The other day, I was reminded of how ignorant some cocky Silicon Valley aficionados can be when it comes to the rest of the world, when one of our posts hit Hacker News and promptly garnered a comment to the tune of “seriously, does Europe have any tech companies other than Skype and maybe Spotify? I can’t name any others lol.”

It was amusing at first, because there are of course many more, and perhaps this person was simply trolling. Besides, many in Silicon Valley and other places around the world are well aware that there are plenty of excellent and fast-growing tech companies coming out of Europe. Being able to name but two is a testament of one’s stupidity, at best.

The more I thought about it, though, the more I figured it was part of our mission here at Tech.eu to give people some insights about what’s happening here in Europe.

We’re not looking to become uncritical cheerleaders, and we’ll be the first to point out that the European technology industry has many crosses to bear and mountains left to climb, but we would like to set the record straight and hopefully open some eyes here and there.

While it’s most definitely true that Europe has been unable to produce many global tech behemoths the size of SAP, and that you’ll have to look elsewhere to find the companies owning the major platforms and networks (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), we’ll be happy to challenge any assumptions you may have. Just so that next time someone says he or she can’t name more interesting tech companies in Europe than there are fingers on their hands, you have somewhere to direct them to.

We’ll even do you a favour and leave out most of the publicly-listed European tech giants like Yandex (Russia), Nokia (Finland), Opera Software (Norway), Mail.ru (Russia), Criteo (France), Ericsson (Sweden), StoneSoft (Finland – now part of McAfee), AVG Technologies (Czech Republic / The Netherlands), bwin.party (Gibraltar/UK) and F-Secure (Finland). Let’s pretend they don’t count.

Playtime in Europe

So you’ve heard of Spotify. Well, at least that’s a start. What about music streaming rival Deezer (France), which may or not become available in the United States next year but has meanwhile managed to attract over 12 million users – 5 million of which are paid subscribers?

Or what about SoundCloud (Germany), the increasingly popular service for sharing all things audio, with more than 200 million users? Or Songkick (UK), which lets millions of people track their favourite bands and artists, and provides them with personalized news about live music events?

Or maybe you’re one of the 400 million+ people around the world who’ve used Shazam (UK) to tag songs heard you’ve on the radio or television? Maybe you discovered a ton of new music on Last.fm (UK), or moved on to much younger, fresher services for that purpose, to places like Rushmore.fm (UK), Soundwave (Ireland), 3Plet (Estonia/Russia), Soundrop (Norway), or Mixcloud (UK).

Perhaps you’re more into games, though. That’s cool.

Are you a Minecraft fan? You can thank indie video game developer Mojang (Sweden) for that one.

Or do you prefer playing games on Facebook, your tablet or smartphone? Then you may have heard of Angry Birds, made by Rovio (Finland); or Candy Crush Saga, made by King (Sweden); or Diamond Dash, made by Wooga (Germany); or Clash Of Clans, made by Supercell (Finland); or Cut The Rope, made by Zeptolab (Russia/UK); or Dragon City, made by Social Point (Spain); or Total Domination, made by Plarium (Israel); or Criminal Case, made by Pretty Simple Games (France); or Rummi Plus, made by Peak Games (Turkey); or Top Eleven, made by Nordeus (Serbia); or Talking Tom, made by Outfit7 (Slovenia/Cyprus); or Subway Surfers, made by Kiloo (Denmark); or …

To wit, the list goes on and on, and these aren’t companies mucking about somewhere in the margins: they are some of the most successful developers on the Facebook platform, and among the makers of the highest-grossing games on the iOS App Store and Google Play.

And then there are the online betting, gambling and social casino games companies in Europe, many of which are growing like crazy. It would be nearly impossible to list all of them, but take a look at Betfair, Plumbee (UK), Akamon (Spain), Betable (UK) and Ongame (Gibraltar) for starters.

And let’s not forget Mind Candy (UK), whose Moshi Monsters world has attracted more than 80 million registered users (and the company’s just getting started when it comes to entertainment).

But perhaps you’re more into video. Well, then meet Dailymotion (France), which attracted over 112 million unique monthly visitors and served more than 2,5 billion videos views worldwide last time it shared statistics (nearly a year ago). It’s no YouTube, but it’s nothing to sneeze at, either.

