Friday, June 28, 2019

Pod interview + New Hotels Guide (my new website!)


A few days ago I got podcast interviewed by Viggo Cavling.

The interview in Swedish. If you listen to it you have to understand that Viggo pulls out the tape recorder the same second he steps through the door at Knackeriet, and begins firing off questions like crazy. I get somewhat surprised and Viggo is quite entertaining with his bare appearance which makes hard for me not to giggle my way through the interview for the first ten minutes.

The we cool down a bit and talk about Tripbirds (my old startup), Boutiquehotel.me (the site I have with Jonatan) and my newly launched site Ping-pong-hotels.

At the end of the interview I have a surprise for Viggo: That I have built a NEW website just for HIM (and people like him!). It's called New Hotels Guide!

New Hotels Guide 

The background is that Viggo wrote in an opinion piece recently that he does not like hotels where hundreds (or thousands!) of people have already slept in the bed and used the toilet. So my new website lets people find newly opened hotels in London, Paris, New York, Berlin and many other cities around the world. :)


Viggo also mentions that he is planning a trip to Lisbon and that what he really is after is "wow hotels" or things like really hand-picked hotel recommendations.

You can listen to the podcast with Viggo Cavling on apple podcasts or acast.

And check out New Hotels Guide too, and let me know what you think. Please note that I can not promise a personal hotel website for each and every journalist - but if you ping me I will do my best!! 😊

Monday, June 17, 2019

Ping pong hotels!


Which is the world's most popular sport?

This could come as a surprise to some people but it might actually be table tennis.

According to credible sources, table tennis has more active players than soccer.

There are more than 300 million active table tennis players in the world, compared to about 265 million soccer players. These numbers are referring to people who play table tennis every week for at least 30 minutes. Official numbers are quite hard to find, but it seems that all in all there are a total of 900 million table tennis players worldwide.

Based on these numbers, I thought it was strange that there was no website for people who want to play table tennis while on vacation.

Happy people playing ping pong on vacation. 

If 265 million people play table tennis every week, wouldn't at least some of them want to play table tennis while on vacation, as well? Or when travelling abroad, for work? Table tennis could also be the world's most social sport, a great way to meet new people. A a matter of fact, many of you readers will have played table tennis on you past vacations, as a way to meet new people.

So in order to help all you ping-pong players out there, I have created the world first ping pong hotel website! Welcome to ping-pong-hotels.com

Here you can find the best ping pong hotels in many thousand cities worldwide. The site is updated every week, with new ping pong hotels and pictures of their table tennis facilities.

The site uses AI (=artificial intelligence) in the form of image recognition to find real pictures of table tennis facilities at the hotels. Many hotels have their ping pong tables tucked away in the basements. I want to encourage hotels to put the ping pong tables in their "front and center" social areas, and take nice pictures of them. Like these hotels in BerlinBarcelonaParis and Los Angeles. The image recognition is not always perfect, but it will get better over time. But note that if ping-pong-hotels.com says that a hotel has table tennis facilities then this is 100% verified.


 Table tennis hotels

Currently, ping-pong-hotels.com lists more than 85.000 hotels with verified table tennis facilities. Do you know which countries have the most table tennis hotels? Here is the top ten list, which might surprise you a little. (I thought Germany would top the list, but I was wrong.)

Italy - 10510 table tennis hotels
France - 8371 table tennis hotels
Spain - 5885 table tennis hotels
Austria - 5041 table tennis hotels
United States - 4422 table tennis hotels
Germany - 4408 table tennis hotels
Russia - 3395 table tennis hotels
Brazil - 3246 table tennis hotels
Hungary - 2473 table tennis hotels
Poland - 2419 table tennis hotels

If you need more info, send an email to ted + @ + tedvalentin.com! 


Friday, March 22, 2019

Barbro Thörn, saknad kyrko-recensent

Barbro Thörn, hÀngiven anvÀndare pÄ en av mina sajter, Kyrkokartan, har tyvÀrr gÄtt bort.

Barbro Thörn, lÄngt innan jag stiftade hennes bekantskap

Jag har skrivit om Barbro ett par gĂ„nger tidigare hĂ€r: Barbro Ă€r grym och Barbro och det magiska numret.

Kyrkokartan startade jag i november 2008 efter att Mattias Hallberg pÄ Svenska Kyrkan hörde av sig med "en idé". Jag skrev om bakgrunden hÀr. NÄgra mÄnader senare hade Barbro hittat till sajten och redan hunnit skriva tusen kyrkorecensioner!

