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Danish Links

Denmark.dk - The official gateway to DenmarkDenmark Expat Guide by Inter NationsCopenhagen, Denmark Expat Guide by Inter NationsWhere To Startup ...
Thu, Sep 18, 2014
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Procopio 1020 Marsh Road Sunnyvale, CA 94085 United States
Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 5:30 p.m. - Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 9 p.m.
As your startup grows, your staff does too--so now you've got yourself a management challenge. Suddenly, your close-knit team has ballooned into departments, divisions, and unfamiliar faces. Maintaining the company vision is much more challenging with a larger crew in ...
Thu, Sep 11, 2014
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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP 2550 Hanover St Palo Alto, CA 94304 United States
Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 8 a.m. - Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 10 a.m.
It's not enough to be just an amazing entrepreneur anymore--you must be a futurist too, with an ending in mind almost before you've even begun. How much is that idea based in reality, though? Do you really need to have ...
Tue, Sep 23, 2014
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Santa Clara Convention Center 5001 Great America Pkwy Santa Clara United States
Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 4 p.m. - Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 7 p.m.
Please join us on the afternoon of September 23rd to see and hear 10 Finnish pioneers of health and wellness pitch to a distinguished panel of Silicon Valley investors - Dr. David Lindeman, CITRIS, Bill Reichert, Garage Technology Ventures, Michel Wendell, Nexit Ventures, Eddy ...

The Silicon Vikings Present: Nordic Pitch Night & Fireside Chat with David Helgason, CEO and Co-Founder of Unity – September 11, 2014

At the Silicon Vikings event on September 11,  David Helgason, CEO and Co-Founder of Unity, recounted his entrepreneurial journey in an intimate “fireside chat.” The evening’s discussion was hosted by a fellow Nordic entrepreneur, Henrik Bennetsen of Innovation Center Denmark. The venue, StartupHouse, reflected the event’s entrepreneurial theme. StartupHouse is a shared-desk workspace and dormitory for entrepreneurs, early stage startups and their teams. After Helgason’s informal but candid interview, over 15 startups from around the world delivered one-minute pitches to the audience. Attendees had ample time for networking and the opportunity to chat with Helgason and the many startup company founders, all while enjoying complementary beer, wine and appetizers.

            The moderator began the fireside chat by prompting Helgason to describe Unity in his own words. Unity was founded over 12 years ago, “One of those overnight successes,” Helgason joked. While Unity began as a video game company, Helgason and his founders discovered that their passion was in designing tools to create games. “The meta of games,” as Helgason calls it. Helgason points out that this is a common trajectory for many companies. In its early stages, Unity became a moderately successful company, however the opening of the iPhone app store in 2008 allowed Unity to become one of the most popular tools for making mobile games. Unity became highly profitable through mobile gaming, with their game design program being purchased by customers worldwide.

            Despite Unity’s immense success, the company had humble beginnings. Helgason started Unity as a young programmer with a few friends, borrowing money from their parents and taking out personal loans from several banks. After securing their modest funding, Helgason and his co-founders created a business model for their product. They wanted to design an accessible and affordable product, with promotions such as free trials. Helgason describes their strategy as “outdated” by modern standards, but effective in 2003.

            While startups are ubiquitous today, during the early 2000’s in Copenhagen they were comparatively rare. As a result, Helgason had very little guidance during Unity’s early stages. “There weren’t networks” or peer communities of fellow startups to help guide Helgason and his cofounders.

            Helgason went on to describe the influence of San Francisco and Bay Area entrepreneurs on Unity’s evolution, his experiences as a public speaker, the difficulty of rejection as an entrepreneur, the importance of a guiding mission statement, managing an ...

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Nordic & Scandinavian Links

Nordic Innovation House Palo Alto, CaliforniaSCANCOR - The Scandinavian Consortium for Organizational Research at Stanford University Stanford University's European Entrepreneurship ...

Norwegian Links

Norway.no - The official gateway to NorwayNorway Expat Guide by Inter Nations Oslo, Norway Expat Guide by Inter NationsRoyal Norwegian ...

Swedish Links

Sweden.se - The official gateway to SwedenWorkingInSweden.se is aimed mainly at non-EU/EEA citizens interested in working in Sweden for at ...
Wed, Nov 12, 2014
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San Francisco United States
Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014 7 a.m. - Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 7:30 p.m.
  An event like no other, the 2014 Cleantech Open Global Forum promises to be bigger and better than ever! Set in the heart of San Francisco at the stunning 1930's Art Deco Treasure Island Building, it brings together the best-of-the-best cleantech ...