Up next: keep an eye on Voddler (Sweden), Streamnation (Luxembourg) and Magine (Sweden), just to name a few interesting companies in the media consumption and cataloguing space.

It’s not just fun and games

Setting aside entertainment, let’s take a look at what Europe has to offer on the business front.

In the enterprise file sharing and team collaboration space, there’s Huddle (UK), which has over 100,000 organizations using its software today, and its lesser-known but fast-growing rivals Teambox (Spain) and Flowdock (Finland), while Podio (Denmark) continues to grow under Citrix’s wings.

Then there are product management tools like Blossom (UK) and Readdle (Ukraine), great software that helps your organize your life like 6Wunderkinder (Germany) and Any.do (Israel), services that lets your organize and communicate within groups, such as GroupSpaces (UK), and solutions for connecting and integrating business-oriented applications like CloudWork.

There are applications like Datahug (Ireland), which helps people inside organizations better visualize and leverage relationships, and cool tools like Traity (Spain) that helps people measure and share their reputation. Apps like doo (Germany) let people find and access documents across platforms.

There are website-building service providers used by millions of businesses and people every month, such as Wix (Israel), which recently went public, and Jimdo (Germany) which has managed to compete against them and a host of other rivals with a mere $500,000 in funding.

There’s also InvisibleCRM (Ukraine), an enterprise application integrator that has designed and delivered solutions for Salesforce, Oracle, NetSuite, EMC Documentum and many more.

Riding the waves

Let’s look at 3D printing, one of the major tech trends of the hour, and you’ll find companies like Materialise (Belgium – see our profile), iMakr (UK), 3D Hubs (The Netherlands), GrabCAD (Estonia) and Leapfrog (The Netherlands). This is anything but anecdotal, by the way – some reports in fact predict that Europe could become the world leader in 3D printing by 2020.

That other trend, connecting everything to the cloud? If you’re interested, you’re well-advised to keep track of companies like Option (Belgium), Gemalto (The Netherlands) and startups like Tado (Germany), Cloud Your Car (Poland), BERG Cloud (UK), Libelium (Spain) and Lock8 (UK).

Oh, and that other continuing tech trend, motion sensoring and gesture-controlled systems and interfaces? Israel has spawned not one but two innovative companies in this space that have been acquired (Omek Interactive by Intel, and PrimeSense by Apple) and we have an eye squarely fixed on SoftKinetic (Belgium) for a potential future strategic purchase.

You may have heard personal activity and health trackers are hot these days. Well, we’re keeping our good eye on Withings (France), which is building and shipping Wi-Fi enabled body scales and baby monitors, alongside smart heart rate and activity tracking devices.

Of course, there are more ‘lean hardware’ and robotics companies in Europe, including Valkee (Finland), CubeSensors (Slovenia), Narrative (Sweden), Jolla (Finland) and Geeksphone (Spain).

Buying and selling online

E-commerce is another oft-ignored strongpoint of many a European tech company.

Just look at the online payment and store solutions provided by the likes of Klarna (Sweden), GoCardless (UK), Adyen (The Netherlands), Leetchi (France) and Paymill (Germany), or mobile payment products such as iZettle (Sweden), SumUp (Germany) and payleven (Germany), or services that let anyone launch their online store in minutes, such as Tictail and Osom (Sweden).

Or what about Avangate (Romania), which helps software makers and SaaS companies sell to and invoice customers online, and was just acquired by a U.S.-based private equity firm?

It’s not just service providers, either: I wonder how many people are aware of the size of the likes of Ozon (Russia), ASOS (UK), Zalando (Germany), Net-a-Porter (UK) and Spartoo (France), to name but a few, or the growth potential of sites like Bottica (UK), Navabi (Germany) and Shoply.

That whole flash sales e-commerce model that has blown up in recent years? Vente-Privée.com (France) pioneered that, thank you very much, and there are a ton of companies building massive businesses in their respective home markets: check out KupiVIP (Russia), Markafoni (Turkey), modnaKasta (Ukraine) and Privalia (Spain) for some examples.

Meanwhile, so-called ‘conversational marketing’ technology provider Neolane (France) was recently acquired by Adobe Systems for $600 million.

