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Press release December 5, 2014

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Tiedote suomeksi (In Finnish)

 

Jari Pasanen joins Nestholma as a partner

Jari Pasanen has been invited to join Nestholma Oy as a partner starting January 1, 2015. Nestholma is a startup accelerator that offers large companies and startups a new way to do cooperation.

Nestholma’s three month accelerator program offers established companies a clear, fast and efficient model for venture and innovation activities. The program enables them to work with startup companies and guide them towards mutually beneficial strategic goals. For startups the cooperation offers a unique opportunity to learn and partner with an established company in the same field.

Nestholma offers startups seed funding, connections to customers and investors in addition to daily support and tools for building customer-driven businesses.

“We are excited to welcome Jari Pasanen to Nestholma’s operative team, because he brings us such strong international business and technology understanding and expertise. Based on his background, Jari has also unique insights into the innovation processes within large corporations as well as the daily challenges at growth companies” says Nestholma’s managing director Topi Järvinen.

Jari Pasanen has a long and extensive experience in top level management and leadership positions at, for example, Nokia and Sitra. He has also been a board member in a number of publicly listed corporations and growth companies. Jari has served as an advisor to different kinds of companies from early stage startups to large private equity funds. Jari Pasanen is also an investor.

 

More information

Topi Järvinen
Managing director
Nestholma Accelerator
tel. +358 40 754 3131
topi (at) nestholma.com

Antti Kosunen
Co-founder
Nestholma Accelerator
tel. +358 400 850 200
antti (at) nestholma.com

Jari Pasanen
Partner, investor
tel. +35850 5500 895
jari (at) nestholma.com
fi.linkedin.com/pub/jari-pasanen/2/b20/982/

 

Nestholma Oy
www.nestholma.com

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Jari Pasanen partneriksi Nestholma Oy:hyn

Jari Pasanen on kutsuttu partneriksi Nestholma Oy:hyn alkaen 1.1.2015.  Nestholma on startup-kiihdyttämö, joka tarjoaa isoille yrityksille ja startupeille uudenlaisen tavan tehdä yhteistyötä.

Vakiintuneille yrityksille Nestholman kolmen kuukauden kiihdytysohjelma tarjoaa selkeän ja nopean mallin venture-tyyppiseen kehitys- ja innovaatiotoimintaan. Ohjelmassa vakiintuneet yritykset voivat löytää uusia partnereita startup-yrityksistä, joita ne pääsevät neuvomaan oman liiketoimintansa kannalta olennaisissa kysymyksissä.

Alkuvaiheen yrityksille ohjelma puolestaan tarjoaa mahdollisuuden työskennellä, oppia ja partneroitua samalla alalla toimivan ison yrityksen kanssa.

Nestholma järjestää vuosittain 2–3 kiihdytysohjelmaa ja jokainen kiihdytysohjelma rakennetaan vastaamaan kumppaniyrityksen tarpeita. Tällä hetkellä Nestholmalla on käynnissä kiihdytysohjelma Ylen ja Elisan kanssa. Sijoittajille ja medialle suunnattu Demo Day -tapahtuma järjestetään Helsingissä torstaina 11.12.

Nestholma tarjoaa startupeille siemenvaiheen rahoitusta, asiakas- ja sijoittajakontakteja sekä ennen kaikkea apua ja tarvittavat työkalut asiakaslähtöisen liiketoiminnan rakentamiseksi.

“Olemme erittäin tyytyväisiä, että Jari Pasanen liittyi operatiiviseen tiimiin, koska hän tuo vahvan kansainvälisen liiketoiminnan osaamisen ja teknologian ymmärryksen. Taustansa vuoksi Jarilla on erittäin vahva näkemys suurten yritysten innovaatioprosesseista ja kasvuyritysten arkipäivän haasteista”, sanoo Nesthoman toimitusjohtaja Topi Järvinen.

Jari Pasasella on pitkä ja laaja kokemus korkean tason johtotehtävistä mm. Nokiassa ja Sitrassa sekä hallitusrooleissa pörssiyrityksissä ja kasvuyrityksissä. Hän on toiminut myös neuvonantajana aivan alkuvaiheen startupeista suuriin pääomarahastoihin. Jari Pasanen on myös sijoittaja.

 

Lisätietoja:

Topi Järvinen
Toimitusjohtaja
Nestholma Accelerator
puh. 040 754 3131
topi (at) nestholma.com

Antti Kosunen
Co-founder
Nestholma Accelerator
puh. 0400 850 200
antti (at) nestholma.com

Jari Pasanen
Partneri, sijoittaja
puh. 050 5500 895
jari (at) nestholma.com
fi.linkedin.com/pub/jari-pasanen/2/b20/982/

 

Nestholma Oy
www.nestholma.com

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Yle Media Startup Accelerator Themes, part 4: Social TV. In the coming weeks we’ll feature some of the themes at Yle Media Startup Accelerator Program and share some interesting things that have caught our attention. See also the list of the themes on the application page

Social TV has been in the making for a long time. It’s been declared the next big thing and dead many times already in the past 10 years. First, there was a lot of hope put on IP-based set-top boxes, then came the standalone apps, and now Twitter and Facebook are leading the way.

In the era of very nice smart TV’s by Samsung and others, there seems to be fairly good ways to implement social TV features on the TV itself. Also, IPTV services provided by telcos are expected to grow very fast which means that the traditional living room infrastructure is quickly being turned social tv-ready.

At the same time, the living room -centric linear TV is facing fierce competition from digital video services, but the fight is far from over. Close to half of US households subscribe to an online video service, such as Netflix. Still, the advertisers spend more than ever on TV ads while newspaper and radio ad spending have been declining for years.

