In the early spring of 1976, I was born in what is today part of greater Stockholm, Sweden, as the first child into what would later become a family of six children. During my childhood years, our family moved across the country to a small town situated by Sweden’s largest lake, Vänern. This small town, with less than 10,000 inhabitants, is where even I, eventually, grew up.

After high school, I went to a (junior) college to become an electrician. Eventually, I moved away from my home town to earn a degree in electrical engineering. This is also when I had my first encounters with computers, both as a tool that would assist my learning, and as an instrument for wasting one’s time.

A few years later, returning back to my roots, I was offered to participate in a pilot program organized by various schools and universities. The purpose of this program was to allow a small number of students (three classes with 16 students in each) to gain the equivalent of a 4-year university education in just 6 months: major in a hybrid Computer Science/Information Systems, with minors in Small Business Administration and Project Management.

Well, let me tell you, for 25 weeks, I had no social life whatsoever! Classes would start at 8 am, although most of us arrived at 7 am, just to get a head start on preparing for that day’s hectic schedule. Once the clock struck 8, you would cover one topic after the other at a breakneck pace. We would break for 10 minutes at 10 am and 2 pm, and for a 40 minute lunch at noon. Other than that, it was nonstop classes from 8 am until 4 pm. Of course, the majority of us did not leave the building until 7 pm or later, only to arrive home for a quick dinner before burying yourself in books for the rest of the evening. The next day, the procedure was very much the same. If you were to miss a single day of class, it was as if you had missed a whole week. I could occasionally be found sleeping on the couch in the lounge, having studied until two o’clock in the morning, knowing I would be returning to the building in a couple hours anyway.

Despite the fierce challenge of completing this education, I had reached a turning point in my career. Immediately after getting my degree, I started my own business. Eventually I took on a partner, and together we went saw significant success with a social networking website we created. Our goal was to have 10,000 members after 12 months. That goal was completely blown out of the water, as we reached 30,000 members after only half that time. In fact, our success was so rapid that our biggest competitor closed their own site for over a month for a complete overhaul in order to keep up with us. At the 12-month mark, our humble goal of 10,000 members dwarfed in comparison to the 360,000 strong membership.

Although I have since handed over my share in the website to others, the success nevertheless taught me to always believe in myself and my dreams. I am in charge of my own goals and accomplishments.

During the years that have followed, I have seen tremendous personal success on various fronts of web development and programming.

Professionally, I am now a full-time technical consultant for ecommerce solutions and ERP/POS system integrations. To my portfolio, I can add being one of the innovative minds behind the “Standalone Internet Explorer” discovery which web designers all around the world today take for granted.

Since the fall of 2002, I am happily married. My wife and I have three wonderful little children, ages five, two, and 2 months.

My family and I are active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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