Yabot, News for your website

The Yabot news aggregation service started as a “fun project” as we needed a free search tool for online news from Sweden. This was back in 2005 and there were very few credible news sources available as RSS feeds…

Yabot eventually became its own company and is today run from London.
The name Yabot is actually the word “today” mirrored. I saw it as I was having coffee at Pret á Manger on Oxford Street way back in 1999, waiting on my way to a meeting with my solicitor, and read their sign from the inside…

SolutionPlanet

I founded SolutionPlanet Ltd as I moved to London after my divorce in 1998. The company’s goal was to develop off the shelf solutions for IBM’s Lotus Domino platform. I had been working with Lotus Notes/Domino for a few years and was at this time a member of Lotus’ Executive Partner Council in EMEA and was very dedicated to the platform.
After just a few years we started looking at and developing solutions for mobile devices, this rendered us the prestigious Beacon Award and we were the first to develop a totally platform independent mobile email solution for Lotus Notes.
Today SolutionPlanet is a small “traditional” holding and consulting company with operations in London, UK and Stockholm, Sweden.

Att byta betalleverantör

I höstas tog vi beslut om att byta betalleverantör (PSP, Payment Service Priovider) för våra e-shoppar.
Jag tittade runt en hel del, gjorde förfrågningar och tog in offerter. Fick även en bra referens, rekommendation och kontakt av @ArnepaPosten vilket ledde till att vi skrev kontrakt med Auriga.

Det jag i första hand gillar med Aurigas lösning är att vi kan implementera en enda koppling mot deras system och att dom sedan tar hand om alla otaliga kopplingar med kortsystem, faktura system och banksystem. Vi kan enkelt byta från SveaWebpay till Klarna om vi vill, från SHB till Swedbank eller lägga till ett helt nytt betalsystem utan att behöva ändra en rad kod. Effektivt.

Jag önskar att man kunde säga det samma om våra gamla banker och deras system. Det är konstigt att det ska ta över 7 veckor att få till ett inlösenavtal för kort. Tanken var att ha en ny sajt klar till nyår med nya betalalternativ men det har inte lyckats. Banken skyller på Visa och Visa är ju inte någon vi har kontakt med eller ens ett avtal med… Inte något lyckat upplägg. Håller tummarna för att det löser sig nästa vecka.

Fashion e-commerce

Coming back from London I had an idea for an e-commerce site in my baggage. As we hit a low in my IT consultancy I took a gamble and put most of my savings and time into the new venture and launched SFQ.se (Strumpor För Qvinnor) in October 2003. The e-shop was about selling hosiery especially traditional stockings and nylons. This turned out to be a fantastic idea for e-commerce. The packages are small and light weight, despite currently having one of the world’s largest ranges in stock our warehouse is still rather small. The business was incorporated a few years later (Jelon E-Trade AB) and today we run several e-shops in Sweden, Finland and Denmark as well as shops in English.