Tiny Island Maps | Serial Entrepreneurship x Local Craftsmanship

Alexis is a Swedish serial entrepreneur based in Hong Kong. He’s the business whiz and the creative mind behind Squarestreet, Squarestreet KAFFE, and most recently, Tiny Island Maps

We caught up with him about his latest venture, Tiny Island Maps, and picked his brain on entrepreneurship

Hey Alexis, thanks for catching up with us. Can you tell us what Tiny Island Maps is about?

Hong Kong, Community, Craftsmanship and... maps

How did you get started with Tiny Island Maps ?

Like anyone would. I wanted to do something related to my new home (since 11 years) and suddenly it struck me that I could take something utterly practical and often overlooked, and turn it into something beautiful and at the same time meaningful. After all, we may live in Hong Kong, but it is our neighbourhood that we call home.

What let you know that you were on the right track?

Feedback. Interest. The usual stuff. I also felt it myself before I even sold the first one. I just made sure that not only would the artwork speak to the customer, but the product itself had to be perfect as well. It’s easy to print digital on cheap paper, but I decided to go in the opposite direction, and make it hard and costly. But I think people can feel it.

Did you face any setbacks? What were they?

None. Apart from never having enough time to make the maps I want. I’m lucky to be surrounded by very talented artisans that have helped me bring this project to life.

How has COVID-19 impacted your business?

No idea. I’ll let you know once I get a chance to sell without COVID-19. It may have had an impact, but with little comparison it’s hard to know.

What do you wish someone told you before you started Tiny Island Maps?

That grey maps don’t sell?

What advice would you give to budding entrepreneurs?

  1. Just Do It.
  2. Don’t think you need a 27” super MacPro, copyright on all your products, a flashy office, 5 staff and VC funding… you don't. You just need a half decent laptop, a phone, a credit card and a camera… and some skills.
  3. Stop listening to people who aren’t encouraging you, they are speaking from their own fears (and are already jealous that you’re even considering following your dreams).
  4. HK is the ultimate entrepreneur paradise.
  5. Remember, when you listen to other peoples advice, and read books about how to get started, and how to do everything, they all leave out the most important thing, your product. If your product sucks, rethink it.
  6. Making shit is easy. Selling is hard.
  7. You don’t know everything. Get help. (But do as much as possible yourself.)
  8. Be wary of gaps in the market, they might be there for a reason. Meaning, if no one is doing it, then maybe you shouldn't either.

From what I’ve seen, it looks like Tiny Island Maps is truly Hong Kong based operation – from working with local cardboard suppliers to calligraphers. Tell us more about that.

It’s just amazing isn’t it, the amount of artisans that we have in this city. When the west has basically sold out and moved everything to cheap labour countries, Hong Kong retains so much craft knowledge, even with such close proximity to one of the worlds largest producers of cheap stuff. It’s an honour to work with these people, they make it happen more than me, I just do my part.

What skills or mindset do you feel has contributed to your success?

For the record, success for some people is a Ferrari, and for some it’s being able to do what you love. In my mind I’m successful, but it won’t seem so to everyone. 

  1. Supreme confidence in my own ability, for better or worse.
  2. To see behind. Once you know how everything is made and how everything works there are no longer any boundaries, nothing holding you back. Ordinary people look at products like they come from some magical place, once you know they don’t then you can make your own magic.

If you had the time to start another business? What would it be?

Don’t get me started. I want a bigger Swedish cafe, and I’d love to do kids toys, and maybe an electric motorcycle and … yeah, whatever.

What is your favourite thing about living in Hong Kong? 

Everything is possible in Hong Kong. There’s no mould. No standard. There’s only failure or success. There’s only try or don’t try. Eat or starve. Make money or go home. It feels closer to human nature.

What part of Swedish culture do you wish you could import to Hong Kong?

Critical thinking. Logical assumptions. A Do-it-yourself sensibility perhaps. Swedish people are really quite creative and extremely good at just doing stuff themselves. Hong Kong is catching up and young people are getting better, actually much better than when I first came here over a decade ago.

Are there any local businesses you would like to shout out?

Broken Fingers - Amazing hand-made leather goods

Shady Acres - Swedish owned bar

Squarestreet KAFFE - My cafe

Tiny - For their excellent HK miniatures

Conspiracy Chocolate - Pure dedication to chocolate

Alexis has generously shared an exclusive discount code with us. Use code TINY852 for 10% off site-wide! Code is valid until June 15, 2020.


