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F.C Honka: Urheilupuoli edellä — kaikki muu miten sattuu.

Seuraan kotimaista jalkapalloa ja suosikkijoukkuettani F.C Honkaa intohimolla. Kolmen Hongan kannattajan hieno podcast Honcast haastatteli Hongan General Manageria Hexi Artevaa toukokuussa. Lähetin Honcastin kautta kysymyksen Hexille jossa kysyin miten Esport Honka Oy saadaan voitolliseksi. Vastaus särähti korvaan jo ensimmäisellä kerralla. Nyt kuuntelin haastattelun uudestaan, ja pitää sanoa, että olen todella huolestunut Hongan tulevaisuudesta. Ongelma 1:…

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3 Reasons Why a Startup Should Never Undertake an ERP Project

You probably can’t afford to risk your blooming startup business by engaging in a huge ERP project – but luckily, there are alternatives. A startup is a company operating in a highly unknown environment and is aiming for high growth. This is precisely the kind of environment when you should not take on a long…

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Your First Factory Is a School, Not a Production Facility

When a new technology is introduced to an industrial scale for the first time, the project is exposed to a wide range of risks. Along with the external unknowns, there are internal unknowns. If the market fit a for product utilizing this new technology is found, can the product be produced on consistent quality, high…

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The 3 Most Exciting Startups You Haven’t Heard of

Every day we are bombarded by ever greater promises of a startup revolutionizing this and disrupting that. You are not alone to wonder how on earth you can navigate through the hype and where the value really is. In the world world of Uber, SpaceX, and Libra, for example, we might forget about the startups that…

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Automation Is the Last Thing a Startup Needs.

Scaling up production of a new company that involves untested parts is a challenging and risky task. Unlike in the digital world, when working with physical processes production requires more upfront investments. When a company has to commit to significant investments in the early stages with limited experience and knowledge, there is an increased risk…

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Do Not Outsource! But If You Do, Remember These 3 Things

Ok, maybe the title is a bit provocative – this applies first and foremost to startup companies. This text is part two of Introduction to Lean Production Scale-Up Model. You can find the first part here. What happens throughout the production scaling of a startup is a lot of learning in two equally essential sectors:…

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Introducing Lean Production Scale-Up

Lean Production Scale-Up is a four-step model designed for companies operating in untested markets with untested technology. The purpose of the model is the reduce the high capital risk that is associated especially with companies using new technology and innovations. The model enables the company to make its technology investments as soon as possible time-wise,…

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Two Clean Meat Companies Lead the Way on Social Media

A while back we took a look with Underhood how insect companies are doing online on different social media platforms and the results were mostly appalling. The statistics show most companies are lazy to reach out to their audiences. You can find the article here. Underhood (underhood.co) is a Finnish startup that is measuring social…

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Taponen’s list is dead, long live the list!

I started building a database about insect food companies in 2015 to find myself an internship position in the field. Later on, I continued upkeeping the list for competitive intelligence and business opportunity reasons. In 2016, when I published the first version of the list for all to read and download, I never thought how…

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Insect Companies Are Lazy On Social Media

Eating insects is a big thing, even a super trend according to many studies and articles. But there are many obstacles to overcome before we change our attitudes towards the crawling things we many of us consider disgusting or even scary. Social media is undoubtedly the best forum to spread understanding of the more ethical…

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Los derechos de los animales también incluyen a los insectos. Estas cosas deben ser consideradas.

El cultivo de insectos a gran escala es una industria relativamente nueva, y se espera que crezca significativamente en los próximos años. Sin embargo, quizás un título más apropiado para este tema sería IAHA, Insectos para la Alimentación Humana y Animal. Actualmente, alrededor del mundo hay docenas de empresas cultivando insectos al nivel industrial, principalmente…

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The Two Compromises Limiting Alt-Protein Product Development

Future proteins, meat alternatives, sustainable proteins. The category of new products entering the market to replace the traditional and unsustainable meat in our diets has many names. Latest big article on the topic calling it the alt-protein sector was released in The Guardian on 30th of April 2018. You can read the article here. In…

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Nämä kahdeksan hyönteislajia ovat pian tulossa ruokapöytääsi

  Parhaiksi ruokahyönteisiksi on tarjolla yli 2000 ruoaksi soveltuvaa lajia. Lajit, jotka tulevaisuudessa levittyvät länsimaalaisille markkinoille, määrittyvät muutaman kasvatusteknisen kysymyksen perusteella. Oli kyseessä sitten hyönteiset tai perinteisemmät ruoat, valintakriteereihin kuuluvat maku, suutuntuma, ulkonäkö ja hinta. Lisäksi huomioidaan mielikuvat ja kulttuurisidonnaiset kysymykset. Esimerkiksi Intiassa lehmää on lautasella harvoin, länsimaissa sama koskee hyönteisiä. Yksi hinnaltaan halvimpia hyönteisiä…

