Tale of a start-up

25,561 views

Published on

A tale of a start-up. If you want to make an impact, have lots of ideas. Comments: Rovio's Peter Vesterbacka.

http://www.aaltoee.fi/profile

2 Comments
22 Likes
Statistics
Notes
No Downloads
Views
Total views
25,561
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
231
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
99
Comments
2
Likes
22
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Tale of a start-up

  1. Tale ofa STarT-up TexT: risTo pakarinen illusTraTion: ossi pirkonen
  2. he liTTle BoyTWho WanTed To See over The fence **Tale of a STarT-up**
  3. he liTTle BoyT CommenTs: roviosWho WanTed peTer vesTerbaCka To See over The fence Hello! **Tale of a STarT-up**
  4. Once upon a time,a boy called frank lived in a little housein a little town. Frank was a little, littleboy, the smallest in the town, but he didnot mind because he was quick and agile,and pretty smart. But often he was lonely,because nobody paid attention to him.The others simply talked over his head.
  5. All the boys and girls played together in a playground at the edge of the little town. On the far side, a wooden fence separated the playground from … nobody knew what. Not even the tallest boys knew. But Frank decided to find out. Then they would notice him!Once upon a time,a boy called frank lived in a little housein a little town. Frank was a little, littleboy, the smallest in the town, but he didnot mind because he was quick and agile,and pretty smart. But often he was lonely,because nobody paid attention to him.The others simply talked over his head.
  6. All the boys and girls played together in a playground at the edge of the little town. On the far side, a wooden fence separated the playground from … nobody knew what. Not even the tallest boys knew. But Frank decided to find out. Then they would notice him!Once upon a time,a boy called frank lived in a little house Do not think that you canin a little town. Frank was a little, little just do what the others are doing – but a little better. It isboy, the smallest in the town, but he did probably not good enough.not mind because he was quick and agile,and pretty smart. But often he was lonely,because nobody paid attention to him.The others simply talked over his head.
  7. Frank was smartand handy, so one day, hedecided to make a pogo stick forhimself. He found some pieces ofwood and rubber lying aroundand got to work.
  8. Frank was smartand handy, so one day, hedecided to make a pogo stick forhimself. He found some pieces ofwood and rubber lying aroundand got to work. A good idea can be really tiny, it does not have to be a huge thing. Just something that makes things better or changes them.
  9. Frank worked hard all day,and the pogo stick turned out perfect.However, no matter how hard hetried, the stick only got him some tencentimeters off the ground. And mostpeople still did not notice Frank – butsome did notice the pogo stick.
  10. Frank worked hard all day,and the pogo stick turned out perfect.However, no matter how hard hetried, the stick only got him some tencentimeters off the ground. And mostpeople still did not notice Frank – butsome did notice the pogo stick. All the exciting stuff nowadays goes on at start- ups. Start-ups are the place to be, especially if you want to have an impact on the world.
  11. But Frankwas stilllittle! The pogo stick had not helped. Now Frank decided to build stilts. Then, for sure, he would be tall enough. But, for that, he needed help.
  12. But Frankwas stilllittle! The pogo stick had not helped. If you want to get stuff done, it’s good to know the people who can make things happen. Find people you do not hang out with every day. Get out of your territory and comfort zone. Now Frank decided to build stilts. Then, for sure, he would be tall enough. But, for that, he needed help.
  13. Frank could not carry the woodensticks he needed. Fortunately, the ants thatFrank had built an aqueduct for a few weeksearlier, offered to help. Together – one small boyand a thousand ants – they carried the sticks toFrank’s shed.
  14. Frank could not carry the wooden sticks he needed. Fortunately, the ants that Frank had built an aqueduct for a few weeks earlier, offered to help. Together – one small boy and a thousand ants – they carried the sticks to Frank’s shed.Everything is always a give and take, youcannot always think what is in it for me. Maybethere is something in it, but it only becomesobvious in five years. You have to have thebest possible team, because they will make abusiness out of anything.
  15. Frank proudly hoppedaround the park, carefully avoidingstepping into rabbit holes – he had oncehelped the rabbits build a subway system– learning to walk like a (tall) man. But hestill could not see over the fence. He triedjumping up to reach the knothole and geta peek of what was on the other side, butcame only close.
  16. The best idea does not always win. If the idea is no good, of course it is not going anywhere, no matter howFrank proudly hopped hard you work at it. Then you just call it quits and move on to the next thing.around the park, carefully avoidingstepping into rabbit holes – he had oncehelped the rabbits build a subway system– learning to walk like a (tall) man. But hestill could not see over the fence. He triedjumping up to reach the knothole and geta peek of what was on the other side, butcame only close.
