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Surgery Days 2007 in Helsinki

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I visited the surgery days at the Helsinki Exhibition Center last week and will add some pictures to my blog.

KK-Net Global Operations

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We are planning the next stage. This is includes a global spread of "IBM TMBC PMEU ATP Mobile Services".

This service can be used in several industries:

Pulp and PaperBoard manufcaturingFood packagingWater treatment plantsFood productionThe first stage is about total microbiological control.

The second stage is about improving quality.
Paper qualityNew paper qualitiesNew productsBio-based productsBio-based control strategies

The financial crisis explained

Yes, there is some turbulence. Here is a great video explaining what is happening in the market.

Take a look and learn from YouTube how the market works.

You get the advice when to sell and what the signs are for buying.

There is also some advice about when to jump out of the window.

Please, make sure you do it from the ground floor window.

The financial crisis explained.

US banking crisis hits IT industry - PC Magazine

US banking crisis hits IT industry - PC Magazine: "Shares in Cisco Systems fell more than nine per cent in after-hours trading on Wednesday, fuelling concern that the financial crisis in US banks could limit IT spending. The sub-prime mortgage has hit major US banks, which are among the world's biggest purchasers of IT. As a result, US business growth is expected to remain unpredictable, said Cisco chief executive John Chambers, in a conference call to discuss the group's first quarter results."

Helge: I heard some rumors about the depth of the banking crisis in US. We're still in the beginning of understanding. There is more to come.

European Infomation Society

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Daily Issue - 28 November 2007 RemindersEVENT ANNOUNCEMENTBroadband Europe 20073 December 2007 - 6 December 2007 Antwerp, BelgiumThis event aims to give a comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art and trends in the multi-disciplinary field of broadband networks and services. It gathers R&D people and decision makers from industry, providers, research institutes, academia, standards and government organisations. The event will also feature an international trade-show.New in the LibrarySPEECHViviane Reding, Member of the European Commission responsible for Information Society and Media, Europe's evolving single market for telecoms: the future challenges of cooperation between the European Commission and National Regulatory AuthoritiesConference "Is it the right TIME?"- The future regulation of the Telecom, Informatics, Media and Entertainment sector in the EU, Budapest, 26 November 2007 SPEECHViviane Reding, Member of the European Commission responsible for Infor…

Flickr Photoalbum

I've a Flickr account but didn't really use it. I've been looking at some of the other Yahoo features and try to learn what they could be good for. This is what Flickr writes to me.

From: FlickrHQ Subject:Welcome to Flickr!
Welcome to Flickr!

You can use Flickr to:
Organize your photos in a meaningful way - http://flickr.com/photos/organize/

Share your photos and stay in touch with your friends and family - http://flickr.com/photos/friends/

Form a group for a wedding, reunion and event

Find beautiful, cool or intriguing photos

And much, much more!

When you invite people to join Flickr you are instantly connected to them. So invite people to join! You can click through people's profile pages to learn more about them, or search for others using their email address.

Try joining a group by browsing through the public groups that people have already started. Or if you want to have a special group just for you and your friends, create a private group.

To benefit …

Europe's Tech Startup Boom

Helge: The old continent seems to get a grasp about the new. Innovative start-ups are emerging around Europe. Business Week writes about the New Europe.

Europe's Tech Startup Boom: "There's plenty more startups like Garlik emerging in Europe these days, fueling a tech-investing boom not seen on the Continent since the dot-com days.

Successful serial entrepreneurs, cutting-edge technology, flush venture capital backing, and unfettered access to a continental talent pool: That quintessential Silicon Valley alchemy, once missing in Europe, is now powering venture investment to record levels.

Venture funds raised last year for startups and early-stage companies in Europe rose 60%, to $23.5 billion, according to data released June 12 by the European Venture Capital Assn.—the second-highest level since the record 22 billion euros raised in 2000."

China Town Kouvola and Vantaa

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There was a rumor about a new China Center in Vantaa. I haven't checked how things are proceeding in Kouvola. Take a look at the products at Nordic China Center web shop. The Kouvola Nordic China Center supports sales in Europe, Finland and Russian markets.