Other innovators you may have heard of

– Ever heard of Nginx (Russia)? It powers roughly 1 out of 7 websites today, which makes it the number 2 web server on the planet. That’s right, ahead of Microsoft-IIS.

– Are you building stuff with Raspberry Pi (UK) yet? Or maybe you’ll jump straight to build-your-own-computer kit Kano (UK)?

– Community-based traffic and navigation app Waze has many users, but also many suitors: it was finally picked up by Google for more than $1 billion.

– Perhaps you’ve used travel search site Skyscanner (Scotland) to research and/or book a trip? The company is growing fast, and recently raised funding from Sequoia Capital at a $800 million valuation.

– Scientists and researchers are known to frequent ResearchGate (Germany) and Mendeley (UK).

– Into ebooks? Trust me, give 24symbols (Spain) and Readmill (Germany) a whirl.

– Did you know Kaspersky Lab (Russia) provides IT security solutions to over 300 million users and over 250,000 corporate clients worldwide?

– Ever used Prezi (Hungary) to spice up your presentation decks?

– Replaced your Android phone’s stock keyboard with the SwiftKey (UK) app yet?

– Are you one of the dozens of millions of people using Viber (Israel/Cyprus) to message and call your friends free of charge?

– Farming may be none of your business, but Farmeron (Croatia) is turning it into a big business for them with their cloud-based farm management software products.

– In the fashion business? You might want to check out EDITD (UK) for your big data needs.

– Before the sharing economy was even a thing, Fon (Spain) was already trying to create a global free Wi-Fi network by letting people share their wireless Internet connections with others.

– Ever needed to transfer money to another country? Who needs banks – let me introduce you to TransferWise (Estonia/UK) and Kantox (Spain), my friends. Speaking of banks – don’t be surprised if they’re warily eyeing the progress Holvi (Finland) is making these days.

– Into social networking, social media marketing and data? Check out Socialbakers (Czech Republic), Brandwatch (UK), Engagor (Belgium), Badoo (UK), Tuenti (Spain) and Falcon Social (Denmark).

– Tired of Instagram yet? There are millions of people using alternative app EyeEm (Berlin).

Conclusion

Europe is terribly fragmented, and it’s hard to see the forest for the trees sometimes. But this shouldn’t be an excuse for anything to call the continent a giant wasteland for technology companies.

If you care to look, there are software and hardware pioneers, innovators and fast-growing tech startups in exciting spaces aplenty all across Europe. Heck, I’ve listed and linked to roughly 120 of them above, and this is only a fraction of what you can find if take a looking glass across the many regions that make up the European continent.

Evidently, this list is anything but exhaustive. There are many innovative and big technology companies missing from the list. Guess what: that’s the point. Nevertheless, feel free to indicate which ones you would also include above – the comment floor is yours.

Oh, and seriously: next time someone tells you they don’t know of any European tech companies apart from Skype, Spotify and ‘that company that made Angry Birds’, kindly share this article with him or her.

Featured image credit: Edel Puntonet / Shutterstock

  • ehadley81

    Great start! I would add my current (Mendix) and previous (Neolane) employers to the list in the business tech category. Mendix (Netherlands) is a rapidly-growing company focused on providing an app platform that allows businesses to quick develop web and mobile applications. Neolane (France) was part of the red-hot digital marketing/marketing automation technology space, until it was acquired by Adobe for $600 million over the summer. I’m sure plenty of other readers have suggestions as well, and could help make this a truly comprehensive list of successful European tech companies.

    • Thanks for the note. The goal isn’t really to come up with a comprehensive list (there are thousands of tech startups, and by the time you would finish listing them there’s be 200 casualties and 200 fresh ones). Will list Neolane though because it’s a success story that’s rarely told.

      • ehadley81

        Very true. I guess that’s why I tried to couch it with “successful.” I would make a case to include Mendix as well. The company is disrupting enterprise application development, has grown 100+% each year since 2009, etc. It may not be a household name yet (in the Netherlands, it’s actually very well known) but it will be before long!

