I have always been very passionate about creating things, especially when it comes to IT. This interest starts way back, already from screwing in electronics at the age of five. With the deep passion for technology, the incentive to learn how a computer worked was very high. Early adoption at a young age gave me a significant advantage in the technology field. I quickly became the guy who helped friends, friends' parents, and my parent's job sites with IT work. These skills also helped me earn my own money from a young age and thereby keep up with the new and exciting technologies, which were a factor keeping me motivated back then. I loved browsing the internet, finding solutions for whatever issue I was solving.
E arning money to keep up with the technology and being able to feel independent was what back then helped my interest in business to grow. I was executing different kinds of business from middle school until secondary school, including repairing electronics, selling them, and other IT services. Looking back at it now, I can see how my love for entrepreneurship was growing inside of me already at that time.
I n upper secondary school, I studied information technology, which was the first time I tried having an actual teacher in the area. It was cool but similar to today, I already back then had strong beliefs of learning programming should be done by trial and error in a more industrial approach. In an entrepreneurship course (UF - Ung företagsamhet), four friends and I got the chance to do that, practice software development in an industrial approach. The class let us create our own youth company - which was to be named ”Dagens Växjö”. Our business focused on communicating daily lunch offers of nearby restaurants. The offers were presented on a website and mobile apps for Android and iOS that we had developed. It was a great ride, which gave us lots of experience in development, sales, economics, and social skills. The idea itself was also very appreciated and got rewarded with several prizes in different competitions, both in our hometown Växjö as well as in the capital of Sweden, Stockholm.
D uring the last year of upper secondary school, I started working remotely as a web developer for a company located in Stockholm. I was recommended by one of my friends Jesper Lindström which I had been working closely with in the youth company - a person coming to be one of the key persons to my further career decisions. After graduating, I moved to Gothenburg, where I continued a Bachelor's degree in Software Engineering and Management. A half-year into my engineering studies - I and Jesper decided to leave our current work to start our own company.
S harpmind became my new employer, the company I had Co-founded with Jesper. We decided to build a business based on experience obtained during previous jobs and earlier private projects - which turned out very well. In Sharpmind, we provide digital services in the form of design, web, and mobile applications. Developing and forming Sharpmind from the ground has given me experience in everything from web and app development to design, economics, and sales.
T he first term in the third year of my Bachelor studies, I was lucky to be nominated for studies abroad. I, therefore, stayed for roughly six months in Hangzhou, China, where I studied business culture and Mandarin at Zhejiang University. Moving to a new country by yourself with a foreign language, was something I noticed giving me more experience and value than most other parts of education. The exchange resulted in learnings of a new language, gaining a great understanding of differences among the Western and Asian business cultures. I also met new kinds of problem-solving scenarios, situations were there was no other possibility or way than to face, learn, and accept. In Hangzhou, I got in contact with Netease Games, where I did a job as a game tester, which led to an experience of not only learning Chinese business culture in an academic aspect but also from an industrial point of view. Lastly, visiting China also gave me new insights into how differently living can be - which greatly affected what I value today.
S aying goodbye to Gothenburg and hi to Stockholm. After finishing my Bachelor studies in Gothenburg, I decided to pack my stuff and move to Stockholm. In Stockholm, besides running Sharpmind, I'm currently studying a Master's degree in Interactive Media Technology at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. One of the great things about being located in Stockholm is that you are very close to some of today's most excellent companies. I'm looking forward to attending further events and meeting with further inspiring people here.