Nokia Tops 7 Million Daily App Downloads

Nokia has announced that they have topped 7 million daily downloads on the Ovi Store. The actual record amount of daily downloads is 7.62 million, which beat the previous record of 6.72 million set only a few days earlier.

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Startup Crib: Tuubio

Startup Crib is a series of posts dedicated to start-ups' offices. The visual tour around a start-up’s office gives readers a real-life picture of how and where entrepreneurs work and gives a chance to meet the team behind the company. Different offices have their own perks and peculiarities so sit back and enjoy!

This week in Startup Crib series we feature Tuubio, a Finnish start-up based in Helsinki that is building the future of radio. Founded in early April this year, their product is still in stealth mode, though they are launching a closed alpha test of Android application in early August. In this video, Jens Sørensen, co-founder and CEO, shows us around their office in downtown Helsinki.

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Want To Publish Your Articles And Content On ArcticStartup?

We're always on the look out for great content to publish here on ArcticStartup. From time to time we want to remind our community that we're here for you and want to get your stories across to the larger audience. To do this in a successful manner we want to hear about them! Furthermore, if you feel you can write a blog post or two - don't hesitate to get in touch with us. We're also eager to publish contributed content, when it fits our editorial guideline and isn't an outright commercial for your own services.

To contribute, all you need to do is get in touch with editor@arcticstartup.com and suggest a topic what you'd want to cover.

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Head Over Hills: Lithuanian Mobile Flirting Platform Eskimi Is Growing

Online dating has been a growing trend in Western hemisphere but of course people enjoy flirting all over the world. However, in some parts of the globe people use mobile phones instead of computers to go online, which makes browsing dating sites with rich content hard. That is what Eskimi, a Lithuanian-based start-up, capitalizes on: they created a platform for online flirting and dating specifically targeted at mobile phones. By this March the network attracted 1M registered users and four months later they are boasting 2.5M registered users. Turns out, Eskimi is growing in popularity mostly in Africa, becoming the biggest online flirting community in Nigeria - about 1M of new registered users come from there. Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Namibia are also showing substantial growth, according to Vytautas Paukstys, CEO.

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From Garage48 to StartupSauna to Mini Seedcamp NY: The Story Of Campalyst

Campalyst is a new start-up that developed analytics to measure real return-on-investment from social media campaigns, starting with Facebook. It is a truly Baltic company started in Riga with the team members from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. After less than four months of existence, Campalyst has shown an impressive growth: they went from building a prototype in 48 hours to winning StartupSauna to being among the finalists of Mini Seedcamp New York. We talked with two of the founders, Dalia Lasaite and Jevgenijs Kazanins, to learn the full story of Campalyst and find out how things are going for the company right now.

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Jenkatehdas Get Initial Funding

The first Finnish online rock venue, Jenkatehdas, gets funded by Tekes and two business angels: Jyrki Kontio and Topi Löppönen. The amount of angel investment was not disclosed, though it is known that Tekes invested 140,000€ project money into the start-up. The money will speed up the company's growth and help it start international expansion. Jenkatehdas host live concerts in their studio which are streamed in real-time on their website. Users need to purchase tickets (priced at about 5€) in order to watch the concerts and interact with each other and the band.

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Unity Technologies Closes $12M In Financing - Eyes Asia

Unity Technologies, a Copenhagen originated startup now based in Silicon Valley, has closed a $12 million in financing from WestSummit Capital in China and iGlobe Partners in Singapore, according to Techcrunch. The financing round is Unity's second and an investor from the first round, Sequoia Capital, also participated in the round.

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Startup Crib: Endomondo

Startup Crib is a series of posts dedicated to start-ups' offices. The visual tour around a start-up’s office gives readers a real-life picture of how and where entrepreneurs work and gives a chance to meet the team behind the company. Different offices have their own perks and peculiarities so sit back and enjoy!

This time the company in focus of Startup Cribs is Endomondo, a Copenhagen-based start-up that is developing a sports-tracking application. The app tracks your work-outs in real-time, helps you set up and achieve sports goals, see sports activities of your friends and set up and track competitions. Launched in 2009, Endomondo's app has now received more than 3 million downloads. You can meet their team and see their office in the video below.

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Nokia's Ovi Store For Developers

In our series with Nokia, we look at the Ovi Store from the viewpoint of the developer. There has been a lot of talk about the ecosystems and it's not always clear for a developer which development paths they should choose. We wanted to bring some clarity into this by talking to Jussi Nevanlinna, the Product Marketing Director of Nokia Developer Experience and Marketplace.

In short, while there are different ecosystems available - Nokia's clear advantages are its payment options and possibilities to localise content across markets, but still in a global manner. Read more about the possibilities for a developer through the interview below.

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Augmented Reality On A Whole New Level: 13th Lab Showcase Ball Invasion

What is the connection between a rover exploring Mars and an iPad 2? Both devices are capable of identifying their surroundings with the help of a camera and some software. 13th Lab has built that software for iPad based on theory originally developed by NASA. The technology was first used to automatically navigate rovers on Mars and then it was employed for military and healthcare applications as well as by big utility companies. 13th Lab  was the first company to adapt the technology for consumer products. To showcase what it is capable of, they launched an iPad game - Ball Invasion. It's a simple shooting game but it takes augmented reality to a whole new level: it uses iPad's camera to recognize the environment around you so that bullets bounce off the walls or any other objects in your surroundings. Ball Invasion went live as a paid app ($1.99) last Monday and by now it's a #2 paid app in Swedish AppStore and is a featured app in AppStores in US and Canada.