  • Adform

    Despite the fact that Adtech may be the most well funded category do we only see Criteo on this list. Many more interesting companies work within this category one them being us :) Adform 300 people, Danish origin, 14 countries, aggressive growth yet profitable

    • Well then, go Adform! :)

      • Adform

        Thank you Robin and may we add its a great article with or without us :)

  • Robert Winters

    And then we didn’t even look yet at all the headquarters of the bigger / old school tech – players we all know and use. Vodafone (Düsseldorf, Germany) – Philips (Eindhoven, Netherlands) – Just to name a few. :)

  • Maarten Mortier

    I would add Showpad, the European invention that allows you to easily distribute documents and share information to mobile applications. Not just because I work for them but we just fit in this list. Go Europe!

  • Bogdan Iordache

    Bitdefender (Romania) and Telerik (Bulgaria) should be included in that list as well. Great effort!

  • Jorg Ruis

    Nice post Robin!

  • You should also mention http://www.skobbler.com/, which has millions of users, and is in the top 10 on Appstore (in 20 countries) or Google Play (in 34 countries).
    Congrats for the list as well!

  • phortuin

    The very popular video game series Killzone (the latest installment was a launch title for the PlayStation 4) is developed in The Netherlands.

    • Yeah, I was impressed they managed to miss this one even though they did not mean to publish a comprehensive list.

  • coldclimate

    Nailed it

  • Runa Capital

    NGINX are awesome and also part of Runa Capital gem-portfolio team. Each company on the list – also rocks. Kudos!

  • Alex

    Great article! I think there is an issue that there is no common EU brand for tech companies hence why most people are not even aware that some of the companies on this least are from the EU.

  • Antao Almada

    Great list! Europe is also very strong in other fields like Augmented Reality with companies like Metaio (Germany) and Layar (Netherlands), in robotics with Aldebaran (France) and Festo (Germany), CAD with Dassault (France) and many many more….

  • MaticBitenc

    Robin, Israeli startups on the list are stretching the definition of Europe quite a bit, don’t you think?

    Great list though, I’ll definitively use it in many debates to come, despite the glaring omission of Toshl (www.toshl.com). 😉

    • The only definition of Europe that matters around here is the one we use. The one we use includes Israel.

      • MaticBitenc

        Magnificent explanation and argumentation. Please inform me when you decide to define your own physics as well, just so I know when to levitate when reading your site.

      • Raf Weverbergh

        Definitely. I got the same feedback when I wrote about the Tel Aviv startup scene on Whiteboard, btw. Still one of the best read posts on the blog a year later :)

        • MaticBitenc

          It’s great that Israeli startups are covered and I thoroughly enjoyed your article on Whiteboard, I just find it strange they’re grouped together with European ones.

          • GlobalEd

            Their basketball teams play in Euro cups, they participate in European song contest, they are only few miles away from Cyprus which is, like, soooo European :)

          • BehelitOutlaw

            Australia is going to participate at the Eurosong festival. The only reason Israel participate everything with Europeans is because all your neigborns hates you. Clearly those Israeli companies ware added to make Europe looks better. More great names in the list.

          • GlobalEd

            What do my neighbors have to do with Israel? Are you saying that my neighbors are antisemites? :O

          • BehelitOutlaw

            No because they are semites themselfs :)

  • Hazel Moore

    Don’t forget hybris, bought by SAP for a reported $1bn – a great European tech success story

  • Yevgen Sysoyev

    It looks like it doesn’t include lot of success stories from Ukraine where I primarily invest. You only mentioned InvisibleCRM. Please see slide #9 http://www.slideshare.net/mobile/YevgenSysoyev/ukraine-it-universe-by-yevgen-sysoeyv-aventures-capital

    • Robin, great reading. I’d support the comment that there could be more Ukrainian companies on the list and think that PocketBook reader should also be added to the list. Now it is big international company, but initially it grew from Ukraine. It is important considering that PocketBook is hardware company.

    • Nah, also mentioned Readdle and modnaKasta. Could have mentioned a bunch more if the point was to make a comprehensive list.

  • Although ages ago acquired by US Priceline, Booking.com helped propel Priceline. To a 1.1$…. Billion… Revenue…. Where was Booking.com founded? The Netherlands.

    • Shame, they didn’t mention that. As well as the fact that Booking.com CEO now rules the whole Priceline group.