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Eläinten oikeudet koskevat myös hyönteisiä: Nämä asiat on otettava huomioon

Ihmiset ovat tekopyhiä eläinoikeuskysymyksen edessä. Kotieläimiä rakastetaan ja niiden hyvinvointiin laitetaan paljon aikaa ja rahaa koska ne ovat söpöjä ja ne pystyvät osoittamaan kiintymystä. Villit rotat ja käärmeet eivät saa meiltä samanlaista kohtelua, saati sitten torakat, hämähäkit tai jauhomadot. Tämä lähtökohta tulee ymmärtää kun pohdimme laajamittaista hyönteisten kasvatusta. Tulevaisuuden hyönteisfarmit eivät välttämättä tarjoa enää eettistä…

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How We Changed the Legal Environment of Our Startups

The 20th of September 2017 big news came out: Evira, the Finnish FDA, changed its interpretation of certain EU-level regulations to allow the sale of insect products for human food and for animal feed in Finland. Before the change, all insect products sold for human consumption were banned and there were serious restrictions on insect feed…

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Imitators, Replacements and Clean Meat

There is no questioning that people are eating too much meat and high meat consumption leads to enormous problems globally. While there is growing interest in sustainable alternatives, it seems that the substitute products widely available in the market today are not attractive enough to quickly bring down meat consumption. Multiple new food industry branches…

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Nothing is more important than AI

Most of us are familiar with the concept that it is better to fix the cause than the effect. This idea is at the core of the Lean Manufacturing concept, created by Taiichi Ohno and Toyota.  Lean Manufacturing was later developed into the Lean startup- movement inspired by Eric Ries that aims to maximize the speed…

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Industry Insights, Interview with Ilkka Taponen

The interview below was done by International Insect Centre and published in their newsletter in May 2017. After completing an internship at Ynsect involving his thesis paper titled Supply Chain Risk Management in Entomology Farms Case: High scale production of human food and animal feed, Ilkka developed a keen interest in the insect industry, setting…

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Impossible Foods Must Ask Harder Scientific Questions

Techcrunch posted a very interesting interview on 22nd of May 2017, titled “Impossible Foods CEO Pat Brown says VCs need to ask harder scientific questions”. After reading the article, I had to check that I wasn’t reading The Onion. In the interview, Pat Brown attacks the clean meat industry and VCs with claims that were…

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Cricket Is Just a Better Chicken

One of the main arguments insect food companies bring out in their communication is comparing the environmental impact of  insects to conventional meats like beef, pork, fish and chicken. There is no denying that insects are clearly the best choice from this group, but in most cases comparing insects to other animals is not relevant.…

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Semi-Automatic Water Station for Crickets

In 2015 I was working on multiple projects to find ways to help insect farmers with their two main issues: Farming requires too much manual work and that there are too many risks in farming. One solution to fight these two issues was a prototype of Semi-Automatic Water Station for Crickets. I designed the following…

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Starter Kit for Ento-Entrepreneurs

Lately, quite a few people have reached out for me for tips for starting a new Insect for Food and Feed- companies. I am very happy to see the industry growing and it is my pleasure to help out. To make your starting easier I have here collected some links and tips on how to…

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2016 Was a Successful Year!

It is the time of the year to look back and anticipate a little bit the future as well. The amount of visitors and pages viewed on this site more doubled even though I was able to contribute less on writing. The reason to the slowing pace of blog posting was that I started my…

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The Entomology Industry is Entering a New Era

I have been updating the Entomology Company Database in this site now for 1,5 years and the list of active companies has been growing a month after a month until this summer. There was a two month break that I didn’t find a single new company and when I finally did find the summer’s first…

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How I Created and Published an Audiobook

In April 2016 my thesis Risk Management in the Supply Chains of Entomology Farms was published as an audiobook in all major platforms like iTunes, Audiobooks.com and Audible. I got the idea to do the audio version after hearing multiple sources that “yeah the thesis sounds really interesting, but I do not have the time…

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Entomology Patent Database Analysis

Some of you might have already noticed that I have opened a new tab to my page called “Entomology Patent Database”. This is a one more database project I have, this time I have collected insect rearing related patents to a file, analyzed them and put them into the right category. The study of patents…

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Competitive Intelligence in the Entomology Industry

Here is a text a I wrote some time ago for a project and I thought this would be of interest for a wider audience as well. It is about competitive intelligence especially in the entomology industry. What are the aspects you should look into and how to collect the relevant information? Enjoy! How the intelligence…

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Database Analysis; The Chosen Species

I published my Entomology Company Database in this website about one week ago. I already got a lot of positive feedback and also people informed me of missing companies and mistakes, thank you for that! I will keep on updating the database from now on, if you spot a line that needs updating, let me…

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