Hed start: Angry Birds backer puts $5.75m into Kiosked

It looks like the success of Angry Birds is starting to trickle down into the Finnish startup economy, with the news that Rovio chairman Kaj Hed is putting money into local e-commerce and marketing startup Kiosked.

Felicis Ventures raises a new $70 million seed fund

Felicis Ventures, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based venture fund started by early Google employee Aydin Senkut has raised a new $70 million fund. The investment group is well known for its investments in Angry Birds’ parent, Inkling and Shopify. This is their second institutional seed fund.

Rovio raked in $106M last year in preparation for IPO

Angry Birds maker Rovio generated $106.3 million in revenue last year based on the success of three games and a booming merchandising business. The tenfold improvement over the previous is a strong showing for the company as it looks ahead to an IPO next.

How to make reading more like Angry Birds

Book publishers have to make reading books as addictive and habit-forming as playing Angry Birds, Charles Duhigg, author of “The Power of Habit” (also known as “that book about how Target knew a teenager was pregnant before her dad did”) argues.

Lack of Angry Birds Space highlights Windows Phone’s challenge

UPDATED: Angry Birds Space is another huge hit for Rovio who said Thursday is won’t be building a version for Windows Phone, according to Peter Vesterbacka, the chief marketing officer of Rovio. Rovio, however, reversed course Friday and said they would develop a WP7 app.

Rovio’s Angry Birds soars past 500 million downloads

Angry Birds has soared into some rarified air with the news that it’s eclipsed 500 million downloads after launching less than two years ago. Mikael Hed, aka Mighty Eagle made the announcement on stage at the Slush Conference in Helsinki.

Wow. No wonder the birds are angry

The No. 2 free app on Apple’s app store is Cut the Birds, a mashup of two really popular iOS games: Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja. The comments on the app’s review section say it all. I am just surprised it slipped past the Apple censors.