- Can you talk a little bit about who you are and what your work has been until now?
I'm Bo Mattsson. I'm 55, married, and we have three grown children. I worked in the finance industry until 1997 (responsible for Swedbank Securities and was, among other things, the creator of Europe's first online stock trader, NetTrade). After that, I became an entrepreneur and have founded or co-founded three companies, which I have subsequently sold (Eurotrade, Mangold and Cint). Cint was sold in December, 2015 to Nordic Capital.
- In the Fall of 2015, you participated in the Craft Academy bootcamp. What made you decide to learn to code?
Partly because I like to learn new things (though I can't say it was exactly new, since I did a little coding in the 70s), and partly because I believe it's healthy to have at least a base understanding of how internet communication actually functions, regardless of device. I have the benefit of seeing directly and additionally become healthier . It's beneficial to have an understanding of how internet communication works. My own businesses benefit from that understanding, and it allows me to play a more engaged role with the companies in which I invest.
- What would you say was the most important result of your time with Craft Academy?
I now understand much better how something is built and what problems the developers have faced. To understand the code makes it easier for me to value the people I hire to build something.
- What would you say was the most challenging part of the training model at Craft Academy?
If you aren't ready to put all of your time into the course and learning to code, you should think again.
- What advice would you give someone who is thinking about enrolling in the bootcamp?
Simple. Put all your time and focus into the course while you're there. Eat, sleep, shit code, period. Ask a lot of questions and make sure you understand something before you move on. Make sure you never ask the same question two times - it's lazy (and nothing irritates a coach as much as a lazy student).