Stand no: M09

HoxHunt is a fast-growing cyber security start-up. We are on a mission to turn employees from a company’s weakest link into the strongest asset against social engineering based cyber attacks. Our gamified SaaS platform trains employees against phishing and other types of attacks, and is complete with competition and rewards for real-time reporting and protection against cyber attacks.

HoxHunt was founded in 2016. In just 2 years we have grown from 4 founders to 20 people. We have also received a substantial funding to accelerate our international growth. The funding round of 2.5 million euros was led by London-based Dawn Capital, with participation from existing investors Icebreaker.cv, a Finnish venture capital fund, and Risto Siilasmaa’s and Kim Groop’s First Fellow Partners. Large global enterprises trust our product and service and we have users in over 50+ countries.

We are growing our team as we speak and are always looking for great people to join our team. We are hiring for roles such as:

  • Sales Development Representatives
  • Sales Managers
  • Junior Success Managers
  • Customer Success Managers
  • Junior Software Developers
  • Social Engineers
  • Digital Marketing Specialist
  • Content creator / Storyteller
  • People & Finance Assistant

For more information, come and meet us by the ministands at M09, take a look at our website www.hoxhunt.com or contact our Talent Acquisition Manager Ida Husberg-Veikkolainen for more information. Contact details: mobile +358 40 060 2336, email ida.husberg-veikkolainen@hoxhunt.com.


Here are some articles about HoxHunt:

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HoxHunt funded for EUR 2.5 million


Hoksasitko huijaussähköpostin? – ”Jos työntekijä menee lankaan, kerromme sen heti ja opastamme”


Finnish startup HoxHunt secures €2.5 million for its cybersecurity gamification platform


“Yritysten suurin tietoturvauhka on omat työntekijät” – Siilasmaa sijoitti tietoturvatekoälyyn



Sten Hägglund, Senior Software Engineer, HoxHuntHH_Sten Hägglund_Arena

Sten works at HoxHunt as a Senior Software Engineer and has graduated from Aalto University of Technology in Computer Science. Sten has been a valuable member of the HoxHunt technology team since August 2018.

We asked Sten about his career path that led him to HoxHunt and what skills he sees valuable in a technology team at a fast-growing start-up. 

Hi Sten, could you please tell us more about the path that has led you to your current job?

Hi, yes, of course. I started at HoxHunt in August 2018 as a Senior Software Engineer. Before HoxHunt I had worked as full-stack developer and back-end lead in various start-ups both in Finland and abroad. I’d say the core of my career has always been to look for jobs that I’m not quite qualified for. I’ve always tried to put myself into a position where I’ve had to learn fast to be productive and excel. To me it keeps things interesting. I’ve also been lucky to find mentors and supervisors along the way who have believed in me and who have given me a lot of chances to fail and bounce back. In addition to looking for challenging employment, I’ve always been an avid reader. For me it simply is the best way to learn and expand your knowledge.

As for my technical skills, I started comparatively late. Before University, I had not written any real code. I think I spent the next 4-5 years just trying to learn by building stuff. And then rebuilt most of them multiple times over as I learned a better way to do it. For the past 4 years or so, I’ve focused more and more on building scalable, distributed systems. Open source is invaluable in this aspect: you can just go into a codebase and start poking around.

What part of your job do you personally find most satisfying?

In my current role I’m constantly able to push myself, the team and the product forward. For me, there simply is nothing better than that. Another killer is the open atmosphere at HoxHunt. It may sound like a cliché, but pushing forward really feels like a team effort.

What particular skills are most essential in your job?

As a member of our technology team, good communication skills are essential. We are pretty open about everything so there is always a lot of discussion about how to improve the system. Another skill I find important for success at HoxHunt, is the will to produce high quality results, software or otherwise. We write a lot of tests, do pretty thorough code reviews and overall are proud of what we push out.


Martina Pöntinen, Head of Customer Success, HoxHuntHH_Martina Pöntinen Arena

Martina works at HoxHunt as Head of Customer Success. Martina is one of the first recruits and has been a valuable member of the HoxHunt team since August 2017. 

Here you can read Martina’s career story and her thoughts regarding a job in a fast-growing start-up. 

One could say that my path was written out a long time ago and it took me years to realise that it was built or that I was following a path for that matter. Having spent time in start-ups ever since 2011, I’ve grown to enjoy the start-up life (although every time I’ve left a start-up, I’ve sworn never to go back to one again). It’s a love hate relationship that I have with the chaos you find in young companies. Start-ups are the best place to learn and a great place for you to grow. You work hard, you get your hands dirty and you usually come out as a winner.

What lead me to become Head of Customer Success? I’m a passionate people person. Nothing brings me as much satisfaction as seeing our customer and users reach their desired outcome while using our service. I’ve always had a healthy appetite for learning new things and I believe that being in either customer support or success, you’re in an entitled position to really learn the ins and outs of your business. You have a chance to make changes, influence your customers, take on a mentor’s role for your users and in our case, be a super hero and save the world one company at a time

I was once told that a good CEO hires people who are smarter than they are, and this is what makes the company successful. While I’m no CEO at HoxHunt, I get to work with people who are way smarter than me and this is just a magical feeling. This group of people is beyond inspiring and it’s a great kick in the booty to learn new things just to keep up with all the talent here at HoxHunt.

One of our core values is ‘customer first’. This is the first thing I read about the company, maybe the second, but by far the greatest motivation for me to apply for the job. I’m an avid believer in a ‘customer first’ way of thinking and HoxHunt’s approach and vision to what and how they wanted to develop their customers was exactly what I want to do. I’m able to build a world class customer success function within the company and at the same time, promote a success philosophy both within the company as well as Finland in general – what could be more satisfying that being able to grow personally in a field that you’ve been passionate about for years?

Being a success advocate, your number one necessary skill is the ability to listen to and understand your customer. In a SaaS business, you can’t afford to be arrogant, especially today as customers have a variety of choice and competition’s fierce. Even if your product or service doesn’t have direct competition today, it doesn’t mean there won’t be any in the future, so taking good care of your customer and gaining their emotional loyalty is crucial for you to succeed. Second, you’ll need to love data! Data will tell you if your customer is healthy or if they need further assistance in reaching their desired outcome.

Being the head of a department and a team lead requires a whole variety of super hero skills and I won’t even pretend to know them all, but I’m learning. What I’ve learned so far is that you need to trust your team, you need empower your team and you need to make sure that you do your utmost to ensure that your team has the necessary means to succeed.