Remember the Helsinki Spring? Only a startup deity like Steve Blank could visit Helsinki in September and tell us that spring was coming (and for us to believe him).

Blank couldn’t stop a long dark winter, but it was a sign of real momentum that became a turning point for the Helsinki startup scene. It was my impression that before then Helsinki’s entrepreneurs were unsure of their position in the startup world, but if a couple college kids could convince the guy that wrote the book on startups to come visit, then surely something important was happening.

Relive the memories below, and let us know: have we lived up to the dream of the Helsinki Spring?

And here’s Blank’s post on the trip with plenty more videos and observations.

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