  • edouardsaulnierarrighi

    Boom ! This is the kind of article that makes you feel good when you’re a European entrepreneur. Thx to cheer me up !

    About 3D Printing, I have faith in SketchFab (https://sketchfab.com/ – youtube of 3D files) who’ve raised about $2,5 million and Sculpteo (http://www.sculpteo.com/en/ – 3D printed objects manufacturer and retailer) that has been founded by the same entrepreneur who founded Withings (present in the list among the 120). Two great French potential success !

  • Aliaksandr Astapenka

    Really? You don’t know Wargaming from Belarus?

    • Sure I know them, why are you asking?

      • Aliaksandr Astapenka

        You just didn’t mention them in the article:)

        • That’s entirely correct. There are indeed more than 120 tech companies in Europe. :)

  • I thought Waze was an Israeli company? Hardly European, but part of Eurovision yes. :-)

  • No love for Blipfoto in Edinburgh? That’s a poor show – http://www.blipfoto.com

    • Blipfoto’s a poor show? Why would you say that? :)

      • I couldn’t see Blipfoto in the list – that was what I meant :-)

  • David Jouarisse

    Good stuff

  • Pim Bilderbeek

    Great list. For those who have an insatiable thirst for more here is a list of 200 Dutch Public Enterprise Cloud companies

    http://www.themetisfiles.com/2013/04/the-dutch-public-cloudscape-2/

  • rolfman

    do not forget most Americans come from Europa 😉 plus what about Linux, Ubuntu etc..

  • Thanks for including Falcon Social, from Copenhagen! We recently wrote about the special, diverse group people that make up the Falcon team –
    “Beneath the Scandinavian surface, however, our team is actually made up of a multicultural group of driven individuals, some of whom relocated to Copenhagen to challenge themselves at Falcon Social.” bit.ly/18V4ZKb

    Love the impetus for the post! 😉

  • Ibrahim Ennafaa

    OverBlog : #1 blogging platform in Europe (France) should be included too

  • Not all that strong companies, but a great list none the less.

    With180 million monthly visitors Spil Games (Netherlands) also decivers a spot. And with 7.2 million monthly visitor The Next Web (Netherlands). And Rocket Internet is a copy cat but did execute on some mayor online stores worldwide. Distimo (Netherlands) app analytics.

  • Toke Kruse

    Great Article! Europe definitely has something that you don’t have in the US. But here is the catch: create a European startup and move it to the US where the bigger VCs are. We’re building the accounting software Billy’s Billing (http://billysbilling.com) and that’s exactly what we are doing!

  • Kristjan V.

    I think the Swedish company DICE was forgotten, when it comes to gaming. We are talking about a gaming behemoth who has made all the games in the Battlefield series and Mirror’s Edge aswell, selling tens and tens of millions of copies worldwide. They might have been published by EA, but they were still made almost entirely in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden.

    • Didn’t ‘forget’ anything, read the conclusion.

      • Kristjan V.

        Thats true, but I thought a game company so big would have been worth mentioning. I guess the comment section with all the companies that were ‘forgotten’ really goes to show how ignorant some people are, when they say there are pretty much no huge tech companies in Europe.

  • Alex Fisherr

    I just can’t get it why almost everyone is INDIRECTLY BLAMING the writer for missing one, or two, or even more names. Don’t people actually READ the article before posting the comments? It EXPLICITLY says “Evidently, this list is anything but exhaustive. There are many innovative and big technology companies missing from the list. Guess what: that’s the point”,

    • :)

    • phortuin

      From the article: “Nevertheless, feel free to indicate which ones you would also include above – the comment floor is yours.”

  • Dries Buytaert

    Great list! Would love to see how big they are.

  • Moritz

    Really like the article! But I would miss (1) SmartHome devices such as the Norwegian Viva Home or the German PipesBox and (2) in the space of Gesture Control I would keep my eyes not only on Softkinetic but also gestigon.

  • Pascal Zuta

    Don’t forget Arzttermine.de in Germany that brings doctor appointments online and has great traction now

  • Corinne

    And what about TomTom a worldwide leader thanks to its unique technologies in mapmaking, routing, guidance and traffic information ….out of Holland. One of the few global consumer electronics brand to be 100% European. Good article and excellent initiative to shine a light on the wealth of innovations coming out of Europe.

