There is quite an issue when it comes to web designers and developers looking for a web hosting service. The issues come in numbers, from the additional cost of finding a quality hosting service, limitations of each add more problems to implementing an idea on the Web. To sum it up, it is the scalability that is the problem. Well, some smart folks in Sweden have given it a thought to bring us Startawebbhotell, a web based tool that enables web designers and development firms to run their own hosting service.
It seems that the coupon site sales have started in the Nordics. Some time ago Schibsted purchased 37,5% share of Letsdeal.se and now Sanoma News acquires a Finnish contender Offerium. Sanoma News CEO Pekka Soini stated that coupon sales online, through such services as Offerium, is currently one of the fastest growing online segments. Sanoma News wants a piece of that pie. The disclosure came through Sanoma News' press release.
Ututi is a start-up from Lithuania that has built an online portal for university students to share course and study materials. Every 10th Lithuanian student uses it and the service's Polish version has attracted plenty of interest too. I interviewed Jaro Šatkevič, one of the founders, who revelaed that the team is now working on an international version of the service - Ututi.com. 'After many talks with universities we realized that they need another Ututi. They wanted to have studies-oriented social networks for university community, i.e. discussions, file sharing between students and teachers, teachers' personal pages etc. That's how new concept of Ututi was started. Official beta version is planned in the end of February' - states Jaro.
The largest market globally is clearly the financial market where the demand is actually supplied and paid for by the goods themselves - money. TransferWise is a new startup from Estonia that looks to stir things up a little in the currency exchange market. Currently, the market is dominated mostly by brick and mortar organisations who charge high comissions or margins on a simple transaction.
Shopping in general is a nightmare for me, especially when it comes to buying products I am really not keen at purchasing. I guess it is here we need recommendations from those who we think are experts or at least have some experience in a particular genre. Bring that online and the idea of social shopping is transformed totally. Readily connecting with the countless shopaholics online and helping you make the best choice. This is where Wantlet comes in to answer your shopping wants.
After launching last year, DataMarket stepped into the web space as an important place to help one find essential figures and structured data from public and private services achieved another milestone today. DataMarket shared news on inclusion of more data and facts in a bid to become the Wikipedia of World Facts.
MidemNet Lab, whose winners were just announcned, is the second most important music event after SXSW, according to Kai Lemmetty, co-founder of GigsWiz. GigsWiz happens to be one of the five Finnish companies who took part in the MidemNet Lab startup competition. The competition featured 30 startups from all over the world showcasing their digital music innovations in the areas of mobile applications, industry services (B2B) and consumer services (B2C). Together with GigsWiz, the other Finnish (and also the only Nordic and Baltic companies for that matter) startups were Playmysong, Steam Republic, Geisha Music and SongHi. The only country to have more representatives was the US with 10 finalists. The winners this time round were Jammbox (mobile applications), Next Big Sound (B2B) and Shuffler (Consumer services).
Searching for an internship, a job or even a suitable graduate programme can be extremely time-consuming. And after hours of googling and bookmarking, you might still be far away from your goal and overwhelmed by all the information. About a year ago, five Danish guys started building a solution to tackle all those problems at once. The result is Graduateland - an online portal where students, universities and employers can easily find each other. The service operated in open beta for less than two months now and it has already attracted 15 000+ users, 35 000+ jobs, 7500+ internships and 500+ graduate programmes. Most of the companies advertising job openings are very attractive employers like Google, Apple, Skype, Porsche, JP Morgan, BBC, Carlsberg, Siemens and more.
TicBits is a Finland based iOS developer that has released the successful iAssociate 2 brain game. You may have not heard of it, but it's become very successful over on the other side of the pond. ABC has featured the game in their Good Morning America show as a brain sharpening game last summer.
2010 was the best year for Habbo Hotel and I thought this would be one news regarding Habbo Hotel for quite some time to come. But success is not stationary and it continues to move ahead. The world’s largest teen virtual community and social game, Habbo registered its 200 millionth user just with the start of January. Quite a news since its tenth anniversary.
