Nov 16, 2014 Stefanie Sirén
Dreaming of being an investor one day? Look no further – the Portuguese music game Tradiio lets you do just that. The idea is to let listeners explore new music and at the same time play a virtual game of stock market, influencing how well bands fare by supporting artists you feel deserve a chance to seal a deal.
Completely free for both users and bands, the app attempts a win-win situation by functioning as a bridge between listeners and musicians. Active users are rewarded with concert tickets to shows performed by the bands they invested in, and successful artists can be awarded with festival gigs and recordings. For labels, the allure lies in accessing data about which artists have potential to be the next big thing.
Released in June for iPhone and Window Phone Tradiio is currently only available in Portugal, but the startup is looking to expand to the US and UK, with an international launch planned for next year. Tradiio is the creation of Stockbeats SA., a startup based in Porto, which in June received €250 000 in seed funding from investors Exago and Espírito Santo Ventures.
At some point at parties, the hour usually comes when your friends start hovering above your computer, arguing about which song to play next. Finnish startup Playmysong helps you control what is being played and at the same time invites your guests to be involved.
Just select or create a playlist in Deezer or Spotify, ask your friends to download the app available for Android and iOS, and let them use their smart phones as remote controls for selecting music from your list. Not only does Playmysong offer services for individuals, the company has a growing base of venues using the paid version Playmysong Pro. Tapping into the businesses own music libraries, bars and cafes can offer their customers modern-day jukeboxes for free.
The company, founded in Finland in 2011, secured €271 000 seed funding in 2012 and is looking to start a series A round in early 2015 with the plan to expand penetration and reach new Pro-customers.
Remember the days when a great gift to someone special was a CD-R – or even a C-cassette – filled with carefully selected songs? By combing Japanese and Finnish ingenuity, Beatrobo aims to take the mixtape to the digital era. Instead of only sharing digitally, the creators behind the online social music community Beatrobo wanted users to be able to share music and videos as easily as possible.
In late 2013 the PlugAir was born, a small drive that transfers music or videos by attaching it to the earplug jack in mobile devices. The company, which recently was joined by ex-rovian Antti Sonninen as COO, raised almost €90 000 in Series A funding from the Japanese convenience store chain Lawson this spring.
The PlugAir has already been sold in the thousands, and currently the firm is scaling up production to be able to produce 100 000 pieces a month. The device can also be used as a key for content, authenticating mobile phones to exclusive material by content creators. Previously the company has collaborated with artists such as Linkin Park, and in the future Beatrobo aims to target the gaming and toy industry.
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