The Danish company – and SCALEit alumni – Tweakker ApS was recently acquired by the multinational telecommunications testing company Spirent Communications. Since 2009, Tweakker has been making it easy to connect phones to the internet by providing the platform that lets mobile providers and device manufacturers seamlessly connect their customers’ devices to Internet, MMS and E-mail services.
On September 15, Dennis Juul Poulsen, founder and CEO of Tweakker, announced that the company had been acquired by Spirent Communications, in a $20 million (approximately 115 million DKK) deal that also includes parent company Mobilethink A/S.
Masssive market reach should accelerate Tweakker
Tweakker has experienced tremendous growth in customers and revenue through the last couple of years. Partnering up with Spirent Communications will possibly help them grow even further, as Tweakker stated in this company update:
“By joining Spirent, we will be teaming up with a leading communications technology company providing mobile device performance and customer experience solutions. Considering the mutuality of Tweakker’s and Spirent’s value propositions combined with the magnitude of the Spirent corporation, we believe we have found the perfect partner to help us fast-forward to the next level.”
Sunne Sonne Andersen who was Innovation Center Denmark’s intern back in 2010, is working as Chief Product Officer at Tweakker.
“In Tweakker, we have built a versatile team that simply understands how to do business in the extremely competitive mobility space. The sheer speed of execution and heartfelt innovation is unique to our incredible team and we cannot wait to get started on the new journey with Spirent”
Read Spirent Communcations press release on the acquisition here.
Best of luck to Tweakker and congratulations on the big merger!
On September 20, Grundfos Chairman, Niels Due Jensen, unveiled Grundfos’ Water Technology Center in Fresno, California. The center will set the standard in water technology throughout the world as well as benefit the entire region, said Ashley Swearengin, Mayor of Fresno.
The Water Technology Center will primarily focus on innovative product research in irrigation and other uses for water. However, Grundfos is also opening up towards the industry and invites researchers and entrepreneurs to test and prototype their ideas. Further incubation and funding possibilities will also play a key part, and researchers will be able to take advantage of Grundfos’ strategic partnerships with the International Center for Water Technology at Fresno State University, the Central Valley Business Incubator, and PureSense, Climate Minder, Aquacue, and others.
Did Facebook, YouTube and Twitter bring down the political regimes in Tunisia and Egypt? What are the implications when WikiLeaks publish xx.xxx cables about US diplomatic practices throughout the world? And what is the role of Al Jazeera in the Middle East?
Here in the Valley everyone is always busy spotting the newest trends or coming up with the next groundbreaking technology. But sometimes we need to look behind the innovations and explore how they affect the society they are brought into. The landscape of news is a very interesting example of this: the recent years’ innovations in media platforms and technologies have led to an immense and diverse availability of news. And the question is: How do these new technologies shape the conditions for international news, and what happens to the roles of journalists and audiences?
On March 17th to 18th Danish and US innovators from journalism, academia, and business will speak on boundary-crossing news, audiences, and technology at a conference at the University of California, Berkeley in order to explore the future conditions for international news.
A Media Landscape in Transition
The media landscape is facing fundamental changes; traditional audience constellations and forms of usage known from analogue broadcasting are challenged by new technologies and media platforms. News events and global issues such as climate change, economics and warfare, are no longer necessarily filtered through specific local, regional or national news outlets.
This also changes the roles of journalists and audiences. We have seen it in recent events in the Middle East where social media platforms such as Twitter played an important role as news outlets providing news live from the streets without the mediation of journalists.
In these settings where traditional rules and routines do not necessarily apply we are forced to rethink the framework and consider the possibilities and challenges it brings about, especially of accountability and transparency – WikiLeaks being the obvious case.
All these topics will be up for discussion at our conference Crossing Boundaries. We still have some seats available, so sign up and join the debate. We look forward to exploring the future of international news with you!
You can read more about the conference and our speakers at the Crossing Boundaries website.