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Work at a SUP46 startup – Detectify

Dreaming of becoming part of the startup scene? If spending your days with hard-working and extremely driven people trying to change the world appeals to you, then all you need to do is find the right fit. Our member Detectify is currently looking for a Sales Representative. Perhaps that is the team and product for you?

More open positions with SUP46’s members can be found on our Job Board.

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  • What is Detectify all about?

Detectify is a web security startup founded by a group of top ranked whitehat hackers. The company was born from the simple idea that the internet was broken. The service continuously monitors your website’s security status and reports back with issues. The idea is to help developers deploy safer code and make companies work preventive with security. In short; Detectify monitors your security so that you can focus on web development and building awesome products.

  • What is it like working at Detectify?

Detectify was founded by some of the world’s best security researchers and we aim to bring in people with the same set of passion and competence, whether they work in marketing, sales or tech. Our employees are from all over the world – and we all share a passion for making the internet a safer place, creating out of the ordinary customer experiences and wanting to learn new things.

  • What sort of person are you hoping to see in this position?

Sales representative – We need to extend our sales team with an individual who loves establishing relations with new customers. Someone who isn’t afraid to make calls, schedule meetings and helping customer get started in the right way.

Detectify is a global company and our customers are spread all over the world, so good knowledge in English is a must. We believe that you have a few years of experience as a sales representative, preferably for another SaaS startup. Or perhaps you just have the right skill set to let Detectify be your first job.

  • What are you hoping to accomplish with the help of this new person?

We’re looking for someone who will add even more successful companies to the list of already existing customers such as Trello, King, Trustpilot, Le Monde and many, many, more.

  • You were also recently part of our joint Demo Day with 500 Nordics, pitching to 100 international investors – what was that experience like?

Great event with many interesting people in the room, both the pitching companies and the investors. Thank you for the opportunity to participate! We are always looking for people to join our team. Do you think you have what it takes and would like to be one of us? Check out our career page

 

Think this job could be for you or someone you know? Read more about the position and apply here.

 

 

 


Meet the team – Colin

MEET THE SUP46 TEAM – COLIN

Ever wondered how we manage to keep an office of roughly 250 people running? It all comes down to the person in our core team that heads up the title of Service Coordinator, his name is Colin. He is in charge of making sure the walls are intact, the coffee keeps flowing, that we are as safe as we can possibly be and basically a hundred or so additional, equally important tasks. To his help he has a team of volunteering Service Interns that he manages.

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  • How did you end up at SUP46? 

Most of my previous work experience has revolved around administrative support roles in law firms and consulting businesses, but I have a very diverse skill-set and have worked in landscaping, restaurants, pool management and a little carpentry too. I honestly didn’t have much experience with, or knowledge of the startup world, but now that I’m being exposed to it I am completely intrigued. Having so many bright, motivated and passionate people in one place is an absolute goldmine.

I moved to Stockholm to be with my then girlfriend, now fiancé Paula. I had been in Sweden for about 4 months and had been applying for every job under the sun. It’s not an easy job market when you aren’t fluent in Swedish, and it can be a bit daunting. When I came across the posting for the Service Coordinator, however, I thought it really described me to a T and I got excited about the prospect immediately. I came in for my first interview and found the lobby full of people drinking beer and playing a foosball tournament and thought to myself: “I sure hope this is the right place.” I hadn’t heard about SUP46 before then, but the more I learn every day, the more fortunate I feel to be part of this team.

  • What does your role at SUP46 entitle?

As Service Coordinator, I am in charge of office practicalities, i.e. keeping the place running smoothly. That covers everything from keeping the coffee flowing, to security, fire safety, handyman stuff, cleaning, managing interns and quite a bit of administrative work as well. Please let me know if there is anything that needs to be fixed, could be potentially dangerous, or is simply an inconvenience. Being that the company and office are relatively new, I think there is always room for improvement redesign and evolution.

  • What do you like best about your job? 

