Summer of Startups week 1 – Why are we here?

Summer of Startups kick-off week was amazing. We got to hear some insightful keynotes (Aape Pohjavirta, Mikael Gummerus, Moaffak Ahmed, Tuomas Enbuske, Ramine Darabiha), competed in sales, had BBQ and got to build our services and products. This week our team, Altti and Saara, renamed our service to Modo Butiko (“fashion shop” in Esperanto) - which apparently is such a…

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The Night is Dark and Full of Hackers

Startup founders work 16 hours a day, seven days a week. Still, they find time to roam networking events, conferences and many kinds of get-togethers in the startup scene, all the while surviving with a minimal budget, eating only cereal. At least that's the public image founders like to keep up. Summer of Startups is a community of founders. We…

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Ready to Pitch your business idea?

More than 20 enthusiastic participants said “YES” and took part at Paahtamo Pitch It during the Yritystä Stadiin event on May 14th. Aaltoes was happy to organize the pitching with the help of fantastic judges, who made this event absolutely amazing for both participants and audience. The annual and renewed Yritystä Stadiin event was held at Vanha Ylioppilastalo for the…

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Summer of Startups 2013 Teams Unveiled

This summer Startup Sauna will be full of enthusiastic teams hacking away with their products. The teams will be taking part in Summer of Startups which was founded by Aaltoes and is organized for the fourth time. This year ten teams with interesting ideas and lots of talent were selected to the program. Most of the teams are developing web services…

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Welcome to Startup Weekend Helsinki on May 24-26!

The most well-known startup hackathon, Startup Weekend, is coming to Finland! Startup Weekend Helsinki is held at the Open Innovation House in Otaniemi, which means a whole weekend for fun, joy and hard work. There’s still a few tickets left on Eventbrite! Startup Weekend is a Seattle based non-profit organization powered by the Kauffman Foundation. The events are weekend-long, 54-hour hackathons for developers, business…

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Taneli Tikka’s Three Lessons to First-Time Starters

The first week of Come to Sauna was a blast! We had Taneli Tikka as a guest speaker for an Aaltoes Talk. Taneli is an experienced serial entrepreneur and angel investor, and at the moment, he's filling his time as the managing director of Wunderkraut. Taneli had three things to pass on to first-time starters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5z06FPgVg5A 1. Take the human side…

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The New Startup Sauna Batch Is Here!

The Sauna is filled with people working - which is an exciting turn of events - as the Startup Sauna program started this week. 15 international teams were selected to the accelerator program from seven countries. Their business ideas range from Scandinavian design loudspeakers to underwater inspections with the most advanced echo sounding techniques. Check out all the teams at startupsauna.com!…

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Aaltoes Wappu 2013 – There’s Pictures!

Wappu is the time of the year, when all work stops, people don their student caps, and everyone enjoys a glass or two of sparkling wine. We decided to enjoy our wappu with a lounge setting, accompanied with a grill and large boombox speakers. Here's photos of our wappu feelings! We enjoyed a perfect weather, with the sun shining and…

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GitHub: Distributed, Asynchronous and Self-Directed

On Thursday evening, we had John, the "Resident Hitchhiker" of GitHub drop by Startup Sauna to chat about the culture of the famed hosting service/social network for software developers, and the way they work. Here's a few of John's points of what forms the basis of GitHub culture 1) Free food, toys in the office, limitless vacation  - they are perks,…

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The Most Charming Startups in Helsinki

On 5th of April 2013, Startup Crawl took place in central Helsinki. More than 80 excited participants and five wonderful startups made this event absolutely awesome. And of course, we had a great afterparty with our crawlers and hosts at Helmi. Thanks to the charming startups - DealDash, drawElements, Holvi, Meetin.gs and ThingLink - for hosting our teams! The goal of the event was to make the startup scene in Helsinki more…

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