Melodigram think pictures need some noise

Finnish start up Minus Degree believe that in many ways we’ve lost the personal touch when it comes to sharing online. We may continue to do it privately through WhatsApp or Snapchat, but on public platforms like Facebook and Twitter we’ve become more comfortable sharing other people's content or retweeting than we have in expressing something of our own thoughts and feelings. Melodigram is an attempt to bring the emotion back in what they hope will be a new, fun way.

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With Tradeshift's $75 million raise, Copenhagen should embrace its unsexiness

When talking about European startup hotspots, the Top Ten lists seem to skip over Copenhagen. In Wired's recent list, they hit London, Berlin, and in our neighborhood, Stockholm and Helsinki, but there's something about Copenhagen that makes their startups or scene easy to skip over. As a writer, it's pretty easy to see why. Copenhagen is full of B2B companies and B2B isn't sexy or fun to write about.

Maybe it's just me, but Copenhagen and Berlin give off similar vibes. Both have very liberal attitudes and art seems to permeate life. With that in mind it makes sense that Berlin's startups come from this sort of environment - the city's full of social startups that seem more like art projects designed to hook into our social consciousness for the sake of it, rather than any plan to make money in the short term. For the tech press they're easy to write about (and remember) because as end-users ourselves, we can generally see the benefits and advantages of these startups better than invoicing platforms.

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Finnish Angels and VC's Release Their 2013 Stats

Editor's Note: The last paragraph has been changed to reflect that the €994 million is not in fact the value of exits. It is the total number of investments that have exited, the exit value is likely to be higher.

The Finnish Business Angel Network (FiBAN) and Finland’s Venture Capital Association (FVCA) released their collected statistical data on investments made into early stage growth companies in 2013 by private investors and VC companies.

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Stepsie walks into the project management market

How a bunch of Australians and an Italian ended up owning and running a company based in Estonia I do not know, however that company has today opened its doors to the public and we’ve been invited in to take a look around. So come meet Stepsie, a project management application that aims to tackle its creators problems with Basecamp, a competing app.

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AppCampus Kicks Off Four New Apps at the Mobile World Congress

Aalto University’s prominent Microsoft and Nokia funded mobile application acceleration program AppCampus will present four of its latest apps in the Mobile World Congress which kicked off yesterday in Barcelona.

The event will be home for more than 1,700 exhibitors for the next 3 days.

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Helsinki's Kippt gets a logo in HBO's Silicon Valley

As HBO's new TV show, Silicon Valley, starts thinking about airing some episodes, there's going to be a new level of 'making it' for entrepreneurs - in hopefully a satirical sense. The show is trying to wedge its way into Silicon Valley life as close as possible by referencing real companies as much as possible.

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Two new speakers, Two-for-One tickets ending very soon!

While much of the received wisdom in startup circles is "don't dwell on the exit, too much can happen before now and then", we still want to put people up on stage that have been there before, and know the ins and outs of the process. That's why today we're proud to announce two new speakers for our conference Arctic15: Exit Path. Going up on stage we've got Julie Meyer and Lena Romanova.

Before you read on further, we have to remind you that we've got an awesome deal on tickets - two for one - which is running out super soon. So grab that colleague or friend, and head on over to our ticket page where we'll get you sorted out. We're looking forward to seeing you May 27 and 28th!

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Finland's 'AirBNB for Events' raises €125,000 Seed to become 'Amazon for Events'

Ok, the top image was a joke when the company was looking for a new office space, but with a new funding, Venuu seems like a Finnish company that has legs. They're doing something simple - AirBNB style bookings for event venues, but by putting together high quality information about event locations and making it easy to book, the Finnish company has seen solid growth since launching after AaltoES's Summer of Startups last year. Today they announce €125,000 in seed funding led by Reaktor Polte, with one other angel investor onboard.

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Adcash Exceeds €25M Turnover, Goes On a Hiring Spree

Editor's note: This is a sponsored job posting, but please help support ArcticStartup by passing this on to your friends looking for work.

When we discovered Adcash, which is now one of the fastest growing and most promising startups in the Baltics, we knew that we were onto something. They were aiming for €25 million turnover for 2013, had over 40 employees and were #80 on Alexa ranking.

