“Enterprise-class source code collaboration platform Deveo is for development teams what Salesforce is for sales teams,” says Risto Virkkala, Founder & CEO of Deveo. HELSINKI – November 20, 2012: Helsinki-based Deveo extends More »
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HELSINKI – November 20, 2012: Helsinki-based Deveo extends its beta for Slush 2012
attendees at the startup conference in Helsinki. Deveo is an enterprise-class source code
collaboration platform, available both as a cloud service, and a standalone installation behind
Deveo aims to help organizations in two things: efficiency and control of their valuable source
code. Efficiency comes from not having to wait around for things like source code repositories or
access rights from IT department as people can create them themselves.
“In the core of Deveo are the most commonly used version control systems, Git and Subversion,
which are generally hard to manage” adds Virkkala, “Deveo has a set of well defined roles,
which enable your organization to have full control over who is in the project, and who can
access your source code.” Deveo also integrates with corporate user management, which
allows people to use their corporate accounts in Deveo.
Deveo platform is also extensible, which means that every feature in Deveo is a separate
application that consumes structured Deveo APIs. Deveo APIs will be released in the beginning
Behind Deveo is a Finnish software company Eficode. Eficode has almost a decade of
experience in Software Configuration Management (SCM) consultancy. The company has
delivered multiple custom-made Deveo-like SCM solutions to multinational organizations in
HELSINKI – (November 22, 2012) – Ovelin ltd. announced today the
release of their second title GuitarBots, an innovative guitar learning game
played online with any real guitar – acoustic or electric. GuitarBots takes
the concept of gamified guitar learning introduced in the company’s
previous title WildChords to a whole new level, offering challenges both
for the beginner and more advanced guitarists.
GuitarBots takes the player on an intergalactic quest of guitar mastery. To
save an oncoming space concert, the player has to learn basic guitar skills.
In order to advance in the game, the player has to unlock new songs and
practice areas by playing songs correctly with a band. This game-like
progression makes it fun and motivating to develop real guitar skills.
”Everyone has the potential to learn to play a musical instrument – The key
to success is to keep practicing, especially in the early phases.” said
Christoph Thür, the CEO and co-founder of Ovelin. “GuitarBots makes
guitar practice more fun and motivating, which in turn makes learning
GuitarBots is suitable for all ages and skill levels, featuring step-by-step
tutorials, a built-in tuner and a variety of songs with both beginner and
advanced difficulty levels.
“We wanted to make GuitarBots easy to start, even if you’ve never played
the guitar. The game starts by teaching you how to tune the guitar, and
guides you step-by-step to more advanced skills”, said Mikko Kaipainen,
the COO and co-founder. “More advanced users can choose to skip the
basics and start playing the more difficult songs right away”
Starting with GuitarBots is simple – you can play the game directly on your
web browser. The game is played with a real guitar (acoustic or electric),
using the computer’s microphone to “listen” to the chords and notes played.
No cables or other complicated setup is needed.
GuitarBots is available online for Mac and PC computers on the web
browser. Mobile device (tablet and phone) clients are currently in
development and will be announced in the near future.
GuitarBots is available online at: www.guitarbots.com
More information about Ovelin at: www.ovelin.com
More information about GuitarBots visit : www.ovelin.com/guitarbots
Ovelin youtube channel : www.youtube.com/ovelinbird
About Ovelin ltd.
Ovelin is changing the way people learn to play musical instruments. Headquartered
in Finland, the company is known as the creator of the popular guitar learning game
WildChords for iPad. WildChords, played cord-free with a real guitar, has been the
number 1 music app in 34 countries, featured in the Sunday Times ’World’s Best
Apps 2012’ list, WIRED magazine and TechCrunch. It has also won several awards,
the Best European Learning Game in 2011, and winner of SXSW 2012 and MIDEM
WildChords is a popular guitar learning game developed by Ovelin for the Apple iPad
It is played with a real guitar, utilizing leading world-class audio signal processing to
enable cordless gameplay. The game uses the microphones of the iPad to “listen” to
the chords and notes played on the instrument. WildChords is suitable for the
beginner guitar players of all ages.
