My name is Johan Staël von Holstein.
I am a Swedish serial entrepreneur who have lived 28 years abroad and started companies in 26 countries. I have put my own companies public on the Stockholm stock exchange, NASDAQ and Frankfurt stock exchange. I had tremendous success during the IT era in the end of the 90s only to have the IT bubble blow up in my face. I have been very politically engaged and I have actively been fighting for entrepreneurial rights and twice built the largest private incubator in Europe. I have lived and studied in many places, in many countries under many different political influences. I have seen the horrors of communism and the failure of democratic socialism. I love Sweden, I love my country and my fellow countrymen and I don't want it to see it fall back in to the dark ages seen during my youth.We have built an important and globally unique App for political use.
The App allows individuals to become politically engaged on different levels. By choosing a political party (for example, amongst the 4 center-right parties or the coalition as such), one can either choose an existing message, theme or create one’s own. It means that we break the political party message monopolies and democratize the creation of ideas. We, as individuals, can disagree in some areas, promote new ones and be creative within the existing topics. In other words, we create our own political posters in a manner similar to Instagram manner, and spread them through our social networks.
2 weeks after launch we have had 7500 downloads and more than 10.000 posters created - reaching millions of Swedes…
In a county of only 10 million people, that is amazing. This is a fantastic democratic opportunity with great potential, and right now very important!
Europe has during the past decade gone through a tremendous financial turmoil. European social-democratic countries have borrowed and spent enormous amounts of capital, creating economic bubbles that have ruined countries like Portugal, Ireland, Spain, Italy and Greece. France with its new socialistic government is now rapidly heading for the abyss.
Meanwhile, Sweden has had a center-right coalition that has enabled wonders for the country. Even to an extent that it's the shining star of the entire western world. These six years of global financial crisis is still not over, and large dark clouds are rising in the east as extreme leftwing fanatics and socialistic countries are yet again gathering around Putin and his Russia. Sweden is the western world’s natural border to the East - it's probably the most americanized country in the world and a very important allyway to the free USA and therefore it is important to keep Sweden free too.
The Swedish election is coming up in late September and although the center-right coalition is gaining in pols, the risk is prominent that social democrats together with communists, socialistic feminist extremist and leftwing environmentalist can win the election. We need your help!
The difference in pols between the socialistic/communist left and the center-right coalition is small. A 3 % swing from left to right will definitely make the difference.
It is also important to understand that the leftwing is left! FAR LEFT!
The center-right coalition is like democrats-republicans.
You can help the population of an entire nation; you can impact an election, and it can be made!
Sweden is a small country and the election will likely be a close call; with all the evidence and statistics that we can show of the coalition’s past 8 year achievements… I shouldn’t even have to say this.
We need at least $150.000. The App is not yet fully funded and we still need to do make some improvements. It then needs to be marketed and spread, some PR activities needs to be done, as well as some competitions and prizes for the most successful poster producers.
First prize, if the center-right coalition wins, is a trip for two to New York City and the USA - the country of the free.
If the socialists win, the trip goes to the industrial city of Minsk in Belarus.
Although we (as participating democrats) always are a part of the outcome of elections, this time we will change the political winds and actually make a measurable difference. Very few people in the history of mankind can say that. You have the opportunity to help keep socialism out of the western world and out of one of your most important allies. You will be able to feel good about yourself for a long, long time.
Sweden is a country with amazing innovation and creativity. It is probably the most interesting areas in the world outside of San Francisco for IT start-ups. But there is, as a long-term negative result of former socialistic eras, still a great lack of VC capital.
Any capital funds exceeding needs of the App management will go to lecturing, coaching and supporting Swedish Internet Start-up companies.
One should think that socialism would be dead and buried after 1989, but unfortunately it still remains and even flourishes in some countries and regions, especially in Europe. Memory is short. Some people were so destroyed after a lifetime of communism that they were never able to adjust to. Young people simply do not know better and have never experienced the hard times. History has even been changed or adjusted by socialist survivors and the stories and the ”truths” are vague or wrongly presented. Sure, capitalism is not perfect, the banking system has its flaws and even the sun has its dots.
...But freedom, the right to evolve, take responsibility, the ability to follow your dreams, the notion of a free and open market, movement and labor, distribution, products and capital has spread wealth around the world. It has battered poverty, increased levels of education and growth. Although improvements and changes needs to be made, there can be no discussion about the benefits of a capitalistic world in comparison to socialism. Solidarity (true solidarity, not false like the socialistic one), cooperation and global engagement is making the world a better place. It is worth fighting for!
Previously I have been running political campaigns in Sweden, and I was at one period considered the 6th most influential person in the country. I have specialized in guerilla marketing and have run a project during the FIFA World Cup in Germany which gave the Swedish fans the award "the best soccer fans in the world".
The App, Valfie, (Val means election in Swedish) is unique of its kind in the world and could very well become a standard for all political parties and elections around the world in the future. It increases the ability to become politically engaged, fragments the political process and widens the political scope. It is finally a tool really reaches the potential and the new digital age.
Risks & Challenges
7500 Apps were downloaded in the first two week and 10.000 political posters were made (which in such a small country as Sweden is a great success).
However, almost a third of them were downloaded by leftwing fanatics, socialist extremists and communists. Many of the posters created were made to intimidate and scare people from using it, trying to make a mockery out of a sincere democratic voice. Obviously, their reach was limited and their energy not lasting, but the attack was vicious enough to show how powerful and how extreme the leftwing extremist really are.
Funds are needed to control the App and to keep it clean from foul language, inappropriate pictures and texts. This will be simple to do within the few weeks when it is needed. Small improvements need to be done, but they are not threatened by large technical hurdles, it is standard programming as is the advertisement that needs to be pursued. This is a simple task.
There are no technical or other large hurdles that jeopardizes this project, it is standard work for experienced management.
Programmers and contractors are all in place ready to go. Marketing plans are in place, everything is set to go… All we need is funds!
Any capital funds exceeding the needs of the App management will go to lecturing, coaching and supporting Swedish Internet Start-up companies.
Johan Staël von Holstein