Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Via Unknown Country: This object was recorded during an airshow by three different witnesses, all from different angles. One video would mean that the object could have been a bird flying at close range to the camera, but not three. In the third video especially, the object's motion suggests that it is not a bird or close-flying insect. The object is not the plane creating the contrail. It is the small bright object that races past in all three videos, showing no contrail.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Via Business Insider: When you've finally managed to turn your passion into a full-time paid position, what could possibly make you want to quit it less than a year later? Social media addict and digital marketeer Maral Kalajian has some unique answers to this question. The wide-smiled, curly-haired Stockholmer is currently among the most instantly-recognisable faces in the Swedish capital's tech scene. But in January she announced she is stepping down from her job as Digital, Marketing and Community Manager for STING, the Nordic accelerator behind startups including smart guitar developer Mind Music Labs, children’s gaming company Peppy Pals and wearable tech firm Light Flex. It's a role Kalajian was headhunted for last February after three years of obsessively posting about Stockholm's startup boom. She spent the following year repeatedly gushing about how she'd tweeted herself into a "dream job", even describing it as her "STINGerella" story. "It was a hobby for me to be active in the tech scene and then it was something that I managed to get paid for", beams the 36-year-old. Originally from Lebanon, she moved to Sweden as a student ten years ago and was looking for her way out of a role in corporate communications for Philips when she accepted the job at STING. "They asked if I could just keep doing what I was doing — tweeting and going to lots of networking events every week. It was an easy decision". But she faced a much harder choice at the end of 2016 when — days after being listed as among the 100 most influential names in the Scandinavian startup scene by tech site The Nordic Web — she was approached by the CEO of one of the companies STING had supported, and asked if she would consider jumping ship. "It came from nowhere. I was absolutely not looking for a new job", she insists. However by mid-January she'd sealed the deal during a bizarre business meeting — a snowy evening walk through central Stockholm park Humlegården, in teeth-chattering -16C temperatures. "You know when you don't feel your hands, you don't feel your nose! But then when this founder came and we started talking, everything else just disappeared. He is someone really special," explains Kalajian, adding that the unusual location for their meeting came down to “time pressures” and a shared passion for nature. The name of this snow-loving CEO has been a mystery since Kalajian announced her resignation last month. But she has exclusively told Business Insider that her new boss is Hjalmar Nilssone, the founder of Swedish energy Artificial Intelligence startup Watty, where she'll take on the role of Marketing and Communications Manager later this month. The 22-employee company, which last year raised 3 million euros in funding, has designed smart AI technology to help customers cut costs and limit emissions by measuring their consumption. With intense speculation on social media previously suggesting that Kalajian had been poached by a global venture capitalist firm, a big-name brand in London or was set to become the next CEO of Stockholm startup hub SUP46, she accepts that her "horizontal career move" may come as a surprise to her almost 11.000 Twitter followers. "I want to do something good for the planet. I know it's not a sexy topic, but that's part of the challenge. It's a world-changing startup and I believe in what they do", she explains. But most importantly, she argues that her experience is a lesson in "people politics", admitting that at least 50 percent of her decision to accept the job came down to her near-idolization of Nilssone. "This guy, he might look like a young, blue-eyed, high school person — like Harry Potter — but when he opens his mouth, he really is different. He is very charming", she argues. "He is the only founder who has actually made me feel like I'm not just 'Maral from Twitter' but that I am ‘Maral the human being'. He said to me 'a freak like you one meets once in a lifetime'!" Despite being one of the most vocal champions of Stockholm’s startup scene in recent years, Kalajian is refreshingly honest about how its evolution has also shaped her decision to try out a different kind of role. “The Stockholm tech scene is growing beautifully and I want it to beat every startup city in the world. But it has become a bubble, with a lot of the same types of people. I wanted to somehow scale from it and Watty is already a global platform”. So how guilty does she feel about turning her back on STING, the accelerator which plucked her out of the corporate world and hand-crafted her previous fairytale job? “Ten months is a long time in startup-land -- startups can cease to exist in just three months. These days it’s not about how long you’re in a company but what you have achieved, and I have achieved a lot”, she argues. “In my new role I’m giving myself six months to see if I am able to deliver or not, because there is always a risk that I might fail. But if I fail it will be a lesson learned and if I succeed, I am going to be helping Watty into its golden era. Either way, it’s an adventure!”
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Via Business Insider: The Nordics have in total 11 companies among the most 500 valuable brands in the world, according to data from Brand Finance's "Global 500" list. The Nordics' most valuable brand is Ikea, ranking on 43rd place globally. Both Ikea and H&M rank among the Retail category's Top 10 (ranked 5 and 7). Sweden also has the region's only car brand among the top 500, Volvo. Finland's only entrant is Nokia, while Norway boasts its telco and oil giants. Denmark's most valuable brand is Lego, followed by food giant Arla and Danske Bank. Here are the Nordics' most valuable brands according to Brand Finance (company - value/$ - ranking). Sweden IKEA - 24,1 bn - 43 H&M - 19,2 bn - 63 Nordea - n/a - 286 Ericsson - n/a - 331 Telia - n/a - 365 Volvo - n/a - 491 Denmark Lego - 7,6 bn- 196 Arla - n/a - 462 Danske Bank - n/a - 488 Norway Statoil - 7,6 bn - 195 Telenor - n/a - 209 Finland Nokia - 4,6 bn - 341 The Visual Capitalist's infographic shows how the Nordics' most valuable brands compare to those of other countries (yes, Austria's Red Bull is worth more than Nokia).
