In the company of greatness
The November 2009 issue of The Atlantic honors CEO Thorkil Sonne, founder of Specialisterne in Copenhagen, Denmark, as one of its “brave thinkers.” Sonne is singled out for his courage in founding a software-testing company and hiring people on the autism spectrum disorder because of their special gifts and talents. In the article, Sonne is quoted as saying “in our company people with autism are the norm.” Some 37 of his 51 employees have some form of autism. And Specialisterne, which had annual revenue of $2 million, includes Microsoft among its clients. The Danish company was featured in the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Innovation Journal. And Harvard Business School “now uses Specialisterne as a case study in social-enterprise business,” says the Atlantic.
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