Coder Quits Job And Moves Into Tent To Work on Startup
Thomas Backlund is a coder who quit his job and moved into a tent in the woods near Stockholm just so he could dedicate his full attention to his startup project, blockie.io. Backlund powers his laptop, external battery, and phone with two portable Brunton 62 Watt solar panels, and cooks his food on a Primus OmniLite stove. Backlund provides updates about his experience on his website.
So, what’s a coder’s motivation to move to a forest to work on a tech project?
Not only does [living in a forest] give me the time to do this but it also gives me peace of mind.
I change my location about two times per week.
Computer, forest, batteries… unpractical? Maybe it would have been more rational to keep the apartment and just cut costs?
Well, rational and right do not always align.
I have no apartment, no job, no income. Still I’m exactly where I should be. I’m on my path. My gut feeling lets me know that.
I’m not exiting to a normal life until my startup has taken off. This is my big adventure. I’m not coming back empty-handed.
Backlund has been in the woods since March and there are no reports of his startup receiving any investors yet.
FJP: Maybe this Backlund fellow is onto something. After all, studies show that nature resets our minds and bodies and makes us more focused. Maybe we should all be creating our technology-based masterpieces in the woods or on a mountain top. I think I’ll start with a balcony, though. Baby steps. - Krissy
Images: Backlund’s personal photos from his website