Twingly named “IT Challenger of The Year” in Sweden

Veckans Affärer IT-utmanareHot diggity dang! Swedish magazine Veckans Affärer (in english “Business Weekly”) this week announced their list of the 500 largest IT companies in Sweden. Twingly is not yet among them but in conjunction with the survey they awarded us the title IT Challenger of The Year (link to article in Swedish only).

Quoting from their article:

“Twingly has in a short time redrawn the map for how traditional media and web companies relate to bloggers and grass roots. Using the link as currency, Twingly ties togethers readers, bloggers and grass roots in a synergy that in the end generates direct income. At the foundation lies a technical know-how that holds a great promise for the future.”

Needless to say, we are very excited about the recognition. It is inspiring but also gives us valuable feedback that we are moving in the right direction.

It was great to have the reporter from Veckans Affärer to come visit us the same day we celebrated the anniversary of Twingly. Champagne is otherwise a rare sight at the Twingly office, the most common sign of celebration is a hoard of happy emoticons and thumbs-up sprouting up in the company-wide Skype chat and the occasional cake to accompany the customary afternoon cup of coffee.

For people reading this blog from outside of Sweden, I’d like to point to a bunch of other Swedish web startups that recently received well-deserved recognition from Red Herring in their 2009 survey of European startups. Search for “Sweden” inside the page. Twingly has never been very active in nominating itself to such awards, I guess we’ll have to remedy that. It is inspiring to be recognized.

From me and entire Twingly team, we want to extend our deepest gratitude to Veckans Affärer for naming Twingly IT Challenger of The Year!

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