More details on WildChords on the Apple App Store at:
This post was written by Ron Leshem who is a founding partner and the Chief Marketing Officer of Prodégé, which offers “virtual currency” to its users, in exchange for their registration .The post appeared on Inc.com APR 24, 2012
You know that brilliant idea you have for a new website/smartphone app? The one you’re convinced is your ticket to professional and financial glory. The concept that’s so special, so profound, you’ve limited yourself to divulging it to only a tight-knit group of confidants–the secrecy being necessary to prevent muggles from defacing, defiling, or (even more improbably) stealing your earth-shattering brain nugget.
Sound like you, or someone you know? It has certainly described me at various points in my entrepreneurial development. But here’s an even bigger secret than the one you’re hoarding: big, powerful ideas are everywhere and the vast majority will go nowhere. So keeping your big idea in stealth mode will likely make no difference to your ultimate success.
Think back for a moment to the people you’ve known in your life who achieved great entrepreneurial success and ask yourself how they reached their professional zenith. Yes, some of you may be fortunate enough to know individuals whose conceptual prowess was their ticket to ride. But for most high-achievers, success comes in places that are decidedly more mundane–the doctor who built a thriving practice over time, for example.
So the logical question becomes, why is that? Why do so few of the people working on the ‘next big thing’ or at the very least ‘a big thing,’ ultimately fail to make waves? As it turns out, there is a distinguishing characteristic that unites the high achievers, but it’s far less conceptual than practical, namely, brilliance in execution. “Execution” is a broad term; and ultimately, crediting success on it is a bit like saying the key to good business is sell more than you spend: accurate, but not very helpful.
My point here is not to define ‘execution’, but rather to encourage you to redefine your definition of “business.” Instead of thinking of business as an abstract noun, try thinking of it as a verb. When we think of a noun, say “car,” we create meaning for that term by thinking of the qualities or attributes that we associate with it. There’s a make, a model, a color, a shape, a top speed, etc. Note that these are all fixed, or static, attributes. But when we think of a verb, like “driving,” our mental map focuses more on actions and procedures. There’s stepping on the gas pedal; steering the wheel; arriving from point A to B. These are not fixed attributes, but rather dynamic processes that ultimately determine the speed and manner with which we will travel. So if we could only start thinking of business less like a noun and more like a verb, we’d place less emphasis on the static attributes, of which the concept is but one, and more emphasis on the dynamic processes which will be more closely correlated with overall achievement.
Sounds simple, right? And it is. It’s also liberating. Many people have had the experience of sharing a new idea only to be told “someone’s already done that.” Often, this type of moment is deflating, and can serve to dissuade an aspiring entrepreneur from taking the plunge. Don’t let that be you! After all, Pepsi existed long before Coke; Hipstamatic preceded Instagram; and who remembers a site called Friendster? In all these cases, entrepreneurs found ways to break through into the consumer mainstream despite the fact that their ‘idea’ had already been done. Fortunately, their particular mode of execution hadn’t. The lesson here is that no idea is good enough to secure the future of a business, and no idea (or at least very few) are bad enough to doom an enterprise to failure from the outset.
So go forth young (and old) entrepreneurs with your hustle; your drive; your faith, and your boring concepts. Should anyone ask you to share the idea you’re working on, tell them. Or, if you prefer, say that the big idea that’s keeping you up at night is to build a business that simply executes better than anyone else. Then watch that person sulk away in search of another big concept, while the deeper business wisdom just flies straight over their head. If only there was a product to help them understand when they were staring the truth right in the face. Which gives me an idea…
The community-led city guide and search site, today announced the availability of Yelp Denmark, Europe and will be accessible through this domain (http://www.yelp.dk. Yelp connects people with great local businesses,founded in San Francisco in July 2004. Beginning today, Danish people will be able to create accounts on Yelp.dk to share their opinions about great local businesses and services. Yelp’s free iPhone and Android applications will also be made available in Denmark, as well as its free suite of business owner tools: Yelp for Business Owners (http://biz.yelp.dk
“When you add the infamous honesty and dry wit of the average Dane to their attention to detail in all that they do (especially with regards to food preparation), we believe we have the perfect fundamentals for a thriving Yelp community,” said Miriam Warren, Vice President of European Marketing, Yelp. “Whether it’s to find the best place to try the now internationally famous Smorrebrod, or to share their excitement of a day at the Tivoli Gardens, we look forward seeing the Yelp community grow and develop across Denmark as the go-to source to find great local businesses.”
