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Tuesday, December 30, 2008 - Head for the web and grab your movies

Headweb is a Swedish startup using bittorrent filesharing technology to distribute movies without piracy but still with no DRM or copy protection. You can (if you want to) burn a DVD and watch your movie without having to depend on DLNA compliant computer and TV on your regular TV with an old DVD player.

Headweb is using embedded watermark technology to control illegal copying. To encoruage the use of the their client software to actively partcipate in the filesharing connections, you get points for your movies which you can use against purchase of new movies. I met with Peter Alvarsson, COO at Headweb ( at a startup event earlier this month and Headweb seems to be getting traction and a lot of attention. I think most people though, don't understand the differences between Headweb and Pirate Bay, that may be need further clarifications. But Headweb is a great service, in particular for those of you having 10Mb/s (or better) internet connections. I like the no DRM approach, nobody wants to have nowadays some DRM scheme that will screw up your files later. A cheap RAID server and a fast internet connection and you have your own entertainment store.

How to get going without funding - bootstrapping and diversification

The Diversified Bootstrap

Here's a good presentation outlining the value of not getting funding but getting through tough times without funding. Diversify in a smart way, have cash flow and work on your "side projects", your startup.

Contact Thomas Lidforss International for your startup business services.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Today I am - This sounds like a statement beginner but is a new micro-blogging service

Today I am got started as an eleven day challenge, some key guys took up the challenge and managed to launch "Twitter-like" site in just 11 days. This I think is a good example of what investors keep an eye on, what's the barrier of entry for somebody to do something others have already done. Now of course in the internet world of today, you do have to create enough momentum to build a user base quickly and be able to manage and keep your user base. I personally don't know how many "Twitter-like" sites are needed? I do see a point if you think local country users vs. global use. Also when you know that in many countries people prefer a local base using the local language in question. But feel free to take a look, I have user tlidforss here on as on other micro-blogging sites. - A music sharing and distribution company

Here's another Swedish startup company, RecordUnion, who will help people who own tracks of music to share, distribute and sell through various companies. David Nilsson is CEO and co-founder of the company. The service is not commercially launched but check out the talking dog, nice homepage. It reminds me of the old cartoons with "Deputy Dog".

Spontu - Get your ideas on Facebook

Here's a tip during the holidays, if you have a lot of ideas about what you would like to create on Facebook but don't know how to get started or where to begin. I can highly recommend the Swedish startup company, Spontu, I have met twice recently with the founder, David Haddad and belive in what Spontu is doing. Check it out and contact David.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 does streetview maps for Stockholm

The Swedish company just introduced their version of "Google Streetview" for Hitta's Stockholm maps. Nice quality, now anyone can be a tourist and walk around the city of Stockholm but for fun and for business. You can easily search for a business and walk to the door of the building.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Turbo charge your Twitter - Use Bloggy, a Multimedia Twitter

Thanks to Jonas Lejon, founder of, you can now enjoy a multi-media version of Twitter called Bloggy. Works very well, it works like combining Twitter with Twitpic and an whole array of other Twitter piggyback services including cross feeding of information from blogs, bookmarking sites and so on. Check it out I can highly recommend it. See for Jonas and for my Bloggy micro-blog.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Nobel prize week, Christmas food and holidays are coming up

I had the great oppotunity to enjoy good food and a good time a couple of days ago. I went to Grand Hotel in Stockholm where most of the Nobel prize winners and guests will stay this week. About time I post some pictures. The first one above is the starter plate with some traditional Swedish appetizers, smoked salmon, different kinds of herring, eggs, kaviar, shrimp, cheese and baby potatoes, onions and spices. This goes very well together with "Julol" -- Christmas beer, water and the 1874 spiced schnaps aquavit.

I unfortunately forgot to take a picture of the main plate, spiraled ham, meatballs, sausages, venison, "jansons potatoes", so the next picture will just be the light version of the dessert, fruit and whipped cream, I skipped all the chocolate, pie and cookies (need to lose weight anyway).

A view from the windows shows you old town and the Royal Castle.

Happy holidays to all of you,