Editor note: The following is a guest post, contributed by Per Bergström – a Gothenburg based entrepreneur who is also the organiser of Startup Grind Stockholm. Per and his team organise great events where Per interviews an entrepreneur and dives into the personal stories. Over the past few months, Per has interviewed Niklas Adalberth of Klarna, Hjalmar Winbladh of Wrapp and Lars-Henrik Friis Molin of Universum Group. Check out a video of Per’s talk with Niklas below the post.
The startup community in Stockholm has had a tremendous growth over the last year. This is very similar to what was the case back in late 1990′s when the IT boom took place. A pioneer in the game was the price comparison service Pricerunner. Founded in 1999, Pricerunner had some golden first years but then ran into trouble as they, just like many other hyped companies those days, continued to innovate and accelerate products that the market wasn’t ready for. In 2004 it was acquired by ValueClick for approx SEK 270 million. The founder of Pricerunner moved on to start TestFreaks in 2007 with the same team to do a qualitative product reviews services. He seems to have spotted the big upcoming trend of online peer validation.
Kristofer Arwin, the founder of Pricerunner and Testfreaks, is visiting Startup Grind Stockholm on October 16th to tell his personal story. Startup Grind on their website gives it the exciting touch: “The story about the management trainee who let go of security of an international corporation to go chase his entrepreneurial dream.”. This will be the 4th event since the start in March for the event series. Its intimate fireside chat format have succeeded in creating an atmosphere where the entrepreneurial journey, including fears and failures, can be shared openly.
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