Blog

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!

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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!

Read more

Demystifying the Darknet: All you need to know about the underground internet

Ever heard of the Darknet? The new digital Wild West, whose mere name is so packed with mystery that it must be something weird and dangerous beyond human understanding? Well, I’ve been researching it for several years and the mystery has pretty much dissolved. What’s left is the excitement of this virtual, ever changing, ever pulsating world.

The Darknet is sometimes perceived as an out of control and dangerous misuse of unbreakable encryption that leaves the police helpless to solve crimes. Based on powerful tools like the anonymous Tor Browser and Bitcoin, the Darknet is often described as the ”dark underbelly of the Internet”. News anchors refer to spaces created with Darknet technology as a sickening dens of criminals, terrorists and perverts.

My view was similar when I started my own research of the Darknet. But labelling the Darknet only as the new criminal underworld just does not make sense. It’s so much more. Let’s have a look.

Read more

Super Suomi: 16 Finnish startups that could change the world in 2016

Much has been said about the Finnish startup scene. Finnish entrepreneurs come in many shapes and forms. But the basic story remains that there’s a lot of human capital freed up after the swan song of Nokia, while new talent keeps brewing in our country’s tuition-free higher education system.

So, to get a better idea of what’s cooking in Finland right now, we’ve spent some time studying the scene. Now, we can present our list of super interesting Finnish companies, with varying levels of funding and progress, which we think will make waves (or even bigger waves) in 2016.

Read more

The 6 essential requirements for successful marketing partnerships

I can’t say I’ve read The Odyssey, but I think Homer nailed it when he wrote:

“There is nothing more … admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends”

And the reason I think this is right is it could easily be rewritten for business:

“There is nothing more profitable than when two companies who see eye to eye do business as partners, confounding their competitors and delighting their consumers”

And so to get a ‘profitable’ Marketing Partnership (whether financially, brand health or both), there are some simple, practical ways to help you identify suitable candidates and increase your chances of avoiding the adolescent pain of a lonely walk home at the end of a night out.

I’ve pulled together a list of six measures that I have found useful. It’s not exhaustive, as every partnership is unique, but it’s a good start and a way to bring your ‘Blink’ instinct together with a framework for analysis.

Read more

A Winter’s Tale: How Finland conquered the games industry

“What’s in the water?” As a Finn, I have heard this a lot regarding the multitude of Finnish-made games topping the charts of the app stores of the world.

But what many people don’t realise is that the Finnish game industry existed long before the mobile boom. Since the 1980s, there has been a steady stream of ambitious computer and console games coming from veteran Finnish companies like Housemarque and Remedy Entertainment.

Sadly, nobody really noticed the Finnish factor back then. Only after the relatively recent success of mobile game studios such as Rovio (Angry Birds) and Supercell (Clash of Clans, Hay Day)  was international interest sparked. Besides these giants, games like Hill Climb Racing and Badlands, by Fingersoft and Frogmind Games respectively, have quietly attracted huge audiences on mobile. Typically these games are simple yet elegant, with a distinct art or play style, and crafted by small teams.

Read more

Join our Xmas challenge: give the gift of online privacy

As 2015 draws to a close, the state of the internet challenges the idea of any of us having meaningful privacy, ever again. That’s where projects like the Tor Anonymous Network come in, making it still possible to use the internet without oversight. As a Christmas gesture and a gift to other writers who live in oppressive countries around the world, we at Ink Tank Media have launched a Tor relay server. Now we challenge other companies to do the same or to make a donation to the Tor Project.

The free Tor software works by bouncing its users’ traffic around the world between relay servers like ours, wrapped with several layers of strong encryption. Tor can be used by anyone: for journalists and political activists under oppressive regimes, it’s a lifesaver. But it is, and will be, handy for every single one of us. With the current state of online privacy, it’s getting impossible to assume that a law-abiding citizen in a Western democracy will never need the privacy provided by Tor. Here’s a video on how Tor works:

 
Read more