Tuesday, 23 October 2012

3 Scottish Software Startups

 3 Promising Software Companies From Scotland

Not even the most passionate patriot would argue that Scotland is leading the world in the development of 21st century software technology, however the start-up scene is growing and there are a number of interesting companies emerging that are worth watching out for. A few of them are listed below.



1) Aetherstore

This innovative company was founded by 3 enterprising chaps, namely Robert F. MacInnis, Allan P. Boyd and Angus D. Macdonald, who are all recent graduates from the University of St Andrews in Edinburgh.

AetherStore is a data storage solution that creates space from unused space on office computer hard drives. It is meant to be very easy to use, indeed brand new users are able to download and install the software on participating computers, which then creates shared server space that all users can use.

Frankly, they say it better themselves:

".....AetherStore provides the write speed of local storage and the shared storage space of networked storage servers. It uses a distributed storage system to pool together un-used capacity in existing office machines—capacity that would be wasted otherwise—and spreads both the load and the risk of data storage amongst them. A secure, cloud storage service is used for versioning, remote access, and long-term backup. The store provides transparent full file version histories for auditing and compliance purposes and requires no staff, no maintenance, and no new hardware....."

To learn more about Aetherstore visit Aetherstore.com

2) Sensewhere

Another company bubbling forth from the creative cauldron of Edinburgh, Sensewhere’s new software allows precise location information in places where there is exceptionally thin inaccurate GPS satellite data such as indoors in aunty Mabel's pantry or Uncle Bert's allotment shed.

Their services are better described in their recent press release:
".....Sensewhere, the world leader in hyper local and indoor positioning solutions, today announced that its snapp! indoor location app is now available to download from Google Play. snapp!, which blends sensewhere’s world-leading indoor location technology with social mapping, allows users to view their friends’ updates in their geographical context across a variety of social networks, and issue accurate geotagged updates deep indoors....."

With coverage from heavyweights such as Bloomberg, CNBC and Mountain View Patch (Ok, ok I've never heard of them either), this company are definitely popping up on radar screens.

You can learn more about Sensewhere by visiting Sensewhere.com

3) Freeagent

Fresh from winning the Software Vendor of the Year Award in 2011, Freeagent is trying its best to set users free of the tedious task of business accounting. Freelancers love this software as updating your sole trader or limited company accounts yourself can be a hassle and expensive. Using Freeagent makes it easy and usually means you pay your accountant less.

Some have billed Freeagent as a simple app to create invoices, others have hailed it as a virtual accountant.

Rather than get caught up in the hype you can read up on the company by visiting Freeagent.com

And yes they are also from Edinburgh! We'll have more news from companies in Aberdeen soon, I promise!

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