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Via Unknown Country: It is claimed that this object was taped in Normandy in western France, if so, then it is a form that appears from time to time and is a genuine unknown. However, it could also be fire on a mountainside and taped elsewhere. There are no mountains in Normandy high enough for this to be a fire on a mountainside in this geographical location.
Monday, February 13, 2017
Since 2012 Sonetel Has Gathered 650.000 Clients In 239 countries - Now It's To Be Listed On Nasdaq First North
Via Business Insider: Sonetel, founded 2012, has grown more than 2.000% over the last four years, and is thereby Sweden’s eigth fastest growing tech company, according to Deloitte Sweden Technology Fast 50. During February, the company is issuing a public offering to raise EUR 2,5 million, and will be listed on Nasdaq First North as of March. The subscription period will end February 22, and the price is set to SEK 26,9 per share. Sonetel has already secured subscription commitments and underwriting to cover the whole offering. Sonetel’s growth has been explosive – but it’s not profitable yet. In its short existence the company has already built a customer base of around 650.000 clients in more than 239 countries. 90,000 of these are paying customers. The service is predominantly free, but allows clients to pay for additional premium functions. The annual revenue has reached SEK 25 billion, but despite its explosive growth Sonetel has not reported profits for any year so far. In conjunction with the rights issue Sonetel writes that profitibility is expected to be reached soon, but that the capital injection is needed to get there. Amongst other things, the capital is to be invested in improving implimentation of AI tech. Sonetel provides a cheap service that everyone needs. Sonetel’s typical clients are small businesses with international orientations, operating mostly within e-commerce, IT services and marketing. Sonetel provides a business communication service which makes it possible for businesses to have a local phone number anywhere. In other words, Sonetel’s small business clients can display a phone number which is from the same country as their customers, anywhere in the world. For Sonetel’s clients this boosts sales by increasing their customers’ confidence. Calls to the local number are forwarded globally but only accrue the cost of a local call. Sonetel’s service also supports free conference and business calls across the world. ”Half of the world’s working population work in small businesses. A large share of these already have access to cellular phones and the internet. Most of them lack money, time and technical skills – but almost all of them want to increase their sales”, Sonetel CEO and founder Henrik Thomé says.
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Via Unknown Country: This video from MUFON shows a white object shadowing a jet. The person who made the video says that other jets and helicopters followed soon after. There is nothing to suggest that this object is a drone, a balloon, a bird or any natural object. It is also pacing the jet, so it's not a celestial object. The only possibility other than a UFO is that it is a smaller plane at a lower altitude and so not emitting a contrail. But it is moving very quickly. Your Out There editor concludes that this has a better than average chance of being a genuine unknown.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Swedish Nuclear Physicist Just Got The World’s First Approved Birth Control App - As Effective As The Pill But Using Only Mathematics
Via Business Insider: For over a year Elina Berglund nuclear physicist has been fighting authorities and malicious headlines. Now her app will be the first in the world to be approved as a contraceptive. “It feels incredibly exciting that there is now an approved alternative to conventional pregnancy prevention methods, and that it’s possible to replace medication with technology”, says a more than satisfied Elina Berglund, who founded Natural Cycles together with her husband Raoul Scherwizl. The approval comes from the German inspection and certification organization Tüv Süd, which has classified the app in the medicinal category of IIb. That means Natural Cycles officially offers a new, clinically tested alternative to birth control methods such as contraceptive pills, contraceptive implants and condoms. 2015 was a turbulent year for the founding couple. The difficulties peaked November 25 when the ruling of the Swedish Medicinal Products Agency reached their inbox. It demanded that all talk of contraceptive should be done away with in ten days, while the agency continued to investigate the matter. The app’s users were informed two days before Christmas. “At that point it felt tough. Really tough. After all, the app had been developed for birth control”, Elina Berglund told Veckans Affärer in an interview during the summer of 2016. On top of that, the information that the Medicinal Products Agency was investigating Natural Cycles leaked, and from the peak revenue of $280.000 in October 2015 they experienced a dramatic decline. ”By December our revenues were $120.000”. The storm continued: Frightening headlines about Natural Cycles attempting to trick young women who lack the discipline to protect themselves, along with strict monitoring from the Medicinal Products Agency. Now, more than a year later, Elina Berglund and her husband finally get their long-awaited vindication. The previous prognosis of doubled revenues for 2016 was lost in the time pending approval, but now it’s time to strive onward again. “We barely grew at all last year, so now we’ll have to double up this year instead and go from revenues of about SEK 18 million to SEK 36 million”. The plans of a big scale launch in the US will have to wait pending approval from the American regulatory agency, FDA. Instead, Natural Cycles will go ’all in’ into the UK, which is already one of the biggest markets for the company. Natural Cycles calculates daily fertility with an algorithm. To use the app, women measure the temperature underneath their tongues every morning and enter the measurement into the app. An algorithm developed uniquely for the app then determines whether you’re fertile or not that day, so that you know if you risk pregnancy by having unprotected sex. Natural Cycles has over 150.000 users in 161 countries and a clinical study has proved that using the app is as effective as a method of birth control as being on the pill.