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Appear.in Q&A: Solving the Pain of Skype and Google Hangouts

Appear.in Q&A: Solving the Pain of Skype and Google Hangouts

Much time and effort has been expended over the past decade or more into making online meetings easier and more efficient. Now one Norwegian startup believes it has cracked it: appear.in can be integrated into a web browser (it currently works with Firefox, Chrome and Opera) and allows you to instantly have a meeting by just entering a URL – that's it. No software downloads, no logins, no setups. The latest challenger to take on Skype, appear.in was incubated with the help of Telenor, Norway's largest telco. Silicon Allee caught up with Ingrid Ødegaard, co-founder and head of marketing at appear.in, at the Le Web conference in Paris last month. Read More »

Postify Q&A: Fitting Your Digital Images Into Everyday Life

Postify Q&A: Fitting Your Digital Images Into Everyday Life

Turning digital into real life can be a lucrative business, especially when it comes to pictures. Swedish startup Postify has created a desktop and mobile app which allows users to turn their digital images into physical photos and postcards in quicktime. So, for example, within 45 seconds of taking a photo during your Miami Beach vacation, that post card is in the mail – on its way to tease your friends and loved ones stuck in a grey and freezing Germany. Postify hasn't had trouble finding money, with a €155,000 angel round in 2012 followed up recently by an undisclosed new funding. Silicon Allee caught up with Fredrik Schöön at the recent Dublin Web Summit. Read More »

Making the Most of Your Existing Network with nextSociety

Making the Most of Your Existing Network with nextSociety

Building and managing a network is hard enough, but really getting the most out it is a complicated and time-consuming process. Calling itself the “Ultimate networking tool,” New York-based startup nextSociety says its platform can help users identify who is most relevant to them. What's more, the company has German and Austrian heritage – COO Alex Tange was born in a small town in what was then East Germany, and is following in the footsteps of his dad who became an entrepreneur when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. In addition to nextSociety, Alex also started a networking group for German professionals in New York which has grown to more than 5,000 members. Two of his co-founders, Peter Steba and Ben Simsa, sat down with Silicon Allee at The Next Web Conference in the Big Apple last month. Read More »

Pavel Durov’s Telegram the Latest Move in the Race Against Surveilance

Pavel Durov’s Telegram the Latest Move in the Race Against Surveilance

Pavel Durov, one of the creators of the 'Russian Facebook', VK, made a surprise appearance at TechCrunch Disrupt on Monday to talk about his latest project, the non-profit Telegram. It's a messaging app with a focus on security, and as such incorporates end-to-end encryption and even self-destructing messages. And Durov – no stranger to finding himself out of favour with the Russian authorities – is hoping it will enable people to communicate more securely than they do now. Speaking on stage at the conference at Arena Berlin, he said that the advantage of such encryption is that the keys are created on the devices themselves, thus they don't have anything to show to the authorities. Read More »

Finding a Needle in a Heystack: Dating Platform Eyes Germany

Finding a Needle in a Heystack: Dating Platform Eyes Germany

Dating is big business, especially online. But with such difference cultures in romance around the world, can a single platform really be flexible enough to go global? Israeli startup Heystack believes it can. Founded in May 2012, its launched its first beta in Israel this past February. CEO and co-founder Shai Wolkomir told Silicon Allee at The Next Conference in New York earlier this month that Europe was the company's main goal, with the plan to go country by country. Read More »

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