Entrepreneur Moves To The Woods To Cut Costs

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

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.

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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.

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Thomas Backlund

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