Month January 2016

Sneak peek

It only takes you a couple of minutes creating a new project space with Systemapic.
Here are some GIF’s where we walk you through the different steps to give you a little taste of what it looks like.

1: CREATE A NEW PROJECT

New-Project

It only takes a few clicks to create a new project space.

Individual project access is completely under your control. You can create new users, add or revoke project access for your team, and manage both client and colleague access levels in a matter of seconds.

2: SELECT BASE LAYER

Base-layers

We provide a selection of base layers desiged to serve different needs. We offer three sets of areal images: satellite images from Google, and MapBox, and areal photos over Norway from Norkart. You can also choose from a variety of vector and hybrid base maps.

If you have your own data, Systemapic is an ideal platform to build your own basemaps.

3: UPLOAD DATA

Upload

Systemapic accepts both vector and raster data in a variety of formats.

All your files and data are stored in a Data Library for quick and easy management. You can browse, edit, compare and download files at will. The Data Library is at the heart of your project, and a great place to get your data organized.

4: STYLE

Style

Our styler is designed to make it easy for you to get the most out of your data. You can use values in your data to create smooth color ranges or filters, or you can target specific elememts with just a few clicks.

If you are familiar with writing CartoCSS there are no limits to what you can do with your data.

5: SHARE

Invite

You can easily share a project with people on your contact list, or you can send invitations to new users.

You may also create high resolution JPG or PDF files of your maps.

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Welcome, superstars

Systemapic has been in development by its two founders – in solitude, we might add – for more than a year and a half now, so we’re extremely excited to announce that we have expanded our team with two extremely talented programmers!

We have looked up to Sandro Santilli for quite some time now, checking out his magnificent programming skills on GitHub from time to time. We know this is super nerdy, but anyone who’s deep into Open Source geospatial databases, such as PostGIS, would know him under his alias – strk. This is because Sandro is one of the core developers of this database, meaning that there are only a handful of people in the world that can match his skills in this particular, but very crucial, niche. We’ve been talking to Sandro for several months now, and when we finally landed a grant form Innovation Norway, we rushed to hire him. He was an A-1 priority. Sandro is going to work with us for three months, strengthening the database infrastructure on the back end, and we very excited about it.

While Sandro works from Italy, Igor Ziegler, the second addition to our team, is working with us from Siberia…the only place possibly colder to live in than Norway. Igor is more of an all-around asset to us than Sandro is, and we plan to keep him for a long period of time. At the moment he writes tests for our back-end, and works on strengthening our API. When Igor is not working for Systemapic, he’s doing a Ph.D. in Mathematics…and that’s just awesome.

And we plan to continue growing. We’re looking for a third person that can help us with business development and sales. Recommendations are welcome!

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It’s a New Year!

Wow! What a year! 2015 was probably the busiest year of our lives! But it’s not supposed to be easy to be an entrepreneur. You have to make some tough sacrifices in the beginning to harvest fruits in the future, and even though nearly all our incomes went into the company, we (the founders) learned more than we thought possible, and have gotten rich with experience.

One year at StartupLab
One year at StartupLab
Last January we relocated from our humble home offices to StartupLab at Oslo Science Park. That was a game changer for us. Being in a slick environment at Norway’s most prestigious tech hub is awesome! We get access to an array of talented business advisors, and we get to surround ourselves with other companies in a similar situation to us. We also get to book our meetings in cool glass cubes paved with astroturf, as opposed to our good ol’ kitchen table!

The funding game

Developing technology and building a business takes serious time, and we (the founders) are investing all the time we’ve got. We work six to seven days a week, ten to twelve hours a day, but it’s still not enough! So we need to expand, and in order to expand we need funding.

“The funding game” is an massive field of its own, and it has to be learned like everything else. So we were particularly excited to be among the five companies selected from the 80 applicants to participate in “Angel Challenge”, a program organized by Startup Norway.

Over the course of a few weeks in October and November, 25 “new” investors would meet up weekly for a seminar with the selected five companies. The goal was to teach angel investment to the potential investors, and to teach the startups how to be more attractive to the people who want to invest. It’s a Win-Win. In the end, one of the companies would get a joint investment from the group.

Systemapic did not win the final investment from Angel Challenge, but we learned a lot, and we got some good contacts that we are now exploring. One of those contacts invited us to present our company to a group of investors in Tromsø in the north of Norway, and things are in the works. More on that, as the story progresses.

So far we have four interested investors, three in Norway and one in Abu Dhabi, and we expect to sign the first deals shortly.

Innovation Norway

We would also like to thank Innovation Norway for believing in us. We know that the competition was hard this year, and that they had some tough choices in which companies to fund, so we are very grateful to have received not one, but two grants from them, enabling us to keep our heads above the water.

The Future

We are very excited for 2016, and we have many ambitious plans for this year!

While 2015 was dedicated to programming and software development, our company is now mature enough to go to market and get customers. We are also going to expand our team, and have already engaged two superstar programmers who are going to be crucial to building Systemapic in the coming months.

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