Clipsource is an online marketplace for news videos. Launched originally in Sweden in 2009, the service enables media companies to buy, sell or share news videos that have been produced in-house or sourced from viewers and readers.
The company aims to capitalize on the recent proliferation of video content on news and media sites. According to Dan Willstrand, CEO of Clipsource, "As online video advertising offers nearly ten times higher revenue per impression than standard banners, there is a strong economic incentive for the publishers to show more video".
Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves dropped by the ZeroTurnaround office the other day to acknowledge their contributions to the Estonian economy and to help promote and bring awareness to Estonia's IT sector. President Ilves knows a thing or two about the impact of technology and startups-- he was largely instrumental in the "E-estonia" re-wiring that seeks to promote the nation as an innovation hotbed.
Since the last time we've covered ZeroTurnaround, they've won three awards in a single year: the JAX Innovation Award, Duke’s Choice Award and the Estonian Innovator of the Year Award. And they've grown the team size by 250% in 2011 alone.
Need to find a gift for the holidays? Or do you find a lot of cool items on the web, and want to share them with a community who also likes unique stuff? A Swedish startup called Thingspotter might be the website for you. Thingspotter is a social product sharing service that helps you find, collect, organize, and share cool products you find on the internet. They describe themselves as "Like Twitter, but for physical things."
While you would think Microsoft would have leveraged the Windows Phone platform to get add more use of its search engine, Bing, but things are looking otherwise in Russia. The news coming from Russia’s Search Giant, is that Yandex is going to be used as the default search engine on all Windows Phone based devices in Russia. This announcement includes the company’s announcement of partnering with major mobile manufacturing giants like Nokia, HTC and Samsung.
Helistin.fi, a Finnish media property owned by Darwin Media, was hacked last night. According to reports, all user credentials were shared online. The site holds a popular bulletin board for young parents as well as a baby book service offered by the Finnish startup Starduck Studios. Intoloop Kids, the service Starduck Studios licensed to Helistin.fi remains unaffected by the hacking. Henri Liljeroos, CEO, stated on the phone to us that "the bulletin board on Helistin.fi was hacked and this does not affect users on our service, which is still up".
ArcticStartup will be going to Le Web this year to see how three days of conferencing will work out. Le Web, held in Paris will be on between the 7th and 9th of December. While the conference is pricey at 2300€ for a standard ticket, they did offer discounts for startups, students and freelance developers (all sold out now). Despite the steep price, it's the largest annual Silicon Valley gathering on this side of the Atlantic.
We'll be bringing you the highlights of the event, the controversies and debates. This year's theme is social-local-mobile, but don't worry - themes in the past haven't restricted conversation and we're bound to hear the latest trends across the board being discussed this year as well. We won't be doing any live blogging or tweeting, but in-depth coverage of the content that matters. The event has an impressive list of speakers and a program that will keep you busy throughout the three days.
The medical field has seen a continuous advancement of amazing new technology help treat patients, but the standard model of treating patients is still localized around doctors and medical centers. With a cameraphone in everyone's hands these days, iDoc24 has seen an opening in the dermatology field to treat patients who can be anywhere in the world. The service only uses authorized EU doctors to examine pictures sent by patients to give a fast diagnosis to better let a user know what their condition could be.
Every year Deloitte puts together a ranking of the fastest growing companies in Europe. We edited that list down, and put together all the companies featured in the top half of the Deloitte 500 that were in ArcticStartup's area of interest. The first number you'll see is the company's ranking on the complete European list of companies, and also keep in mind the final number is based on the percentage revenue growth over the last five years:
Editors note: “Road To Exit: Start-up’s First Year” is a practical blog series addressing the most common legal questions and problems that a startup company and its management faces during their first year of operation. The series is sponsored by Attorneys at Law Borenius Ltd.
So you have the company up and running and your team is working hard on the service/product. In most cases, you soon start looking for funding beyond the usual friends, family and fools department. Building up an investment ready company affects pretty much everything you do in your company. You build up networks, polish your website and pitch your idea in the social media and various real life events (luckily, plenty of such opportunities are nowadays available). Here are some insights to financing round preparations from the legal perspective.
Sweden-based Freephoo is a fairly new entrant to the fiercely competitive VoIP market. Going up against the likes of Skype and Rebtel, Freephoo is very similar in concept, offering free calls through 3G/WiFi and low-cost “premium” calls to mobile or landline numbers. The company does have some additional tricks up its sleeve though.
