I just added a possibility to follow the latest qik.com videos from the sidebar of this site. It’s located on the right hand sidebar.
I quite ofter take my Nokia E71 from my pocket and start broadcasting. It may be something I see, a new idea or meeting someone interesting. If you happen to visit the site while I’m doing live streaming, it will be available live. Otherwise, the latest broadcast is viewable.
Any comments on those videos are welcome, since I’m testing how ad hoc reporting really works.
I was walking back from a customer meeting through Kamppi mall in Helsinki, when I noticed a stand with Nokia Research Center logo.
I started streaming with my E71 and walked in for this interview
The interview is in Finnish only, and here’s a short description of key points.
Nokia Research Center is piloting mobile shopping catalogue with WLAN-based location services. The application gives you details onshops and special promotions. Eventually you will be able to login with your Facebook credentials and share your location with your friends within the mall.
Since GPS are not functional inside, the mall is using a network of WLAN access points to figure out where you and your people are.
Bobba is mobile, which means you can participate when you are away from your desk. Fine. But you can’t participate from your computer. I was bobbaing from the office, and I had to use my tiny cell instead of the big screen with full keyboard and mouse. Why?
If making your own room look nice is a key feature, why there is no easier way to do it?
Besides of playing Fab5, all you can do is to chat with the people in same room. When you chat, you need to meet with the other people in the same place (room), at the same time. The messages you write will disappear when new ones appear on the screen. What did we talk about 10 minutes ago? Can’t return to that discussion.
Now how 1990s is that? Can you expect a group of adults get online just for a chat, and agree the time beforehand through some other media? I think there are many other more effective ways to practice social interaction, online and offline. It’s hard to see any good community building features in Bobba.
And don’t get me wrong. I’d like to think myself as an early adapter. One part of my job is to try to find new exciting business models and market them effectively. I’m not being jealous, and I always try to find the potential in any service.
This time it’s too hard. With the current offering, I can’t see the hook.
Then again, the hook may not be visible to us yet. Maybe it has something to do with adult entertainment? Maybe they start offering commercial “items” and give them out for free for the community leaders. Just need the community first.
Ok, peeps. That’s my first thoughts and experiences. Please prove me wrong. I’m more than happy to tell the world about great things coming out.
In these times we need positive news. Please.
EDIT: I have to mention that Arctic Startupwrote about this earlier. I didn’t read the article before I wrote mine, but now I have to say that I’m not alona with my opinion.
I’m starting find usable applications for streaming video from my mobile phone. Different services and technologies have been around for a while, but I just didn’t know what’s the whole point in using them.
Here’s one example – sharing ad hoc content easily.
This morning I was taking a tram to my Office Nomad site at Codento, when I bumbed into Jozsef Pap from RunToShop. I realized that I could actually take advantage of the moment and start sharing our ad hoc discussion with other people as well.
Here’s the very first and very short Tramterview. It’s in Finnish but next time we’ll do English.
This is done with my great Nokia E71, running Qik video streaming service over 384k (!) 3G connection from a moving tram. No editing whatsoever.
It officially started today. The most important mobile expo in the world.
If you are not present (I’m not), you still want to be one of the first to hear what’s going on. I’ve listed some online channels that are busy during this week. If you know any other good ones, let me know in the comments and I’ll add them to the list.
Something quite special is going on in Finland. The government is about to sign a law that would allow various organisations to read the email contents from the users of their own networks. This includes companies, libraries, kindergardens and many others.
Many people think this new law is against privacy laws, and have started a citizen movement that resists the new law. This law is called “Lex Nokia”, since Nokia is a big supporter of the law, claiming that it allows them to prevent employees leaking out classified information and thus stop industrial espionnage.
There are many sources in Finnish for this information, in English one of the hottest resources is Helsingin Sanomat.
The citizen movement started to run their own ads on national TV this morning. The advertising space is paid by individuals and the production was made by volunteers.
There has been a great deal of buzz about Fruugo during the last few months. This “biggest startup in Finland”, “Jorma Ollila and Risto Siilasmaa venture”, “Tekes funds their fun” and “most NDAs in Helsinki” rumoured company is now finally starting to unwrap from their stealth position.
I had a pleasure to be in the first group of non-NDA intros on the current Fruugo beta couple of days ago. This means I have access to their system. I can use it and even buy stuff (which I’m propably gonna do during the weekend). Yes, it’s still in beta, but it works!
I’m not going to give you a tour around the user experience of Fruugo, that is being covered already by Startupbin, who attended the same group with me. Also, for screenshots of the service in Fruugo photostream in Flickr.
How’s their business outlook?
Instead of judging a system like Fruugo by it’s cover, I think we should look at the business model they are providing. Before getting to talk to Fruugo people and seeing how the system will function, I had my expectations high.
I was thinking that this is a chance to make ecommerce really happening by removing the obvious obstacles that have slowed down the wider use of international business
Trusting the merchant
Trusting the buyer
Complex it systems required
Challenges with international payment systems
Problems with the logistics
Problems with customs and other related paperwork
I knew that if Fruugo can solve most of these problems, they will be very successful.