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Malmö Self Defense experts get into App Development

We rely on our phones for many things, but what about when you're walking down a dark street and are confronted by a bad guy? We've seen a few apps come out of local entrepreneurs, such as recently Finland's BiiSafe button and earlier Norway's bSafe app (no relation), but a few Malmö-based self defense experts new to the tech scene have taken a fresh approach to helping you use your phone in moments when you need it most.

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Largest Startup Acquirer in Finland, Fonecta, Starts Investing

Fonecta, the Finnish directories business that was founded in 2002, is known to be the largest acquierer in Finland. With a turnover of around 190 million euro, they understood that the directories business is not exactly a growing industry so M&A became a core strategy in keeping up with market developments. So as a result, in the past ten years, they have purchased over 70 companies from various industries.

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Yandex wedge ‘open-source’ Android open

I dislike using the word disrupt in startup circles, I think it’s overused and in the majority of cases completely inappropriate as well. So I’m a little annoyed with Russian search giant Yandex that I can’t think of a better word to describe their announcement of Yandex.Kit, a new firmware for Android smartphones.

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Finland's Top Genetics Startup Thrives in an Industry Under Renovation

When you think about genetics it’s easy to picture the cheesy first minutes of a science documentary with 1980's electro beats and images of DNA models surrounded by white coated men with important looking glasses.

In reality, or perhaps more in practice, the work around genetics is far less mysterious than that. But make no mistake; its importance needs to be emphasized, as it is a matter of life and death for countless people around the world, and its development goes hand in hand with the level of health care we have available.

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Coworking in the mountains of Norway

Coworking across northern Europe is thriving thanks to the likes of Oslo’s MESH, Stockholm’s Entrepreneurs Church and newly opened SUP46 and Arctic Startup’s own Minimum Viable Office in Helsinki. Activity and networks cluster around these centres and momentum builds, benefiting everyone.

Everyone that lives in these cities, of course.

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Nokia's Android Phone Launch Live from MWC?

For quite some time now, it has been speculated that Nokia would launch an Android based phone to add to their lineup. Pretty much everyone is certain that the device will be revealed at the press event, taking place at 9:30 EET in Mobile World Congress, Barcelona.

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Linda Liukas and Hello Ruby Breaks $350,000 with 14 Hours to Go on Kickstarter

When we first wrote about Hello Ruby, the world took it by storm. The original story that we published got picked up by Hacker News and stayed at the top of the popular news syndicate for around ten hours. Four days later, the campaign reached over $185,000, which was huge considering the humble goal of $10,000.

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Jolla SailFish OS Comes Out of Beta; Aims For Android Phones

Today, Jolla announced that they are pushing for the global launch with Sailfish OS 1.0. This means that the beta is over and that the company is getting ready for scale, which is welcome since we have not heard much of an update since the phone was launched with DNA earlier this year.

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Opera offers advertising-based internet connection model for operators

Opera Software has been shifting focus from their browser deep into mobile, and now look to monetize their position by giving operators an easy opportunity to connect consumers to the internet by clicking on ads. For example, a user would have to watch a short advertisement before getting access to internet - much like YouTube ads, and then will get access to a time-based amount of internet, or more targeted internet like "one hour of Twitter usage".

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Sanoma Startup Challenge Invites EdTech Startups to Compete for a €25 000 Prize

This week is all about interesting news for EdTech startups; an inspirational gust of educational reformation sweeps across Europe in the hopes of reaching every innovator out there that could potentially electrify the way we study.

Just a day after we talked about the Open Education Challenge we now announce another accelerator affiliated competition, the Sanoma Startup Challenge 2014.

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Startup Post-Mortem: Admazely and why it failed

A while ago Peter V. Therkildsen Schlegel wrote an emotional blogpost about the closing of his startup Admazely. A little later Trendsonline did an article about it as well. We missed that story when it came, but we feel that the openness and lessons from post-mortems, especially this one, are always worth highlighting. We have picket insights and highlight from both sources. However, if you want to get the complete story, do really check out Peters blogpost and the Trendsonline article. Also thanks to Peter for checking thru this write-up and making sure it is correct.

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