Meet the entrepreneurs
What drives some of KTH’s most successful entrepreneurs, and how are they doing it? Here are the personal stories of four who are making an impact in the digital space.
The Youtube of audio sharing
Fear of failure is “the biggest killer of innovation,” says Alexander Ljung, co-founder of Soundcloud. As students at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, he and partner Eric Wahlforss may have had "slightly delusional aspirations"; but today they oversee a service that reaches more than a quarter of a million internet users monthly.
A social phone directory
What started as a hunt for furniture by two KTH graduates has led to one of the world’s fastest-growing mobile apps. The reverse number look-up app Truecaller is on its way to becoming a household name in India and other fast-growing economies. Behind its success are founders Alan Mamedi and Nami Zarringhalam, two graduates of the Computer Science master's programme at KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
Mixing not just for DJs anymore
When Jonas Norberg and Daniel Wallner graduated from KTH, they didn’t set out to popularize the craft of DJ mixing. But that’s exactly what is happening with their mega-successful Pacemaker app. “Our mission is to democratize DJ’ing,” Norberg says. “We want to make everyone into a DJ.” The secret, they found, was in making the user experience simple and fun.
Crowdfunding concept helps Tanzanian students
Malin Cronqvist applies an entrepreneurial spirit to the world of non-profit work, taking the concept of crowdfunding to a new level. Her organization Help to Help has raised money to send 23 students in Tanzania to university, while raising the bar for transparency among international aid organizations.