China Peking Oil and Olympics

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PEKING| The imminent crisis that petroleum holds for the global economy has long been the preoccupation of economists around the world and in the west especially.

The bigger picture involves mainly China, India and the United States, where demand for oil is rising very rapidly. In China, the annual growth in demand is over 10 percent, and this has been consistently driving prices up in recent years.

In the short term, it's very difficult to say where prices are heading. This winter might be hard in Central America. The unrest in Nigeria could continue, or a whole host of other problems could disrupt production, and prices might very well go above $100 a barrel.

What will happen in Iran before Bush leaves office? China is on the other side of the table. Oil, water, energy and raw-materials are a complex bundle in the global game for control and power over resources.

Now in particular, with prices of crude oil threatening to breach $100 a barrel, the question marks raised by this …

China Center Kouvola

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Last spring, we did have the opportunity to take a close look at the building of the China Center in Kouvola, Finland.

What's the status of this project today? Does anyone have hands-on additional information?

The Funded Palo Alto

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On November 15th, 2007, at an undisclosed location in the center of Palo Alto, all of questions about TheFunded.com will be answered to an audience of 100 carefully selected guests, hailing from top companies and venture firms.

The event is the first and only time where the detailed operations of TheFunded.com will be revealed:

Meet the Founding Member publicly for the first timeLearn how and why TheFunded.com was createdReview the detailed site operationsLook under the cover at never before seen data and featuresPreview upcoming toolsDiscuss the impact of the site on the venture capital industry
and fundraising process
As a bonus, all attendees will receive a free trial for premium offerings by TheFunded.com. In addition, the Top Ten Superstars of Venture Capital, voted by the site Membership, will be announced, and a senior editor of Wired magazine will run an audience question and answer session. There will be food, refreshments, and drinks, as well as time to socialize.

Inside TheFu…

Berners-Lee: Free The Mobile Internet

Berners-Lee: Free The Mobile Internet: "If only it wasn't filled with so many roadblocks. 'Lot's of people are still thinking in closed ways, and it is sometimes difficult to move away from proprietary formats and protocols,' Berners-Lee said during a keynote address at the inaugural Mobile Internet World conference in Boston yesterday. Burners-Lee is convinced that the right mix of standards, contextual content, location-based technology and user awareness will drive a more improved mobile Internet experience, compared to the Web experience we now have, which doesn't garner many rave reviews. 'Today's mobile Internet pretty much sucks,' said Emily Green, Yankee Group President and CEO. What with exorbitant billing rates for little info nuggets, multiple browsers to contend with and speed hassles, 'it's really not that good."

Helge: Mobile is still a gadget. It's a phone turned to camera. What else? There are aspirations for Inte…

How Google Works

How Google Works: "July 6, 2006 How Google Works Google's information management approach, which often goes unnoticed, is both highly effective and efficient. And may be the way other organizations deploy technology in the future."

Helge: I've been reading about the Google Mobile OS platform Android. The advice to look at "How Google Works" got me to take a look at this blog.
Android Mobile OS is promising free texting, flash support, VOIP, video conferencing, Photoshop your pictures, editing video on your phone, you name it. If you can dream it, developers can make it happen. Bloggers are predicting that the Android is going to be big in Japan. The Japanese are visionaries and in the forefront when it comes to mobile applications.Helge: The mobile and internet are merging.

IBM: The End Of Advertising As We Know It

IBM: The End Of Advertising As We Know It: "Traditional advertising players risk major revenue declines as budgets shift rapidly to new, interactive formats, which are expected to grow at nearly five times that of traditional advertising.

Helge: This also means a decline in paper use.

To survive in this new reality, broadcasters must change their mass audience mind-set to cater to niche consumer segments, and distributors need to deliver targeted, interactive advertising for a range of multimedia devices.

Helge: I agree, interactive is the real thing.

