As the tickets roll in for our conference on May 27th and 28th, we're happy to announce another speaker - Jake Levine. Today Levine is the founder of Electronic Objects, a cool hardware startup we're excited to learn more about. Previously Levine was the general manager at Digg - the news aggregator startup acquired by betaworks and merged with News.me in July of 2012. Prior to working on News.me and Digg, Levine was Entrepreneur in Residence at betaworks - the New York based startup studio and seed-stage VC that's been at the heart of the New York startup scene.
Betaworks has gotten their hands into a number of fast-growing startups like Tumblr, Airbnb, Groupon, and Twitter, as well as "more exclusive" stakes in Chartbeat, Bitly, and Socialflow. In a connection to the Nordic startup scene, Stockholm-founded Bloglovin' recieved $1 million from betaworks and Lerer Ventures last year as the startup moved its headquarters to New York.
It's time for the weekly jobs round up on the Arctic Startup boards. Lets not waste any time today and dive straight in.
We all dream of getting away right? Doesn’t really matter how great the place we might be is, there’s always somewhere else that promises a bluer sky, clearer oceans and greener grass. Sometimes it’s not a place we have in mind though, sometimes there’s just that unsettled feeling in the soul and the idea of what we’d much rather be doing than reading an article posted on a website right? You can picture that idea in your head, you know the thing you’d rather be doing, but you don’t know where to go to fulfil that desire. Well that’s where Owegoo comes in.
Every mobile phone user gets these moments when they wish they could automate your phone a little better - like to make a smartphone an actually smart phone. One group of app developers from Finland have been looking for a solution to many of these nearly unnoticeable impracticalities - like having your phone go on silent for the duration of a meeting or automate SMS sending when your kid leaves school. These little things that make life a little nicer.
Earlier this March, Reykjavik-based personal finance software startup Meniga announced they had received a €1 million investment from the Dutch venture capital fund Velocity. Following the investment, Velocity‘s representative, Allard Luchsinger, will become a member of the board at Meniga.
As the trend goes, TV is leaving the clumsy cable pipes to surf the world wide web, as the phrase goes. Finland's Booxmedia is successfully riding that wave, building whitelabel technology for broadcasters, operators, and copyright owners to put up a full-featured streaming TV service in weeks, and without hardware investments. Today they announce they've raised €450,000 from existing shareholders, including Kaj Hagros, DNA, and Alma Media, and announces Tekes, the Finnish funding agency, has invited Booxmedia to the second stage of its "Young Innovative Growth Companies" program.
For millions of users Instagram is the app of choice for global image sharing. Everyone contributes in their own way, so among the stereotypical images of food, cats and duck facing teens we can also see real pearls made by professional photographers or simply astounding amateur pictures taken by someone who was at the right place on the right moment.
Conferize has sure been on a roll during the first month of this spring. Not so long after being named “the best networking platform for professional events” by Forbes (full article) Conferize partners up with TED, the non-profit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. From now on, TEDx organizers will be using Conferize’s platform as a tool for building online communities around TEDx events, sparking awareness and engaging people with content, live-streaming and social networking.
It's always been fun to see what Stockholm's 13th Lab is up to. They company has been doing really "new" things in the Augmented Reality and Computer Vision fields since 2010, for instance creating the Pointcloud browser - a mobile browser that actually seems mobile native.
Despite if you think that Minecraft is old news, or if the Free to Play model is the only game model worth pursuing in in 2014, you would be wrong. Mojang, the creators of Minecraft, tell the Wall Street Journal that their revenue has increased 38% over last year to SEK 2.07 billion (€234 Million). Mojang has 40 employees, most of which are in their Sodermalm, Stockholm office.
Some people are addicted to speed. Not the speed Paul Erdös used to solve mathematical problems, but an actual need for speed. There’s a good reason why such addicts tend to find themselves fascinated with extreme sports like snowboarding, motocross and skydiving; for them, having multiple G’s of force smashing against their face is just a way to say they’re alive.