  • xbertschy

    No Swiss StartUps ? Wua.la, Doodle.com, Moonga.com, Poken.ch, Skeeble.com, Coteri.es & many more … Switzerland is under the radar ?

    • Well if we ever decide to make a comprehensive list, we’ll be sure to include Swiss startups. As long as you realize that wasn’t the goal of this post.

  • 120, none of which is in Italy :(

  • Leon

    What about the company that makes all this tech possible at all, namely ASML in the Netherlands. Without them our smartphones would be impossible.

  • mdanys

    how about YPlan?

  • Thank God there are more than 120 tech companies in Europe :-)

  • Grégory PASCAL
  • douchebag69

    This list is not complete without mentioning Optinvent and the ORA. A French based company who wants to take on Google Glass:
    http://optinvent.com/see-through-glasses-ORA

  • zhirair terzyan

    picsart- more popular than instagram (Android) proudly made in armenia 😉

  • Dejan Bizinger

    Very nice article! Now, I suggest you to make a “|comprehensive list” or even better “Top startups in [country]” series

  • Dan Abrahams

    Fricking awesome list. In the payment space – I would also add CurrencyFair.com as a great one to the list of P2P money transfer companies. Re the Israel debate below, hey you could argue Israel plays in the European league at sports so why not in tech. Great job!

  • Clement Huber

    Really great article. You provided an impressive amount of work.

    Just one point: I would not set Gemalto as a Dutch company. An international company it is. OK for the HQ in Amsterdam, but was not founded there.

  • Noma05

    while there are a lot of tech companies in Europe, most of them have not been able to go truly global, you’d be hard pressed to find people who don’t know the likes of Facebook, twitter, apple, microsoft…Save for a handful, most of the companies you mentioned are really obscure and one needs to be in the ‘incrowd’ to know them. What said Silicon Valley person said was stupid, but perhaps (maybe i’m giving him too much credit) was that Europe has fewer instantly recognizable tech companies…and that is undeniable true.

  • Anni

    Great effort!!! Add Eastern Apps mobile application development company

  • Nina

    I would add indoo.rs (Austria) [indoor navigation, currently works with SFO airport] and payworks (Germany) [b2b, mobile POS].

  • Hi,

    I think you forgot Eset (Slovak), and also than Israel, Turkey and Russia are not in Europe :)

    • We didn’t “forget” anyone and Israel, Turkey and Russia are part of the European technology industry as far as we’re concerned.

  • Julija Gifford

    Indeed, fantastic effort! To the e-commerce portion I would add Printful (Latvia/US) to the mix.

  • Great list. Missing Synthesio (France) – Social Media Intelligence. The tech firm secured $20 Million in funding from leading European private equity firm, Idinvest Partners.
    Part of the UK’s FutureFifty and Named a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Listening Platforms, Q1 2014 Report http://synthesio.com/corporate/leader_forrester_wave/

  • Robert Lenzhofer

    Ongame is a subsidiary of Amaya Gaming (Montreal) since about 2 years and is based in Stockholm (their previous owner, bwin.party is headquartered in Gibraltar). Happy to sit down and compile a comprehensive list of european real-money gaming companies/startups if you want Robin!

  • Silvio Gulizia

    guess what? italy’s in Europe. And there are great startups and companies here. have a look to http://pi-campus.it and http://www.luissenlabs.com just to start

  • italian

    Yoox (Italy)

  • If you’re after rarely-told success stories, Robin, you might spare a thought for Scoreloop, sold to BlackBerry, with today – I believe – some 450m users across the major mobile platforms. I would like to think we were the biggest mobile gaming play absolutely no one outside the industry knew… 😉

  • Denise van der Linden-morris

    I’ve been following Belgian ERP ODOO (formerly known as OpenERP) for a while and feel they’ve really matured and stay on top of the digital movement over the years http://www.odoo.com/ when they join forces with Cloudwork as the integration platform to enable easy integration with all the other business apps as mentioned here there would be no need to implement technology outside of Europe 😉 German SAP is still investing in tech as well.

  • Cody Crouse

    Wow, awesome that you just cleared up all the stereotype that Europe doesn’t even innovate much. they pretty much do for the most part. Surprisingly, it seems like most of major tech that we use was developed in Europe or by European Companies.

