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Startup Iceland Interview With The Brads (Feld and Burnham)

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Brad Burnham ( Union Square Ventures ) and I were in Iceland a few weeks ago for the Startup Iceland event.

Startup Iceland 2012 Was Phenomenal

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Amy and I just spent an incredible week in Reykjavik, Iceland. Bala Kamallakharan was our host and the founder of Startup Iceland. He’s got a great post up titled Startup Iceland 2012 – Done! that summarizes the event and there are plenty of details on the Startup Iceland Event site about the participants and the agenda.

A Happier Workplace: 4 Tips From Iceland

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Icelanders are more than twice as happy as Americans. One answer is to imitate Iceland. Why Iceland? Create a Community In U.S.

How Reykjavik's Virtual Reality Boom Is Heating Up Iceland's Startup Scene

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In 2015 alone, two Icelandic gaming startups received a total of $32 million in venture capital, as they bring their VR concepts stateside.

Meet the 'Richard Branson of Iceland'

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He told about Iceland's entrepreneurial ecosystem, and how he made it big there. As you know, Iceland is a very small country.

Living Your Brand: Why Our Company Went To Iceland

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Why it''s business-critical to develop workplace policies, perks, and employee programs that are directly relevant to your brand

How Iceland Get Its Own Tech Conference


In late 2008 the financial system was collapsing in Iceland. Kamallakharan then sent an email explaining what he was trying to do in Iceland. "He

Tonight Is Life Dinner

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Occasionally we’ll invite another couple – tonight we are having dinner with Bala Kamallakharan (the creator of Startup Iceland ) and his wife Agusta who have been incredible hosts for us this week in Iceland. I think this month I’m getting a bunch of Puffin Made In Iceland Wool Hats. It’s June 1st.

deCODE Genetics $400 Million Acquisition Good News For Icelandic Startup Scene


In recent news, Icelandic deCODE Genetics got picked up by Amgen, a multinational pharmaceutical company, for $400 million cash. Time will tell.

How One Startup Spends Every Penny, Analyzed

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Hint: Book tickets to Iceland What can you learn from the radically transparent finances of Buffer's founders?

Why Iceland has the Cleanest Energy and How You Can Be a Part of It


That in mind, it might not surprise you that Iceland consumes the most electricity per capita in the world.

StartupReykjavik Taking Applications For Iceland's First Accelerator


After the financial collapse, Iceland finds itself at a perfect time to embrace entrepreneurship.

Three new VC funds open in Iceland in one week with $80 million to invest


For many years the only VC fund in Iceland was NSA Ventures which was established in 1997 but his origins were government loan funds.

Icelandic Entrepreneurs Release Film: The Startup Kids


So basically they grabbed a camera, set up some interviews, and put the camera in front of the faces of tech entrepreneurs from the U.S. and Europe.

Iceland's Mailpile Crowdfunds Secure, Modern Mail Client


Also hopping on this trend, a Reykjavik, Iceland based team is crowdfunding a webmail client with a security-focused twist.

Icelandic GreenQloud partners with Digital Fortress for Clean U.S. Data Hosting


We’ve written about Iceland being some sort of mecca of green energy for data centers thanks to it’s abundance of hydroelectric and geothermal energy.

Iceland's CLARA Acquired For €6.8 Million By Jive Software


Here''s probably the first big acquisition of an Icelandic startup to a Silicon Valley firm. The Icelandic startup scene is picking up.

Submarine Cable Between Iceland And Denmark To Make Icelandic Data Storage More Attractive


Iceland is getting hooked up to Denmark with an upgraded submarine cable connection, which promises faster speeds and greater redundency.

New Submarine Cable Between Iceland And U.S. Attractive For Datacenters


But it will also open up Iceland to become a new datacenter powerhouse. Iceland sits conveniently between the U.S.

Use Salesforce? Check Out Opptimal, An Icelandic Sales Pipeline View


If you attend the Arctic15 last October, you might remember Datatracker from Iceland in our pitching competition.

Glu Invests $7.5 Million In Icelandic Game Studio


million in Plain Vanilla Games, the Icelandic game studio behind popular multiplayer trivia game QuizUp , says Venturebeat.

