Stockholm’s population may be just over 2 million people (one quarter of New York City). Yet it's home to over 22,000 startups, and has been responsible for more than a half-dozen billion-dollar brands: Ikea, H&M, Skype, King (makers of Candy Crush), Ericsson and Spotify among them. Yet it’s never had its own South By Southwest or Silicon Valley Innovation Summit, conferences that have positioned Austin and San Francisco as tech hubs on a global scale.
Daniel Ek, CEO-founder of Spotify, and Ash Pournouri, founder of At Night Management (Avicii), will seek to change that by hosting the inaugural Symposium Stockholm June 8 through 13, anchored by the tech and music-based Brilliant Minds Conference on June 11 and 12.
Ek argues that Sweden is already a model for the future of content consumption and technology: HBO has been available as an a la carte subscription for years, while the major sports leagues have also cut deals that exclude cable and satellite partners.