  • And Octoly (France): Brand management software for YouTube. http://octoly.com

  • PrestaShop supporting 200.000 e-merchants is the world leader e-commerce software provider, much larger than Tictail, and seems to have been forgotten from your list

  • Robin, great job on the list! Just dropping some other companies I think would fit as well: Seedrs, Miniclip and maybe Booking too.

    • Cody Crouse

      Those are very good mentions. I sometimes use Miniclip to play online games as well.

  • drorharari

    Great article – in the spirit of why-wasn’t-x-mentioned, I’d like to mention the Europe is where the great language of Python was born (Netherlands) and where the web browser was born (Switzerland). Seminal contributions to technology and human progress

    • Cody Crouse

      What you mean to say by “Web browser” is the World Wide Web. In fact, the World Wide Web Was developed by a British man & a Belgian man working in CERN, Switzerland.

  • Steve Midnet

    Another startup which is worth getting acquainted with is Skyvia. It is a service for cloud data integration and backup – https://skyvia.com/ You can integrate your data both with cloud data sources such as – Zoho CRM, Salesforce, SugarCRM, Dynamics, relational databases – SQL Server, MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQL Azure and other sources.

  • Prakash rai
  • And who outside of Europe has heard of 99% of these? Besides the music platforms I haven’t heard of any of these.

  • And these startups getting bought up by the large US tec giants is this a good thing how?

  • Zo

    P2P lending platform Fellow Finance (http://www.fellowfinance.fi) from Finland should be included too.

  • bertbopper

    Where is the most important one, without all other are quite useless? Who makes the ovens for the silicon baking? ASML in the Netherlands is the pimp to them all! Even Intel and Samsung are dickless without. Moore’s Law nowadays is only possible because of them.

  • gork score

    israel is not europe… we dont want those killer of children land thieves being part of our union

  • Media presently balance accuracy of technology firms non-Anglo excellent review. Not controlled by cartels usually reason EU can’t find adequate funding unfortunately. Taken for EU outsource of course “American” commercialized marketing smaller. Not insufficient Apple finding this out EU markets. Sweden has strong Cloud,CRM and Nano-technology firms local research. Elate to read this always best from distorted journalism paid by cartels looking deals never. Reveal non-USA markets internet gaming Poland is emerging market along Austria. Never mention due traffics imposed in USA!

  • Cody Crouse

    Qwant.net which wants to be Google’s rival by being the French Google has innovative features that Google currently doesn’t have & is growing in popularity in Europe @ a fairly quick pace for a general search engine startup that was created in 2013. They also respect their users’ online privacy which Google doesn’t do.

  • John Alex

    Europe is terribly fragmented, and it’s hard to see the forest for the trees sometimes. But this shouldn’t be an excuse for anything to call the continent a giant wasteland for technology companies.so enjoy this infographic:-http://www.designhill.com/infographics/factors-that-influence-startup-success

  • Alain Joaris

    And Softkinetic is since October 2015 a fully owned subsidiary from Sony.

  • mm

    ESET and Pixel Federation (both Slovakia) missing

  • Erika

    An enlightening list – I’ve worked at a handful of these companies and love shining a light on/bringing awareness to their existence. A lot of ignorance of the vibrant, dynamic landscape of tech companies large and small throughout Europe. I noticed that Varnish Software (NO/SE) isn’t listed (I know the list is far from and not meant to be comprehensive), but thought I would mention it because it’s a tiny company doing big things for web performance and scalability. :) Really great, useful list. Thanks!

    • Cody Crouse

      It is an absolutely enlightening list. I agree with you, @Er@disqus_idoBegjpc5:disqus

  • Bohdan

    You should also mention http://fame.ua/, which has millions of users, and is in the top in Ukraine and Russia.

  • Fixura has been around since 2009 and doing P2P-lending, and is one of the oldest in Europe in this scene, they should be added to the list for sure. https://www.fixura.fi/

  • Eric Leclair

    Formlabs (http://www.formlabs.com) is from Germany (Berlin) I think. They make 3d printing stuff and got famous because of Kickstart. Europe is still kicking butt in the online world but US is still #1