ProCEEd #6 (June 1–7, 2015)

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The past week has brought quite a few news stories on funding, crowdfunding (including one sex toy campaign), new products and government regulations. As usual, everything is put together for your convenience in one handy list. Also take a look at those gorgeous Estonian stamps above celebrating the country’s innovative startups.

But before I leave you to it, there’s one more thing. Reading the previous issues, you might have thought that some stories were missing. Now there’s an easy way for you to fix it: please go to this page and use the bookmarklet, which will allow you to share any story with me in a few seconds.


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Polish indie studio IMGN.PRO is about to release Kholat, a first-person horror game inspired by the Dyatlov Pass mysterious incident in 1959


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Yandex has launched a new music streaming service, Yandex.Radio – a jukebox for users who want to listen to pre-programmed music stations


Startup news

  • Croatian startup Baggizmo has launched a $35,000 Kickstarter campaign for its “only everyday carry bag you will ever need”
  • Prague-based designer Anna Maresova has launched a crowdfunding campaign for a highly advanced pleasure device called Whoop.De.Doo
  • Ukrainian smart home-security startup Ajax Systems has raised $1 million from local fund SMRK
  • Bulgarian startup Dronamics has won the Pioneers Festival Challenge 2015
  • Russian cloud video streaming startup Ivideon has raised $4 million in funding from Impulse VC
  • Slovak startup CulCharge has hit its initial goal of $60,000 in an Indiegogo campaign for “the smallest wearable 3-in-1 power bank”
  • Ukrainian-Polish startup Ecois.me has hit its goal on IGG to fund an intelligent energy monitoring system
  • Polish indie gamedev studio IMGN.PRO is about to release Kholat, a first-person horror story inspired by the Dyatlov Pass mysterious incident in 1959

VC news

Bigger companies

  • Guard Systems has acquired Hungarian fleet management company MyFleet for an undisclosed amount
  • Russian internet giant Yandex has launched a new music streaming service, Yandex.Radio – a jukebox for users in the country who want to listen to pre-programmed music stations
  • Apple has seen the market share of its smartphone in Russia nearly halve year-on-year by number of units sold, as the collapse of the ruble drove up prices
  • Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has opened a Russian company and teamed up with Skolkovo
  • Russia’s Yota Devices has announced its first $640 tablet that sports two screens and is able to charge a YotaPhone smartphone
  • Russia-based uCoz has launched uKit, a website creation platform “designed with even the least tech-savvy user in mind”

Governments

  • Russian antitrust authorities held a scheduled session on the Google case on June 1, which resulted in adding an accusation of abusing its dominant position on the Russian market. The next session will be held in July
  • Switzerland has allocated some $4.6 million to help establish e-government in Ukraine
  • U.S. authorities have allowed Apple and Google, as well as other companies, to continue services to Crimea without violating the sanctions
  • Russian communications oversight authority has put Facebook, Twitter and Google on notice

In other news

  • According to Yandex, bank cards dominate payments in most Russian websites while PayPal lags far behind
  • Russia’s Skolkovo Foundation is to expand its tech city with €200 million BioCity to be build by Finland’s Turku Science Park Oy
  • Polish police have shut down an online piracy network and published a video of what they found
  • 80% of Ukrainian schoolchildren want to study programming or are already studying it

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