Meet the Hubbers: Andres Fossas

Meet Andres Fossas

Who are you?

My name is Andres Fossas. My full name is Spanish: Andres Fossas de Frutos. Frutos means fruits, but it may (or may not) have been a town or a village where some of my ancestors lived.

What are you?

I’m a psychologist and currently have 3 different jobs. In the first job, I look into the kinds of culture that different companies have. For the second job, I do research about adult maturity and how we grow in adulthood. The mind continues to grow if we give it the right conditions, and I study how that works. I have worked around the world. On top off all this, I also teach meditation.

Your interests?

One thing I try to do in my life is to combine my interests and my work. I am deeply interested in adult maturity, meditation and being with my 4 month old child Vincent.  I am also interested in virtual reality.

Your talents?

I like getting to know people and I think I am naturally curious about people. Talking to people has become easier over time. I was shy in high school and my brother pushed me to take acting classes and it helped. I really enjoy understanding what is driving people deep down, below conscious awareness, and helping people to understand what they’re good at.

Love story of Hub Turku

Good question. I moved to Turku in last August when my wife was pregnant. I was terrified at first, because the Finnish culture was just so different than anything else I had experienced. But, in the middle of that, I needed to find some motivation to continue working on my own as an entrepreneur. Normally I worked in coffee shops but that becomes difficult to do over time since it’s a lonely environment. I was happy to find a space where there was a community and social support. I found Hub Turku on Facebook and went to visit. It was love at first sight. I just started coming. Hub Turku is an emotional home for me, particularly because it gave me a sense of grounded-ness in this new country. Being able to speak with other people and being in community, that alone has great value.

Your character

The MBTI personality test has told me that I am an extrovert. I get a lot of energy by talking to other people, though I also enjoy focusing on really deep things.  I like to think of different possibilities, and I have studied happiness. I like to think about invisible things or imaginary things I’m not that into concrete things and I don’t enjoy getting my hands dirty. And though I am relatively unorganized, I’m also very curious.

You are delighted, when…

I am having personal conversations and people open up. When Vincent laughs, and when I am relaxed too. Meditation helps with that.

You get annoyed, when…

I don’t say what is truly on my mind. When I feel something strongly and I don’t speak up, or when I disagree with my wife. Also long lasting back pain annoys me!

What makes you stop being angry

Self-compassion. When I get really upset I seek out time on my own. I often tell myself I did my best and try forgiving and being kind to myself.  Meditation helps me when I am pushing myself too much. If I have an issue with other people, it helps me to be honest with them and express my feelings and what is really on my mind.

If you were a superhero what would your superpower be?

By touching people they slowly would start to see the parts of themselves that they have been suppressing or rejecting. Most of us have been told too many times while growing up: don’t do this or that. That is how we develop shame, when we think there’s something wrong about ourselves. For example, many guys are told they shouldn’t show emotions like sadness or sensitivity. And that can cause serious internal problems for the person. We need to rediscover those hidden things in ourselves, the things we’ve suppressed, and face the difficulties in our lives.

Meet the Hubbers: Juho Vainio

The most important part of the HUB Turku is the community and its members. They all have different skills and personalities, which makes the HUB an even more exciting working place. Today we are introducing Juho who also is a member of the Hub board. Come and meet us also in face to face. We will welcome you with a smile!

Meet Juho

Who are you?

My name is Juho Vainio and I’m a native Turku region guy originally from Raisio. I’ve had a like-dislike relationship with the area for years, which every now and then has sent me to live abroad, but every time I’ve returned with energy to make the place a better and more creative space, one step at a time. This has lead me to take part in projects such as TEDx Turku and HUB Turku, as well as numerous other local development projects.


What do you do?

I’m a bit of a jack of all trades but currently I work as a design technologist, which means that I combine design methodologies and technological know-how to create easy-to-use and attractive products and services. I’m also at the verge of moving from a sole entrepreneur to running a limited company which is super exciting and definitely a process that will teach a lot.

Currently I mainly work with Salo based front-end focused software company Gavon as well as my own business.


What interests you?

People interacting with each other and their environment, all forms of art and crafts, following scientific news, reading and watching science fiction, learning new skills, building stuff, coffee brewing, gardening… the list goes on since I’m easily captivated by all kinds of things 😀


Your talent

I’m a quick learner and adopt to using different tools, thinking patterns and technologies pretty easily. The downside is that I’m not able to create routines that well, unlike most other people can.


Tell your story with HUB Turku

It all started at an event at Spark Up about two years ago focusing on creating a makerspace in downtown Turku, which was held by Annaliisa and Artturi. During that event I happened to have a chat with Peter, who was gathering a group of people interested in making HUB Turku happen, and while heading home Peter convinced me to join the mission.

After that event life’s been full on hubbing, with a few drops of sweat and tears, and a lot of support from all kinds of awesome people, but I think we are now on to something far bigger than any of us! Which is pretty neat considering that we have been doing this with quite a limited amount of resources and a lot of good will.


Your nature?

Kind, open, slightly introverted but deeply interested in others, reflective (a tad too much sometimes), analytical, exploring, artistic, nature loving.


I get happy about

Spending time in the nature, making things, having deep and meaningful discussions, making art.


I get annoyed by

Broken and scattered workdays, I really like diving deep to my work and nowadays it’s been quite a bit of just running from place to place.


I get calm with

Sleeping a good nights sleep, reading a good book, writing down my thoughts and feelings


If I was a superhero, what kind of super power would you have?

I’ve always dreamt of flying, so if I could be a superhero I’d definitely just be flying to places all the time, or teleport, that would also be pretty awesome.