Sannolikheten Ă€r stor att du har lĂ€st en av hennes texter, eller sett en av hennes bilder nĂ„gon gĂ„ng under de senaste tio Ă„ren. En stor del av den svenska internetanvĂ€ndarna har vid *nĂ„got* tillfĂ€lle besökt sajten. ComputerSweden gjorde en intervju med Barbro hĂ€r.
" - Jag har samlat kyrkor i ett antal Är. Jag har sÀkert 6 000 bilder och de ligger hÀr i kartonger. Vad ska jag göra med dem, frÄgade jag mig? DÄ hittade jag Teds sajt. Perfekt! DÄ fick jag anvÀndning av alltihopa." - Barbro till ComputerSweden
Barbro och jag trÀffades aldrig i verkligheten, men vi hade kontakt under tio Ärs tid pÄ e-post och messenger. Det var alltid trevligt. För det mesta handlade det om praktiska smÄ saker: kyrkor som fÄtt fel positioner, avkristnade kyrkobyggnader och dubbletter i databasen.

Barbro fortsatte att ladda upp bilder pÄ Kyrkokartan, nÀstan dagligen. Mikael Mogren, biskop i VÀsterÄs stift, skriver pÄ DN.se:
"UngefÀr 3.000 kyrkor och kapell i Sverige hann hon besöka och nÀra 25.000 utvalda bilder har hon publicerat pÄ Kyrkokartan.se. Det Àr i sanning ett enastÄende arv som hon har lÀmnat till framtiden." - ur minnesordet till Barbro pÄ DN.se
SÄ hÀr minns vi Barbro frÄn Kyrkokartan:


Barbro Àr saknad. Hon blev 78 Är. Hennes bilder och texter hjÀlper varje dag mÀnniskor i Sverige att hitta kyrkor - för utflykter, dop, bröllop och begravningar. Jag ska göra mitt bÀsta för att det ska leva vidare.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Knackeriet Äret som gÄtt

HĂ€r kommer nĂ„gra bilder frĂ„n Ă„rets som gĂ„tt pĂ„ Knackeriet, det medlems-community för kul folk och smarta entreprenörer som jag grundat i Gamla Stan. Det Ă€r nĂ€stan ofattbart hur mycket trevligt vi har hunnit med pĂ„ bara ett Ă„r. Dessutom har ju vĂ„ra medlemmar hunnit jobba en del, faktiskt. Bilderna Ă€r inte i nĂ„gon speciell ordning :)

Knackeriet Offsite pÄ Möja
Knackeriet, vanlig onsdagsfrukost

Knackeriets Ärliga KrÀftskiva

Knackeriets Sommarfest

Knackeriets BÄtsÀllskap, en av mÄnga utflykter

SommarhÀng pÄ innergÄrden

Knackeriets Ă„rliga Skid-Offsite

Knackeriets Julbord ombord M/S Enköping
Knackeriets Ă„rliga Luciafirande

Ett av flera fina kalas!

Tack till alla fina Knackerister som gör Knackis till en sÄ fantastisk plats. Och tack till Nora, vÄe office manager och Olga, vÄr chief Knacker!



Screenshot testing to find UI bugs

A friend here at Knackeriet is developing a tool to find UI bugs by taking screenshots across many different browsers. It's called Happo.io.

In the past I used Browserstack to make sure that frontend changes I made on my websites didn't break the design in different browsers. But that was very time consuming, and sometimes visual bugs could still slip through.

UI screenshot testing - Happo

Happo generates screenshots of selected segments of a webpage, and all the visual changes are reported, and can be easily compared with the original segments. That makes the whole experience of doing frontend changes to a website a lot smoother. 


Thursday, December 20, 2018

Most popular landing pages

As you might have heard, a few years back I started a network of search sites for local businesses. They are now active in more than 40 countries, and in about ten different languages.

Today I checked my database for the most popular landing pages on my sites. As you will see people use my sites to find nail salons in South America, hair salons i Sweden, bars and cafés in Spain, and much more.

The landing page with most pageviews lets people find popular public pools in Curico. Curico is a town in Chile with about 100.000 inhabitants, famous for its wine, national park, and waterfalls.

The second most popular page is also in Chile, and it helps people find popular tattoo studios in the beach town of La Serena.

Here are the top 18 landing pages: 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Hotels (and motels) near me!

My friend Jonatan just launched two new sites. They are called Hotels Near Me and Motels Near Me.

http://hotels-near-me.today


Just as one can expect, they do exactly what it sounds like - they help you find the best hotels and motels near you, at any time and place. The use case is mostly for mobile. The site is useful for people who are traveling a lot and often need to find hotels nearby.

The site shows hotel availability in real-time, with prices, available rooms, booking, hotel images and more. Hopefully someone on the internet finds this (very focused) hotel website useful. :)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Heyweb - a website builder for small local businesses

Earlier this year Jonatan and I launched a new company called Heyweb. (Breakit wrote about it here.)



