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How to Flip Your Startup in 5 Steps

How to Flip Your Startup in 5 Steps

Steve Blank, author of Four Steps to Epiphany, has helped formulate the thinking behind the Lean Startup methodology, together with Eric Ries. I had an opportunity to meet him during a discussion around the Startup Genome project. He observed that most startups that succeed aren’t lean: their goal is to have an exit rather than a scalable business…

5 Lessons From the Garage48 Helsinki Hackathon

5 Lessons From the Garage48 Helsinki Hackathon

Garage48 Helsinki, the largest hackathon in the Nordics, took place last week. It gathered 120 hackers from Finland, Estonia and Latvia under the same roof and challenged them to go from zero to demo in 48 hours. Sixteen startups were created during the weekend. Together with Osma Ahvelampi (CTO, Sulake) and Teemu Kurppa (co-founder, Jaiku), I…

5 Lessons From the Garage48 Helsinki Hackathon

5 Lessons From the Garage48 Helsinki Hackathon

Garage48 Helsinki, the largest hackathon in the Nordics, took place last week. It gathered 120 hackers from Finland, Estonia and Latvia under the same roof and challenged them to go from zero to demo in 48 hours. Sixteen startups were created during the weekend. Together with Osma Ahvelampi (CTO, Sulake) and Teemu Kurppa (co-founder, Jaiku), […]

10 Lessons From Finland’s Summer of Startups

10 Lessons From Finland’s Summer of Startups

I’m currently coaching a program called Summer of Startups. It’s an ambitious project started by student-run organizations in Helsinki to encourage students to create a startup during the summer rather than taking a summer job. The government-funded program offers €750 per month to each participant and runs from July through August.

My job…

Never Mind the Valley: Here’s Finland

Never Mind the Valley: Here’s Finland

Finland is quite a paradox. One would not think that a country with only 5 million people, plunged into darkness for a greater part of the year, would be the inventor of Linux, SSH, IRC, Nokia, F-Secure and MySQL. While the country is known for its technical feats, heavy metal bands, saunas, and educational system, it’s less known for its…