Irregardless of the stagnent economies in southern Europe, the Danish online advertising platform, Adform, has opened up a regional office in Spain to target the growth they've seen since opening an office in Italy just 10 months ago. The company's cloud-based platform allows advertisers to manage the entire add buying process, from planning, buying, optimizing, and analyzing. In Spain, online advertising represents 15% of total advertising, in a market of more than €800 million.
Whether you're giving a presentation in a professional or fun setting, it's best to include interactive elements keep your audience engaged. A new service out of Sweden, Mentimeter, does just that by allowing an audience to vote on a topic using their smartphone's browser, and the results show up on the screen in real time.
Before Nokia's new fleet of Windows phones start moving globally, we should take a look at how the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace has preformed since it opened November of last year. Distimo has just put out a report called Windows Phone 7 Marketplace: One Year Later, which summarizes the size and trends of the WP7 marketplace. The report suggests that the marketplace is growing strongly, but obviously it still has a way to go before it catches up with the iPhone app store.
It appears to be a Spotify fest lately ever since the music streaming service announced their partnership with Facebook, bringing the service almost instantly to millions of Facebook users. Due to their reach in more countries, Spotify now announced they reached 2.5 million paying subscribers of the service.
While it would have been great if Spotify shared details on their user demographics, Spotify has kept this information in the shadows. What is more important here is that Spotify has managed to achieve this feat at a time where many listeners have been getting music for free from pirating. To have paying subscribers means that your users love the service and that they don’t mind paying a fee to avail more features, rather a “better user experience”.
HeiaHeia, the social sports and fitness tracker, has launched a new personal training program generator in association with Fazer and SATS. The generator has been one of the most requested features among current users of the tracker. Yesterday’s launch comes just three weeks after HeiaHeia announced a pilot partnership with the Finnish military to provide conscripts with personalized training programs.
Project management is definitely not one of the most exciting tasks if you're forced to use the most boring and non-interactive methods of collaborating with your team. First of all, lots of solutions out there involves too much for users to read, and secondly, most of these management and collaboration tools aren't really user friendly. On top of all that, these first two factors are already too burdened by you having to deliver at 100 percent efficiency. While many startups are stepping forth to make this a bit more interactive, Yodiz already is speeding the task of adding “Interest” to the intensity of project management.
Flattr, the Swedish micropayments service, is trying to get Pay A Blogger Day to become a thing November 29th of this year. I suppose the Day is about as organic as a Hallmark holiday, but it's a smooth way for the micropayments service to get its concept of tangibly paying bloggers for their work into the internet consciousness.
That being said, don't get the impression the Payablogger.org website is a Flattr-fest. They're taking a classy, laid back approach to get the concept out there. There they suggest you click existing "Donate" buttons on websites, buy merchandise, or click the Flattr button if they have one. On top of that, they have a list of popular blogs to donate to that don't seem to support Flattr micropayments.
Scoopinion is a community-based news recommendation and sharing service that uses a bit of a different approach to deliver content to your doorstep. While sharing a news item on Facebook or Twitter may sound easy, Scoopinion actually makes the process fully automated.
The secret behind the service is a browser app that tracks your actions on whitelisted news sites. Scoopinion measures the time you spend reading an article and tracks the movement of your pointer during the read. The gathered data is used to automatically rate each news article and to calculate its overall popularity. Whatever you read is also automatically shared with your friends and further rated according to how your friends read it. A collective feed of all the rated news articles is presented on the Scoopinion website, but in order to take full advantage of the service, users are advised to install the browser app, which is currently available for Firefox and Chrome.
I visited Cardfed's website not wanting to like it. At first I thought any sort of digitization or automation of physical postcards was a soulless idea, but now I believe they're injecting a new life of into the medium. Cardfed's offering can be split in two parts: first, they allow you to select from their wide collection of postcards, type in some text, and your card will be printed and sent anywhere in the world for €2.50. Alternatively you can also upload your own picture and send it for the same price. All their postcards are printed professionally on high-quality card stock, and are sent out from several locations worldwide within 24 hours.
Weather news can be of immense value, but with my personal experience with weather applications, I find them a bit difficult to trust. Firstly they aren’t very accurate, and secondly they are more for general areas than specific locations. I guess my complaint is that you can’t really be in control of receiving notifications and alerts based on your specifications. WeatherMe is one weather forecast and alert service that keeps customization at its core.
The startup was launched at the Garage48 Tartu and promises to generate accurate weather model for the users. The service relies on providing users with notifications when the weather in their vicinity reaches a certain condition. These notifications are sent in a time frame of 2-24 hours in advance, giving you ample time to react to changes in the weather. As mentioned, most of us already rely on the existing weather forecasts, but those aren’t short term. With WeatherMe you have that option to be as specific as you want, and to be notified whenever you want.