Peter Vesterbacka was the force behind creating the world-beating Angry Birds franchise – one of the most significant startups to come out of the Nordics. And today, he is widely acknowledged as the father of the Nordic startup revolution, and the pre-eminent entrepreneur and visionary from the region.
No surprise, he has been listed by TIME magazine as among the 100 most influential people in the world.
Angry Birds is not just a game but a phenomenon. Peter was the first gaming leader to have the vision that creating a stand-alone game is not enough for building a world-beating franchise. The Angry Birds empire was built on a combination of games, animation, movies and merchandising.
Over the last decade, Vesterbacka took on the task of building a strong startup culture in Finland. One of the main initiatives in that direction was Europe’s leading tech event Slush. The astonishing part is that Slush is hosted every year entirely by students and garners over 17,500 attendees, 2,300 startups and 1,100 investors representing 130 countries.