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GDC 2011: Angry birds, happy Finns

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… comes on the crest of a wave of success for smaller Finnish firms: Grey Area, the developer of Shadow Cities, has just completed a successful funding round led by Index Ventures, one of Europe’s biggest VCs. RocketPack, a web gaming startup, has moved into Disney’s office in Helsinki. Supercell, with its talented and experienced team (CEO is Ilkka Paananen, founder and former CEO of Sumea) has just released a beta version of a free-to-play social RPG called Gunshine.net.

The …

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7 degrees of failure: Is the power of the crowd overrated?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… real-life crowdsourced gaming competition in which five “jewel thieves” hid in plain sight in cities around the world. To win, teams had to locate and snap pictures of the suspects by any means they could think of. Using the crowd (through forums, social media and such) was vital.

TAG, you’re it

While three of the thieves were found by teams, two were not. Where were these two, you ask? In Pyongyang’s first supermarket ? In the slums of Nairobi or sewers of Delhi? Actually, no. …


Crowded planet: desperately seeking sustainability

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… an “overwhelmingly urban species”. By 2050 there will be over 8 billion people living in cities. Can we find a way (other than by crowd funding a moon colony ) to live sustainably on such a crowded planet? According to some experts (and kindergarten teachers everywhere) the answer is simple: learn to share.

Shared visions

Imagine the perfect eco-city. What do you see? Green spaces? Low-rise housing? Hippies meditating on roof gardens? Not according to futurologist Alex Steffen …

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Social networking and the English riots: don’t shoot the (Blackberry) messenger

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… arson, armored police and outraged citizens: London is at boiling point, with other English cities feeling the heat too. Here in law-abiding Helsinki, the closest we get to this type of lawlessness is an unauthorized barbecue in the park. By comparison, the UK capital is descending into Arab-Spring-like chaos. Except, of course, that Londoners are not fighting an oppressive dictator (the current mayor is most famous for his “revolutionary” bicycle scheme).

With no obvious cause …


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) …

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