It's been another exhausting week - I think everyone has been battling some sort of cold. The friday wrap-up is here, meaning the weekend is officially here! If there is any other news jobs or events in the region that we should have on our radar, let us know in the comments.
Jongla, the Helsinki-based messaging app aimed at the youth market, adds more features like group messaging and Moomin stickers. Will they be able to break into Kik and WhatsApp's market share?
Finland turns to venture funds to rescue economy (Bloomberg)
Thanks to everyone who showed up at Johto yesterday for our "Nomadic Coworking" We didn't get a ton of articles out, but we focused on the business end made some awesome connections that really got us thinking. That was half the point, but we'll have more articles ready for you next week. If anyone has some suggestions of where to meet up next, let us know this weekend, and we'll announce the decision on Monday.
Greg is away in Spain on a "business trip", enjoying the sun and getting to know the Finnish Start-Ups over there. Kinda smart to remain a Nordic startup but work from somewhere with a slightly warmer climate and cheaper conditions. Basically I get to fill in for him and write this weeks Friday Wrap Up. It was definitely a good week for the region. We covered two new seed rounds by Froont and Avansera, learned about failure, and witnessed crowdfunding success by Climbstation. We are also anticipating some good events and have a great lineup of internships and jobs for you guys to check out.
ArcticStartup is going on a road trip next week! Our end destination is the TechChill Baltics conference in Riga, but first on Monday the 11th at 17:30 we'll be at Garage48 in Tallinn to talk about Startup Media tips. We're hoping we can share some good information, and we're really excited about meeting the scene in both Tallinn and Riga.
So again, if you're in Tallinn on Monday evening, stop by and say hello. And hopefully we'll be meeting a lot of hot startups to cover at TechChill Baltics!
Those of you that know us, also know that we regularly read The Economist. It is gets delivered straight to our door steps after all. In fact it is one of the most respected publications here at ArcticStartup. So when the Arcticstartup region was covered in The Economist the other day, we were extremely happy. There is even a HN Discussion here about the article.
This is good news for the region and good news for Arcticstartup, as hopefully a lot more people will recognize our region and the "Arctic Valley" after the magazine is distributed worldwide. It was especially nice to be called a "celebratory blog" by The Economist themselves. Anyhow, enough about us, this week we have plenty of news, links and a whooping 16 new jobs.
Hi folks, it's the Friday Wrap Up, the best part of your work week. Right? Well this week it is if you're trying to get hired. We've got a full lineup of new jobs posted this week. Scroll down for the latest, or visit our Job Board. That being said, we've been too busy to put together some news stories for you to read (and it's getting super late on Friday), but we've got some ArcticStartup stuff that we can talk about.
In ArcticStartup news, we'll be on Finland's YLE aikainen radio with Lars Buch from Startupbootcamp Copenhagen from 9:35 - 9:45 on Monday. They must be desperate for a story because none of us speak Finnish.
The Guardian's Michael Gregg writes: "On the press release for Finnish duo Phantom's excellent second single, Kisses (premiered here), the pair are described as "two Helsinki-based music tech-startup entrepreneurs and musicians". This makes them sound boring, but there's a lot to love about formally trained jazz singer Hanna Toivonen and beat-maker Tommi Koskinen..."
Boring?! Boo this man. Boooooooo. Anyway, we're glad to hear that Mukava Music's Hanna Toivonen and Audiodraft's Tommi Koskinen are killin' it out there.
You can listen to "Kisses" here:
Happy holidays, folks! The entrepreneur's life isn't known for it's vacation days, but I hope most of you are going to use the holidays as an excuse for some downtime. Our festive holiday image is by Graphic Designer Pekka Kaukalo.
I also want to point you guys to the #ArcticRumors hashtag. This is no fad - we're going big with it. If hear about something interesting involving the Nordic and Baltic entrepreneurship circles, just hashtag it to put it on our radar. We'll sum up everything we hear about in a Thursday rumor post, and continue to link to articles, jobs, and events on Fridays. Read more here.
Hi folks, yep, we're reminding you again this week that December 13th we're throwing a get-together with Robin Wauters from The Next Web at Teatteri in Helsinki. It's already looking like we've got a huge crowd attending - we've had over 150 registrations so far and they're telling us that space is limited to 200. So, if you want a ticket register for one here!
It's Snowpocalypse here in Helsinki, so make yourself a nice cup of hot chocolate, curl up next to the fire, and browse through this week's selection of extra news, events, and jobs to keep on your radar. Top story this week is another promotion of our meetup event thrown together with The Next Web. We're getting together December 13th at Teatteri from 19:30 until whenever. Read more about it at The Next Web, and don't forget to register for free!
Hi folks, we got our first taste of Winter in Helsinki today with a dusting of snow. So cuddle up with a warm cup of coffee and check out all the extra news this week that we couldn't cover. The top story is pretty cool- You can celebrate Windows 8 launch today by fetching the fresh Metro UI friendly ArcticStartup feed reader from Windows Store. Our friends at SC5 were kind enough to do a favor and use their web app wizardry to bake a nice little custom app for us.
Hey! It's Friday and here's our roundup of news, jobs and events from the region. Man, we've been promoting the Arctic15 a lot in the last month, but only because we're super excited to be throwing it next week. We hope to see you all there! Grab a ticket if you haven't already!
