25 years of Nebu: A trip down memory lane

2018 is a special year for all of us, here at Nebu. This year the company celebrates the 25th Anniversary. A quarter of a century means a lot of memories, stories, plenty of highs but also some lows.

We’d like to take you on a trip down memory lane, and blog post by blog post, tell a little bit more about how we started and came into the market research industry!

The story, we’re about to tell you, starts in 1993 with the development of one of the most robust and flexible tools for data collection in any mode, time and place (Nebu Dub InterViewer). Today, 25 years later, Nebu provides much more than data collection software. "Collect - Manage - Utilize" is the paradigm that captures the direction most accurately, as Nebu provides fieldwork and marketing research companies tools to integrate and automate all processes from data collection, data management to data processing within a single software suite.
Eric van Velzen
Posted on 15 May 2018 in 25years
by Eric van Velzen
6 min

Nebu's 25 Years #2 - Choices, choices, choices

Last week you were able to read how Fred and I met and how we started with the idea to develop on the Apple Newton. This week I would like to continue our journey and tell you how we started and changed our path into Market Research.

The start

As I was still in the military service, we quickly got our cooperation going: I started developing in my ample free time. In the spring/summer of 1993, Nebu was born!

The business for the sales applications was pretty successful, having clients like a Dutch lingerie sales organization, Massey Ferguson and Range Rover as clients. We soon needed more capacity for software development and were extremely lucky to run into a 400 and 800-meter sprinter, a tall skinny guy. In December 1994 Jan Raaphorst joined Nebu. And guess what? Next year we celebrate Jan being with us for 25 years!

A picture from Nebu's archive: Mustapha, Eric, Jan

Eric van Velzen
Posted on 7 May 2018 in 25years
by Eric van Velzen
4 min

Nebu's 25 Years #1 - How it all started

2018 is an important year for all of us here at Nebu. The company turns 25! On Thursday, June 14 we are organizing a party to celebrate this great event! Everyone who is or has been part of the Nebu journey will be invited, so please keep an eye on your post box! 

Nebu's anniversary gave me an opportunity to reminisce about the events of a quarter of a century. In a series of blog posts, I’d like to take you on a trip down memory lane and tell a little bit more about how we started, how we came into Market Research and about some of our highs and lows.

The first Nebu office, located in Fred's house in Uitgeest

It was in 1993 that Fred and I started working together. A long time ago, but I still remember this as if it were yesterday. Just in case 1993 doesn't mean as much to you as it does to me, I'd like to bring up a few iconic events that happened that year. In 1993:


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