Meltwater was founded in Oslo, Norway, in 2001. As the legend goes, the company started with only two men, a coffee machine, and $15,000 in startup capital. Their original address was Shack15, a little office space located in a shipyard in Oslo, where the team cobbled together borrowed hardware to create their first server farm. As the world’s first online media monitoring company, the team worked tirelessly to educate the Norwegian market on the value of tracking, monitoring, and analyzing online news.
Their footprint began to grow in the early 2000s as the company’s operations began expanding throughout Scandinavia, then the United Kingdom, and, eventually, Europe. After focusing their attention on conquering the United States, they set their eyes to Asia-Pacific. By 2008, they had a physical presence—and an impressive customer list—on every continent.
During this time, they became one of the first companies globally to offer social listening and social media analytics, and have consistently been at the forefront of innovation within their industry. Over the past five years, they completed eight acquisitions, earning us international recognition as one of the most prominent acquirers of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data science companies in the world.
Today, they are proud to have built Meltwater into a global company. They know many companies take a different path to growth, but they aren’t like many companies. They are Meltwater, and they think that’s what makes us unique. They hope you do, too.