Editor's Note: This is a sponsored post by Cedric Kamtsan, Business Director at DNA's Handset and Subscription Business on the DNA engine blog.
The co-operation between DNA and Jolla has been awesome. More than twelve months of mutual journey was culminated on Wednesday 27.11. approx. 7 p.m. when the world’s first Jolla phone was sold to a customer. The atmosphere at the event was off the roof. It was nice to see such a large gathering of media buzzing around the DNA <3 Jolla tent. We at DNA highly value the possibility of being involved in building the next Finnish success story with such a great potential.
DNA has been involved in the development process of the phone, bringing in the end-user viewpoint to maximize the user-friendliness. Personally I’m extremely satisfied with the gesture based Sailfish operating system that runs smoothly. Jolla is a perfect match for those who want to stand out from the masses with a handset that can be modified to match the user’s preferences.
Editor’s note: This is post by Johanna Eiramo, one of our residents at the Minimum Viable Office and a marcomm specialist.
The big event tent in the middle of the Narinkkatori square in Helsinki shone bright in the signature pink of the Finnish mobile operator DNA on Thursday, November 27th. 450 The inside of the tent was buzzing with the energy of 450 Jolla fans, waiting patiently to get to buy their pre-ordered handset before the rest of the world. Many tried to play it cool, but the excitement was tangible.
Editor's Note: This is a sponsored post for the DNA Engine Blog by Riitta Annala.
‘And the winner of the DNA Ltd. sponsored seed B category is Havina Productions!’
These are the words you want to hear when taking part in a Pitching Contest and this is exactly what we heard two weeks ago in the Oulu Midnight Pitch Fest. Now it’s high time for a tiny seed phase start-up to start considering itself a serious player in the world of giants!
We are tiny but we have a strong vision. We want to offer language learners a possibility to speak the target language while learning it through a game! We want to make a difference in the world of digital language learning which, by the way, has a huge potential for growth. The market size is estimated to be 2,5 billion USD in 2016 and the growth rates are specifically high in Asia. We have these pieces of the puzzle figured out, as you can see.
When you read the Finnish press and governmental sources you might get to think that it is just a matter of decision to become a successful startup entrepreneur. So just by making the decision your startup will suddenly flourish and become successful.
I have a quite broad experience of working amongst startups as investor, entrepreneur and also as a researcher. I have conducted few profitable exits as an entrepreneur but I have also failed miserably. As an investor the story is similar. I have written my PhD about growth entrepreneurship and venture capital. Still, I cannot say which company will succeed and which will fail. However, I will try to present a few components that successful entrepreneurs should consider while developing their ventures.
Editor's Note: This is a sponsored post for the DNA Engine Blog by Alan Dunne.
At 3V it’s easy to keep motivated. I just look at how most banks and big institutions in many countries treat their customers, and know people deserve better. It’s our job to try to make sure they get it.
Over the next few years, the whole landscape of consumer financial services is going to change, and we want to help drive that change. Amongst all the noise and bad news about tumbling banks and rocketing charges, there are new sorts of providers coming into the market who know better what people need, who understand the power of technology and are used to having to offer the best possible service or their customers will go elsewhere.
Editor's Note: This is a sponsored post for the DNA Engine Blog by Mats Wolontis, CEO of Powerkiss.
Suspicion was my first reaction. Who are these guys and can I trust them?
Getting approached by a competitor who wants to buy your company certainly creates emotions. But at the same time, this was exactly what we had planned for! Together with the PowerKiss Board we decided already more than a year ago that a partnership in some form was necessary for our survival. We knew that if, and when, the business of wireless charging grows big enough, we would not survive on our own.
So here I was. Facing the full process of an acquisition and may I say, without any prior experience of such a process. Emotions ran high and the uncertainty of the whole due diligence process, and its outcome, certainly made my fingers tingle.
Editor's note: This is a sponsored post with our partner DNA Engine.
At ArcticStartup we write about how startups that are innovating to face corporations with larger wallets and resources. However once in a while, these corporations realize that startups are great partners and that the two can co-exists in order to bring better products, services and opportunities to all.
DNA, the Finnish telecom, recognized that they have a lot to learn from and a lot to give to the startup ecosystem in order to foster creativity, collaboration and growth.