  • Annasysjeach

    download facebook spy tool


    dvd player windows 2000 free download freegoogle chrome free download for pc windows 10windows 7 taskbar icons free download freedownload airplay for windows 10java update for windows xp download freejre x64 windows 10 downloadcomdlg32 ocx windows 10 download freedownload clash of clans for windows xp freeko player free download for windows 10adobe photoshop download for pc windows 10
    [url=https://rd-ok.ru/download-windows-10-update-download-update-windows/]download dvd decoder for windows 7 free free
    [url=https://mixpresent.ru/intel-management-engine-interface-driver-dell/]internet explorer 10 windows vista 32 bit download
    [url=https://rd-ok.ru/aircrack-download-windows-10-download-aircrack-ng/]area 51 game download full pc
    [url=http://hkszfwdh.blogspot.com/2021/05/grammarly-free-download-windows.html]magic disk free download for windows 7 32bit free
    [url=https://chromebrowser.ru/fortran-download-for-windows-10-intel-fortran/]download openssh for windows 10
    [url=https://fundamentservis.ru/what-is-dual-intelligent-processors-5-asus-dual/]focusrite saffire 6 usb driver windows 10 download
    [url=https://bestsmiles.net.ru/download-sublime-editor-for-windows-10-sublime/]free adobe reader download for windows 10 64 bit
    [url=https://rd-ok.ru/download-vlc-for-pc-64-bit-windows-10-vlc-media/]ben 10 alien force game download for pc
    [url=https://fundamentservis.ru/asus-supremefx-hi-fi-supremefx-hi-fi/]download bloons tower defense 5 free full version pc
    [url=https://fundamentservis.ru/m-track-quad-driver-m-track-quad-usb-audio-driver/]driverpack solution offline download for pc free download
    clear download history windows 10
    free download offline car racing games for pc windows 10
    adobe flash player for pc windows 8 free download
    javascript for windows xp download free
    download mass effect 2 full game pc free


    battery life extender windows 10 download
    latest google chrome free download for windows 10
    anyconnect download free windows 10
    acapella software for pc free download
    download windows 10 apps for pc

    windows media player 12 free download for windows 10 64 bit free
    gta singham game free download for pc windows 10
    activex windows 7 download free
    castles pc game download
    download minecraft pc free no virus

    free dominoes game download full version for pc
    donald duck quack attack pc game free download
    dpinst download windows 10
    free download scientific calculator for pc windows 10
    download snapseed for windows 10 free


    loader 2.2.2 download free free [/url] game plants vs zombies 2 popcap for pc [/url] bootstrap for windows 10 [/url] reader windows 10 download 64 bit [/url] lan driver windows 10 [/url] network assistant download for windows 10 free [/url] for pc windows 10 free download [/url] download windows 10 [/url] 10 download while sleep free [/url] pdf file for windows 10 [/url]

  • Annasysjeach

    real player free download for windows 10 64 bit freevyprvpn download for windows 7 freedownload dreamweaver cs6 windows 10internet speed test software free download for windows 10defraggler download windows 10dx11 feature level 10.0 download windows 7free download machinarium 2 game full version for pcgames for pc windows 10 downloadmicrosoft net framework 3.0 download for windows xp freedownload pc games 25 wwe 2k12
    [url=https://rd-ok.ru/download-wunderlist-windows-10-wunderlist/]intel widi driver download windows 10
    [url=https://rd-ok.ru/download-windows-10-update-iso-file-direct/]download free hide and seek games for pc
    [url=https://fundamentservis.ru/minecraft-ps3-tu25-release-date-xbox-360-edition/]windows 7 password reset iso file download free
    [url=https://fundamentservis.ru/toshiba-tecra-r850-driver-drivers-wifi-toshiba/]best rpg games pc no download
    [url=https://fundamentservis.ru/ram-to-mp3-converters-magic-rm-ram-to-mp3/]script writing software free download for windows 7 free
    [url=https://rd-ok.ru/download-windows-10-from-azure-student-developer/]battle royale game download pc free
    [url=https://chromebrowser.ru/euro-truck-simulator-2-free-download-for-windows/]wwe games download for windows xp free
    [url=https://rd-ok.ru/download-wget-for-windows-10-how-to-download-and/]download the sims 4 on windows 10
    [url=https://chromebrowser.ru/anaconda-software-download-for-windows-10-your/]polaris office windows 7 download free
    [url=https://bestsmiles.net.ru/download-video-graphics-driver-for-windows-10-free/]free download microsoft word windows 10
    halo free download for windows 10
    csr8510 a10 driver download windows 10
    best offline chess game for pc free download
    download game crash bandicoot for pc free full version
    whatsapp messenger for pc windows 7 free download 32 bit


    tekken tag game download for pc windows 7
    download spider man 2001 pc game
    free download internet download manager full version for windows 10
    download srs game pc free
    download windows 10 32 bit full version for pc

    download facebook messenger on windows 10
    free download full version windows 8 with key free
    darksiders 2 game download for pc
    download device manager windows 7 free
    download game pc 64 bit windows 10