And glad I was, when I was presented how Fruugo will work. Let’s see:
Trusting the merchant. Fruugo will check the background of all merchants in the system. They will also make sure that customers’ are being served by offering Fruugo customer service – someone to get in touch with and solve the problems with.
Trusting the buyer. Fruugo will take care of the customer side as well. Fruugo has their own “fraud management” system, that clarifies the problems with buyers behaving badly.
IT-systems. Instead of having to invest huge amount of money into websales systems, Fruugo will only need to have an interface with merchant IT-system. If the merchant is not selling online yet, there is no need to start a new multilingual webstore – just integrate the current system with Fruugo, and you’re good to go.
International payments. Fruugo has it. Customers pay with the systems they normally use in their country, and in their preferred currency.
Language problems. Not to worry anymore. Fruugo is localised in your own language, but you can also choose multiple languages that you understand. My primary language in the system is Finnish, but I also said I can use Swedish and English. When searching products, I can do a search using any of the languages, and I get the results in my primary language. If I was to seach for “hame”, “kjol” and “skirt”, I would always get a nice selection of skirts, in Finnish.
Logistics. This is something that may be in their future pipeline. Now the logistics are taken care by the merchant, but is of course automated and supported by Fruugo knowledge.
Customs. At this point Fruugo doesn’t really need to help with the customs, since their markets are within the EU. I personally believe this will be solved, once Fruugo expands outside of the EU.
Fruugo will start opening to limited number of users gradually. First they will take Finland, and very soon after that Sweden. It is expected, that Fruugo is available in most of Europe during this spring.
I had the opportunity to talk to Fruugo CEO Juha Usva and VP of Marketing Janne Waltonen about this. They are very convinsing, down-to-earth, cut-the-crap and brightvisioned with Fruugo and their opportunity. No, there is no company jet or huge parties. Fruugo is not hosting huge parties.
They are working hard to provide something that will hopefully change the way people do ecommerce.
According to numerous official and unofficial rumors, lot of activity has been going on around Nokia HQ in Espoo lately.
Many people working with great ideas have been seen to visit the Nokia House, but very few knew why. Thanks to the great social media bulletins, there are some facts and rumors to be shared.
A pure fact is that Nokia announced that they are buying OZ Communications, a Montreal based IM company. Read the press release here.
On the rumor side, Jaiku and Twitter are proposing that Nokia would also buy Zipipop, the Finnish creator of Zipiko mobile service. Zipicom people are denying the rumor, but there must be something to it.
Apparently the rumor started from this Canadian tweet combined with this and this Jaiku stream. Zipicom CEO Helene Auramo is denying this rumour on both Twitter and Jaiku.
It will be also interesting to see what ArcticStartup, the leading startup resource in Northern Europe, will say about this rumor.
A lot seems to be happening in Helsinki start up scene. Let’s keep the channels open.
DHL called in earlier today. They had an envelope from Abingdon in UK. W00t? Are they starting to anthrax us again?
I was surprised to see that inside there was a nice goody bag from WOM World. The funniest thing in it for me was the key chain from Helsinki. Also, the “luggage tags” with real bar codes was cool as well. And the memory stick had some interesting videos inside… Maybe someone’s gonna share them for the rest of the world? Thanks, guys! (And no, the E71 was NOT in the envelope)
Well, my intention for this blog was to talk about the great network of people around things mobile. I know quite a few people from my long history, but last couple of weeks has still been some of the most interesting with regards to knowing new, interesting people and networking with them. Because of the Nokia Open Lab 08 I’ve started being more active in Twitter, getting some more international (non-nordic) friends on Jaiku, and most of all learned so many new interesting web resources.
The best place to find them at the moment is to go womhelsinki08 wiki, which is adding links to the online content of the participants.
So, I did attend Nokia Open Lab event. And it was great! I had great expectations about this event, and the event fullfilled all of those and beyond. Amazing.
The event itself had some 40 participants all around the world, or should I say all around the Internet…Great personalities with strong views about everything and anything. I could have spent a whole full day just talking with every single attendee. Can you imagine how this type of people can contribute and yes, co-create?
One whole day was spent on four workshops:
Join the share (by James Whatley)
Join the journey (by Glenn Letham)
Join the fun (by Anne Toole)
Join and collaborate (by CT Moore)
Everyone attended the lively discussions with lot of enthusiasm. The results are available all over the web, good place to start looking is the event homepage. You may also try tag nokiaopenlab08
The second day we had an honor of listening to Adam Greenfield and Udo Szabo. They made some very interesting points. I’m really looking forward to read Adam’s next book, The City is here for you to use.
The best moments of the event were though the discussions, where so many different opinions, ideas, viewpoints and pieces of information were exchanged.
A big hand for Nokia for arranging such a great event. I’m really looking forward to next one, and I hope I will be able to attend.
I will later share some information about the people I met and a bunch of links to some very interesting blogs.
Thanks Nokia and all the attendees! Thanks JP and the team!
And as we say here in Finland “Thank you very many!”