Today's Entrepreneur


Today's Entrepreneur: Otto Hilska

No. 1 mistake: Taking too long to validate crucial parts of the business model

Innovation series by Kristin Karaoglu
March 14, 2012
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Today's Entrepreneur is Otto Hilska, CEO and founder of Flowdock. Flowdock is a collaboration tool for technical teams - Team Inbox with Chat. Flowdock was also the winner of our Vator Splash SF competition in February.

Vator’s community is the home to entrepreneurs who embrace their passion and follow their dreams. Our profiles allow members to express themselves by sharing their interests, lessons learned, as well as bits and pieces of their roller-coaster journey.

These profiles give entrepreneurs an opportunity to showcase themselves and tell their story. So if you are an entrepreneur, a serial entrepreneur, or even an aspiring entrepreneur, we'd like to hear from you.

I am a(n):

Companies I've founded or co-founded:
Nodeta, Flowdock

If you are an entrepreneur, why?
I want to change the world.

My favorite startups:
Facebook, GitHub, Zendesk, 10gen, Ovelin

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?
Taking too long to validate crucial parts of the business model.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

- Your initial assumptions are wrong, validate them.
- Premature optimization is the root of all evil.
- Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.

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Description: Flowdock is a beautiful group chat. You can upload files, paste blocks of text, use #hashtags to make notes or create lists and mention o...
Bio: Founder of Nodeta Consulting, Nodeta Hosting, APIdock and now Flowdock. 8+ years of software entrepreneurship, agile methods, ...

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