  17. That night Frank stayed upall night drawing up plans for a big tower.It would be the biggest tower ever.He got all his friends to help: the ants,the squirrels, all the kids. And the birds.But not the pigs. They would justmess everything up.Frank sent the message toall his friends and went to sleep.In the morning, he asked hismother to make sandwiches.A lot of sandwiches!
  18. That night Frank stayed upall night drawing up plans for a big tower.It would be the biggest tower ever.He got all his friends to help: the ants,the squirrels, all the kids. And the birds.But not the pigs. They would justmess everything up.Frank sent the message toall his friends and went to sleep.In the morning, he asked hismother to make sandwiches. Of course, you always need money. ItA lot of sandwiches! is just one of those things. But you can always get financing, if you have the idea and the team – one way or another.
  19. At dawn, Frank and hisfriends got to work. Theyworked hard and by theend of the day, Frank’stower was finished.
  20. At dawn, Frank and hisfriends got to work. Theyworked hard and by theend of the day, Frank’stower was finished. You have to stick to what you are doing. Most things are not an overnight success.
  21. At the top, there was achair in which Frank could sitand watch the world on the otherside of the fence. But it was toodark to see anything, so they allwent to bed. It was so dark thatFrank did not see that they hadbuilt the tower in a mud puddle.
  22. At the top, there was achair in which Frank could sitand watch the world on the otherside of the fence. But it was toodark to see anything, so they allwent to bed. It was so dark thatFrank did not see that they hadbuilt the tower in a mud puddle. The objective should not be to make mistakes, but when you do a lot of things, things happen. You should not do stupid things, and it is not a bad idea to talk to people with experience, but it is important to learn stuff and fail fast.
  23. At sunrise, Frank ran to his tower. As he got closer, he saw some footprints he had not seen the day before.“PIIIIIIIIIGS!” “Pigs!” Frank said and ran faster. Frank shouted when he saw his tower demolished, now only half as high as the night before.
  24. At sunrise, Frank ran to his tower. As he got closer, he saw some footprints he had not seen the day before.“PIIIIIIIIIGS!” “Pigs!” Frank said and ran faster. Frank shouted when he saw his tower demolished, now only half as high as the night before. When you do a lot of things, things happen. Not everything is a mistake in the end.
  25. Frank sat in his chair, crying. His friends tried tomake him feel better. The ants tickled his feet, the catsdanced, and the dogs sang, but nothing helped. Then asmall squirrel, the smallest of them all, gave Frank ahug and handed him an acorn. “Thanks,” Frank saidquietly. When the night came, and his friends wenthome, Frank just sat in his chair. The acorn rolled off hisfingertips and got buried in the mud.
  26. That night, as Frank slept in what was now justa chair, a flock of birds flew over his house. Frank hadinvited them over to help him with the building, but thebirds had got into a bit of an argument along the way andhad been delayed. As they came closer to Frank’s chair, thebirds saw the pigs’ footprints.
  27. “I think I saw one!!!” yelled one of the birds and launched a poop attack. And then another one. And then another. The poop hit the acorn in the mud. And none of them knew that it was a magical acorn.
  28. “I think I saw one!!!” yelled one of the birds and launched a poop attack. And then another one. And then another. The poop hit the acorn in the mud. And none of them knew that it was a magical acorn.Of course, we havelooked at lot of hits, butit is hard to say whatthe Thing is.If we knew it, allwe would do are hits.
  29. When Frank woke up, he felt a breeze on hisface. As he stretched his arms and legs, he hearda bird sing. Very close. Frank opened his eyes andgasped. He was still sitting in his chair, but the chairwas now high up in a big oak tree. The birds werestanding on the branches around him. “Frank,” saidone.“I did not know you could fly.”
  30. When Frank looked down,he saw everybody looking up tohim. “What is on the other side?”shouted one girl.Frank looked up.
  31. When Frank looked down,he saw everybody looking up tohim. “What is on the other side?”shouted one girl.Frank looked up.“The world,” he said. “The world.”“How far can you see fromthere?” asked a boy. “Fartherthan I could ever have imagined,”said Frank.
  32. The birds carried Frank back down at nightfall. “Whatare you going to do next?” asked the Mighty Eagle. Frank lookedup. The skies were clear, and the first stars were coming out. Helooked at the moon and smiled.“What do you think is up there?” he said.
  33. The end.
  34. The end. Right now our focus is on our fans and our brand. You have not seen anything yet.
  35. magazine 3/2011to read the whole magazine for free click here

×