Today we’re talking to Otto Hilska, Founder & CEO of Swarmia. We discuss what Otto has learned from his years as a serial founder, why our conversations need to be upleveled to see actual business progress, and what the future might look like for developers in light of generative AI tools.

All of this right here, right now, on the Modern CTO Podcast! 

For more about Swarmia, check out their website here.

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About Otto Hilska

I’m an entrepreneur and technology leader with a strong track record of building successful B2B SaaS products and businesses. We created a category for chat-based business communication platforms at Flowdock. At we built one of the fastest-growing SaaS companies globally.

Being naturally curious about a broad range of topics, I’m continuously learning more. My interests include software engineering, leadership, lean and modern agile processes, systems thinking, product discovery and customer development, product marketing, and enterprise sales. I still write code and learn about new technologies, and I consider myself a capable software architect.

Helsinki startup community is close to my heart, and I’ve served as the chairman of the Startup Foundation. I’ve contributed to community projects such as Slush conference, Junction hackathon, Maria 0-1 startup space, and the Startup Sauna accelerator. I’m also an angel investor and an advisor to various startups.

About Swarmia

Swarmia is a productivity platform that gives engineering leaders, managers, and teams the insights they need to see what’s slowing them down and the tools to resolve those blockers.

It connects with the platforms your engineering teams are already using: source code hosting, issue tracker, and chat.

With Swarmia, you can measure key engineering metrics (like DORA, SPACE, and more) and use those insights to make gradual changes across productivity, collaboration, and workflow.

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Joel Beasley founded the Modern CTO Podcast in 2017 while writing his book, the Modern CTO book, with the goal of interviewing CTOs and sharing their experiences with others in the tech community.

Joel’s conversational style and insightful questions quickly gained traction, attracting high-profile guests such as Microsoft’s CTO, Kevin Scott, and T-Mobile’s CIO, Cody Stanford. With each episode, the podcast’s popularity continued to grow, and soon, Joel found himself with a waiting list of future guests.

Today, the Modern CTO Podcast has become the number one leadership and tech podcast in the world, with over 150k active listeners, including CTOs, lead developers, and rising tech leaders. Joel’s commitment to creating a conversational atmosphere for his guests to share their experiences has inspired a new generation of leaders and innovators.

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