What defines a start-up company? Is it drive? Is it the investors? Or could it possibly be the environment in which these companies grow? In the United States, entrepreneurs are considered some of the country’s elite. A formidable group, these people are revered as innovators tasked with developing “the next big thing.” Failure is an acceptable form of growth and is considered part of the learning process. Entrepreneurship has been embedded in our country’s fabric from the moment the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth rock with a bootstrapping mentality, hungry for change. But what happens when you live in a country that’s more risk averse? What factors play into your decision to quit your job and become an Internet entrepreneur? In a recent trip to Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia it got me thinking: what happens when you’re an entrepreneur trapped in a relatively new startup environment? Can you succeed?
The first person I turned to was Antti Vilpponen, CEO and Co-Editor at Arctic Startup, a blog that solely focused on reporting about startups and growth entrepreneurship in the Nordic and Baltic countries. An expert on the Nordic and Baltic start-up scenes, Vilpponen described start-up culture in general as… Read the full article HERE