Founded in 2008, The Next Web is one of the world’s largest online publications that delivers an international perspective on the latest news about Internet technology, business and culture. With an active, influential audience consisting of more than 7.2 million monthly visits and 9.5 million monthly page views, The Next Web continues to expand its global presence on its website with the addition of new channels and content partnerships, as well as through events in North America and Europe.
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The Next Web Conference
The Next Web goes back to 2006 when Boris, Arjen and Patrick organized our first conference. It was planned as a one-off to promote our own little startup named Fleck.com. But with 300+ attendees and a great line-up of speakers – Kevin Kelly, Kevin Rose and Michael Arrington among others – it turned out a lot more successful than we ever imagined. After this first conference we realized we had something that people were waiting for. So we promptly started organizing The Next Web Conference 2007 and we have grown ever since. The Next Web Conference Europe attracts nowadays over 2000 participants from 50+ countries. Its the platform to do business and to announce new products. As of 2012 we started organizing The Next Web Latin America conference in Sao Paulo and a US version is in the making. The Next Web Conferences aside, we organize several other events like Bowlr and Kings of Code, our developers festival in the heart of the Amsterdam ‘Tech Light District’.
The Next Web Labs
Now if this is all sounding like the cliché success story from a little child’s book, don’t you worry. We have had numerous projects that started little and shrunk exponentially. But at The Next Web we embrace failure and in that way we ensure that a lot more beautiful stuff keeps us occupied every day. So these are the ones that made it out of TNW Labs:
Twitter Counter started as a self funded startup in our head office in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Today with 800,000+ monthly visits and 2.5 million page views it has grown into the number 1 stats site for Twitter users. Twitter Counter became profitable within the first 6 months after launch and has been growing phenomenally ever since.
Social Statistics.com started just like Twitter Counter once did. Right when Google+ got introduced we thought “Wouldn’t it be cool if you had statistics…” and built the site with basic functionality in just a few days. We were the 1st statistics site for Google+ users and got quite the coverage when we put our Top 100 user list live, which had Mark Zuckerberg on #1 in the early days. At the moment we have 100,000 visitors a month and are working hard on an even bigger version.
Paydro.com, an online ticketing and payment system, found its roots when we organized The Next Web Conference in 2008 for the 3rd time. We kept bumping in to the limited features of existing ticketing services, so we built our own. After the event we noticed other event organizers had the same ‘problems’ so we kept on improving to introduce Paydro a year later.
PressDoc.com is the press release reinvented. Part of The Next Web family since 2009 is this flexible new platform for the quick and simple creation of “media enriched” press releases. It makes press releases open, easy to find, and quick to share.
Spread.us allows your fans to automatically tweet and like your articles the moment you publish them. They will always be the first in their social cycle to break news and as a site your content will have massive social reach. Now how cool is that?
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