Advertising agencies must experiment creatively, become brokers of consumer insights, and guide allocation of advertising dollars amid exploding choices. All players must adapt to a world where advertising inventory is increasingly bought and sold in open exchanges vs. traditional channels…"

Helge: Exploding choices


i5invest - incubator, smart money, business angel, investment, web 2.0

i5invest - incubator, smart money, business angel, investment, web 2.0: "You have a brilliant idea? We can help you! i5invest stands for innovate - innovation management of new business ideas inspire - coaching of ventures incubate - offering synergetic management and tools for new ventures invest - seed funding and angel rounds internationalize - taking ventures global If you have great business ideas you want us to support or invest in, send your business plan to: ideas@i5invest.com What is a great business idea? And how should a business plan look?"

i5invest stands for

innovate - innovation management of new business ideas

inspire - coaching of ventures

incubate - offering synergetic management
and tools for new ventures

invest - seed funding and angel rounds

internationalize - taking ventures global
Helge: Good to know.

Seesmic Loic Le Meur

The service can be described as a video based Twitter, although it is also much more than that.

The grand vision behind Seesmic is for it to become a very open online video/television service where people are constantly interacting around both user generated and professional content. A lot of the functionality behind that vision won’t be built for a while, though. For now, they are sticking to the basics.
But a key foundation of the service, right from the start, is that the service is very open with user data, both inbound and outbound.Source: YouTube and TechCrunch

A Brand You World: Global Summit: Evangelizing Evangelists to Build a Business and Build Your Brand

Helge: building brand evangelism...

A Brand You World: Global Summit: Evangelizing Evangelists to Build a Business and Build Your Brand: "Evangelizing Evangelists to Build a Business and Build Your Brand Guy_kawasaki

An entrepreneur panel moderated by Guy Kawasaki In today’s market place, building brand evangelists for your product or service – be it your customers, employees or partners – is one of the most effective ways to build your business. Evangelism, as defined by author, consultant and entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki, is the process of of convincing people to believe in your product or idea as much as you do.

Guy is an expert on how to find, train and recruit new evangelists.and has presented and written extensively on the subject. In this panel, Guy will be asking other top marketing and business experts to share their perspectives on how they have created buzz and used new technology to build their own brands and create their own team of brand evangelists."

SmartPhoneToday: News: Apple, O2 to Launch iPhone in UK on Friday

Helge: Apple in Europe.

SmartPhoneToday: News: Apple, O2 to Launch iPhone in UK on Friday: "Apple, O2 to Launch iPhone in UK on Friday By James Alan Miller November 6, 2007 Click to View This Friday at 6:02 folks in the UK will become the first people outside the U.S. to 'officially' get a chance to purchase the iPhone. It'll go for £269 (about $538) - including VAT - with a 18 month contract from mobile operator O2. As Apple is doing on this side of the pond, it’ll limit sales to e two iPhones per person.

Helge: UK to start with iPhone...

In addition to being available from O2, you'll be able to buy the iPhone directly from Apple and at Carphone Warehouse stores. That's a total of 1,300 locations and online. Tariffs (data plans) start at £35 per month for 200 minutes voice, 200 SMS messages and unlimited data, going up to £45 ($90) for 600 minutes and 500 messages and £55 ($110) for 1200 minutes and 500 messages.

Helge: The price, the plan and the unlimited da…

Apaja Online Entertainment Oy

Apaja Online Entertainment Oy: "1.75 M EUR INVESTMENT FROM MARTINSON TRIGON VC fund invests into development and internationalization of Apaja's gaming community Martinson Trigon Venture Partners (MTVP), a private equity partnership focusing exclusively on technology, media and telecom sectors, has invested 1.75 million Euros into Apaja Online Entertainment.

Helge: This is a new company to me. I don't follow gaming but I understand the potential of it.

- We liked Apaja's unique concept and excellent management team. We believe that the company is set to have a good position in fast-growing casual gaming market, says Allan Martinson, Managing Partner of Martinson Trigon Venture Partners.

