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||KOULUKAVERIT.COM: SCHOOLFRIEND.COM ONLINE BUSINESS|
Gasiorowska, Anna (supervisor)
2002-2003 Internet Finland, EU (European Union) 2 employees|
Branding; Development; Entrepreneurship; Financing; Growth; Internet; On-line business; Strategy; Technology; Time pressure; Viral marketing
The case deals with start-up growth and development as well as opportunities and limitations of technology from a SME (small and medium enterprise) point of view. Koulukaverit.com (or 'schoolfriends' in English) is a website which assists people in locating their old school friends. The site is, in effect, a huge database with all the schools, colleges, universities and other educational institutions based in Finland.
This case deals with many of the challenges facing entrepreneurs in order to create a solid revenue stream and a profitable company. In particular, the case focuses on how the site was created and launched and the decisions in the early months after the website's creation. A key feature of the case is speed (and time pressure), the website growing quickly, limited information and limited funds. A critical factor is risk: choosing a potential partner; technological (including hackers); and giving up promising careers.
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