Startup Sauna Internship is up and running! We have a great set of interns working in companies ranging from gaming to waste management technology and you will be hearing from our interns during the following months.
The purpose of Startup Sauna Internship is to give an opportunity for entrepreneurial students and grads to build real things that have an impact, establish a network, and learn a lot in the process. We aim to give an alternative to working in a large company and hopefully help the next generation entrepreneurs to a flying start in the field.
Here is a first hand account made by our own Juhana Kangaspunta.
During the spring, I was coordinating the program with the Startup Life team, and later ended up working in a gaming startup called Grey Area.
Grey Area Labs is a Finnish mobile and tablet gaming company that defined location based gaming with their iOS game Shadow Cities, in which you get to conquer real places and neighbourhoods with your team. After the release of Shadow Cities, the team has been working on a new real-time multiplayer game for iOS which will be coming out soon. I joined Grey Area in April to do user acquisition (a fancy word for mobile marketing) and metrics for the upcoming ga
Having spent the previous summer in a global management consulting company, I honestly didn’t know what to expect from a gaming startup. I soon learned how excitingly different the work and atmosphere is, not to mention the dress-code (shorts are way better than suits in the summer!).
In my experience with management consulting, the work is extremely structured and you have a predetermined piece of the project that you will be working on. You have a certain way of doing things, certain tools and really smart people to work with – and it works well for that structure.
As I learned in a startup, you don’t have a strict piece set out for you. You will have a certain sense of what your job will be, but things will change a lot as you go. I ended up being the only person in charge of user acquisition in the company, so unlike in a management consultancy, there’s no in-house expert who has a Phd on the subject that you can call and ask how it’s done. You have to hustle, keep yourself on track of the business, and what’s exciting is that it’s normally up to you to decide what’s a good thing to do and what’s not. In the process, you learn a ton about a really wide range of areas and have a blast. In Grey Area, I get to work with people that come from very different backgrounds, who do very different things and are great at what they do. In a startup, no one is too far from the core business of the company, and I believe that everyone’s effort will definitely show in the success or failure of the product.
So far, the summer has been an eye-opening experience for me and I’ve met some amazing people on the way. Everyone at Grey Area is excited about the upcoming launch and it’s great, although a bit intimidating, to be in the company at this stage!
Have a hot summer and see you at the Startup Sauna BBQs!