How 'Emotional Capital' Could Save Us All From the Tech Bubble

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When Iceland's economy collapsed in 2008, one venture fund emerged unscathed. The founder explains how, and why tech startups should pay attention

Greenqloud: Cloud Storage Startup From Iceland Promises To Be Greener Than Amazon Forest


Greenqloud , a cloud storage startup from Iceland comes forth as a user and an eco friendly cloud storage service. per month (the minimum).

Spotify Hits Iceland, The Baltics In Today's New Market Push


There''s not much more to say about this news, but for our readers in the Baltics or Iceland, it''s worth the download.

Icelandic PixPuffin Manages Photo Collections And Digital Licenses


PixPuffin is a new Icelandic service to help small and medium sized businesses manage their digital assets though a web-based interface. PixPuffin was launched by NordicPhotos , a photo agency based in Sweden, Norway, and Iceland. PixPuffin is hosted on Greenqloud , an datacenter we've covered in the past. “We

SpareFoot Wins Austin Startup Games Again


The company recruited Icelandic strongman “Thor” Bjornsson to join the company as its senior vice president of Icelandic business. SpareFoot won the Austin Startup Games for the third year in a row. Bjornsson, known […] The post SpareFoot Wins Austin Startup Games Again appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin Austin Startup Game

Icelandic BrandRegard Picking Up Steam In The U.K.


The Icelandic software startup, Transmit, tells us that their cloud-based branding and marketing service Brand Regard , is seeing traction in the U.K.

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Michael Lewis’ Boomerang

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Here’s an excerpt from the chapter on Iceland that involves fishing, smelting, banking, and elves. Alcoa, the biggest aluminum company in the country, encountered two problems peculiar to Iceland when, in 2004, it set about erecting its giant smelting plant. Yes, elves. You don’t want them to be heroes. Enter investment banking.

HPthe other transformation

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Every global supply chain was rocked by the Japanese tsunami and the Iceland volcano. With all the negative news swirling around HP, it is easy to lose focus on the complex operations that continue to drive the $120 billion behemoth. Cloud Computing, SaaS

Bitcoin Miner CloudHashing Operates Multi-million-dollar Facilities on Two Continents


Today, his Austin-based company CloudHashing has mining facilities both outside Dallas and in Iceland, and he’s signing million-dollar contracts with investors looking to cash in on the cryptocurrency phenomenon. Austin Bitcoin Cloudhashing Emmanuel Abiodun

I Just Watched “The Startup Kids” Documentary by Yaro Starak

It’s an hour long movie created by two woman from iceland, Vala Halldorsdottir and Sesselja Vilhjalmsdottir , who came to America to interview people about life as a young entrepreneur working on a tech startup. Tweet Last night I was at the Sunshine Coast premier of the documentary The Startup Kids.

Megaupload and the Future of Multi-tenant Services

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While I was in Iceland a few weeks ago, there was a set of discussions driven by Brad Burnham of Union Square Ventures about trying to make Iceland and “Internet Neutrality Zone” similar to Switzerland and banking. This is a draft post by Dave Jilk, a long time friend, business partner, and CEO of Standing Cloud.

What’s Old Is New Again

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And last night, while laying in bed in a hotel in Iceland and reading the wikipedia page on Iceland on my iPad, I kept thinking “what’s old is new again.” He starts off with a great Mark Twain quote. “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around.

Iceland Is No Mere Rock


Iceland is now one of them. Remember that Iceland is a country with around 300,000 people. Startup Weekend in Iceland. Online.

The Power of Company Retreats: Thoughts after the 8th Buffer Retreat

Reykjavik, Iceland (July 2015, 31 people, 40+ with partners & family). By now we have a fairly long history of doing retreats at Buffer.

Quick Left Startup Life Event In Boulder

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We know we’ll be in New York, Boston, Dallas, San Diego, Iceland, and London this year. Quick Left is hosting a Startup Life event with me and Amy on April 25th at their office in Boulder. Registration is open – as of now there are 20 tickets left (it’s a free event).

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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Why haven’t I visited Iceland? Am I taking enough risk?” ” Ramit Sethi once told me he loves those sorts of meetings. (I

Invesdor Launches in Norway and Denmark


In addition to Norway, Invesdor is now available in Finland, UK, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland Photo: Alexey Topolyanskiy /

Autodesk acquires Reykjavik startup Modio


Modio or Autodesk Iceland will continue their operations in Reykjavik where they currently have a staff of six.

Selling The Future


This article is published in collaboration with Norðurskautið – an online media covering the Icelandic startup and tech scene.