Linear or not, the social media giants have made TV their priority or even the cornerstone of the business as Twitter has done. Twitter seems to be the early winner in this race, but, for ex., both Facebook and Tumblr have been very active in going after this market and also challenging Twitter’s dominance

These general social media services are certainly not the only possibilities share the TV experience with others as some standalone 2nd screen apps are still going strong. For example, the Story Sync app for Walking Dead has gathered sizable following of fans that want to share the live TV experience together.

In any case, the consumer interest, revenue opportunities, technology and market readiness has never been this good for social/2nd screen/interactive/pick-your-buzz-word TV experience. The market is still wide open for great new ideas.

Do you have a great idea for social TV or 2nd screen apps? Remember to apply for the Yle Media Startup Accelerator by August 15th.

– Topi Järvinen (twitter.com/topij)

 

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Yle Media Startup Accelerator Themes, part 3: Media archives. In the coming weeks we’ll feature some of the themes at Yle Media Startup Accelerator Program and share some interesting things that have caught our attention. See also the list of the themes on the application page

Archives are not the hot topic in Mashable, The Verge, Inc. or any other topline publications, but maybe they should be. Archives around the world hold invaluable, but quickly deteriorating records of our past. Masses of media and content archived on paper, magnetic tapes, paper photos, highly flammable cellulose nitrate film or microfilm deteriorate every day and are lost forever. There are many interesting restoration techniques and tools for digitization, but nothing seems to be fast enough to counter the speed at which archives degenerate. For example, Library of Congress estimates that 75% of US silent films have been lost.

Things don’t get much easier when you have yottabytes of data. You need to process it to make it possible to combine it with metadata that allows categorization and searching for individual items from the sea of data. This could be things like scanning the data card that may have been attached to, for ex., the film reel or running a face detection algorithm to identify public figures. Or maybe you’d use the community to tag the content with names, places or other things that machines may not be good at.

Finally, the restored archival data can be used create new media experiences by bringing back the content in all its glory, like Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation, or tell history through interesting daily stories as Wall Street Journal has done

There are countless companies, media houses, like YLE or BBC, libraries, private collectors and others who are struggling to preserve their archives and use them for something new. They probably would be happy to pay considerable sums of money for better solutions in these areas.

Do you have a great idea for tools and technologies for media archives? Remember to apply for the Yle Media Startup Accelerator by August 15th.

– Topi Järvinen (twitter.com/topij)

 

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wearable tech

Yle Media Startup Accelerator Themes, part 2: Local media. In the coming weeks we’ll feature some of the themes at Yle Media Startup Accelerator Program and share some interesting things that have caught our attention. See also the list of the themes on the application page

Local newspapers seem to be shrinking or even dying everywhere. Still, the need for local information and content is probably as evident as it ever was. Facebook and other digital services have changed the landscape thoroughly, but there will be opportunities for many kinds of local media services.

When talking about local media, there’s been a lot of talk about big ideas, such as, citizen journalism, but in reality “local” seem to have been driven by check-ins and occasional reader submitted picture you see as part of a news story. Certainly, there are good examples of local media services that have successfully made the transition from paper to digital. Services, such as white/yellow pages or restaurant guides have become even more relevant and useful when they were brought to digital. When was the last time you checked a restaurant from a paper book? Or maybe you’ve already tried local, peer-to-peer marketplaces, such as Neighborgoods or Sharetribe?

Sure, many well-publicized attempts to create local and hyperlocal media services have so far been unsuccessful (e.g., Patch). Still, many believe that local and regional media has hope and many kinds of opportunities. Many of these services will be driven by advertising, but how and by whom will it be made practical even for the long-tail, ie. the small barber shop that want to advertise for the last minute opening.

Again, new technology may enable new opportunities also for the local media offering. For example, wearable tech will make the hyperlocal content more targeted and much easier to access.

Anyway, I have a feeling that no one has really cracked the local media honeypot, yet. Be it citizen journalism, local info, community news/sharing/etc., local advertising media, the field is still wide open for new innovations that the customers will love.

Do you have a great idea for a local media service? Remember to apply for the Yle Media Startup Accelerator by August 15th.

– Topi Järvinen (twitter.com/topij)

 

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Yle Media Startup Accelerator Themes, part 1: Wearable tech. In the coming weeks we’ll feature some of the themes at Yle Media Startup Accelerator Program and share some interesting things that have caught our attention. See also the list of the themes on the application page

Wearable technology has been one of the hot topics lately. Health related innovations have been the key driver in the discussion, but especially media services seem to hold a lot of promise for every day use. Already some media and technology companies are testing how they can offer new ways to consume content in new wearable devices. The early experiments with, for example, fitting an RSS feed to wearable devices, don’t offer much additional value offer basic mobile devices. Still, we can already see that wearable tech has the potential to become a very important media consumption and creation platform.

Some of the most interesting things seem to be happening around connected watches. For example, Google’s Android Wear together with Google Now shows how in the future just by looking at our wrist, we can easily glance contextual and hopefully always relevant information and content. Of course, there’s going to be intense competition by the technology giants in the hardware as well as in the software platforms, so there should be a lot of opportunities for innovative startups to take advantage of they can offer.

Another interesting media-related opportunity is how wearable tech will enable new ways to create content. New wearable devices, such as Google Glasses, let you record your activities with photos, videos and location data. Combined with physical measurements and other real-time information, there will be entirely new opportunities for doing news stories or just sharing personal experiences.

Do you have a great idea for combining wearable tech, media and content? Remember to apply for the Yle Media Startup Accelerator by August 15th.

– Topi Järvinen (twitter.com/topij)