get it, because I had long hair. Instead I got a job at a software company where I ended up spending 20 years in a variety of different roles. But 20 years is a long time, and eventually I decided I wanted to see the color of the grass on the other side of the fence, so to speak. So the timing was perfect when Refined contacted me and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.

What I like about working at Refined: I really appreciate the balance between developing new features and doing improvements like modernizing the code base and building up test and deployment automation. 

Erkki’s been to the Wacken Open Air heavy metal music festival in Germany eight times. This shot is from 2017.

A typical day:

Favorite task of the day: Issuing a product release.

When I’m not at Refined you’ll find me: Going to concerts and festivals, and planning my next hiking trip.

I’d describe my team as: Motivated, self-organized, and diverse.

In 2015, Erkki spent three weeks touring New Zealand on a rented Triumph Bonneville. This shot was taken near Mount Cook.

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