Entrepreneur Moves To The Woods To Cut Costs

Entrepreneur Moves To The Woods To Cut Costs

Programmer Thomas Backlund takes the idea of lean startup to new extremes.

Ross Brooks
  • 12 june 2013

The early stages of a startup are normally the toughest – every penny counts a lot of entrepreneurs will do whatever they can to cut costs. A Swedish developer called Thomas Backlund has taken this idea further – by moving to the woods.

A few months ago, Thomas quit his job, left his apartment and moved into a Swedish forest where he has been living and coding ever since. This self-imposed exile is all in pursuit of getting his startup off the ground, and has involved challenges such as severe food poising and harsh weather.


Apart from the cost savings, the entrepreneur says that the forest-lifestyle puts him in a sink or swim situation. If the only way for him to re-join the real world is by making a success of his startup, then it creates a unique kind of motivation you couldn’t find elsewhere.

Backlund is trying to build a platform for business owners who are interested in building back-end services quickly by combining blocks of functionality and connecting them together in a flow using a visual interface. This would take the coding part out of the equation and make logic the only necessary component for building a technical back-end.


Thomas Backlund


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