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  • No need to apply to Startuplife.fi | Startup Life
    tasks I used Asana for maintaining a minimalist catalogue of things that needed to be done and we met a few times before the hackathon to discuss things that later on didn t make so much difference after all The discussed things involved the gameplay various stories dashboard scheduling events and so on During the competition we sketched some plans on the whiteboard on how to proceed Product management on whiteboard Vision We wanted to make a barebone prototype of what a real time simulation of kick starting a company in San Francisco would look like for a competition called Node js Knockout The game was supposed to convey all the people in the world especially outside San Francisco how choices in the fast moving and chaotic startup ecosystem affect the future of a company On the other hand we wanted to make the game fun to play with a slight difference from the reality in physics side because to be honest nowadays physics aren t that important in most of the industries covered in startups See our demo video https www youtube com watch v p1aP5YHauQw How to Play the Simulator As the barebone version of the game is quite limited I should provide some hints on how to play it If you think you are lost head to the top left corner of the huge map until you are on the big street Market St and then spot places one block east south South of Market from the big street When you reach the point when the mobile phone in the game says World is ready you have completed trying out the prototype Well done The prototype doesn t include building the actual product yet Leave feedback on the game directly or indirectly The game is here http

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  • 5 Reasons Why You Should NOT Apply for a Job in a Startup | Startup Life
    It s like they FORCE you to learn ATROCIOUS I SAY AN OUTRAGE Reason No 2 You will most likely have to learn a lot of what you do on the go because often times there s no one else who has done it before or who would know anything any better than you do Aren t there processes you ask NO They ll make YOU come up with them as you go along It s like they give you a compass a map that s about as accurate as printing the world onto an A4 THEN tell you we need to get from here to there and THEN just say GO ABSOLUTE INSANITY A TRAVESTY Reason No 3 Every single day in the office is different What ever happened to appreciating structure To a set task list To coming into the office at 9 and leaving at 5 knowing what you ll be doing One day you come in late and leave early the next you come in very early and leave very VERY late Some days are good some are bad And then It s like something happens to your brain where you end up spending long nights at the office and you think its FUN SAVE YOURSELF Reason No 4 YOU WILL BECOME PART OF A CULT This is a dangerous one You start to think that you are on some larger mission AS IF there is something more than having a job and making some money driving you and your colleagues whom you start to appreciate as friends and fellow cult members on some SILLY PIPE DREAM More than just co workers Challenging you every day GET OUT WHILE YOU CAN Reason No 5 WARNING YOU WILL MOST LIKELY WORK WITH INSANE DUMBASSES This was confirmed

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  • One Sunday of Nippe’s Startup Life (Juhani Tamminen style) | Startup Life
    and guide him the whole way EI TIPPIÄ Van in prima condition off to Bernal Heights BEAUTIFUL HILLS to pickup the couch How much 30 dollars GREAT Chapeau Frank previous couch owner hipster extraordinaire Couch loaded in the cargo space Ford pointing due North off to brunch in the Mission district at full speed BRUNCH IS A MOMENTUM GAME Restaurant Kitchen Story Cappucino Frisco Eggs Benedict Millionaires Bacon WAU SIMPLY GREAT Off to Dolores Park with friends lying around sun shining beautiful day On the way picked up a few beers to enjoy PARI KUKKOA Foursquare check in this place is swarming no hurry anywhere great company in the words of brother Mertaranta IHANAA leijonat Next stop Thriftstore to look for more furniture Found an excellent Aalto esque lounge chair for 20 dollars It s a bit old and battered but STYLE IS NEVER OUT OF FASHION Niin se menee Load the bunch into the van and head to Market 6th with Anders Annika and Raimo lounging on the couch in the back Comfortable ride and illaksi kotiin Finnair My apartment is just across Market St from the Tenderloin sketchy neighborhood so unloading the van on the street requires some planning Det blir intressant as Börje Salming would say We unload the stuff onto the curb and I go find parking while the guys sit on the couch in the middle of the street DET BLIR VERKLIGEN INTRESSANT as Mr Mickos Solkungen at Eucalyptus would say No easy parking spots nearby so have to squeeze into a tight space Not to worry Coaching principle No 1 Slow and steady gets you ready No dents good job Arrive back on the scene no trouble from anyone as Anders and Raimo look like a boss lounging on the couch TIGERS We carry

