The Story Until Now
Mad Science Digital (MSD) was founded in Stockholm on March 3rd, 2013. The founder Jerry Silfwer had just left his role as COO and Partner for the New York-based social media intelligence agency, Whispr Group. The idea was to build a hybrid PR agency specialising in digital strategy, content, inbound, growth, and viral loops.
But instead of recruiting, the founder kept working as a freelance consultant and independent PR adviser. After two years, Jerry accepted the fact that his passion was working directly with clients rather than focusing on entrepreneurial efforts. To bookmark this insight, MSD switched its name to Spin Factory in 2015.
in 2016, Cision Scandinavia named Jerry Silfwer Sweden's most influential PR professional online. In 2018-19, Jerry went on paternal leave and subsequently moved office from central Stockholm to his home office in Hammarby Sjöstad right outside the city centre. During his 2-year paternity leave, Jerry learned Final Cut Pro, Apple Motion, OBS Studio, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Lightroom.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, worskhop- and seminar opportunities ceased, but was partially replaced with crisis communications projects. The office in Hammarby Sjöstad was transformed into a professional home studio. In 2020, Jerry also entered into a part-time role as the CEO for the research company KIX Communication Index with a proprietary method to establish communication maturity within organisations.
In the wake of the pandemic, and having worked closely with academic institutions and scholars on PR training and communication measurement, Jerry Silfwer founded Spin Academy in 2022. This marked a new focus on advisory, training, coaching, inspiration, and course creation.
Jerry Silfwer still consults a wide array of organisations, but today more in a strategic capacity as an advisor and PR trainer. Via his work at KIX Communication Index, 30+ large organisations have been measured and the company is on the doorstep of international expansion. In 2022, Spin Academy's first online PR course will be launched — The Playmaker.