We have been following Flowdock quite regularly since its launch back in 2009. Flowdock is an online collaboration tool for organizations and teams to effectively communicate with each other, pretty much like Yammer. It originated from the idea of having a tool to effectively manage the number of hours put up in a project, thus providing a platform to organize the organizations.
Zokem is a Finnish based market leader in the next-generation mobile analytics, providing its patented products to the leading players of mobile and media industries. Earlier today Zokem released an interesting report on how the various smartphones and operating systems perform in the US market. The gist of which clearly puts the likes of older Windows Mobile phones and the Symbian devices to have lost the battle in the US. Which isn’t surprising as users in the region have migrated quite quickly towards the iPhone, Android and the BlackBerry.
I guess Angry Birds think that the mobile platforms don’t give them a large enough empire to vent their wrath upon the pig army. Rovio’s sensational game has grown leaps and bounds so much that the mobile strategy is now just a smaller part of their expansion strategy.
Yandex is a giant and a veteran in Russian Internet. Its founding team has been developing the technology since 1989 and managed to innovate throughout the two decades of its existence to merit the status of Russia's number one search engine. Last week Yandex announced its unaudited financial results for 2010 and they look sweet. Unlike in 2009 when its revenue shrank by $26M, Yandex reported a 43% increase, reaching $410M annual revenue. Contextual ads make up 88% of that revenue. Online advertising has been growing exponentially in Russia throughout 2010, which is great news for Yandex who generates over 64% of overall search engine traffic in Runet (with Google having a bit over 22% of the market share). Estimates of Mail.ru Group's revenue for 2010 at the time of its IPO application were around $300M. The Group has not yet published its financial results for 2010 but if those figures are correct, Yandex's annual revenue might have surpassed that of Mail.ru's by over $100M. What's the reason for Yandex's current success?
Europe’s most popular music streaming service, Spotify is finally edging closer to cross the ocean and land into the US market with rumors of it attempting to sign deals with major labels in the US market. Last week Peter Kafka hinted that it might have struck the cords with Sony US. This will be a distribution deal and wouldn’t necessarily steer clear Spotify to invade the US market.
Seedcamp London has just announced the 20 teams it will invite to the one day event that will try to connect them to investors, mentors and advisors from their network. From Northern Europe, only two companies made the finalists - GrabCAD from Estonia and Huikea Experience from Finland.
When you succeed at first, you have every reason to expand and take up newer and bigger challenges. That’s exactly what Startupbootcamp is doing after the very successful first edition, which was launched as a quarter long program in Copenhagen between August and November, 2010. It brought 10 teams of 32 selected entrepreneurs from 12 different countries, face to face with 75 top mentors in the industry. All that came with thanks to Startupbootcamp’s co-founder, Alex Farcet who put a good number of months to find the right mentors to guide these entrepreneurs.
We're very excited to announce a completely new event format called Arctic15 that we've been putting together since late last year. The event, in its simplest form, will be the best way to launch your company in 2011. We love technology entrepreneurship and we want to support it in the best way we can. Therefore, Arctic15 will launch 15 of the most potential technology startups from the region together with world class keynote speakers. The event will be organised on 22nd of September in Helsinki, Finland. If you've been to our ArcticEvenings, you know Arctic15 will rock.
A little over a year ago we reported on a Finnish media startup called Indiedays. The company put together a fashion, beauty and lifestyle network of bloggers, all under the same address to leverage their traffic and build a new media destination. I talked to the CEO and co-founder Esa Suurio about their development in 2010 and how they were able to exceed their goals.
Envault has a lot to announce this January. They've signed a contract with a new CEO, brought on board new clients and also plan to fuel growth more in 2011 with an array of new products. Envault's new CEO is Jörgen Jansson, who has built an extensive career in Progress Software, CA and IBM. He has started his work at Envault and plans to extensively grow the reach of their products in the coming years.