Mobile Veteran (Nokia, Fjord,Yahoo Mobile) to Guide Startup 5-TILES as Investor and Advisor

By on July 1, 2014 in News, Press Releases

Christian Lindholm helping to make 5-TILES the first choice keyboard for mobile devices and wearables

Christian on chair smallWe’re thrilled to announce that mobile industry veteran Christian Lindholm will take the role as Investor and Advisor to 5-TILES this summer, to help guide this award-winning startup to become the leading choice of keyboard for any mobile device or wearable product.

Lindholm is the CEO and Co-Founder of Koru, a wearable’s operating system company based in Finland. 5-TILES is an alternative touch-screen keyboard, built for Android and available on Google Play. Passionate about the transformative power of mobile devices and wearables, Lindholm’s interest and investment with 5-TILES is to progress a paradigm shift toward Intimate Computing, and a radical new approach to our text entry systems across all our devices.
“We are on a long journey of transformation, disruption and creation. It is a journey where we will meet luck and serendipity. I cannot imagine anything more exciting to work on,” he said.
As one of the digital and mobile design industry’s true gurus, Lindholm was nicknamed “the godfather of mobile phone users” by Finland’s leading newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. He is the inventor of the Navi key, a user interface that was featured on many early Nokia phones. Based on industry figures from that time, it is likely that 7% of the human population used his Navi invention to make their first mobile calls. He has also held roles as Chief Innovation Officer at Fjord (acquired by Accenture in May 2013) and was head of Yahoo’s mobile product team.
“5-TILES is a bold idea, and is the most powerful one-handed touch keyboard I have seen. They have a great team of inventors and innovators and I can see they have the elements needed to succeed, including, the willingness to push forward, transform, simplify and perfect.”, Lindholm said about 5-TILES.
5-TILES CEO Michal Kubacki is honoured by Lindholm’s coming on board as an Investor and Advisor, and sees it as positive testimony regarding the brave invention he, and the team, have created to disrupt how we use keyboards on mobile devices and wearables.
“Christian understands our vision for helping the world move on from an outdated keyboard,” said Kubacki. “We don’t live in a world of physical buttons anymore and 5-TILES can deliver the space, range and speed we need.”
About 5-TILES
ETAOI Systems Ltd. is the owner and developer of the patent-pending 5-TILES Keyboard, which has been designed specifically for touchscreen devices of all sizes. The 5-TILES Keyboard takes up 70% less of the screen than QWERTY keyboards, is super compact, comfortably finger-sized, and optimised for speed.
The 5-TILES Keyboard is in live beta, and available for download from Google Play at
Awards include:

  •  2nd Place at Droidcon, October 2013
  • Winner of UKTI MWC Stand Competition, February 2014
  • Finalists in the Smart UK Project Competition, February 2014
  • Winner of ICT KTN CeBIT Stand, March 2014
  • 1st Place at TechPitch, May 2014

Chancellor Angela Merkel checks out 5-TILES at CeBIT

By on March 10, 2014 in News


After her Opening Ceremonies speech, German Chancellor Angela Merkel spent some time touring the Expo, and chose ETAOI Systems out of 100s of companies to come and take a look at the 5-TILES Keyboard. Here, our CEO Michal Kubacki is showing her how it works on a tablet.

The Chancellor spoke at the Opening Ceremonies about “The Digital Society“:

“The societal changes generated by modern information and communication technologies undoubtedly face policy-makers, too, with tremendous challenges. That is why “The Digital Society” is the German Government’s chosen motto for its Science Year 014. Our aim is to stimulate broad debate on what our digital future could and should look like. I look forward with keen anticipation to what ideas emerge from CeBIT 2014.”

PM David Cameron checks out 5-TILES at CeBIT

By on March 10, 2014 in News


After his Opening Ceremonies speech, UK Prime Minister David Cameron spent some time touring the Expo, and chose ETAOI Systems out of 100s of companies to come and take a look at the 5-TILES Keyboard. Here, our CEO Michal Kubacki is showing him how it works on a tablet.

The Prime Minister spoke at the Opening Ceremonies about “a world on fast forward“:

My mission here at CeBIT is to promote the extraordinary tech sector we have in the UK. 4 years ago, we put in place a long-term economic plan to turn our country around – and innovation is right at the heart of that plan.

The UK tech scene today is dynamic. Relentlessly ambitious. Leading the way. It is our ambition to make the UK the most digital nation in the G8 and it is my mission to show the world that we’re getting there.”

5-TILES on workshop panel at CeBIT

By on March 10, 2014 in News

CatapultThe Connected Digital Economy Catapult is hosting a seminar at CeBIT 2014 in Hannover on Tuesday 11 March from 2pm to 4pm, and Michal Kubacki of 5-TILES is pleased to be one of the business panelists.

Dr Lewis Pinault, innovator centre director at the catapult, will chair a lively discussion on the ingredients needed to make innovation happen and what SMEs need to succeed in the digital space.

We’d love to see you there (details below). To follow the action on Twitter, follow the hashtags: #Digicatapult #CeBIT14 and #UKatCeBIT. To find out more about the other UK Trade & Investment/ICT KTN sessions taking place, click here.

If you would like further information on this event, or any other events the Digital Catapult is involved in email Alex Vail, events manager, at

We’re on the UKTI Seminar Programme at CeBIT 2014

By on March 9, 2014 in News

We are very pleased to be part of the ICT Knowledge Transfer Network’s (ICT KTN’s) comprehensive programme of seminars for leading tech event CeBIT, which takes place in Hannover, Germany, from the 10th to the 14th of March.

On Wednesday the 12th of March 2014, from 9:00 – 11:00, our CEO Michal Kubacki will be taking part in the Seminar Business goes Social – disruptive approaches to Marketing and Media.” Michal’s talk is about “Revolutionising touch screen interactions”.

Business goes Social – disruptive Approaches to Marketing and Media

Twitter has now exceeded 241 million monthly active users of which 184 million are active via mobile, Facebook has in excess of 1.2 billion members with a significant engagement though Mobile platforms. Mobile continues to grow at an extraordinary rate and is becoming the main internet access for consumers across developed and developing markets.
Businesses are increasingly utilising the power of social media to increase awareness, strengthen brands and create new channels to market. Significant opportunities exist to create multipliers through more intelligent systems and new approaches to Marketing and Media.
Social media used strategically, can increase your market penetration, open new channels and
create completely new customer bases without the traditional cost implications of expansion into
new areas and markets. The seminar will examine current usage trends and explore disruptive
approaches to increase the power of social media. This session will examine different approaches
through a series of short presentations and then the audience will have the opportunity to debate
with the speakers.


Over 230,000 visitors from more than 120 countries, including 4,500 journalists, are expected to attend this year’s CeBIT, and in 2014 the UK takes centre stage as the event’s official partner country. So the focus will he on the UK’s capability, expertise and ability to deliver.
Recognising this unique opportunity UK Trade & Investment, the ICT KTN and techUK are partnering to deliver a comprehensive business and technology programme leading up to and during the event.
For more information on this and our seminar programme, which will take in the British Business Lounge, please download our flyer.