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Flirting With Global Success: Dresden’s LOVOO to Open Berlin Office

Flirting With Global Success: Dresden’s LOVOO to Open Berlin Office

Strange as it may seem to many living outside of Germany, the country's startup scene is not just concentrated in Berlin. In fact, many other cities have thriving entrepreneurial communities – but that doesn't diminish the draw of the capital. Now Dresden-based LOVOO, which describes itself as “Germany's most successful flirt app,”, is opening a 'creative office' in Berlin. The new office will be located in the Backfabrik, rubbing shoulders with startup staples like wooga, DailyDeal and adeven. The team behind LOVOO actually seem quite proud of the fact they have grown to 7.3 million members worldwide from the relative startup backwater of Dresden, a beautifully-restored city located a couple of hours' autobahn travel to the south of its more glamorous bigger brother. But there is also the realisation that, at some point in a company's development, Berlin is a must. Read More »

Combating Tech Talent Scarcity wth a New Kind of Learning

Combating Tech Talent Scarcity wth a New Kind of Learning

Silicon Valley's ecosystem is often quoted as the key factor in making it such a great place for startups. Investors in particular emphasise the importance of the local higher education institutions – not only do they encourage entrepreneurship, but many graduates go directly to work for startups. Universities and colleges teaching tech-related subjects are a key part of avoiding what's dubbed the 'Tech Talent Scarcity' (TTS) problem. But with an always-expanding tech sector they can struggle to keep up, and that is certainly true in Germany. Local Berlin initiatives like RailsGirls and OpenTechSchool have been founded to fix the problem directly within the tech community. Not only are they addressing TTS, but also issues of gender balance and diversity as well as the steep financial investment that usually goes hand-in-hand with acquiring quality higher education. What started here in Berlin has become a global movement in little more than a year. How can this alternative approach to education help the local tech scene in future? Can the ambitious goal of fixing the Tech Talent Scarcity problem be met? Read More »

Making the Most of Your Existing Network with nextSociety

Making the Most of Your Existing Network with nextSociety

Building and managing a network is hard enough, but really getting the most out it is a complicated and time-consuming process. Calling itself the “Ultimate networking tool,” New York-based startup nextSociety says its platform can help users identify who is most relevant to them. What's more, the company has German and Austrian heritage – COO Alex Tange was born in a small town in what was then East Germany, and is following in the footsteps of his dad who became an entrepreneur when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. In addition to nextSociety, Alex also started a networking group for German professionals in New York which has grown to more than 5,000 members. Two of his co-founders, Peter Steba and Ben Simsa, sat down with Silicon Allee at The Next Web Conference in the Big Apple last month. Read More »

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