Swipe, the first cloud-based presentation service which works beautifully in any browser and on any sized screen or device, launches today. After five months of private beta testing, users can drag-and-drop to upload files (including JPEG/PNG/RAW images, PDFs, Keynote, Markdown, etc.), add other web content such as Vimeo and YouTube videos and get a simple link to share the resulting content to anyone.
The end to boring presentations
The company aims to change the historically boring presentation and slide paradigm, with the belief that any file type can be a “slide” and that anyone should be able to share a presentation live from any device to any number or types of other devices. Read full article
Global Entrepreneurship Week is here. Lots of exciting startup events taking place all over Norway this week. Make sure to find the ones close to you. This is a good excuse to explore some of the great things happening on your local startup scene.
If there is anything you should read today, (except the forecast and the labels on your medication) it should be this entrepreneurfriendly newspaper made by Startup Weekend Bergen in collaboration with COX Bergen. In fact, you can actually read the whole thing right here.
Online Marketing Webinar for aspiring entrepreneurs
Are you curious about how to build an international start-up? Ever thought of how managers launch their start-ups on a global platform and the kind of marketing and business strategies they use for a successful launch?
If not, then now is the time to curb your curiosity and indulge yourselves into the exciting world of building successful start-ups. Rocket Internet, the biggest start-up incubators in the world, in association with one of its youngest ventures, CupoNation, is going to host a special event for students and young professionals from Business, Marketing and other co-related fields and help them lay their founding steps into the start-up culture.
There’s a harmful theory popping up around the internet that entrepreneurs are born, not made. Tell a kid they’ll never be good at maths and most likely that’s what they’ll believe and they won’t try. This knocking down on confidence is exactly what the ‘good entrepreneurs have good genes’ theory is doing and although some factors of the argument aren’t untrue, its foundation is rocky: it presumes that ‘one size fits all’ works for defining an entrepreneur. But you know what? Entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes and just because you weren’t born into a family of serial business-founders doesn’t mean you’re destined to never be one yourself. We need to nip this one in the bud before it becomes a popular train of thought that dampens the spirits of hopeful future entrepreneurs.
@wonderloopme starts accepting users to their social discovery service that connect people through video profiles - link
“3 Takeaways from the Global Entrepreneurship Summit”
Wondered what the two lucky young entrepreneurs, who we we sent to take part in Global Startup Youth, learnt during their time in Malaysia? One half of the team, Thomas (who you can read more about here) has written a blog post about his key learnings from GSY.
His post shares his three main takeaways from the nine day trip to Kuala Lumpur, where he attended Global Startup Youth (GSY) and Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES). As a somewhat “Startup Weekend-esque event (on steroids)”, as described by Thomas, and a potential arena for culture-clashing, it was an event that could certainly teach entrepreneurs a thing or two about the global startup culture, regardless of how many years they have in the field.
Choose your next date in 5 seconds? There’s an app for that.
Imagine a person forming their opinion of you within five seconds of meeting you. I bet you’re feeling that it would be unfair, too quick, judgemental or edging on offensive. But that is what happens and we all do it. Your brain goes through a thousand and one thoughts about a person within a few seconds of meeting them, whether it be a potential new boss, partner for life or the cashier at your local shop.
Runner-ups of Startup Weekend Oslo latched on to this idea and created 5seconds, a dating app that encourages you to make swift decisions about a person and puts the ‘fun’ back into speed-dating. Here’s what Martin Jensen, a member of the team, has to say about it…
Startup Weekend Oslo: Catching up with the winners!
While the vast majority of Oslo’s entrepreneurs have been swarming to join in on Oslo Innovation Week, a select few have been working away until the wee hours. The winners of Startup Weekend Oslo (SWOslo), Weather Wear, are no exception. I caught up with Christine Lillian Portch, the one who initially dreamt up the idea behind Weather Wear, to find out how their first week as a funded startup has gone.
Weather Wear is an idea brewed up by Christine when she worked as a pre-school teacher and saw the need for parents to be able to choose suitable clothing for their children, whatever the occasion and weather. It’s an app which can’t guarantee to be tantrum-free (no princess dress on a rainy day!?) but can promise to be fuss-free and make parental lives that little bit easier.
@forgerock partners with @salesforce to provide single-sign-on across private networks and the salesforce cloud. - link
Startup Weekend Oslo: Saturday
For those who haven’t tried it, it’s difficult to imagine how a small team can create a product in 54 hours, but when you step into the Startup Weekend atmosphere, you’ll understand: It’s because they want to make it happen. Pure and simple. These guys (and girls) are powering through coding, market research and plenty of post-it notes, fuelled on determination and the chatter of big plans being made around them. “There’s the same energy here as any Startup Weekend,” said Frank Denbow, founder of Startup Threads. “The people may be different but they have the same attitude.” And isn’t that fantastic? This means is that we’re part of a movement and group of like-minded entrepreneurs, across the globe, who just want to create something people love.
It’s a hard thing, to give up your baby: to share your startup idea with someone who has the skills and network to maybe take it all away from you. It’s all too easy to try to do everything yourself, but easy doesn’t equal quality. The act of finding someone, however, who can help you turn your idea into a viable product is essential.