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2010: A year not lost on the crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… people were as excited about our ideas as we are: in August we announced the investment by the venture capital fund Sunstone Capital, and in October the New York Times shared our vision with the world. Most important of all, we even found time to put our name on a T-shirt.

What will next year hold? Only time will tell. But, in the next weeks we’ll let you know what we have planned.

Tags: Broadband Internet access Christmas crowd crowdsourcing crowdsourcing platform distributed work Nancy Gibbs New Year New Year's Eve new york times Sunstone Capital Tampere


Time for our next step

Posted on by Harri Holopainen

… this backdrop that we take extra pleasure in announcing our agreement with the highly regarded venture capital firm Sunstone Capital. Along with seed funding, this agreement means we will now have the considerable expertise of serial entrepreneur and all round great guy Nikolaj Nyholm on our board. (For extra details, check out this article from the ever-vigilant ArcticStartup).

In our opinion, timing could not be better. Despite gloom in much of the economy, momentum in the …

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Nordic Tech Tour: Our journey gets going

Posted on by Harri Holopainen

As anyone who has ever started their own company knows, it is quite a ride. While every journey is different, all share the thrill of turning an idea into reality.

For any start-up, a key point in this process is when it pokes its head to the world. If it is mishandled, even a promising business risks having it chopped off. This is part of the reason it’s a good idea to …

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Kaggle: crowdsourcing genius or statistical anomaly?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

In 2009 Hal Varian , Google’s chief economist, famously claimed that “the sexy job in the next ten years will be statistician” . It still sounds pretty improbable right?

I mean, when did you last see a data-analyst fighting off screaming groupies? Statistics isn’t even a cool branch of maths.

Real “pure” mathematicians wrestle with the fundamental mysteries …


Every murder draws a crowd: Homicide Watch DC

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… This claim is so bold as to almost be suspect. More than a hundred people are murdered in the US capital every year. That’s a huge number of stories, requiring an awful lot of information.

This information is partly official reports and court documents, but much of it comes from the crowd. Using social media and the help of the friends, families and neighbors of victims (and suspects), Homicide Watch puts together a lucid portrait of every homicide.

A database for the dead

Homicide …

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