Top story is the International Day for Failure happening tomorrow. The event has it's roots in Finland, in response to Finns trouble of taking risks for fear of the social stigma of failure. I hope everyone fails tomorrow!
Hi folks, it's later than usual, but here's your Friday wrap-up. Along with more news and events in the region, we have a good amount of jobs posted this week, especially from Stockholm.
Top story is that Helsinki-based Living Junction has won both the €15 000 grand prize at the Mindtreck conference in Tampere, as well as "The most potential in international markets" prize. The social magazine startup is now focusing more on the educational space since we last covered them.
Welp, it's Friday. Are you exhausted? I'm exhausted. Still, we have a good-sized roundup of the News, Jobs, and Events happening round the region. Top image is from a still of Wavesum's recent video where they clarify what they actually do, with a nice shoutout to ArcticStartup.
And a reminder: Sign up for our startup/investor matchmaking at the Arctic15 by Sunday!
Just as the reds and yellows mark the change of the seasons, the Friday Wrap-up marks the week's transition to the weekend. Or something like that. We've got a jam-packed wrap-up full of news, jobs, and events to keep on your radar, so get your reading glasses on, you'll need em'.
Also as a reminder, the deadline for volunteer positions to the Arctic15 is this Sunday, so send your application! It's a fun way to work with great people and see our awesome conference behind the scenes. Be apart of it here!
It's Friday, and here we've got your weekly rundown of more news, events, and jobs to keep on your radar. Today is also the last day to apply to our startup competition, so be sure to get those applications in! The top image is a bottle of 1970 Dom Pérignon, added to the grand prize pool by Tastingbook. Its great marketing of their startup because I keep bragging about it. I'm gonna need a sip, winners.
It's starting to getting chilly out, but at least it's the weekend. On top of our normal news and events, we have a lot of job opportunities posted this week, from all over the region. Check it out! Top image is of Copenhagen-based The Eye Tribe (previously known as Senseye), who received €645 000 funding for its eye-tracking solution for mobile devices.
People are getting back from their summer holidays and man-o-man do we have a lot of news for you to check out this Friday, as well as a number of events and jobs worth your attention. As you can see in our top image, iZettle has launched an Android beta in partnership with Samsung. Like its U.S. "competitor," Square, it plugs into the headphone jack, however it still takes European chip credit cards.
Here's the next edition of the Friday roundup where we try to cover more news, jobs, and events from the region. Top image is of the Angry Birds Land theme park in Tampere, Finland from Peter Vesterbacka's twitter feed. I know it's old to bring this up, but it's pretty remarkable how what the mobile game has turned into today. Have a great weekend everyone!
The sun is out in Helsinki, so I'm about to take off and store up some Vitamin D. But first, here's some more news from the region, as well as jobs and events to check out. The top story is that Testdroid launched commercially at Google IO in the Developer Sandbox. It's a pretty cool service to test your Android apps fairly instantly across the major Android phones and tablets. Check out Testdroid here, or see our past coverage.
Hi folks! Here's some extra news, events, and jobs from across the region.The top image is of some Angry Birds drawings found floating in a lake over midsummer. Hanne Leskinen reflects on finding them in her new blog.
Midsummer is here! You can tell because we already have beers open in the office, which is at least an hour earlier than the normal Thursday. We'll be taking tomorrow off to grill sausages, but you'll find us back here next week. Also, this time of year the news cycle slows way down, so if you've got anything for me to write about, feel free to email us at editor (at) ArcticStartup.com. Have a happy and safe midsummer!
ArcticEvening Helsinki had a good turnout yesterday, even when competing against the great weather. We had panel discussion on "Where are the big startups in Helsinki," which turned into a constructive dialogue about startups growing big. Again, thanks to Inka Mero of KoppiCatch, Thorbjörn Warin of Grand Cru, and Tuomas Kohila of Arkkeo.
It's time for the Friday wrap-up, and Antti Vilpponen and I are in Tallinn for the Latitude59 conference. Antti got a chance to speak to Urmas Purde from Pipedrive (above) and the whole event has been interesting and inspiring. Expect a followup on Monday. As always, we've got more news, jobs, and events for you to attend. Quick plug: Be sure to come to ArcticEvening Helsinki on the 14th!
So normally we have a couple news links, but this week we are chock-full with some interesting articles on the Nordics and Baltics. That's good news on its own, but there are also a lot of great events coming up to check out as well. Have a good weekend everyone!
Hello Nordics and Baltics. Yes, we have news, we have events, and we have jobs for you to take a look at. A couple people actually sent in events and jobs to include in this list, which got me all flustered. You guys read my Friday wrap up? Really? I'm touched. Feel free to pass anything my way at Greg (at) arcticstartup.com, or tweet tips my way @arcticstartup.
It's Friday! Here's what you've come to expect, a weekly rundown of news, events, and jobs. Top image is of Ikea adding apps to its new home theater system. It's Ikea's world, we're just living in it.
Well hello Friday. Here's your weekly dosage of local startup news, events, and jobs that we came across. Top image is of Garage48's new space in Tallinn. It looks like a really cool environment, see more pictures of the space here.