It’s very busy. I think that a job that keeps one from watching the clock is important. I am really beginning to enjoy the challenge of prioritizing tasks in order to maintain the office and keep everything in good working order. Besides that, as I previously said, I get to work with incredible people. The SUP46 staff are all wonderfully friendly and welcoming, and the members are an amazing group of people as well. It’s also nice to have a job where you can get up from your computer and swing a hammer for a while. Most people don’t get the chance to do both.

  • If you were starting your own scalable business tomorrow, what would it be all about?

I’m very interested in indoor factory farming. I believe it’s the future of agriculture, and ecologically and economically, it’s is one way to feed the masses without destroying the environment. Indoor farms reduce water use drastically, remove the need for pesticides and as they can be built in metropolitan areas, the food can be delivered directly without the need for a lot of trucks. Obviously this is a large scale business which is already being implemented, but I find it fascinating.

  • What is SUP46 to you in one word?

Tribe!

 

If you want to be part of SUP46’s insanely awesome team of Service Interns, helping out in making the days run smoothly for our members – thus getting to know some of the most promising startups in Sweden – you can read more and apply here.

 


The Stockholm Investment Landscape

THE STOCKHOLM INVESTMENT LANDSCAPE

This infographic from The Nordic Web gives you a nice overview of the state of the investment landscape in Stockholm. Did you for instance know that during H1 2016, Stockholm based startups had already raised $1.2B – thereby surpassing the total of investments made during the whole of 2015.

We are extra happy to be able to announce that SUP46’s members follow suit by surpassing $31M during the summer, the same amount that they raised during the whole of 2015!

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Being a Womengineer

BEING A WOMENGINEER

During the summer weeks we let Sandra – a previous employee of one of our members, who is also part of the nonprofit Womengineer and just finished her BSc in Media Technology and MSc in Computer Science at KTH – use SUP46 as a study den. While having her here we asked a few questions on how she got into coding, the upsides on working for a startup and what her recommendations are if you are a woman interested in learning to code. 

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– You previously worked with one of our members. Can you tell us more about your role at Qasa?

I did work at Qasa (which is an online platform for renting and renting out homes) for approximately eight months as a frontend developer alongside my studies at KTH. I joined the company at quite an early stage of the development of the platform and took part of the process of creating the first beta version of the site.

– What were the best things about working at a startup in your perspective?

To work at a startup taught me so much! Not only regarding development but also about teamwork, business value and to work on a bigger project with long term goals. I also really appreciated that the role of a team member in a startup is broad and can cover all possible tasks from the idea stage, to evaluation, to implementation, to contact with customers and so on. As a member of a startup you also have the possibility to make a great impact (in contrast to working at a big corporation). Additionally, you get a lot more trust and responsibility, which both is very fun and motivating, but also allows you to grow and learn a lot quickly.

– How did you get into coding in the first place?

Coding has not always been an interest of mine. However, I have always been a creative person and have, since I was little, always loved to try out different techniques for art, craft and other types of creational work. I see a great similarity between that and coding and that is the reason why I enjoy it so much.

The first time I came in contact with development was when using the Swedish community Lunarstorm, which was popular during the 90s. To design your profile page you could use a subset of HTML, and I spent hours and hours on making the most beautiful and cool designs that I could come up with for me and my friends. After that I learned how to create “real” websites (with all the crazy colors, moving GIFs and horrible electronic music covers, required for a proper 90s website). When it was time to choose a university program, I thought that web design could be interesting and applied to Media Technology at KTH. However, after my first two years, I realized that I was more interested in the logical challenges of algorithms and backend development rather than working with design and chose the track in computer science.

– Is there anything you wish you would have known before getting into coding?

I wish I would have been introduced to programming earlier and I am one of those people who can’t believe that programming isn’t part of the compulsory education in Sweden yet. I would also have liked it if someone had told me that you don’t have to be a genius or a “geek” to study computer science, that it is a very creative job and that there are a lot of awesome and interesting people working in this industry. In other words, I’d like to tell my former self that I would not have to worry about not fitting in or not being smart enough and that these thoughts were simply due to inaccurate stereotypes and prejudices.

– If someone reading this is interested in becoming a developer but unsure of where to start – what would you recommend them to do?

