Per Håkansson

Per Håkansson

Silicon Valley product advisor, #himc lecturer & mobile lifehacker. Fmr @Yahoo & @BlurbBooks product guy. Passionate about real food, travels & the outdoors.

San Francisco, California, United States
Member since June 26, 2008
Dad, #himc lecturer, @publification advisor, co-founder #VatorSpark, authoring #WorkingTheFuture, fmr @Yahoo & @BlurbBooks product guy, foodie & traveler. Quote_down
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I am a(n):


If you're an entrepreneur or corporate innovator, why?

I'm bursting with ideas!

My favorite startups:

Square, Libratone, Airbnb, Jetsetter,

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

The most rewarding is to see your own ideas come to fruition after lots of thinking, talking and doing. Going from nothing to something that makes a difference is great.

Frustrations are just problems that needs to be solved to move forward, like small potholes in the road. The game is about to avoid them.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs/innovators make?

Running out of money.

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

It's the original state of being, part of who we are as human beings. There is nothing more pure, natural or real.

Be nice, do good stuff and have fun. And keep the burn-rate really low and runway very long.

Full bio

Per Håkansson lectures on emerging consumer technologies, mobile applications and data-driven entrepreneurship across the world. He also advice startups on product management and growth strategies leveraging his 17+ years experience from global Internet successes as Icon Medialab, Yahoo!, Blurb, CareerTV, and Hyper Island. He won the Webby Award in 2008 and has been featured in Fast Company.

He is currently working on a series of Master classes for tech entrepreneurs and writing a book on how to successfully work, live and play in the new always-on mobile world. Per resides in San Francisco with his family where he cooks and enjoys social tennis when not traveling the world.