Nokia Ääni blog, which is the Finnish equivalent of the Nokia Conversations blog, has just released in the past few days some interesting material regarding the Nokia Microsoft Partnership. The information trickles from a video with Kai Öistämö from Nokia's Corporate Development. In the video Öistämö outlines some interesting issues why Nokia chose to work with Microsoft.
This week mobile analytics provider Zokem launched their first panels and research products in India. The products are based on Zokem’s on-device metering solutions that capture passively all mobile usage as it takes place in people’s everyday life. The company is also working on entering the Chinese markets. 'In addition to our existing 9 panels in Europe and North-America, India and China are the next big markets where we want to play a role, in mobile audience measurements', commented Zokem's CEO Hannu Verkasalo.
Last night Mattias Miksche tweeted that Stardoll is looking for iOS and Android developers in Stockholm. Miksche is the CEO of Stardoll. This could signal a change of things to come for Stardoll. The mobile platform, especially the likes of Android and iOS, is something that is becoming more available to even the teenagers and thus it makes sense for Stardoll to try and tap onto this market. Stardoll has a simple styling game on iOS called Stadoll Fashion Spin, but it's only available for the iOS.
Foodie.fm, the startup we reviewed back in February last year. Foodie helps you with grocery shopping in a reverse way; lets you add a meal to your cart and breaks it into the ingredients that you need to prepare the meal. The value of the application is clearly in its ease of use - it basically combines your cook book with recipes and your shopping list.
This is a series of posts, written in co-operation with the Finnish Software Entrepreneurs to promote entrepreneurs working with software. This post is about Leena Klaavu from Enfide. This post is very different from the other posts in the series about larger companies. In this post Leena Klaavu explains how she started her company, where she employes herself and feels about running a business.
In this series, we try to dig deep into the backgrounds of the entrepreneurs and their companies. You can also win a ticket to Arctic15 by subscribing to the Finnish Software Entrepreneurs newsletter over here. Please note; the interview below is a translation from the original Finnish interview.
Serge Faguet is a Russian-born serial entrepreneur. Having built and exited a successful start-up in the Silicon Valley, he recently moved to Moscow and founded a new venture. Serge shared his reasons for switching countries in an interview with Forbes.ru. Serge's most successful start-up so far is Tokbox, a simple tool for video conferences, which he created while studying for a Stanford MBA. Tokbox raised $4,5M initial funding from Sequoia Capital and other investors. Serge exited the company in 2008, receiving a substantial but undisclosed sum. About a year ago he moved back to Moscow and together with Kirill Makharinsky founded an online hotel booking service for Russian-speaking users Ostrovok.ru.
Nokia has today announced its "third and fourth" steps in its realigning of its organisation to meet the new strategic goals of the company. Basically this means that Nokia will look to lower its headcount by about 7000 in total, while 3000 of these will move to work with Accenture. Accenture will be made responsible of Nokia's Symbian development.
Web of Trust or WOT, the safe surfing software that protects surfers from malicious links, spyware and spam continues its growth that has been exponential in the last one year especially. The service recently crossed the 2 million registered user mark and out comes another update. The Web of Trust went past the 20 million download mark, quite significant since it took only a year to add another 10 million.
A few weeks ago we put out a post promoting the Mini Seedcamp event in Stockholm taking place on May 4th. Yesterday, it was announced that a record number of companies had applied to the event and Seedcamp also listed 20 of the companies taking part in the event. Like in other cities, there is a mix of companies from a wider region and this time as well, a few companies from elsewhere in Europe are attending the event.
RelationshipGames, a Finland-based start-up, has launch a new version of their game on Facebook. This edition has more features and game dynamics than the previous one. The game approaches relationships in a pragmatic yet playful way: lost or dying passion can be reinvigorated through a set of surprises, tasks and treats. RelationshipGames is built for couples. It spans online and offline worlds: players get virtual cards with tasks to be performed offline. Once a task is completed players get virtual points, which can later on be traded for a real life reward from their partner. The tasks players are expected to perform revolve around romantic ways of surprising one's partner, like giving them a surprise call at work or chilling champagne for when they get home. Players can also get points by answering questions about their partners. Players' missions, rewards and test results are stored in a game diary similar to a news feed and players can choose whether to share their game activities in Facebook, or keep the game private between themselves.