The site supports Danish, Swedish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, English, and Spanish, providing users access to local insights in any one of these languages. Denmark is the twelfth country to have a dedicated Yelp community in Europe as the company continues to deliver on its international growth strategy.
While available throughout Denmark, Yelp will focus its initial community building efforts in Copenhagen — a city-by-city approach that the company has used to launch in markets throughout the world.
Today 17.04.2012 Ambrosia Finland Oy Ltd, the organizer of Ambrosia BEACHBOOST2012 growth entrepreneurship event in Kalajoki Beach Finland, has just informed us on the confirmation of a key partner “Business Angels Finland Oy”. According to Petri Hirvimäki the C.E.O of Ambrosia Finland Oy Ltd “We are delighted to confirm that we will be working together with Business Angels Finland Oy in various aspects related to BEACHBOOST2012. Business Angels Finland Oy offers safe and reliable environment where private investors, also known as “Business Angels”, and capital-seeking entrepreneurs can meet – we will have fun at the beach together with other participants that is for sure!”
Ambrosia BEACHBOOST2012 is a new international growth entrepreneurship and networking event held between 6.-7.6.2012 in Kalajoki Beach, Finland. The event will feature existing companies, founders and start-ups seeking team members, professionals, partners and angel investors. Also professionals from major companies seeking for new opportunities and challenges as well as students from universities with ideas and skills looking for startups to join will also be present. Kalajoki Beach is a well known tourist attraction due to long sandy beaches and related activities. It is located some 140 km southwest from the major technology city Oulu on the West Coast of Finland.
- Beach Boost 2012 Growth Entrepreneurship Event in Finland (miemagazine.com)
Microsoft and Nokia to Invest Up to 18 Million Euros into Finnish Mobile Application Development Program
In a bid to drive innovation and increase business opportunities in Finland’s mobile ecosystem and beyond, Microsoft Corp. and Nokia announced in March 2012 a program that will be started in May 2012 to invest up to 9 million euros into a newly established mobile application development program at Aalto University during the next three years. The AppCampus program has been set up to foster the creation of innovative mobile applications for the Windows Phone ecosystem and in addition, Nokia platforms, including Symbian and Series 40, to create a new generation of self-sustaining mobile startups.
Kicking off in May 2012, the Finland-based program will be led and managed by Aalto University, which has a growing reputation as a hotbed of new startup companies. AppCampus is intended to attract thousands of application proposals from students and entrepreneurs from all over the world. Aalto University will make a significant contribution to the project by providing premises, coaching services, and access to both academic and business networks for budding app developers.
Within the AppCampus program, mobile entrepreneurs can benefit from comprehensive support, training in mobile technology, design and usability, and funding to create innovative new mobile apps and services. Windows Phone Marketplace and Nokia Store offer local and global business opportunities to program participants via distribution to consumers around the world.
Mentored by veterans in the mobile industry, program participants will be given insights and business coaching to help them commercialize their ideas while retaining the full intellectual property rights for their innovations.
“The ICT industry and knowledge base in Finland is one of the most competitive in the world, particularly in the mobile technology field,” said Jyrki Katainen, Finnish prime minister, at the launch event for the AppCampus program in Helsinki. “Finland is an early-adopter market, and the significance of national education and technology innovation is deeply rooted in our culture. As a result, there is a growing appetite for entrepreneurship among the younger generation at Aalto University and beyond. The partnership between Microsoft and Nokia is a critical investment in this growing ecosystem and represents an exciting opportunity and access to global markets for our local startup community.”
“AppCampus offers an unprecedented opportunity for entrepreneurs to put their ideas into practice and create world-class mobile products,” said Klaus Holse, president, Microsoft Western Europe. “We want to turn a new leaf in the mobile industry and foster Finland’s role as a center of excellence for mobile technology. Such investment into early-stage concepts has rarely been seen in this sector, and this demonstrates how highly both Nokia and Microsoft value Finnish mobile expertise.”
“We are proud to announce this new program, which will enable new and existing developers to create next-generation mobile apps and unique user experiences,” said Kai Öistämö, executive vice president, Nokia Corp. “The partnership will allow developers to ideate and monetize business opportunities globally, via both Windows Phone Marketplace and Nokia Store.”
