Hey, I'm Jesper – a creative designer, curious developer & passionate creator.

Currently running Sharpmind and studying at Chalmers in Gothenburg, Sweden.

A 22 year old digital native.

A Google search of "how to build a website" at the age of 12 followed by 10 years of learning, tinkering and building. That's pretty much me. Through my entrepreneurial endeavors I have come to realize that the intersection between design, technology and business is where I love to spend my time. You can read about my experiences below or download my resumé.

Myself / Jesper Lindström
Myself / Jesper Lindström
Origin / Älmhult, Sweden
Origin / Älmhult, Sweden
Home / Gothenburg, Sweden
Home / Gothenburg, Sweden
Soon / Beijing, China
Soon / Beijing, China

Starting a digital agency business.

Driven by our passion for good design and delightful digital experiences, my friend Marco and I decided to quit our web developer jobs and start Sharpmind, our own digital agency. Since the summer of 2016 we have been busy building web and app solutions for various clients, beside of our university studies. A key insight from this ever-developing adventure is that I appreciate the freedom and impact that results from running a business, rather than working at a traditional corporate company. Apart from that, the great responsibility and regular customer interaction have caused me to grow a lot as a person.

Business cards / Sharpmind
Business cards / Sharpmind

Moving to Gothenburg to study.

After graduating from upper secondary school I was admitted to the Software Engineering programme at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg. Through courses such as data structures, algorithms and hardware programming I gained a better understanding of the fundamentals of computer science. I also developed my leadership and project management skills through various group projects as well as courses within agile software development.

Campus / Chalmers Uni.
Campus / Chalmers Uni.

Getting to know the agency world.

In the last year of upper secondary school I was contacted by a web development agency in Stockholm. I ended up working remotely beside of school for two years, had a fun ride and got to know a lot of ambitious people. My classmate and friend Marco was also working at the same company. In the end, we both wanted more creative freedom and responsibility, so we decided to quit to start our own agency.

STHLM / Business trip
STHLM / Business trip

Naively trying to build a tech startup.

My friend Xavier and I built Feedient, a web app that gathered your social feeds into one place. We built it mainly for fun without any real monetization strategy, but we managed to reach 80 000 unique users and were mentioned by news sites such as Lifehacker and Gizmodo. One of the main things I learned from this side project was the importance of having a business plan. Apparently, building something just for fun doesn’t mean it’s something people will pay for.

Landing page / Feedient
Landing page / Feedient

An introduction to entrepreneurship.

Through a school initiative I got to start a semi-serious business with a few friends. We developed an app solution where restaurants in the city of Växjö market their lunch menus. In the end, our business didn’t really take off, but we did win a few prizes; regionally we had the best website and the best logotype. We were also one of the companies to represent our region in the national championship. Most of all we got out of our “comfort zones” and grew a lot personally. During this time I also started to get to know my current business partner Marco.

PRIZES / BEST WEBSITE & LOGO
PRIZES / BEST WEBSITE & LOGO

Monetizing my hobby at a young age.

12 year old me realized that all the cool gaming groups had websites, so I figured out how to build one for me and my friends as well. At 14 I was providing such web development services through a gaming Internet forum (primarily World of Warcraft private servers). After a while, I decided not to reinvent the wheel for every customer, so I built a web platform called FusionCMS together with my then newly met Internet-friend Xavier.

We sold nearly 300 copies and even provided a third party marketplace of themes and plugins. We were never motivated by the money, but by the technical challenge. However, looking back I consider this to be my first business. Apart from just the programming practice, this side project taught me plenty about everything from public relations to customer support and taxes.

LANDING PAGE / FusionCMS
LANDING PAGE / FusionCMS