Norway's Viva Labs has been pushing a whitelabel Smarthome experience for a few months now with all the fun stuff, such as a NEST-like thermostat that learns from how you use it, and smart plugs that recognize that you've left the house - helping you make sure you don't leave that coffee maker on.
But according to Viva Labs CEO Henrik Holen the energy effeciency and smart control are only two parts of the equation: safety and home security might be one of the more important things in a smart home that we haven't seen many companies work on.
Think about all the buzzwords driving this and the next generation of tech, like wearables, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things. Business value is driven by new types of communication, which should be built on the foundation of a good API strategy.
In order to foster these best practices, we're pretty lucky up in Northern Europe to have one of the few conferences devoted to APIs, dubbed The Platform Summit and hosted by the same folks behind the regional NordicAPIs events. “The event is taking place in Stockholm on October 21 and 22nd, Lustikulla Konferens & Event center with workshops being held on October 20th.”.
Espoo based IoT startup Cozify has been busily (and successfully) rounding up cash for its product research & development; pilot projects; and first official launch, which the company says will happen in the not-too-distant future.
In the course of roughly a year, Cozify says it has amassed over €1 million from three main sponsors: Tekes, the company’s employees and a private family business (not disclosed).
eBay launches the eBay Motors Werkstattportal in Germany in cooperation with startup Autobutler, who has specialized in online comparisons of garages Denmark and expanded to Germany, Sweden, and UK. The portal enables users to obtain quotes for car repair and maintenance and combines price comparisons with extensive information about the garages – creating transparency in the garage market.
Helsinki is known for technology and design furniture, so it's natural that we'd see some companies coming out of that mix. With now some cash to make some noise, today Vividworks announces it has raised €1.3 million in a round led by Helsinki-based Vendep with Finnvera and a group of private investors also adding to the round.
With Coinbase coming to town, the bitcoin wars are heating up in Europe. Denmark's Coinify announces today that they've received a "multi-million" capital injection by SEED Capital to help position them as the leading player in Europe, and announce some acquisitions that will help them do so.
One of the more promising developer tools coming out of the region, Opbeat, has come out of beta with their official launch party kicking off tomorrow in San Francisco. The Copenhagen-based team is solving one of the problems growing companies face - how to manage and stay better informed about the operations side of development, without having to build internal tools to do so.
With a spotlight on Europe's up-and-coming female-led startups, the five finalists and the winner have been announced to the Lady Pitch Night, the biggest pan-European competition for female-founded startups.
Infogram is squarely in the B2B space with their interactive infographic tool used by media houses and nonprofits like The Huffington Post, Al Jazeera, Amnesty International, and others. But today they announced a new feature that starts looking more like a B2B product and less of a tool for a lonely blogger - Infogram for teams.
The tool is only available for their Pro and White Label plans, but the general idea is that they give users the access to shared themes and a shared history of created infographics and visualization, making cooperation and creation more productive.
"The idea for Infogr.am was born in a newsroom, and newsrooms are nothing without team environments," says Infogr.am co-founder and CEO Uldis Leiterts. "And we're seeing Infogr.am's infographics being created by teams in all kinds of organizations - media, business corporations, NGOs and education. We want to serve large organizations better, and Infogr.am For Teams is a big step in this direction."
Today over 1 million infographics have been created through their platform,
What makes a good incubator? I can think of some qualitative things, like the type of people you surround yourself with, but I'm glad someone is crunching the numbers out there. Stockholm-based UBI Index has put out a new ranking of accelerators around the world, with Sweden's Stiftelsen Chalmers Innovation making the list from the region. A the top list of University-associated incubators can be found in the infographic at the end of the article.
Sweden nailed a subscription service for music, but can it do the same for books? Ztory, the subscription service for digital publications, has announced it has raised funding from D-Ax and Wellington Partners. There are a few "Spotify for books" contenders out there, with Amazon.com even getting in the mix these days, but Ztory is focused more on visual content such as magazines, bookazines, visual facts and even children's books.
At ArcticStartup we love events, heck, we even have a bunch of our own: ArcticEvenings for networking, Reverse Pitching to bring large corporations and startups together, and the jewel of springtime, Arctic15 in the end of May. But before 2015 arrives, let’s have a look at what else is out there and which bigger events especially interests us for the remaining of 2014.
Going to a conference you should plan well and have proper goals to achieve to maximize the effort. So check out our Battleplan article from last year and prepare yourself!
What's coming up:
App developing and automation are interests of ours, so it's been too long since we've gotten an article about Bitbar, the Finnish creator of the Testdroid services for testing how exactly your app runs android devices.
This startup is going to make you feel that sending a normal PDF is outdated. Check out PitchXO, a Danish startup that allows you to upload your presentations to their service, giving you branded hosting to pass on to your clients or investors, which comes with a few benefits.
GoMore‘s new leasing concept means that you can now lease a car for 6 months, renting it out 8 days of each month when not in use, to make a full return on your payment. Basically – lease a car for free!
The in-browser 3D technology WebGL is one of those technologies that got the world excited a few years ago but since then hasn't been making many headlines. Looking at the Google Trends graph below, the world got excited about the promise of the technology in 2011 when Chrome, Mozilla, Opera and others first decided to integrate the tech into their browsers. But after the initial buzz surrounding the technology, the tools needed a little bit of time to catch up to the hype.
With the booming Batic startup scene being mentioned more and more frequently, some of you may want to actually put the boots on the ground and come for a visit. With that in mind, we have compiled a shortlist of your possible destinations and events all about and around the local startup culture. Let’s start with Riga.
It has been a while since we have reported an exit for Estonia. Today's news of GrabCad's acquisition, placed around the $100M mark by several sources including TechCrunch, is an extremely important one for many reasons.
Got a lo-fi album, some smartwatch concept, or a potato salad you want to raise some money for? Kickstarter is soon ending up in Scandinavia in a new country rollout starting officially on October 21st.
Finland's smart metrics company is back in the funding roundups again. Last April Verto Analytics raised $5.4 million (€4.17 million) and has come back again with an additional $2.4 million (€1.85 million) to continue to boost its media measurement platform, this time with fresh cash from Open Ocean Capital and existing investors Conor Venture Partners and a few angel investors.