Curation throwback: Stockholm tech firms start working from home
Every week we invite a new Stockholm-based company to host our Move to Stockholm Twitter account. In the first of a new series of regular round-ups, we take a quick step back in time to early March 2020, when firms in Stockholm first started asking staff to work from home due to Covid-19.
Fishbrain steps ashore... and goes home
From the moment the fine folks behind the sustainability-focused Fishbrain app took over the Move to Stockholm Twitter account we were hooked. The brains behind the world's most popular community-based angling platform let us board their boat and enjoy the views.
Why does @Fishbrain like being based in Stockholm? Because we get both a great startup culture AND easy access to hundreds of places to go fishing. pic.twitter.com/ZmH2KmpN05— Move to Stockholm (@movetostockholm) March 9, 2020
It feels like an age ago now but this was also the week in which big tech companies in Stockholm started asking employees to work from home to help curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus.
We are currently working from home to help avoid the spread of covid 19/corona virus. I think this is a mature decision from Fishbrain management. We have the resources to conduct business as per usual with a ‘virtual office’ setup for a while. Stay safe people! #COVID19— Move to Stockholm (@movetostockholm) March 12, 2020
Those of us forutunate enough to be able to work remotely packed up our laptops and chargers and decamped to our kitchens and living room. Thanks to several Fishbrain tweets, including this one from Tim Sneed, we also learned that a lot of dogs were switching offices.
Why Sthlm? A city with water & nature everywhere, a promise of 17 hour daylight (summer). I saw an opportunity to help build a really cool product with sustainability in mind and grow a small company. The energy, independence, willingness to try things once. - @timrsneed EM (USA) pic.twitter.com/pQWmNMpcRw— Move to Stockholm (@movetostockholm) March 10, 2020
Inside Truecaller's conference calls
It was a similar story over at Truecaller. But the cats, being cats, had never bothered to go to the office in the first place. And nobody was quite sure what they felt about their owners spending more time at home.
@movetostockholm I don't need more than my laptop, phone and a bottle of water! But the best part is to have my cat as my working buddy. She loves to have me around all the time. #WFHSthlm pic.twitter.com/zyRiT19g5k— Juliana Araújo (@julianasnfan) March 25, 2020
Truecaller, a massively effective phone spam exterminator, has blazed like a comet on the Stockholm tech scene in recent years and is close to becoming the city's ninth unicorn (after Skype, Spotify, Lendo, Klarna, iZettle, King, MySQL, and Paradox Interactive. Source: European Tech Report 2019 by Atomico).
Although Truecaller's biggest market is in India, the company remains headquartered in Stockholm. Srinivasan, a software engineer, pointed to the city's tech prowess as a reason for his move here.
'Stockholm has a lot of successful tech companies which are headquartered here. I wanted to make it big when it comes to my career and Stockholm provides that platform.' Srinivasan, Software Engineer at Truecaller pic.twitter.com/J5xHuMtNuo— Move to Stockholm (@movetostockholm) March 24, 2020
As Truecaller's week at the helm neared its close we were offered a glimpse of the sort of nine-screen conference call that has become such a staple of daily working life in a very short time.
Work-from-home tips from FundedByMe
Crowdfunding platform FundedByMe took the reins in early April. We were all still getting our heads around home working and co-founder Arno Smit had some great tips.
A few weeks ago we shared this article written by our co-founder about some of our favorite tools for working remotely, and other tips and tricks. There are a lot of digital resources available, you just have to find the one that works for you! https://t.co/rJmYU2ZdGK @fundedbyme— Move to Stockholm (@movetostockholm) April 6, 2020
The company was also quick to react to the fast-moving Covid-19 situation, putting in place a framework to support local businesses.
Today, we at FundedByMe are opening the doors for submissions from companies that want to use our re-launched rewards-based-crowdfunding product that we're offering as part of the fight against the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus. https://t.co/JDrweN2aiV pic.twitter.com/BrhiE5cz4S— Move to Stockholm (@movetostockholm) April 8, 2020
And then suddenly it was that time of year when the witches go trick or treating. (Our friends at Visit Stockholm can explain!)
Thanks for reading! Tune back in next week as we review the post-Easter curation sessions by Homer, GetBrick and Netlight, three companies that have continued hiring while the world comes to terms with Covid-19.