Heyweb is a simple but powerful website service for small local businesses, like hair salons, cafés, flower shops, antique stores etc.

These small businesses usually have very little time and money to spend on building and maintaining their websites.

Our solution for these small businesses is a super simple service that creates a nice looking website based on the information they already post on Facebook and Instagram. With Heyweb these businesses can get a website up and running in 15 seconds.

Once the site is up and running, it will automatically pull in news from their Facebook page, and images from their Instagram account. In this way, the website is automatically kept up to date, with no work required.

Businesses that use Heyweb for their website include

Most of our customers are currently in the United Kingdom, but we have customers from all over the world. Check out Heyweb here.

This is what the Knackeriet website looks like. See below :)


http://knackeriet.se



Monday, October 16, 2017

Spa hotels around the world

Four years ago - almost exactly on this day! - Jonatan and I released our first boutique hotel website. We had a big party in a grand suite at Lydmar Hotel, a nice hotel in Stockholm. 

In the picture you can see Jonatan preparing the last few things on the website, before the guests arrived to the party. :)


Today Jonatan and I are releasing a few similar websites but with a different theme. It took four years but now, finally, we will also help people find the best spa hotels.

Spa hotels are hotels that people go to in order to relax an unwind. 

Our Swedish website, Spa Hotels Sweden, guides you to 137 spa hotels around Sweden. It is rather inspirational to browse around -  check it out and I am sure you will find some wonderful spa retreats that you would like to visit this fall. :)


And if you are into spa experiences in big cites, you can find spa hotels in Istanbul, spa hotels in Paris or perhaps spa hotels in Berlin

Personally I would recommend some classic spa hotels towns for example in Poland - like spa hotels in Sopot, or Estonia with spa hotels in PĂ€rnu

Or if you want to dream away to the mediterranean, why not check out spa hotels on the Amalfi Coast, on Mykonos, or in Sicily. Ahh... Not too bad.

If you go to the Belmond Hotel on the Amalfi Coast - please let me know what it was like. Thank You. It looks kind of nice, but perhaps a bit pricey.


Or if you find some other super nice spa retreats with our help, let us know. :)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Boutique hotels in Montenegro

My friend and colleague Jonatan went to Montenegro this summer. He fell got so exited about the country that he put together a website and guide to the best boutique hotels in Montenegro.


Since a while back we also have a similar site with the best boutique hotels in Croatia, the neighbouring country. Have a look!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Stora Knackeriet i Gamla Stan!


Jo, KNACKERIET heter det coworking space i Stockholm för kreatörer, designers och entreprenörer som jag numera driver. Det blev utsett till "Best Office Space in Sweden" 2015!

Som mÄnga av er sÀkert hört sÄ har vi nu tagit över ytterligare en historiskt intressant lokal i Gamla Stan. I "Nummerlotteriets Hus" huserade hovskalden Carl Michael Bellman frÄn 1776 och fram till sin död. Fastigheten Àr ett Statligt Byggnadsminne, det starkaste kulturhistoriska skydd bebyggelse i Sverige kan Ätnjuta.

Vi har ett tvĂ„ vĂ„ningsplan i huset, totalt cirka 600 kvadratmeter. Huset vĂ€tter mot Cepheus-gĂ„rden, en av Stockholms vackraste och mest intressanta innergĂ„rdar.

PĂ„ det nedre planet har vi i huvudsak flex-platser (och ett litet antal fasta platser). PĂ„ det övre planet har vi egna rum för startups, med ungefĂ€r 3-6 anstĂ€llda.

SĂ„... om du Ă€r i behov av ett kontor  - och vill bli del av en fantastiskt fin gemenskap! - gĂ„ gĂ€rna in pĂ„ Knackeriet.se och kontakta oss dĂ€r. Hos oss sitter bland annat designers, formgivare, web-entreprenörer, web-utvecklare, en journalist, ett gĂ€ng digitala psykologer och beteendevetare. Det viktigaste Ă€r att ni Ă€r trevliga/kul/intressanta individer som vill bidra till gemenskapen. :)

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PS. Breakit.se skrev nyligen lite om Knackeriet hĂ€r.
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Och hÀr Àr lite mer information om fastigheten:


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Friday, December 2, 2016

Varning för Erik Andsberg och Cavalio

Ett företag (Cavalio AB) som tog öven en lokal av mig i Gamla Stan i Stockholm försökte underlÄta att betala överlÄtelseavgiften. VD: Erik Andsberg. Eftersom samhÀllsekonomin bygger pÄ förtroende, och att företag hÄller avtal, sÄ tycker jag att det Àr vÀrt att varna andra för dem. Ska skriva lite mer om detta inom kort.