A plan for an app allowing users to track their symptoms won last weekend’s Startup Weekend in Stavanger, Norway.
The Health Tracker concept allows users with a condition to log their symptoms and associated circumstances over time. The benefit is simple - to allow themselves and medical professionals to be better informed about their progress and the impact of new or changed medications.
If you have been keeping up to date, then you might be guessing that this upcoming year is going to be big for the region. Look at it this way, a while back investments were a little scarce and we were happy when we got to write about them, at the moment it looks like there is one almost every day and there were three in a row just yesterday.
The investor activity is also suggestive of good times ahead. At the close of last year, Creandum, Atomico, Vision+ & Northzone all closed new funds. Gorilla Acceleration Fund was also launched just a few weeks back and today Vendep Startup Fund is announcing a EUR 5 Million fund to be invested into 15 to 20 Finnish startups over the course of four years.
Sometimes there are companies that we have briefly mentioned in some of our articles but did not give them the full attention that they deserve. Whenever we can, we try to bring those out and today we wanted to talk about TrackDuck, a startup for visual feedback on your website, project or even mockups.
Advertising is everywhere in our cities, but what type of reaction does it give the average passer-by? Finnish startup ZeeDo aims to get people engaging with outdoor ads by gamifying them through smartphones and has thrown their pitch up on Fundedbyme to raise a goal of €150,000.
Fitbay, the startup that has a novel solution for finding the right sizes when shopping online, recently announced an investment by Creandum and Jesper Buch. Creandum, who has invested in Spotify as well as multiple local startups, and Jesper Buch from Just-eat and now Hungry.dk fame, are both heavy names in the industry.
Those movie stars huh? How annoying is it that they always look so perfectly in shape for every role they play? It’s those personal fitness instructors isn’t it, I bet if we could afford them we’d look just as good, no better, than those stars of stage and screen. After all it’s all Photoshop and soft focus lenses right. But of course we can’t, that would be really expensive wouldn’t it, and how would you even go about finding one?
It’s about this point I should stop asking rhetorical questions and introduce you to Vint. If you’ve ever thought the above, or are just curious about a startup that has closed out a seed round then read on.
This news made it's rounds yesterday, but the round is big and fat enough that we need to put some words down on paper. Uppsala-based Hansoft announces it has raised $8.4 million (€6.15 million) led by Stockholm-based VC Creandum, as well as some private investors including Mårten Mickos the former Finnish CEO MySQL and is currently CEO of Eucalyptus Systems.
This number speaks to all languages: Transfluent has announced to Gigaom that the company has raised a €1.46 million ($2 million) "pre-series A" to further penetrate into the U.S. market. The round was backed by Vision+, Tekes money, and international angel investors. CEO Jani Penttinen tells Gigaom that they plan to raise an "actual series A" later this year.
"What it is is part of a recipe," says Tyler Crowley, the startup community consultant behind the Nordic startup communities' latest hashtags. "One of the key ingredients is forming a flag for that community - essentially a hashtag or a brand."
New revelations about the extent of the NSA and GCHQ’s spying programs on what basically seems to amount to the whole world and everyone in it continues to be drip fed to us from the journalists working with the materials leaked by Edward Snowden. Today we learnt through the Guardian and ProPublica that even Finland’s Rovio and their beloved Angry Birds have not been safe from the machinations of the US and UK’s spy agencies.
It's been my experience that LinkedIn kinda sucks. Rather than it being a social network, it's more of a "we exchanged business cards once" network that really doesn't tell you much about people, any more than my CV tells me anything real or meaningful about myself. LinkedIn does it's job good and well for recruitment, but as a business focused social network is there any real reason to keep tabs on your old contacts?
Enter Somewhere, a new social network put together in Berlin that hopes to 'capture what work is like in 2014 and beyond.' So rather than a blue and grey "just the facts" presentation of yourself, Somewhere is more of a heavily-faded Instagram filter over your work life.
Imagine you have a supermarket. What would you give to know exactly what is going to be bought say next Friday at 18:00? Or perhaps how the recent MasterChef Australia’s TV program, where they made pancakes, will affect your milk and flour sales tomorrow? Better yet, what if you could know exactly what the best time to start your spaghetti marketing campaign is?
In the startup world everyone is physically connected to their laptop - and therefore Skype - but looking outside our bubble people communicate differently. Conference calls are still a major part of the communication landscape because pretty much everyone has access to a phone, but not too much tech has been infused into the industry. Norway-based Confr says they hope to challenge the big global telecom players that deliver old school and expensive solutions to businesses, and to create something that should just work efficiently.
If you woke up this Monday morning thinking for one second that life sucks because you gotta get up to do work, you're wrong. This life is amazing because you're invited over to watch a test of the world's largest amateur rocket engine with good folks over at Copenhagen Suborbitals, who are testing their HEAT 2X booster on March 1st.
Let’s get one thing straight - advertising sucks. Not because it is bad on a moral level or because it is annoying. It is bad because it is just boring and outdated. The little innovation that did happen in the industry mostly revolved around better ways of tricking you into seeing ads. But then we saw this video:
An exceptional workday demands for an exceptional update. While we're waiting for the soon-to-be MVO pizza party, we decided its time to smash you in the face with the latest news, events and job promotions that have reached our editorial ears during the week.
Editor's note: Mad props to our intern Rafael for his photo editing skills. To make it clear, we don't pay him for his photoshop skills... actually we don't pay him at all.
Editor's note 2: Yet.
This 5 part series of articles by Joseph Barron on pocketgamer.biz takes a detailed look at game development in Malmö and Copenhagen with interviews and thoughtful observation of the industry, the cities, and their inhabitants.
It's been amazing so far," says Linda Liukas of the new programming book for children, Hello Ruby, which was put on Kickstarter this morning. "In 3.5 hours it reached its [$10,000] goal. Let's see what happens next."
When we received a press release with the title Trolls vs. Vikings I originally thought it would news about something other than a new games developer announcing the release date of their first game. I thought it was going to be about recent unpleasent news from another corner of the gaming industry, so you can imagine my relief upon reading of a fun new game that will be out soon.
Here's the story of Swedish startup BannerFlow - they've been major players in a new online marketing solution that has changed the rules of the ad creation game. Their success is the proof that the online ad industry is unquestioned and old fashioned and that it needs a complete makeover.
And BannerFlow has taken a head start that will be hard to beat.
A few years back, Daniel Jacobsson, co-founder of BannerFlow, worked as a designer in a Maltese online casino company: Betsson. When tasked with international ad campaigns, he got more than frustrated with the inefficiency surrounding the job.