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Summer of Startups week 5 – Tallinn & Lessons learned

I’m Miguel from VitaSensis. We are developing a motion sensor device for the elderly market. We come to SoS from a different path than the other teams. We are a kind of an exchange startup from Oporto university incubator, promoted by Startup Pirates, the startup exchange program. We welcome this opportunity, because we were already planning to be here, and …

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Summer of Startups week 4 – Half over or half to go?

Greetings from team GroundUp! We have been enjoying the roller coaster ride that is SoS 2012, and we are tickled pink to bring you Week 4′s blog post update. First, our quick backstory: We are a team of 3 engineering, business and design minds, working to engage and empower the concerned individuals who want to make a positive difference in …

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Summer of Startups week 2 – customer focus & paper prototyping

Hi, we are team Arency. We bridge the gap between reality and virtual world. We help people to choose, to decorate and to buy the best furniture with our services. Over the week, our idea has been developed under invaluable guidance from the mentors and several helpful workshops organized by the Aaltoes team. The first and most important we learnt from last week …

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Summer of Startups week 1 – What are we all about?

We are netMedi –bringing doctors and patients together. Have you ever woken up in the morning feeling sick, but still not sure if to go to the doctor? Have you been to the doctor, and afterwards wondered what the diagnosis was or what the follow-up actions should be? Difficulties in doctor-patient communication should not be a health risk. netMedi will solve these problems …

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Summer of Startups kickoff – Build it

Summer of Startups 2012 batch teams had a great opportunity to kick-off the presence in the program with an intensive, practical and hands-on Build it hackathon. The idea behind this weekend long activity was to focus on practice and building rather than theory and planning. Since Build it is one of many Aaltoes activities it was open to the public …

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Summer of Startups adding momentum to the Kickoff with Caterina Fake!

As a swan song for the tremendously inspirational Founders’ week, SoS decided to kick-off this year’s program with top gear! On top of Sami Inkinen’s inspirational keynote, we’ll be having a fireside chat with one of  the most influential female founders Caterina Fake, the co-founder of Flickr. As one of the principal “Web 2.0″ sites, Flickr integrates features such as social …

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[Ebootcamp] How It All Ended

Ebootcamp gave me a serious indigestion problem. You know too many lessons can kill people. What a tremendous source of inspiration(I am not exaggerating!)  Anyway here are the three most crucial lessons that I hand-picked to share with you guys. I tried not to overlap with Lauri’s points.   1. Dualistic approach: be smart and optimistic Vinod khosla was after all …

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Every Road Leads to Startups

I and DH had the honor to lead the startup tours organized for the international E-Bootcampers. So both Wednesday and Thursday the basic rhythm of waking up before 6am and going to bed around 2am went on. Even though having been several times to the Bay Area, it (once again) definitely had something new to offer. Tesla, making electric cars without …

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Back to the Bootcamp

A few weeks ago two Aaltoes guys, Juho and DH, got a mission: to join E-bootcamp and help out the organizers of the event as a partner. Although it was such a creepy idea to go back to bootcamp once again – we’ve already served 3 years in total in military – we quickly sensed that it’s going to be …

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Summer as a Turning Point

This is a guest post by Hanna Toivonen & Kiki Ylimutka, both Summer of Startups alumni from last year. The original post can be read here. Summer of Startups, the Y-Combinator -like Start-up accelerator program of Finland, selected us and 10 other teams from 74 Finnish and international teams. For 10 weeks our idea and us were kicked, crunched and …

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Lessons Learned from SoS

This is a guest post by Alexey Solomatin (August 6, 2011), a Summer of Startups alumni from last year. You can read the original post here in English and here in Russian. Your idea isn’t that unique and there are competitors. No matter how genius you are, it isn’t exactly true. Even the most innovative idea, had been attempted to …

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The Summer that Changed My Life

This is a guest post by Claudio Camacho, a Summer of Startups alumni from last year. Melting snow, +5 degrees, sunny mornings and lots, lots of fresh ideas. It has been exactly one year since I applied to the Summer of Startups program, and it will be difficult to explain, in words, how much my life has changed ever since. …

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Seeing Sites and Sightseeing

Saturday – last day in Cali. A day for visiting as many interesting places as possible, a day for reflection and a day for dreaming. We started the day off with a “pilgrimage” to Google and Facebook. It was lame. Neither one let us in (perhaps because it was Saturday and they had no idea we were coming) but at …

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A Date in a Sauna

Morning coffee with Forrest from STVP in Coupa Café further clarified some of our thoughts from yesterday. A more detailed discussion about the Mayfield Fellows program further convinced us that this is something that could be implemented in Aalto. It doesn’t require a lot of resources and should definitely be integrated with the upcoming curriculum. After meeting with Forrest we …

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Stanford. Wow.

The conference being over, we rented a car and headed south towards Palo Alto and Stanford. First of all, the change of venue was more than welcome and we all felt alive again as we drove along the highway in the sunshine. None of us really knew what to expect from the Stanford campus, but as we pulled up to …

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