We talked about Zerply, a California based startup with roots in Northern Europe that aims at letting you present yourself in a more professional way with profile pages that integrate with numerous other social profile that you already have. The startup announced the release of their endorsement widget. The widget lets you display your tags on any website so visitors can get an idea on who you are and more easily endorse you.
For the past 3 weeks or so we've been promoting Applifier and their recruiting needs. Applifier is one of the fastest growing Finnish companies and like many of its kinds, one of the hardest things to do to support the growth is to find the right people. We've come up with an interesting promotional product and we think it's a good fit for companies looking to find the best people for their company.
Just before Easter, Rebtel has announced that they are moving into the international SMS space with the launch of the ToIP (Text-over-IP) service. With this two groups of clients can take advantage of cheaper international SMSs. First, obviously the consumers using Rebtel's services are one group, but also app developers who require sending of international SMS as part of their service can also take advantage.
Yandex has success written all over it when it comes to being the leading search engine and the most visited site in Russia with over 21.5 million average monthly users. When you are this big, there is little reason why you won’t try different things. We have been talking about the Russian Internet company and news has always been different. From providing aspiring entrepreneurs with mentoring at Yandex.Start to funding the same with Yandex.Factory. In its latest release, Yandex announced the launch of Yandex Maps, with map of Moscow and Moscow region being the first to be rolled out earlier.
There has been a lot of debate over the Nokia and Microsoft Partnership, especially regarding when Nokia will start the production of the Windows Phone 7 devices. While the exact dates are yet to be announced, Mobile Review revealed that we can expect at least 4 devices in early 2012.
Another area Nokia and Microsoft are having a challenge in agreeing is the naming convention of the new phones. It will be difficult for both to modify their existing conventions to please the other, but at large the Nokia Windows Phone devices will be carrying a "W" prefix. This will be the link factor for the Nokia phones running on the Windows operating system.
Angry Birds is set to get another title to boast about in its collection as Rovio announces the launch of Angry Birds Magic. The game is set to launch on Nokia smartphones powered by the current Symbian Anna update.The game will be released at WIMA NGS conference next week.
While Garage48 is still a little under a month away from the African Safari, the event at Tallinn last weekend has had the curtains dropped. The event saw over 120 people working hard in 18 teams to give their ideas a touch of reality. Garage48 is a weekend type company development project, where people of different crafts get together to work on projects for the duration of 48 hours. After the weekend, teams present their results in front of an audience.
Finland based Intera Partners has raised a 200 million euro fund to be invested into promising and growing Finnish companies. The now raised Intera Fund II is Intera's second fund. Investors in the new fund include high level international organisations, among others, Sjätte AP-fonden from Sweden, LGT Capital Partners from Switzerland and Standard Life Group's SL Capital Partners from Scotland.
Weekend events that concentrate on creating a start-up idea and building a prototype are becoming quite popular in Nordics and Baltics. The latest addition to the recently held events is Startup Weekend Lithuania. It was held for the second time in Kaunas and gathered around 200 guests. One of the key organizers, Justinas Katkus, shared with us the event's outcome. Throughout the 54 hours that the event lasted, 17 teams were formed and at the end 6 best projects were chosen.
Nokia has just taken a big step forward with its Ovi Maps. Instead of going the obvious way of adding a Google-type Street View to its service that other similar kinds of mapping services have done, Nokia has added 3D aerial view to it maps. This enables anyone to go about a certain cities and fly around and see what the cities have to offer. It has to be said that 3D in this way is more picturesque and for sure something different to the more traditional "Street View".