TBlox is selected top 50 coolest tech companies in the Netherlands. This year the company was also selected top60 most promising young companies in the world. The Netherlands has a tremendous amount of interesting tech vendors, some of which get more attention than others. In an earlier post we discussed the lack of marketing power we sometimes see with Dutch IT vendors. This time we take a closer look at those that are able to catch the limelight: the Dutch Tech Fab 50.
To create the Dutch tech Fab 50 we looked at various lists, varying from hot technology startups (Red Herring for example) to the more established vendors (Main Software top 50). These lists look at different variables such as size, growth rate, or most promising technology. Not all lists focus on tech only, online retail or social networks are often included as well. Using these lists as a base we tallied the # of mentions each of these companies received. Check out the infographic below:
So, what does it all mean? For one, these companies got noticed at least one more time than the other 500 (Dutch) vendors included in these lists. They have been able to create visibility around their technological capacity or company initiatives.
On the other hand, the # of mentions are subject to whatever the criteria are that the particular list uses for selection. Companies like The Cloakroom and Blendle are digitized variations of fashion retail and publishing services. Like Uber and AirBnB they are part of the digital transformation. That does not make them less attractive, it just means that they have been able to smartly use an existing concept and digitize the service.
Sometimes it is also interesting to see who is not on the list: a company like Quintiq for example, that was sold to Dassault in 2014 for €250 million. And Treatwell (founded 18 months ago and sold for €34 million) probably was just too fast to shine in any list.