CIE – Center for Internet Excellence

This morning I read from Kauppalehti about CIE [Center for Internet Excellence], a newly established center in Oulu Finland, where academics, researchers and business people can do collaborative work. If you’re interested, read more from their site http://www.cie.fi/.

I think the idea is great and believe we really need more things like this in the contemporary world. Let research and business world unite!

After reading I began to wonder, why haven’t I heard about this before? Is it again, that Finns have [accidentally] tried to hide this before they launch it, a stupid mistake they often like to do here with new innovations and ideas? It can’t be that I don’t follow my field’s news, because I know I sometimes do it even too much. So, why haven’t Finnish news sites written about this? This is important!

In cases like these we could learn so much from the Americans; they know how to do the hype and know how to talk about their stuff, with head up.

If I understand correctly, one mission of CIE platform is to help start-ups to grow and evolve. I sure hope there are people who can open their mouths and really market them correctly.

CIE had their grand opening yesterday and I wish the best of luck to them!

Passion+Freedom+Management+Money=Success?

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I fought a couple of days to get myself an account to Qaiku, a rather new service rising from the ‘ashes of Jaiku’. The development process is still on-going, but there are already really neat features available. The development team was awesome in solving the problem behind my registration, and finally succeeded. This got me thinking about how different and challenging the developing models in an online services can be, and why some flowers grow and other wither?

No wonder that sometimes business angels get confused when they put money to some promising looking project, but the project fails. No wonder that sometimes a good looking project won’t get funding and nothing ever comes of it.

The dialogue is sometimes hard. It’s hard to find people who can speak the multiple languages startups and others alike demand; the development slang, the business slang, the whatever slang. Enthusiasm, management and money rarely speak the same language.

A project needs people who have their heads in the clouds and their feet knee deep in the financial concrete. It’s a cold fact that you eventually need funding when trying to do something big, and then you have to have someone able to speak with everyone in the project.

But people should remember one thing; if there wasn’t the enthusiasm the people who have started it, there wouldn’t be anything at all. And if the passion runs out, the development people can rather quickly turn their eyes towards other things – developing apps and services can be a lot quicker than it ever was, and in some parts the open source solutions have made it even easier.

So, I believe that most times you cannot blame the developers for ruining the process. The second to none passion and dedication you often see in an online community or in a game design team just can’t do that. People work round hours without sleep and try to get all the bugs and other things work. So the fault can’t be there and this is something the management team should understand.

Most likely the fault lies in the project management. It really doesn’t matter how hard people work around the project if the guidelines aren’t clear for all. You can dig a ditch as fast as you can, but there’s no use if you are digging it to the wrong direction. “Let’s dig in every direction!” isn’t a strong guideline.

So, someone should tell everyone where to dig, in multiple languages. The message is the key and how you deliver it in a way that everyone understand it and bind their selves to it.

In the end all comes to this; Everyone have good ideas, multiple of them. Everyone can doodle and everyone can daydream; but the ones to prevail are the ones who see the big picture [and the little steps it’s made of] and manage things.

I wish best of luck to all those web pioneers and who dare to take chances with startups and alike. It’s much easier to work from something already ‘real’ than reach to the unknown.

5 Flash sites to check out – Hotels

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Image by  Giuliagas (Licence)

OK, I’ve tried this before, hopefully this time it turns out better; just a couple of nice Flash made sites, regarding hotels. No deep thoughts on these one, just nice design. Go check them out.

http://www.bryantparkhotel.com/
Cool, chillout, a bit techy, but overall nice and most of all, working.

http://www.telegraafhotel.com
Oh oh oh, the country where I was born, really get the points from this one.

Although there are a couple of annoying things that could’ve worked a bit better [for example the ‘Show background image’ thing, that seems to come only randomly], but for example the pictures of the hotel are really beautiful and fine. Classy.

http://www.savoy2009.com/
Beautiful old pictures. This one’s too very classy.

http://www.delliscay.com/
This one would be even cooler if the zoom in and out function worked better. Once again a good reminder to all those playing with Flash, that it’s not just the cool things that matter, the site’s parts have to work too. All of them.

http://hotel626.com/
This one’s a treat and perhaps not an actual ‘hotel site’. I haven’t had the time to try it out well myselfl, but seems interesting. If you’re gonna try it; no reason to put your real address or pasword in the start screen thought.

The clock thing [opens after 6 p.m.] is a good idea. Gets your attention and rises one’s curiosity. Nice. I have a feel I’m gonna report back about this one after I’ve tried it out better.