It was announced yesterday that Spotify have finalised their latest acquisition – that of leading music intelligence provider The Echo Nest. For Spotify, it’s a critical one – meaning Spotify can dive deeper into curation, recommendation and of course their Radio functionality.
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Stockholm based tech startup Fidesmo have a pretty cool vision. They believe that mobile-NFC (near field communications) provides a winning combination of usability and security. But they recognise that some key pieces are missing before consumers take full advantage of NFC applications. This is what Fidesmo want to solve – the last missing pieces in the NFC puzzle.
Founded in 2007, Booli.se is a service which aggregates housing ads from all over Sweden. Einar had a chat wth Josephine Linghammar who joined their team as Marketing Manager in 2012.
I’m extremely proud (and excited) to tell everyone, that Swedish Startup Space, a small blog we started over a year ago is expanding out of Stockholm and into Göteborg. What does that mean? Well, we’ve bought on some great people onto our team, who will work from Göteborg and help cover the growing tech scene there. We’ve seen epic growth in the #sthlmtech community this past year, so we’d love for the energy and passion to spread into #gbgtech also. It also means that we need a little help from local startups and businesses – to help take the tech community to the next level. The first of our Göteborg-based partners is Humblebee – a digital studio focused on helping entrepreneurs take their MVP’s and turn them into ideas.
There’s been a lot of heated discussion on social media recently within the #sthlmtech community – regarding whether key profiles are trying hard enough to make the tech community a welcome environment for women. Well, regardless of what you think – there are initiatives out there, pushing for a more female-friendly tech community here in Stockholm. One of those is Women In Tech 2014, an event hosted by MTGx, Spotify and Google.
What many people don’t know about Bokavård.se – is that they are one of many startups that have built their technical team by using remote and outsourced developers, using sites like Elance to find and manage talent.
This is exciting times to be a part of Swedish Startup Space, we are happy to announce that we have brought Einar Persson on to the core team. We also have Marwan Ayache as a regular contributor and we would like to take the opportunity to present some other people working with us!
Last Thursday, web entrepreneur Anton Johansson launched Alltid. It’s a new kind of electricity retailing service, with a simple concept: you pay a fixed amount every month with no extra fuss. The team behind Swedish Startup Space got together and wrote a column on this topic and how the consumers will use this.
Sure, Berlin may have better discos, and cheaper rent. But let’s be honest here, Berlin doesn’t have 3 possible IPOs this year, or any for that matter. In fact the next IPO to from Berlin when it does happen will likely be the company there started by Swedes from Stockholm. Go figure.
Just a year or so after launching Osom, a mobile app that was supposed to be “Instagram meets Craiglist”, Anton Johansson is starting over in a completely different industry. Completely different. Today, Anton launched Alltid – a electricity contract with a fixed rate and monthly cost. Sort of like Spotify, but for your electricity bills.
Are you over 21 years old, have a track record of setting up or running a business or an organisation, and a passion for making the world a better place? Check out the Urban Resilience Challenge 2014, presented by Singularity University.
VisualDreams from Norrköping, who have seen success with their previous games just released a new title – Slam Dunk Basketball 2. The new game was downloaded over once per second during the weekend, racking up a total of 250,000 downloads in the first three days.
Lukas Ohlsson had a chat with Kambio, a Gothenburg based startup that aims to give people the opportunity to feel better and to prevent mental ill-health before it arises.
Tictail has today raised $8 million in funding led by Thrive Capital and is close to signing a lease in SoHo for a New York outpost.
Hilton Slussen was the setting for the tradition that we’ve all come to love, the monthly #sthlmtech meetup with Tyler Crowley and friends. The main guests for the night were Almi Invest, Industrifonden and MAG Interactive.
Each Sunday, we bring you Swedish technology companies who’ve been written about, or mentioned by larger international press. This week, Truecaller announced their massive funding round led by Sequoia, Narrative had their clip reviewed by TheNextWeb and Dagens Industri wrote about Mag Interactive, the creators of iOS game Ruzzle that could be one of Sweden’s most profitable gaming companies.
CodyCoder are a Stockholm based startup who want to help parents teach their children to code, convinced that programming will be an even more essential skill going forward. The team were recently accepted into STING’s FastForward program and are sitting at SUP46.
Since 2007, Uppsala based startup Sensebit has developed a solution that helps authorities to understand traffic flows better. Einar got the chance to ask CEO Fredrik Zettergren a few questions about recent business news and some challenges within their industry.
When Google acquired Nest last month, a lot of attention was thrown onto the “smart home” sector. Uppsala-based ngenic have been working on the Nordic version for a few years now, so Anders caught up with one of the founders for a chat about the past, the present and future.
With Truecaller’s latest funding announcement of $18.8M, and the partnership deal with Yelp, the Stockholm based startup invited some of Sweden’s political figures and industry leaders into their office to celebrate their success, and help to strengthen the Stockholm Startup scene.