We’ve been asked a question “who are the lucky ones” for few weeks now, as most of the companies have already made their hiring decisions. So it’s time to reveal the first startup lifers of Silicon Valley for Summer 2013. This is the first post of three – we’re happy to share with you that the current number of interns taking this leap is 13, and counting.
Lauri was the first one to kick off his internship for this summer as he joined Backlift few weeks a go. He studies marketing at Aalto University School of Business, and computer science at University of Helsinki. While having co-founded and worked at startups earlier, both in Helsinki and Berlin, he is excited to be able to compare the experience to Silicon Valley’s super-fast paced environment. He works and lives in San Francisco, and apart from building Backlift’s amazing ‘backend-as-a-service’ platform, he enjoys crafted beer, cat videos and company of good friends.
Tatu will arrive in San Francisco in the beginning of June. He will start his Product Management internship at the mobile security company Lookout. Lookout has grown a lot in the previous year, but it still holds on the startup culture. Having spent the previous summer working at a more established company in Munich, Tatu is looking forward to adapt the pace of a startup. He’s also waiting to change from last summer’s Weissbier and Riesling to Californian Pale Ale and Zinfandel.
Ilari can be quoted as a true unicorn: an artist, a designer and a programmer all in the same person. He holds a media engineering degree from Metropolia university of applied sciences and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in New Media at Aalto University School of Art and Design. Ilari is joining Findery – a new location-based note sharing startup from Flickr and Hunch co-founder Caterina Fake Ilari is an entrepreneur himself too: he has co-founded Pintxo Creative, building Spell-O-Rama – an iOS learning game.
Markus has a B.Sc. from electrical engineering from Aalto University and is currently active in Aalto Entrepreneurship Society. Previously, he has been working at ABB Drives, but now he’s jumping in the world of mobile games, as he’s taking a product management role at Apportable, a service that automates porting iOS games for Android.
By day a full time architecture student and by night a designer and an entrepreneur, Michelle is joining Omada Health as a user experience designer. She has previous experience from architecture office and startups, and now she will help Omada on the mission to stop type b diabetes. She will be living and working in San Francisco, and looks forward the creative environment of the fog city.
Here was the first Five Run of Startup Life Silicon Valley. Stay tuned, this all-star team will get reinforcements soon