Exchanging New York City for tech hub Stockholm

As Trustly transforms from a small, entrepreneurial startup into a leading European provider of cross-border online banking payments, it is facing new, happy problems stemming from growth. The expanding business demands more people to manage it and Trustly is looking for new talent to join the crew. Meredith is about to take the leap and move from New York City to our headquarters in Stockholm. As the new Content Producer, she will be a part of our Marketing Team. Her first challenge? Patiently work her way through the Swedish Migration Agency to secure a work permit.

So far, what’s your impression of Stockholm?

Stockholm is a beautiful waterfront city with renowned academic institutions and a thriving tech scene—much like my hometown of Boston! And the similarities don’t stop there; some have gone as far to say that Stockholm is the Boston of Europe. So it’s natural that the city will feel like a home away from home.

Do you have any special expectations or thoughts about working life in Stockholm? Heard anything interesting that makes you wonder..? :)

I’ve heard so much about the great work-life balance that Stockholm offers. In New York, I’d be lucky if I could find 15 minutes in the afternoon to shovel down my sad desk lunch between meetings. But in Stockholm, much like in other European cities, teams actually take a full hour and go out for lunch. Some even hit the gym! I know that will do wonders for my productivity.

I’ll admit, though, that the Swedish idea of Jantelagen, which celebrates equality and discourages individual success, is a bit terrifying to me. Throughout college and my career in New York, I’ve been taught to ambitiously pursue my goals and never be content with “good enough.” Needless to say, I think we will have a lot to learn from each other.

Oh, and did I mention I don’t drink coffee? How will I ever fit in at fika time?!

How did you get in contact with Trustly?

I first learned of Trustly while attending Stockholm Tech Fest in September 2015. The company grabbed my attention because of its focus on people. When I saw an opening for a Content Producer, I applied right away, even though the job description said they were looking for someone who was fluent in English and Swedish (which I’m not…yet!). After a few phone interviews and some aptitude tests, they flew me to Stockholm for in-person meetings. It was clear pretty quickly that we were a good match.

Tell us about your background.

I graduated from the prestigious S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University with dual degrees in Magazine Journalism and Entrepreneurship. Right out of school I landed a job in New York City at PCMag.com, where I wrote and edited feature articles about consumer tech. From there, I moved to a content strategy agency to write, edit and produce content for Google’s digital marketing website, ThinkWithGoogle.com. Now, I’m thrilled to be joining Trustly to do even more writing, this time in an international environment.

Which are the top 3 skills that define you as a professional?

Attention to detail, perpetual curiosity and ability to build relationships.

What is the first thing you will do when you get here?

Recover from jet lag? Get my fingerprints taken at Migrationsverket? Buy my SL card? Let’s be honest. I’ll probably eat a kanelbulle.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to move to Stockholm?

Network! The tech community in Stockholm is pretty tight knit so get to know people by attending events. Swedes are notoriously reserved, but if you ask the right questions, they will open up. I also found Twitter incredibly helpful for keeping up with the latest news and connecting with new contacts.