Conferences

AlphaBlues Selected TOP15 Nordic Startup

Happy to announce that we were selected TOP 15 Nordic startup by one of the leading startup events, Arctic15. Out of hundreds of applications we emerged in the TOP 30 and then after public voting and assessment by judges, we made the final TOP 15. With that we will be taking part in the Microsoft Pitching Competition at the Arctic15 conference May 3-4 in Helsinki with the main prize of a 50,000 eur syndicate deal by the Finnish Business Angels Network. On May 3rd we will also be showcasing our artificial intelligence based customer service solution in the demo hall, so stop

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iConsmr conference 2017

Last week Hendrik and I travelled to Hamburg to take part in the annual iConsmr conference organized by our good friends at defacto X, the leading consumer centricity company in Europe. This year the confernece had hundreds of top media and marketing executives from Germany attending to learn about the latest trends in how to attract customers and keep them in a world where attention spans are shorter and the number of options growing by the day. Having attended numerous conferences in the past month, this one stuck out because of the excellent networking event the night before. Where in

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Blockchain conference wrap-up from AI and chatbot perspective

We took part of the international Blockchain and Bitcoin Conference this week. With BTC trading at all time highs there was of course of lot of excitement in the room 🙂 As an exhibitor we  got a very good sense of the crowd and good insight. Being in the artificial intelligence and chatbot community, it was great to see a similar level enthusiasm in the blockchain community as well. The messages that we learned were that while the blockchain technology is exciting and promising it is still new and needs to be proved and stress-tested more to make a move towards

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Slush ’16 recap

Last week we took part in Slush, the gathering of 15,000 tech-heads as the slogan goes in the far North. Helsinki, Finland to be more exact. As always for this time of the year, the weather was lovely with sufficient amounts of snow, rain, wind and occasional sunshine to sweeten the deal. Having attended the first Slush many years back (a cozy gathering of 300 people), the event has now grown to 17,000 visitors making it one of the largest tech conferences in Europe. What happened and what did we learn at Slush this year? Here’s the rundown: CartSkill reached

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What We Learned At #dmexco – the Marketing/Advertising Expo

Customers are at the center of every business. Keeping customers happy is what makes the business grow. While simple in its essence, customer service is often an overlooked aspect. For many it is a thing that would be best kept at a comfortable distance – to outsource it to call centers abroad and maintain a variety of email/web forms through which customers can interact. Quite often one might wonder whether the crafted email will reach a service representative or end up in a black hole. We just came back from Cologne where we attended dmexco, Europe largest marketing and advertising

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What’s in a message – recap from Latitude59 and customer reactions

Last week we were selected as one of the top 10 early stage start-ups in Latitude59, one of the largest start-up conferences in the Nordics. Aside from pitching in front of a packed demo room, we were fortunate to interact with dozens of people in our demo booth. This provided an especially cool insight into how people react to bots and what are the main questions they have. Below is a list of things that came up when discussing building ecommerce stores and customer service solutions into Facebook Messenger: “Wow, I did not know that was possible” – this was

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What Media Companies Are Looking For

We at CartSkill recently attended the media and start-up matching event MediaHoneypot in Helsinki put together by the good people at ArcticStartup. As we’ve been deeply engaged in the world of media, advertising, marketing and publishing over the past months, it was a good chance to get some fresh perspective from a number of large media companies both in Scandinavia and the rest of Europe. A couple of messages that we picked up: Ad blocking is (still) a problem. Ads pay for the content but blocking them means that producing that content will get more expensive. So media companies are developing different

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