Helge: Unique and excellent...sounds cute.

Martinson has also been named as a member of Apaja's Board of Directors. - We shared a similar vision with MTVP regarding Playray's future development and we are excited to have them on board.

Helge: Sharing the vision...Ahaa.

In our s…

Google is up to something with

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Google has announced OpenSocial, a new open API for social networks. The new standard will allow developers to create Facebook-like apps on any social network site that implements it with the same calls. The open API will have three parts

PeopleStorageActivity stream
"All of these calls will have a GData counterpart and they will use HTML and Javascript only. Google is considering adding OAuth (Radar post) to the API." Writes CubicGarden.

This is huge because finally we're starting to see a common standard being build into different social networks. There are some caveats however like no support for Facebook or Myspace. But good to see Plaxo and Linkedin involved in this API project.

Futurists about Internet ten years ago

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The End of Command and Control

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I've been looking into old files. This is from 1996.

ALLIED by Jeneane Sessum

Helge: There is already a second life of Kat Herding. Have a nice week-end

ALLIED by Jeneane Sessum: "Kat Herding and Jeremy Outerbridge will long live on in our hearts, but when the photographer whose photos we purchased/licensed decided to threaten legal action over the matter (even though I believe the photos were technically used for purposes under which they were licensed), the fact is that we gave up. At the time we were, uh, slightly engaged in other crises of magnificent proportion. So we both tore down our identities, and some of the most creative alter-blogging in the blogosphere went see-ya-later-bye."

Myspace & Google Join Forces on Social App Development

Myspace & Google Join Forces on Social App Development: "Myspace & Google Join Forces on Social App Development MySpace and Google are joining forces to launch OpenSocial — a set of common APIs for building social applications across the web.

Helge: I got some news about this yesterday.

The partnership spearheads an initiative to standardize and simplify the development of social applications. “Our partnership with Google allows developers to gain massive distribution without unnecessary specialized development for every platform,” said Chris DeWolfe, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of MySpace.

Helge: Integration, standardization and collaboration...sounds good.

“This is about helping the start-up spend more time building a great product rather than rebuilding it for every social network. We’re pleased to collaborate with Google to establish a landmark standard for social applications.”

Helge: This is a clever approach.

As a founding member of OpenSocial, MySpace will…

ECRM Guide

ECRM Guide: "A true small business has anywhere from two to about 25 employees (or at the most 50), is owner-managed and does not have a professional-management layer of vendor capital (i.e., growth is organic).

Helge: Good to know US Small Biz definition.

NetBooks claims that according to the U.S. Census, IRS and Small Business Administration numbers there are 5.1 million true small businesses in the country. A true small business is very different from a small enterprise, Evers said.

Helge: Differentiation of small business and small enterprise.

For example, while NetBooks has 40 employees, Evers said his company isn't a true small businesses between it's planning to grow much bigger. In fact, he said, NetBooks uses Netsuite to run its business. But just because a business doesn't plan to grow beyond 50 employees doesn't mean the owner doesn't want, or need, to control all aspects of his or her business through one centralized dashboard.

Helge: How to manage a s…

Computers Seen Selling Briskly in Holiday Season

Computers Seen Selling Briskly in Holiday Season: "Personal computers are likely to be among this holiday season's best-selling gifts as consumers upgrade to higher-performance systems and switch to notebook PCs, but the highest demand is coming from outside the United States.

Helge: The global market is growing. New users are emerging.

Sales are being driven by falling component prices, entertainment applications such as games, videos and music, growing demand for portable machines and consumer adoption of Microsoft Corp's Windows Vista operating system.

Helge: Price as a driving force. More people can afford.

Those trends are stoking sales of computers from Hewlett-Packard Co, Dell Inc, Apple Inc and Acer Inc, among others, according to researchers. A weaker dollar is helping drive sales in Europe. 'A lot of laptops go with the gifts under the trees,' said Gregory Spierkel, chief executive of Ingram Micro Inc, the world's largest distributor of PCs and comput…