    2k20 free download pc
    hp envy 4500 driver download windows 7 free
    intel hd graphics 4400 driver windows 10 64 bit download
    download sql injection for windows 10
    wintoflash free download for windows xp filehippo free


    download windows 10 [/url] 2 download for pc windows 10 64 bit [/url] linux free for pc [/url] emulator download for pc windows 7 [/url] antivirus free download for windows xp 64 bit free [/url] wedding video editing software for pc free download [/url] launcher pc windows 7 [/url] protecttools download windows 10 free [/url] download skype windows xp free [/url] spark post download for pc free [/url]

  • Annasysjeach

    vpn free download pc windows 10ezviz download for windows 10adobe photoshop 7.0 free download for pc softoniclogitech g430 drivers windows 10 downloadwifi password hacker software free download for windows 7 freedownload 8 ball pool miniclip game for pc offlinebootcamp mac download windows 7 free freefortnite battle royale epic games download pcwindows xp tablet pc edition sp2 downloaddev c++ 5.11 free download for windows 10 64 bit
    [url=https://fundamentservis.ru/razer-deathadder-3-5-g-driver-razer-deathadder/]download bootres dll windows 10
    [url=https://fundamentservis.ru/microsoft-lumia-640-gophone-microsoft-lumia-640/]download trial of windows 7 free
    [url=https://fundamentservis.ru/kyocera-taskalfa-3551ci-driver-download-center/]astroneer pc download free
    [url=https://fundamentservis.ru/nemos-reef-rare-fish-red-trumpetfish/]filmora free download for pc windows 10
    [url=https://fundamentservis.ru/xiro-xplorer-v-app-app-detail-xiro-xplorer-vision/]dirt rally game free download for pc
    [url=https://fundamentservis.ru/gigabyte-x58a-ud3r-manual-ga-x58a-ud3r-rev-1-0/]best pc action games of all time free download
    [url=https://fundamentservis.ru/lego-universe-spider-queen-spider-queen-battle-2/]download windows 7 demo free
    [url=https://fundamentservis.ru/ds-beat-em-ups-any-decent-beat-em-ups-for-the-ds/]dell quickset windows 10 64 bit download free
    [url=https://fundamentservis.ru/player-upgrades-fifa-15-fut-15-fut-winter-upgrades/]backyard skateboarding pc game free download
    [url=https://fundamentservis.ru/hp-pavilion-20-all-in-one-drivers-hp-pavilion-20/]hp recovery usb windows 10 free download
    amd radeon graphics driver for windows 10 64 bit download
    download game ps2 iso pc
    assassin’s creed 3 remastered pc download free
    download game pc offline ringan
    euro truck driver 2018 game download for pc


    textwrangler download windows free
    dolby audio driver windows 10 download
    mfc100 dll download windows 10
    photoshop free download for windows xp free
    download netflix on pc windows 10

    blackberry desktop manager for windows 10 64 bit free download
    excel download pc windows 10
    full throttle pc game free download
    download winflash for windows 7 free
    cricket game software for pc free download

    download microsoft office free full version for windows 10 free
    adobe reader 9 download for windows 10 64 bit
    darkwood free download pc
    audio mp3 editor for pc free download
    download remix os player for windows 10


    download hotspot shield vpn for windows 10 [/url] google chrome 32 bit windows 7 free [/url] latest version free download for pc [/url] cleaner for windows 7 32 bit free download [/url] aptoide pc windows 7 [/url] pusher game for pc free download [/url] game house pc full [/url] mozilla firefox for windows 10 64 bit offline installer [/url] download maxthon 3 for windows xp free [/url] winrar setup for windows xp free [/url]

  • Annasysjeach

    знак зодиака камень стрелец
    камень стрельца знака зодиака
    львы знак зодиака камень
    камни знаков зодиака стрельца
    знак зодиака водолей камни


    камни знакам зодиака лев
    камень скорпиона знак зодиака
    камни знак зодиака стрелец
    камни знак зодиака близнец
    знак зодиака близнец камни

    [url=https://hophopnews.blogspot.com/2021/05/blog-post.html]камни знаки зодиака рак
    [url=https://bopsneeews.blogspot.com/2021/05/blog-post_16.html]камень знаков зодиака близнецы
    [url=https://bopsneeews.blogspot.com/2021/05/blog-post.html]камень скорпиона знаки зодиака

    камень рыб знак зодиака
    камень знаков зодиака таблица
    знак зодиака камни
    камень знаки зодиака рыба
    знаки зодиаки камни рака

  • otogewoow
    No Prescription[/url] Amoxicillin No Prescription ptf.ifox.852prints.com.ikp.sz http://mewkid.net/when-is-xuxlya2/

Leave a comment