THINGS’ Wall of Fame is an annual award presented in recognition of an exceptional individual who has built a successful business empire based on pioneering innovative technology that has come to define the world we live in. Thereby acting as an inspirational role model for the startup community in Sweden.
THINGS’ 2018 Wall of Fame is awarded to Stina Ehrensvärd, CEO and co-founder of Yubico. Pär Hedberg, THINGS’ chairman of the board is convinced that Yubico will become the next Swedish unicorn and here is why:
“With a vision to make internet security both user friendly and secure, Stina Ehrensvärd and her husband started Yubico in 2007. Yubico have since become a new standard for secure computer login to computers, mobiles, private networks and services. Today Yubico have an impressive customer list of the biggest international digital corporates with 120 employees and €50 million revenue forecast for 2018 . With a strong vision, healthy stubbornness, innovative technology and complementary founder skills, Yubico have become the true world leader in user friendly and secure internet login technology.”
Yubico’s representative Annie Fornelius received the award on behalf of Stina at THINGS’ 3-year anniversary event which took place on 22nd March 2018 with 300+ tech startup and industry guests. Stina joined us in spirit with a video message from her Silicon Valley offices, outlining Yubico’s entrepreneurial journey and revealed that the most rewarding aspect of building a successful business comes down to great teamwork. Stina recounted also, how Yubico distilled their vision of making the internet safer for everyone in a half page business plan and targeted only a handful of the really big internet companies on America’s west coast. Success and verification with Google in 2012 meant other services soon followed and they were able to scale their technology to millions of users.
Previous THINGS’ Hall of Fame recipients:
2017: Nicolas Hassbjer founder of HMS
Nicolas Hassbjer founded HMS in 1988 as a result of a student project at Halmstad Högskola, with a passion for electronics and embedded software, HMS was an early pioneer of Internet of Things and is today a world leader in industrial communication. HMS have over the years achieved rapid annual growth and closed 2016 with close to 1 Billion SEK in revenue and almost 500 employees. With professional management, continuous innovation and a successful IPO, HMS have developed into a success story within the Internet of things area.
2016: John Elvesjö of Tobii Technology
John is an innovator and entrepreneur with a passion for the core technologies of sensors, optics, digital design and algorithms. Tobii, one of the companies he has founded, is today the global leader in eye tracking. Tobii has pioneered research in many fields and enables communication for tens of thousands of people with special needs. The Group has some 600 employees and has achieved rapid annual growth since it was founded in 2001. With professional management, continuous innovation and a successful IPO, Tobii have developed into a success story
2015: Martin Gren, co-founder of Axis Communications
Axis was the first company in the world to launch a network camera in 1996, initiating the shift from analog to digital technology. Today Axis is the global market leader in network video, driving the industry by continually launching innovative network products based on an open platform - delivering high value to customers through a global partner network. Solid management, continuous innovation and a world-class indirect sales organisation has made this company started by students in Lund a true success story.