Mikael Korpela

Mikael Korpela

Hello! I’m a maker, tinkerer and pragmatic open source and free economy activist.

I’ve spent a lot of my time on the road — it defines me. Often I’ve hitchhiked, cycled or hiked a mountain. I spent my youth in Finland but I’ve lived in quite a few countries and continents since. Right now I’m based in Lithuania.

I’m a techie working at Automattic. We built WordPress.com, Jetpack, WooCommerce and more. In the past, I built websites and campaigns for the biggest brands in Europe and in Finland by working mostly with digital and advertising agencies.

As a hobby, I build open source & non-profit travel projects; I co-founded Trustroots and I’m also behind Hitchwiki, Nomadwiki, and Trashwiki. Thanks to these, hundreds of thousands of youngsters every year could afford to travel and gather around a community over the past 10+ years.

I like making stuff, be it from wood, electronics or code. I’m very fond of public sauna cultures.

I’m always curious and I love collecting and telling stories. I enjoy the company of positive and talkative people. Don’t be evil. Be yourself.

I have a good tolerance for different people and behavior. You can be odd if you want to.

I’m a connector. What is it that you do? Who would you enjoy and benefit from meeting? How can I help you to get good advice?

What will I learn if I listen to you?