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STING Day is Sweden’s #1 startup event, connecting cutting-edge tech companies with more than 100 investors from around the world. Already today, two months ahead of the event, over 110 investors have registered.
A while back we wrote about the successful launch of Slam Dunk Basketball 2. VisualDreams now reports one million downloads within three weeks.
Hemsida24 beta launch international version of their website builder named PagePicnic
Each Sunday, we bring you Swedish technology companies who’ve been written about, or mentioned by larger international press. This week, Spotify acquires music intelligence engine Echo Nest, Jumpstarter move their supercharged hosting saas out of beta and more details revealed about the Nordic Startup Conference.
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.
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.
Sweden is a hub of innovative start-ups, but unless your app is region-specific, there is absolutely no need to focus on local users first. Marwan goes over the reasons why you should choose to develop for Android instead of iOS.
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.
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!
Innovators is a monthly tech-meetup organised by the guys from Lifesum and thoughtbot – and is a great networking opportunity for designers, developers and entrepreneurs in general.
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.
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.
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.
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.