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Top 6 Questions Venture Capitalists And Angels Ask

So you founded your start-up, raised your initial funding and already acquired some customers. Time for raising some serious funding to get your company to a new level? There are a few obvious yet crucial questions you need to be ready to answer before you talk to any angel or venture capitalist. While the list can go on forever, there are top 6 questions that Richard Allan Horning identified. Richard is one of the most highly regarded Silicon Valley attorneys with over 40 years of experience representing technology companies. (Check our previous post where Richard shares his insight on patents.)

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Rahoituskone Maps Finnish Funders

Good things can come out of university projects. Take for example Fredrik Teir, a student at Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki. As part of his school project he, together with a friend, wanted to learn more about funding possibilities for start-ups in Finland. Within two months they identified over 100 potential funders. To organize and make sense of the information they built Rahoituskone.fi, a search engine that helps start-ups find most suitable potential investors. The website covers both state and private funding institutions. With Rahoituskone start-ups can search for funders based on the amount of funding they are looking for, the type of investment and the kind of funding institution they seek the investment from. The engine would also show what investors would require from the start-ups in return. Rahoituskone is completely free to use.

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The Story And Plans Of Vkontakte Told By Founder And CEO

Pavel Durov, founder and CEO of Vkontakte (Russia's biggest social network) prefers to keep a low profile in the media. He rarely gives interviews and almost never looks in the camera when his photos are being taken. Though he frequently addresses the 2.7M audience of his personal blog and this month Pavel gave an extensive interview to Forbes.ru. The article gives an insight on Pavel's early days and Vkontakte's future plans. Perhaps the interview itself was part of the company's strategy of raising its profile before entering other markets and possibly going public. Rumors about Vkontakte's IPO resurfaced a few weeks ago but has been unconfirmed so far. Vkontakte was founded in 2006 by Pavel and two of his friends. Today the social network attracts the largest audience with estimated 26 million unique daily visits. Read on to learn how it all started and where the company is at right now.

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Startups: Deadline For Arctic15 Pitching Competition Is Near

It's mid-July already, which means there are only 2 weeks left to apply for the Arctic15 Pitching Competition! We know many of you already applied but on an off-chance that some willing candidates missed this, here is a reminder. If your start-up is based in or has founders from Nordics, Baltics or Russia (includes Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia), if you are less than 24 months old by September 22nd and if you have a working product or service to showcase to the audience - this is your chance to compete for monetary prizes and publicity. You can apply by simply filling out this application form. Remember: July 31st is the deadline!

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Applifier Goes Mobile

We've been speculating about Applifier going mobile for a few months and now it is official: Applifier is beta-testing their mobile game discovery tool. Since smartphones and tablets are gaining mass appeal, game developers are increasingly building products that work across all mobile platforms. But here, just like in browser-based or Facebook game, the number of available games hinders discovery. Applifier's new mobile tool helps cross-promoting games through a pop-up bar inside the game that recommends games based on user's history. A similar tool has worked wonderfully on Facebook, helping hundreds of publishers grow their userbase faster. The new tool is now available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod. Support for Android will be launched later this year.

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Ditch The Plastic: WildChords Teach How To Play A Real Guitar

Everybody likes playing a music instrument, though a lot of us don't really know how to. That is partially why game consoles that make us feel like we know what we're doing are so popular. Learning to play a real instrument is much harder and is definitely more tedious: you have to practice a lot before you can play a Beatles song. That is why Ovelin, a Finnish start-up, decided to develop Wild Chords, a computer game that is played with a real guitar. We talked with Chris Thür, co-founder and CEO, to find out more about the game and the company behind it.

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Spotify To Launch In The US Today

Spotify has just announced via a press release that they will launch their service in the US today. There has been very little information given out and they plan to announce more information around 14.00 CET. The move has been an anticipated one and not an easy one for Spotify. It has been rumored that it has taken this long due to negotiations with the record labels among other issues. Nevertheless, this could seriously drive Spotify's revenues north during the rest of the year.

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Startup Crib: Tripl Team And Office

Startup Crib is a series of posts dedicated to start-ups' offices. The visual tour around a start-up’s office gives readers a real-life picture of how and where entrepreneurs work and meat the team behind the company. Different offices have their own perks and peculiarities so sit back and enjoy!

The first company to share with us their office and introduce their team is Tripl, a Swedish start-up that is building a platform for social travel. Their product has not been released yet though you get to sneak peak a few snapshots of their service in the video. Without further ado, here it is.

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Define How Nelonen Media Should Sound Like With Audiodraft

Creating customized soundtracks for a brand or a product is not as easy at it seems. You need to find a professional, go through dozens of samples and spend a lot of money and time on it. Audiodraft makes the process a piece of cake: it crowdsources music production to its community of amateur and professional musicians. Their service works through contests: companies that need any type of customized audio file set up a competition on Audiodraft's website with a monetary reward for the winner. An average competition lasts between 2-4 weeks and receives around 50 entries. Since Audiodraft's public beta launch in July 2010, they hosted 42 contest with some well-known Finnish companies like Marimekko, YLE, Microtask, Salomon and GameHouse. This week they are launching their first contest with Nelonen Media, one of Finland's biggest media houses. Nelonen is looking for an audio identity pack for their brand and are cashing out $2,400 for the winning entry.

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Grow VC Turns Free

Grow VC (or Grow Venture Community) is a community-based platform that helps start-ups acquire the initial funding either through crowd-sourcing or through direct investments from venture capitalists or business angels. As of today, Grow VC scrapped their membership fee and opened their network for free for anyone. Members of the community that would like to invest into listed start-ups can purchase a micro investment membership and invest all the credits they bought. The monthly plans are $20, $50 and $150. No commission is charged from direct investments by professional investors either. Grow VC also recently released an iPhone app to help their members keep updated on the go.

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