Continue from our last story about Angry Birds and its developer, Rovio.

Rovio was started by three students from Helsinki University of Technology (currently Aalto University School of Science and Technology), Niklas Hed, Jarno Väkeväinen, and Kim Dikert. In 2003, they participated in a mobile game development competition at the Assembly demo party sponsored by Nokia and HP. They won the competition and Niklas asked Peter Vesterbacka, who was HP’s representative, what they should do afterwards. Peter said, “You should form a company and make many mobile games.”

So, the trio started making games. Firstly, it was for other companies. “We learn a lot using others’ money.” And then, they made they own. Finally, in December 2009, they launched their 52nd game, Angry Birds and became famous world-wide.

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Sherman So

Author of Red Wired: China's Internet Revolution, the first book to completely survey the nature of China's internet. (http://redwiredrevolution.com/) She previously was the lead China technology reporter...