HEL – SFO

I promised you all some coverage from my and my friend Matti’s trip to San Francisco and Silicon Valley. We’ll the first leg of the journey is completed. We have safely arrived at Helsinki-Vantaa airport despite all the car wreckage on the roads (yet another whiteout in Helsinki and Finland). Apparently all flights are departing normally thanks to Finnish snowhow (smart eh). Looking forward to all the meetings and events that have been scheduled for the next two weeks. Several lunches and dinners with Finnish entrepreneurs and a couple of innovation events to come.

I’ll try to dig up some nice thoughts about being an entrepreneur in the big league and share the comments and insight here. So stay tuned.

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Going to Silicon Valley (update)

Just a quick update on my trip to Silicon Valley.

So as I said earlier, I’ll be traveling to Silicon Valley early this year. The trip has now been booked for 28th February – 12th March. Me and my friend will be visiting some start-ups, getting to meet some cool people and also taking part in some innovation activities that will take place during our stay. Of course we will have some days off too (we will go to hockey games etc.)

I’ll be covering the entire trip right here on my blog. I’m not promising updates every day, but for sure there will be a couple of posts during the trip.

Stay tuned…

Happy Holidays!

I would like to take this chance to wish all of my friends, family and readers a very merry Christmas and all the best for 2012. Thanks to all of you who have taken a minute or two of your time to read through some of my scribbles. I would especially like to thank those few who have commented and joined the discussion.

There’ll be some interesting posts coming up in early 2012. For example I will be covering my trip to Silicon Valley, so stay tuned.

See you all next year…

Fun, play and rockstars

Today I want to talk about something that caught my eye whilst browsing through the website of the largest newspaper in Finland.

First of all, I will say a few words as a reply to an article in Helsingin Sanomat. For those who don’t speak/read Finnish, the article talks about the current trend among young people in Finland to experiment with start-up companies. Across Finland students are coming together and spending their summers as the writer sais “sitting in meeting rooms and creating business plans rather than going to rock festivals and partying”. Instead of looking up to guitar smashing rock stars, young people in Finland have found new idols in the likes of Peter Vesterbacka and other entrepreneurs. Where is the fun and what has happened to our youth, asks the writer..

Well what has happened to our youth is actually a response to the current situation is Finnish society. Young people have realized the crumbling state of the Finnish economy and corporate ecosystem. Instead of taking to the streets, causing havoc and sitting on our butts, students have decided to respond by having fun, playing and experimenting with friends, ideas and new ventures. Sure, a lot of these experiments will never end up as new startups and a lot of the stuff will be forgotten in time, but for those few ideas that turn out to be successful and interesting, the people involved will look back at the early days and say “I was there, I was part of creating that and I’m proud of it!” In stead of complaining, we are actually creating something. Oh and, yes, it is pretty cool to hop on a plane and go pitch your ideas to people in Silicon Valley. Something, you will surely look back to after the years have passed.

And the fun fact of the day is that all this experimenting, fun and playing with ideas and startups doesn’t exclude any of the “more traditional” fun and play of forming rock bands, partying through the night and causing havoc in the eyes of others. We just came up with a way to have fun with friends all the time doing the exact stuff we like. I’m not so sure if this is worth the criticism. Another fun fact is that a lot of the startups that are being created are actually directly related to music, arts and pop culture.

Related to this I want to share a TED talk (click here) I found rather brilliant. Check it out and tell me what you think.