Until the creation of the GoPro device, these extreme sportsmen had difficulties of getting easy video footage of their stunts and adventures. But even with all the advantages of the revolutionizing POV camera, the bicycle enthusiast behind Vuact couldn't help but feel like raw video footage was a pain to go through. Without a Red Bull sponsorship level of production behind the footage, amateur videos can be slightly and simply boring.
Editor's note: at publishing this article incorrectly stated that Kahoot is growing at 100,000 a week. The correct number is updated in the text.
"If you're going to get penetration in the EdTech market, you need to get student acceptance. If you get students to love it, teachers will love it," says Kahoot co-founder Johan Brand. But there's also a chicken and egg problem - you can't get the student acceptance unless the teacher lets them embrace the concept. It's a obvious principle, but how many solutions out there actually get both students and educators excited? Apparently Norway's Kahoot does.
When working in any sort of administrative body or getting your hands dirty in management or just typing away as a media footsoldier, you’ll find that we all share one point in common; electronic devices revolving around data. To be honest, working pretty much anywhere these days requires some kind of an IT department. Public or private, huge or small, it rarely makes any difference; Information and technology is the very definition of a basic building block of our economics, and that’s why IT is an industry withholding countless of professions, each providing services for very specific needs.
Today’s question is; How do get a hold of the right IT guys you need?
As firms go global, there is a need for more meetings that include people from multiple continents; sometimes even large meetings with attendees that span the globe. Yet companies are also cost cutting like mad; business class flights are a no-go for all but the most senior executive, and one would think that the expense of flying across the globe for a meeting or two would deter companies from doing it. Indeed, if there was an alternative for deep, content- and interactive-rich virtual meetings, there would likely be a market for it.
Last month we announced that Fonecta, one of the most active startup acquirers in Finland is going to start making minor investments. Today, they have announced their first and it goes to the online marketplace startup - Vuole that has developed the Savalanche e-commerce platform.
Eight years ago a small conference of two days rounded together no more than 130 participants in the Lithuania capital of Vilnius.
During those two days, 11 speakers went up on stage in the name of exclusively Lithuanian blogging while the world went about its own business, barely noticing the existence of such a conference. In hindsight, and with a little bit of detective work, we can all work out what happened next. Yet it’s hard to think anyone would've guessed how such a small conference made for local bloggers would eventually grow to become literally the largest tech community gathering in the Baltics.
Denmark's takeaway giant Just Eat announced this morning it plans to raise £100 million (€119 million) by listing its shares on the London Stock Exchange this April. Just Eat has seen fairly rapid growth since being founded in 2001. The company says it operates the world's largest online marketplace for restaurant delivery, and now operates in 13 markets, including UK, Denmark and France, as well as "tougher" markets like Brazil.
You've probably seen us referencing and embedding BuzzTale, especially at startup events like Slush and more recently TechChill Baltics. There's good reason, the Riga-based startup has close ties to both events; BuzzTale was part of the Helsinki-based accelerator, Startup Sauna (whose parent foundation also funnels money to run Slush) and had their demo day at last year's Slush event. And with CEO Andris Berzins as one of the founders of TechHUB Riga, their event TechChill Baltics is close to home.
Editor's Note: This is a sponsored post for DNA Engine written by Mathieu Molinero, Head of New Markets at Deezer.
The music streaming revolution has started 5 years ago and keeps growing years after years, bringing growth once again to the music industry (+44% in volume and + 59% in total value in 2012). This revolution is at the expense of physical sales with the appearance of new technologies and new devices like smartphones and now tablets. Music streaming is also a new way of consumption that totally corresponds to our modern society : access to millions of songs, anytime, anywhere, on any device for the price of 8 tracks on legal downloading platforms (9,99€).
Things have been happening lateley over at Stockholm-based safe payments provider Klarna. The company has just announced it raised €90 million from existing investors, including Sequoia Capital, General Atlantic, and Atomico in order to buy SOFORT, the direct banking company. Together, the two companies formed Klarna Group.