List of Finnish Startups

Photo by eziomanTimo Paloheimo has listed a good bunch of Finnish web startups in The Next Web using various sources, including his own blog Startupbin and ArcticStartup. He's also categorized them quite extensively under different subgroups, including e.g. social networking, e-commerce, business tools, and mobile. The list is likely nowhere complete, though, and there have been some additions already in the comments section in Startupbin.

We at ArcticStartup recognize there isn't any good way of easily getting comprehensive information about the startups in Finland, or in other Nordic and Baltic countries for that matter, at the moment. That's why we have been working on Nordic and Baltic wide ‘CrunchBase’, which should come out very soon. Our hope is that a common startup directory will benefit everybody in the industry. Stay tuned, we'll reveal more soon!

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Finns in the Nextweb Conference

Due to lack of time, I was unable to write about this earlier, but the Next Web 2008 was organised during the end of last week. There were a lot of companies there from Finland as well. I'm counting at least XIHA Life, Scred and Floobs were present.

Timo Paloheimo from was also there and has some coverage of the two days of activity as well as some photos.

Juhani Polkko from XIHA Life, sent us an e-mail that they released a new language-based search feature in Amsterdam during the conference.

Update: TripSay was present as well, so quite a good presentation from the Finnish startup scene, I must say.

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Vailoma changes name to TripSay, introduces embeddable application for partner sites

TripSayThe travel information organizer Vailoma has changed their name to TripSay. Also the website has been polished up. TripSay's service aims to ease up the process required to plan new trips and vacations, by providing easy access to relevant and complete destination content, which is both updated by users and aggregated from around the web.

TripSay example shotThe company has also created a new embeddable application called the Destination Module, which is designed to share TripSay's content with travel agencies and other partners enabling them to get dynamic destination content from the web and travelers onto their site without any effort. The application can be checked out on Kaleva Travel's web site (the site's in Finnish, but scroll down a bit and you'll see the app), which has the first implementation of the application. TripSay has also plans to open up an API to allow tailored services, though no indication of the release schedule is given yet.

TripSay plans to monetize their service by targeted advertisements, along with commissions from bookings done via its site. Hopefully the new name is more descriptive to international users and helps to spread the word.

[via Startupbin , TripSay blog]

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