Europe’s 50 most popular startups according to the blogosphere

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In February, TechCrunch Europe published the latest version of its TechCrunch Europe Top 100 index, a list of most innovative and promising European/EMEA web and tech startups. The list which was compiled together with startup tracker YouNoodle Scores is based on a score for each startup which was created using a “sophisticated algorithm using information from thousands of online sources” such as traffic, mainstream media coverage, funding etc.

While waiting for an update of the list, we thought it would be cool to see how these companies rank considering their buzz in the blogosphere (similar to what we did with Twitter clients recently). By using data from our Twingly Blog Search, we measured the buzz these startups were able to create within the global blogosphere from May 1 to July 31. Here is the result with the rank of the TechCrunch Europe Top 100 in brackets – we only publish a top 50 list because the number of blog mentions of some of the other services was not significant enough to create a sound ranking.

01 Spotify (8)
02 Stardoll (5)
03 Dailymotion (2)
04 Tuenti (11)
05 SoundCloud (14)
06 TweetDeck (53)
07 Netvibes (17)
08 Twingly (75)
09 fring (26)
10 Shazam (28)
11 DailyBooth (54)
12 Tweetmeme (37)
13 eBuddy (10)
14 Nimbuzz (98)
15 Jimdo (84)
16 Miniclip (38)
17 Trigami (see here) (79)
18 Voddler (48)
19 Netlog (4)
20 Qype (27)
21 Layar (56)
22 Deezer (21)
23 sevenload (30)
24 ShoZu (57)
25 Trovit (67)
26 zanox (9)
27 Bambuser (51)
28 MyHeritage (19)
29 Vente-Privee (1)
30 FigLeaves (59)
31 Plastic Logic (16)
32 Skyscanner (41)
33 Zemanta (55)
34 eRepublik (45)
35 Swoopo (42)
36 brands4friends (77)
37 Wonga (52)
38 MobyPicture (58)
39 Zopa (40)
40 Doodle (62)
41 Rebtel (36)
42 Jolicloud (93)
43 Fon (29)
44 Modu (25)
45 Mendeley (61)
46 Twenga (47)
47 uberVU (66)
48 Markafoni (49)
49 amiando (88)
50 We7 (78)

Being able to make users blog about a web startup does not necessarily mean that its products or services are good. Furthermore, consumer oriented web tools and blog centric services usually get more coverage on blogs than business-to-business companies, which is why the list is dominated by these kind of apps. Having said this, publicity is a requirement for succeeding as a tech startup, so the startups in this list seem to be on track regarding user awareness!

In some cases the search results were interfered by Spam postings or articles mentioning the same word, meaning something else. We then had to remove a part of the findings, which led to a lower ranking. When you study the list keep in mind that this is not the one and only, definite ranking, but it for sure gives you some useful information about which services are being discussed the most in blogs all over the world.

We might start to publish this ranking regularly. If your Europe based startup is getting a lot of buzz and is missing in the ranking, or if you know a service that could be popular enough to appear on this list, please let us know in the comments, so that we can include it next time!

/Martin Weigert

11 thoughts on “Europe’s 50 most popular startups according to the blogosphere

  1. Maex August 3, 2010 / 10:09 am

    I chose one from the above list and when I clicked on (guess it was the name that made me curious) I got a “Reported Attack Page!” warning.

    [ … ]the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2010-08-02. Malicious software includes 189 scripting exploit(s).

    • Maex August 3, 2010 / 10:55 am

      I a German 🙂
      The problem turned out to be with their ad servers being compromised and delivering malware throught the weekend and they didn’t recognize cause most (all?) of them were on holidays.
      However this also took some dozen blogs down that embedded ads from their servers.
      Current status seems to be that they could not fix the problem and took the ad servers down.

      I have worked with an ISP for ~10 years and from my experience it is always a problem for startups and small companies with just a few people to implement and deploy proper alerting and incident handling for their services and that is a big risk for them and services of others/customers depending on them.

      • Martin August 3, 2010 / 11:26 am

        😉 They hopefully learned their lesson.

  2. Andi August 3, 2010 / 10:38 am

    Hey, nice top you have here 🙂 ! Would be nice to have this on a regular base. I am sure looking forward to get Nimbuzz in the top 10 at least!


    • Anton Johansson August 3, 2010 / 11:24 am

      Keep on working and I’m sure you will! =) /Anton, Twingly

  3. Kevin August 7, 2010 / 8:57 am


    you can add start-up from Czech called is SaaS server monitoring tool with customers around the globe.

  4. Harald Weiss August 9, 2010 / 11:35 am

    have a look at a new startup based in Austria that will be launched in Sept10 at
    wappwolf = connecting Web APPlications to workFLOWs (wolf-flipped)
    watch the vids. it will disrupt

  5. Martin August 10, 2010 / 7:20 pm

    Thank you guys! As we wrote, it won’t be easy for B2B startups to appear in the list. But we’ll see. Good luck to you!

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