Posts by tag: startups

18 signs you’ve been in the Finnish startup scene for way too long

Title image credit: Slush/Petri Anttila.

Working in the startup scene can sometimes seem like a larger-than-life mission. But it’s not all ball pits, free snacks and changing the world. While we love the buzz and marvellous ideas startup culture generates, we think it’s about time it was deconstructed, in a fair but firmly satirical way. Read on for a very scientific expose of this wonderful world, and the signs that you’ve inhabited for way too long.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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How to launch a super successful startup: exclusive tips from Wolt

It might be a disheartening fact that 90% of startups fail, but hey, that also means that 10% of them succeed. Finnish food delivery company Wolt, recently named by Wired as one of Europe’s hottest 100 startups, is currently riding high and looks to become one of the latter. “We’re getting double digit weekly growth and breaking our sales records every other day,” says Juhani Mykkänen, Wolt’s Co-founder. How did they do it and what advice do they have for other startups aiming to conquer the world? Here are Mykkänen’s top five tips.

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Could this Finnish tech by Foller be the answer to global food waste?

It’s an exciting week for Foller, the Finnish startup formed in order to enter the Elisa iOT Innovation Challenge in April this year. The results of the competition are out in Slush on Thursday November 12th, and we here at Ink Tank Media are certainly rooting for them. Why? Because Foller is tackling an issue that’s been troubling us for… well, forever. Food waste.

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How to get the most out of Slush 2015: An insider’s guide

What attracts big names in high tech business, engineering and investment communities around the globe to Helsinki? In November?

Well, they’re not here for the weather or to see the daylight start to fade at 3 PM. Rather, the gravitating forces behind this pilgrimage is Slush Helsinki, a growing and exciting technology conference, which takes place on November 11th to 12th this year.

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5 simple ways that gamification will boost your business

For some people, the term “gamification” is nothing but a trendy buzzword, yet another fleeting fad taking the business world by storm and destined to fade into obscurity the moment a shinier new trend appears on the scene. But the truth is, gamification has not only been around for ages (think frequent flyer rewards programmes), but has proved to be hands-down one of the most successful ways for a business to engage with its users.

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The 7 best content marketing tools for saving your business time and money

At Ink Tank, in the last five years, we’ve launched, edited and written for over twenty blogs. Combined, our stories have reached millions of people worldwide. Needless to say, in this time we’ve have tried literally dozens of different content marketing tools and now we can share our best with you.

When it comes to getting your startup or small business up on its feet, both time and money are precious commodities. While it makes sense to hire professionals to handle tasks like content creation and distribution, it can often be a good idea to handle the smaller but equally important tasks yourself.

Building a social media presence, tracking traffic data to see what works and what doesn’t, and throwing in a few on-site tools to make your website as user-friendly (and share-friendly) as possible are a few examples of simple things that you can do to get the word out there and track how well the process is going. There’s no shortage of time-saving tools to be found online, and choosing which tools are best for you and your team can be quite the headache. So let’s make this easy by showcasing our best content marketing tools.

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