Just to give it a go! And also to be a bit patient. Programming requires a bit of a different mindset and, from what I’ve seen, it often takes a while before things fall into place. A good place to start is Codecademy to learn some basic programming techniques and languages. If you like logical and mathematical challenges, I’d recommend you to learn some Python and then try out Project Euler. If you’re more into design, I’d encourage you to learn some basic HTML/CSS and JavaScript and then build your own website and learn what you need on the fly by just googling. Google is probably a developer’s most important and well-used tool!

However, to actually become a professional developer, you can take many different paths. Some people are self-taught and there are endless of resources online. Others study short and focused programs, focusing on a specific language or technique (e.g. iOS developer). I have chosen to study a five-year engineering degree, which gives you a broad, theoretical knowledge in the field, but not as much specific or practical knowledge. Because of this, internships, summer jobs or working extra is a great way to get that practical knowledge that you don’t get in school and personally I can not think of a better way to get that much valuable knowledge than to work at a startup.

– Are there any networks or meeting groups that you feel are a must for any female developer?

Fortunately, there are a lot of fantastic initiatives and networks for female developers! Just to mention some of them: Geek Girl Meetup, Pink Programming, Tjejer kodar, PyLadies, Women in Tech, DataTjej and The Code Pub. Also, if you’re interested in studying any technical program, but would like to get some more insight, I’d recommend you to look into Womengineer, IGEday, Teklafestivalen and Pepp!.

– Do you have any specific role models or similar within the field?

I don’t think I have any specific role models exactly. However, I’ve been finding a lot of inspiration and mentorship from people around me in my everyday life that I just find inspiring and that I want to learn from. For example people from higher years at university or colleagues, and to talk with these people for guidance and advices has been very helpful and motivating.

However, something that I actually find problematic is that there aren’t many visible female developers to be able to identify yourself with and to get inspiration from. Luckily, there are organizations such as Geek Girl Meetup, the WIT conference and of course SUP46’s own event series SUP46 FemTech, that all tries to highlight more female role models in the industry, which is really needed.

 

Do you have any additional initiatives, organizations or groups that inspire women in tech? Please let us know in the comments!


How to become a SUP46 member

HOW TO BECOME A SUP46 MEMBER
One question we receive quite often is how one becomes a SUP46 startup member. So we thought we would take the opportunity to tell you a bit about our screening process and what we look for when we consider companies.

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STEP 1

To start off, every month we receive around 20 membership applications, they come in through our website where applicants have filled in our pre-screening form. These are screened by our Membership Manager and any applications from non-tech or non-startup companies are rejected straight away.

STEP 2

All other applications proceed to the second stage, in which each startup receives a full application form with more extensive questions. Once this is sent in, it is shared with SUP46’s Screening Jury, which includes representatives from our partners, investors and mentors. The Screening Jury considers all incoming applications and gives input on each case, bearing our criteria in mind:

  • Post-launch, traction and proof of concept
  • Scalable business with large market potential and global ambitions
  • Great team with winner attitude
  • Financial “stability” with 6-12 months runway
  • Interest in contributing to SUP46 community
  • Relevant recommendations / references / endorsements
  • Industries: Internet, mobile, media, gaming and IoT

STEP 3

Our Membership Manager looks at the feedback from our Screening Jury and decides whether or not to invite the startup for a personal interview or reject the application. This interview is the third stage in the process and is used for follow-up questions, to get to know the team on a personal level and also to give the startup a chance to ask any questions they might have.

STEP 4

After the interview, references are taken and the Membership Manager finally makes a decision on whether or not to accept the startup as a member or not.

Sometimes we receive recommendations from people we trust in our network for potential members. This can result in a fast-track application for the startup, although this is not the norm.

Only the most exciting and innovative companies, roughly 10% of all applications, are accepted into the SUP46 community.

THEN WHAT?

Once accepted you get the opportunity to tap into our network of world-class investors, partners, service providers and advisors. You are granted a results-based membership spanning over 12 months and will have regular check-point meetings with both our Membership Manager and Community Manager. This way we can ensure we stay updated on your progress and are able to do everything we can in order for you to grow as you set out.

Everything you need to know about our different types of memberships and the application form can be found here.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to reach out to our Membership Manager Lukas!

 


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