“An essential part of Aalto University’s mission is to strengthen Finland’s competitiveness,” said Tuula Teeri, president of Aalto University. “We are pleased to host this initiative, which concretely boosts utilization of new knowledge and skills in creation of new entrepreneurial ventures.”
“Through our technology transfer and Aalto Venture Garage activities, the Aalto University community has been able to help catalyze the creation and growth of more than 30 companies during the past two years, with a number of them having mobile applications,” said Will Cardwell, head of the Aalto University Center for Entrepreneurship, which will be charged with managing the program. “The people and ideas we work with hail from all corners of the world, and our partnership with Microsoft and Nokia will further strengthen our global network. This program will provide a unique opportunity to turn application ideas into real business with the support of world-class partners and coaches.”
“Within our student community, we have a strong mission to boost entrepreneurship and to create more startups,” said Teemu Tapanila, a board member of the Aalto Entrepreneurship Society and leader of the Windows Phone Aalto community. “We warmly welcome the opportunities and networks brought by this cooperation.”
On the AppCampus Program
Mobile entrepreneurs can apply for grants within the AppCampus program beginning in May 2012. More information can be found at http://appcampus.aalto.fi.
Nokia is a global leader in mobile communications whose products have become an integral part of the lives of people around the world. Every day, more than 1.3 billion people use their Nokia to capture and share experiences, access information, find their way or simply to speak to one another. Nokia’s technological and design innovations have made its brand one of the most recognized in the world. For more information, visit http://www.nokia.com/about-nokia.
About the Aalto University Center for Entrepreneurship
The Aalto Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE) at Aalto University, Finland, offers innovation, commercialization, and start-up services for Aalto University researchers, students and other stakeholders. In addition, we facilitate innovation and growth entrepreneurship by co-creating research and education of these areas across all the Aalto schools. ACE partially funds and participates in the award-winning Aalto Venture Garage and Startup Sauna open source seed accelerator. For more information, visit www.aalto.fi and http://ace.aalto.fi.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realise their full potential.
About Microsoft EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa)
Microsoft has operated in EMEA since 1982. In the region Microsoft employs more than 16,000 people in over 64 subsidiaries, delivering products and services in more than 139 countries and territories.
Ambrosia Finland Oy Ltd is organizing a unique type of growth entrepreneurship and networking event held between 6.- 7.6. 2012 in Kalajoki, Finland. The event will feature existing companies, founders and start-ups seeking team members, professionals, partners and angel investors. Students from universities with ideas and skills looking for startups to join will also be present as well as professionals from major companies seeking for new opportunities and challenges.
According to the C.E.O of Ambrosia Finland Oy Ltd Petri Hirvimäki ”The official theme of the first beach boost event is the same as Ambrosia Finland’s slogan; “Learn. Grow. Fly.” We have reputable speakers that will cover topics regarding the IT sector, more traditional industries and service sector. The event also offers companies opportunity to participate to the pitching sessions. If you are interested to become a speaker or sponsor contact petri.hirvimaki(a)ambrosia.fi During the next week the webpages where pitches will be submitted will be live. In the meantime like the Facebook page for more information
Kalajoki Beach is one of the most spectacular places in the whole Scandinavia. Both English and Finnish languages will be used in the event. Additional information and materials will be available on www.beachboost.fi as well as accommodation and service packages to book – the program itself is free to participate.
The European Commission in partnership with pan-European investor group Rainmaking, the EC is also organizing Tech All Stars startup competition , to select 12 Made in Europe startups, link them with potential investors.
The Tech All Stars competition will be a two-day tech startup event in London, UK from June 20th and 21st 2012 in London, UK. The winner will participate in an event on June 22nd in Brussels. Startups will network with influencers and connect with VCs, mentors, potential partners, and other resources. Tech All Stars connects the best European startups with the resources needed to move to the next level!
Startups that fit the three criterias can apply now: they have to be registered within the European Union , are less than 3 years old and raised raised less than 1 million euros in external capital. The application is open until May 15th.
Well to be frank it seems they have already stereotyped the startups that they want by saying you must have won a web camp, been part of an accelerator or incubator. Give yourself a shot and apply