Tag Archives: Finland


Digitalkoot: crowdsourcing Finnish Cultural Heritage

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… changed human existence forever, jobs requiring many hands brought communities together.

In Finland, building a house was once such a job. The collective effort was called a talkoot (in English the closest translation we have is “working-bee” or “barn-raising”).

Even if you are not Amish, I’m sure you have experienced something like it when moving to a new apartment. Your friends come over, you tell them about your serious back pain, they lift your washing machine and …

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The Travelling Salesman is back – Part 2

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… through Denmark. Here Kristoffer found an interesting and active scene, surprisingly similar to Finland’s. Stopping off at the Copenhagen School of Entrepreneurship our Travelling Salesman had the chance to attend a pitching competition: “It seemed like the whole building was crowded with startups. However, unlike in Finland where people speak in English, everything was in Danish: presentation, pitches, even simple chitchat. VCs were 100% Danish – everybody was tall, blonde and in a …

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The Travelling Salesman is back – Part 1

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… In October 2010, we left Kristoffer Lawson with his plan to visit Iceland, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Denmark in search of promising tech startups. After many vicissitudes, the trip is now over and he’s back. With a presentation held the 16th of December in the premises of Aalto Venture Garage, he went on retelling his legendary journey of networking and (self) discovery.

Good trip, but luck

“When I started thinking about this journey,” began Kristoffer, “it …

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A better cup for a better world

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Finland, we Finns like to think, is famous for more than just the sauna. Well known around the world are also Nokia and Marimekko, and even perhaps the culture of design and innovation that fostered these global brands.

One thing that Finland is not associated with is coffee. Probably very few people outside Finland know that in a world increasingly obsessed with coffee, Finns drink more per …

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Summer Blockbuster, in cinemas now: The Document Processing Knight Rises

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

As regular readers of this blog know, there is nothing we like more than discussing strange and new types of crowdsourcing. From weird music-related experiments to the incidence of expressions such as “I need to” during the Mad Men era , we try to keep you informed with what is going on across our industry.

Every now and then, however, we use this forum to talk …

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