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Finn for the win! 10 Finnish companies making mobile tech magic

Right now, a lineup of Finnish companies at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is proving why Finland remains a technological superpower. While Nokia already stole the show by announcing a beautifully convincing reboot of the Volkswagen Beetle of cellphones, the 3110, there’s plenty more to get excited about. Here’s our line-up of cool companies, showcasing their top tech at the Finland Pavilion, who we think are worth a closer look.

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Why Tieto should celebrate their Value for Life video going viral for all the wrong reasons

Going viral is the holy grail of digital marketing. The idea of hundreds of thousands or even millions of people organically viewing your stories sends us marketers dizzy with joy. Sadly, it’s notoriously difficult to achieve, especially in Finland with its small population. One criterion is to create your content in English, as we do for Very Finnish Problems and as Tieto, the Nordics’ largest software and service company did for their now notorious sing-song Value for Life video.

Reportedly produced for internal reasons, Value for Life is filled with good intentions and wonderfully obscure lyrics. There are “no options for duality” and “old is where we come”. Tieto also “take the ball to the build” and while I have no idea what that means, it’s certainly conjurors up an intriguing image. Yet despite its unusual lyrics, hit and miss singing and awkward style of production, reminiscent of an episode of British comedy classic The Office, Value for Life is a huge win for Tieto. Of course, the company themselves may not currently view it like that, but there are plenty of reasons for them to be cheerful.

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17 Finnish startups that could rock the world in 2017

Sunset in Ruka, Northern Finland. Photo by Timo Newton-Syms.

With Helsinki’s Slush having grown into a behemoth of a startup conference, Finland now has a reputation as a hub for high-tech startups and their financial backers. With great education and a pool of engineering skills still bubbling after closing of Nokia’s previous chapter in mobile, Finland produces a number of interesting tech startups as well.

We thought we’d take a look around and list some of the most interesting companies that we’d love to see succeed in the coming year.

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Future proof: 9 reasons why Finland is the country of the future

After WWII, Finland was still a poor country, which ended up playing a pretty weird hand of cards well during the global economic boom that transformed much of the world. From education, healthcare, water and welfare, Finland has a lot of things worth saving and adapting for the future.

It’s justified to argue politically about the global future of policies mimicking mid-century social democracy. But quite frankly, without the policies of the past, this place we call home would probably have ended up radically bleaker and poorer.

If Finland and the other Nordic counties were to fail at taking care of the legacy of ‘big-state’ investments, we’d arguably sit on one of the saddest wastes of potential in human history. Such is the contrast between the cold, barely inhabitable and famine ridden 19th century Russian Grand Duchy of Finland and the current high-tech republic.

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12 reasons why you shouldn’t bother going to Slush

Supercell's Clash of Clans characters featured at Slush 2015

It’s that time of the year again when Helsinki is the epicentre of the technology universe. Movers and shakers from across the globe descend upon the Finnish capital to do deals and talk tech.  Yes, Slush is here and don’t we all know it. For 48 hours, the tech world goes crazy celebrating its own wonderfulness and for a mere 500€ you can join the party too. But, don’t get sucked in by the relentless hype. There are some very good reasons why you shouldn’t bother going at all.

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5 Finnish software companies changing the world of business

Finnish flag

The business of selling software and IT services to other companies does not get a super cool reputation. Consumer goods and services tend to steal most of the thunder in technology reporting in the mainstream press. HBO comedy Silicon Valley even famously portrays the prospect of business to business (or B2B) as a nightmare startup for hip startups.

Let’s assume you don’t care that B2B can imply a solid business model involving actual, paying customers. If you’re the least bit geeky and you like to know how the world is connected, it should be a no-brainer to look into how software lets companies do what they do more efficiently. It’s not like you have to pretend you’d like to use all the business software in the world instead of kicking back with your gaming console or whatever. No, but we think it’s cool just to know.

So, we’ve collected a short list of some kick-ass Finnish B2B software and IT services companies. Read on to find out how Finnish engineering is changing the world of business!

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9 Finnish mobile apps that are taking over the world

The whole world knows that nobody does mobile games like Finland. But what about mobile apps? From practical to purely fun, let’s take a look at a few Finnish mobile apps that have made their mark on the global app market.

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5 foolproof tips for making yourself a public speaking superstar

Even in an era of digital dominance, people still buy from people, whether it relates to a product, service or an idea. Therefore, it remains important to practice being yourself and delivering key messages in your own voice… For the time being anyway.

As humans, we have a great capacity to do ‘interesting’ things when under pressure, so my approach as a coach is to help others to plan for and avoid such performance peculiarities during a speech.

At the planning phase, a touch of routine can be crucial for those unpredictable moments and helps people to deliver a more comfortable, confident and compelling pitch.

Here are 5 ’must-haves’ to deliver a better version of yourself with positive energy as your support act.

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This free dingus can make the internet faster, help you sort out your network and save remote communities

What’s like running water, only delivered directly to your hands? Is it your hand perspiration following an early morning coffee binge? No you dummy, it’s the internet! On your smartphone! But just like running water, the internet relies on complicated infrastructure. The fact of the matter is that the internet is a network of networks: privately and publicly owned machinery that speak the same language even when their owners do not.

This interconnection can seem magical, universal, global and instant. But it does so only until the moment something goes wrong, or the laws of physics – or computing – pose limits. Even in the best of conditions, when no one cuts one of those crazy long undersea fiberoptic cables, geographical distance, bad software and high level peering agreements can affect how fast different parts of the Internet can talk to each other.

This is where the The RIPE Atlas project comes in to help figure out where the bottlenecks are – to the benefit of everyone! It’s free to participate, and you get the gadget pictured above in the mail!

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