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  • Getting Settled in San Francisco, by Startup Lifer Tommi | Startup Life
    here You ll get to live with roommates again The housing situation in San Francisco is challenging Unless you like living in a closet It s a side effect of it being an awesome place everybody wants to live here Unless you want to shell out over half of your salary to rent your own apartment you re going to live with roommates It has its pros though as you ll get to know more local people The best deals aren t found online but through people It s a good strategy to get temporary housing when you arrive and start asking around if anyone is looking for a roommate You ll learn to appreciate Finnish public transportation We ve been spoiled with great public transportation in Finnish cities Public transportation in SF works but it s not as good Muni light rails tram that also goes underground can be unreliable BART underground is more reliable faster but also more expensive Many people use Lyft and Uber to get around Sharing rides with other people on these services is a great way to save money a 6km trip in the city will cost you about 5 7 If your destination isn t close to any public transportation line you ll likely end up using those services You ll love the food There s a big variety of cuisines in San Francisco Everybody uses the Yelp app to navigate the food drink scene and so should you Since Americans love to work hard and keep busy food delivery services have sprung up like mushrooms after the rain There s Postmates DoorDash GrubHub Sprig Spoonrocket Munchery Uber Eats Blue Apron The list goes on My favorite out of these is Sprig Try it out you ll see Many companies also offer free

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  • Greetings from San Francisco, by Startup Lifer Ruud | Startup Life
    time promoting their program and it seemed almost too good to be true I did not really have anything to lose so I applied which turned out to be a great decision After a few interviews with different companies I choose to go work for a small startup Spreecast The first few weeks in San Francisco were a blast I had to find a place to live make new friends and of course start my new job At Spreecast I felt immediately part of team and everybody was super helpful and nice Pekka another Startup lifer is also working at Spreecast It is fun to work together and still have some Finnish culture around me The work I am doing at Spreecast is exciting I am mainly developing for iOS and Android but I am also working some server side projects which makes the job very diverse and interesting I have only been at the company for three months so let see what is more to come Of course beside working there also has to be time for fun Luckily in San Francisco you can find plenty of it In this short period of time I have been in San

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  • Startup Life goes Shanghai | Startup Life
    in Shanghai The first week was full packed and everything was new the job the people the environment not to mention the super hot and humid weather Already on my 6th day we made a business trip to Beijing and met a bunch of potential partners We even visited an art university in Beijing where Peter Vesterbacka the CMO of Rovio gave a speech to the students that were interested in making games At the same time me and my supervisor had Skype meetings with Rovio Finland Everyday was filled with new and exciting experiences and with a lot of different things to do Me and Peter Vesterback visiting an art university in Beijing Founded in 2011 Rovio s office in Shanghai is fairly new and has around 20 employees The purpose of Rovio s first overseas office is to connect Rovio with Asia and find new partners for example animation studios Our office has a open environment everyone works in the same room and there s snacks and drinks in the kitchen We have flexible working hours meaning you can decide when you do your 8 hours on the day I think this is unusual in China but then again Rovio is a Finnish company There s a lot of different places around our office to have lunch since we re situated on Huaihai Road one of Shanghai s busiest shopping streets Still you can find lunch for only 15 that s not even 2 and the food portions are huge Lunch break walking scenery I just moved from the hostel where I spent 10 night into a shared apartment with three other great flatmates Finally I m starting to get used to my life here in Shanghai which is great because I m working with a project that

    Original URL path: http://startuplife.fi/startup-life-goes-shanghai/ (2016-04-30)
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  • Slava’s First Month by the Bay | Startup Life
    his first post he will unveil his tips for the Visa traveling to SF and finding a place to stay Read the full post here Arriving San Francisco The second post is about getting settled getting the phone bank account and the US social security number Slava also explores what to do and things to see and learns the most important lesson Sad truth but you ll have to choose

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  • Hung’s month in the city by the Bay: learning and enjoying | Startup Life
    learning and enjoying life in San Francisco for the last month and why I think what offered from the city will make it a great time About the enjoying part San Francisco has the right combination of everything for me enjoy from day one It has good food a truly international city with cuisine varied from Mediterranean Italian Mexican to Japanese Chinese Food is usually delicious and cheap not to mention there s a smile most of the time when I stepped into a restaurant Oh btw have you checked The 2011 Big Eat San Francisco Currently I had a few ticks from that checklist and so far it didn t disappoint me Another enjoying thing is that life is much easier and more productive for me to use some of the apps and services available only in US Mint Pandora Amazon Zipcar to name a few And I m not the only one who is tech savvy I sometimes see an Ipad with Square device used in a nearby cafe or someone talking to Siri on a busy street Moreover events on Meetup once staying in SF are more relevant and are more to choose from What I learned about Meetup here is that good meetup is quickly packed one better rsvp yes immediately or bids his chance in the waiting list Work is fast paced and has lots of integration Working for startups is very different from client work it has lots of integrations which means quickly coming up with features to try out instead of polishing to be perfect Guess what we use for backend and for frontend development of course Rails and Backbone js I have never used Backbone before however by the time I got to the documentation and started writing a few lines of

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