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Startup Sauna in Silicon Valley

Week five of the Aalto Startup Sauna was spent in Palo Alto and San Francisco. Selected Sauna teams had a chance to visit VCs, network with partners, and in general inhale the startup way of living. Mobile Brain Bank met with a number of possible investors, namely BlueRun Ventures, Sigma Partners, DFJ, and Altos. The […]

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It’s been a month already

Fourth week of Startup Sauna is behind us, can’t believe it’s been a month. Monday started with a colorful pitching trainig with Aape Pohjavirta. He is a lively and  inspiring coach, and I was able to squeeze Mobile Brain Bank’s pitch into a clear value proposal with three supporting arguments – very happy. He also […]

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Third week of Startup Sauna

The Monday of Mobile Brain Bank’s Aalto Startup Sauna started with a jetlag, taking my time to let all of the NYC learnings sink in and document those. One feedback came to me over and over: I need to make buying easier. With a plain match-making service customers felt that they are taking too much […]

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ad:tech New York

I spent the second week of Startup Sauna in New York, promoting Mobile Brain Bank at ad:tech and other events. (meanwhile in Finland they had a cooking challenge and judging by the pics I missed out on some yammy stuff). Ad:tech was great. Mobile and Tablets were everywhere, and it is clear that “Mobile First” […]

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First week in Startup Sauna

It’s Friday and I’m exhausted. This was the first week of Aalto University’s tough startup incubation program, the Startup Sauna. This is what they say that happens there: “During the Startup Sauna, the selected teams work intensively to develop their business model, technology & its applications, and early market entry. The teams graduating will be […]

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update on Mobile Africa

Dear friends of Mobile Africa, I am happy to be able to deliver a great progress report on Mobile Africa – Europe’s largest and most innovative happening on mobile opportunities in Africa. This magnificent event will take place on September 30th in Helsinki, Finland. The day will be opened by His Excellency, LMS Mngqikana, Ambassador […]

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Making mobile work for social entrepreneurs

I’m meeting Stephen Wolak from Vodafone and Betavine tomorrow. Betavine is an open community, run by Vodafone R&D, where developers can create applications, learn, and discuss developer related stuff.

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Helsinki Twestival

Twestival, the Twitter festival, is a global charity event that takes place in 250+ cities on March 25th 2010. Mobile Brain Bank is proud to co-organize Helsinki’s part of the chain. Helsinki Twestival will be a great party where people meet offline for one night, have fun and do some good for an important cause […]

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You never know

A nice story in the newspaper today about a small construction company who was called to fix a lady’s wall because her dog had scratched it. The entrepreneur was not too big-headed to take the job. The lady liked their work so much that she asked the company to renovate her whole house. A bit […]

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Drinks & Pitch in London

Next London synapse is held on April 13, at 6 pm at the Clachan Pub in SoHo. Drinks and start-up pitches, kindly offered by Grow VC. More information and registration here

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