Great news! One of the Nordic Innovation House startups – ThingLink - is expanding and hiring a new COO, Martin Fried Nielsen. Actually, Nordic Innovation House was part of this great recruiting activity, as the CEO Ulla Engestrom, met with the new COO, at the Christmas Party at Nordic Innovation House, back in December. We love connecting great people with great people!
Press release from ThingLink:
SAAS EXECUTIVE MARTIN FRID-NIELSEN JOINS THINGLINK AS COO
ThingLink is happy to announce that Martin Frid-Nielsen has joined ThingLink as its Chief Operating Officer.
Most recently Martin was the Founder and CEO of Soonr, a cloud service for file sharing and collaboration with over 175,000 paid customers. At Soonr, Martin invented early SaaS concepts relating to file access on mobile devices through the cloud, and also raised over $40M in venture funding since 2005. Prior to Soonr, Martin was VP of Products at Merant, PLC (sold to Serena for $350M in 2004), VP of Engineering at NetObjects, makers of the Fusion web-design product (IPO in 1999) and an early employee at Borland, where he worked on the flagship products Sidekick and Quattro Pro. In addition, Martin was named a Top 100 Executive by CRN magazine in 2014.
At ThingLink Martin takes over leading Thinglink’s North American and European operations focusing on developing paid services for ThingLink’s fast growing free user base.
“ThingLink has come to a point when it is time to take the company’s operations to a new level, and Martin has exactly the right kind of experience skill set for this role. I have great expectations of working together”, says ThingLink’s founder and CEO Ulla Engeström, who got introduced to Martin, a fellow Nordic startup founder, through the Nordic Innovation House on Ramona St.
“I am thrilled to be joining Thinglink at this critical inflection point,” said Martin Frid-Nielsen. “With their innovative technology for tagging images and video, as well as a top-notch team driving considerable growth, ThingLink is primed to have a huge impact on the industry.”
ThingLink (thinglink.com) empowers creative professionals to create more engaging media by adding an additional interactive layer to photos and videos. In the past 12 months ThingLink has grown to be the largest interactive image and video community with 1.5M registered content creators and a strong monthly user growth. ThingLink offers a free basic service, subscription-driven premium service tiers, and fee-based VIP services including access to the ThingLink creative community.