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How Berlin Can Help Italy Shake Up Its Stylish Image

How Berlin Can Help Italy Shake Up Its Stylish Image

As you might imagine, the Italian Embassy on Tiergartenstrasse – the city's embassy row – is not only a grand building but a stylish one too. It was the setting for a day of discussions about how startup scenes in Germany and Italy can help each other out, but there was a wider topic as well. While we are on Italian stereotypes, it was fair to say that the food provided for lunch was top notch, and the wine didn't disappoint either. But while Italy doesn't mind such positive stereotypes, it doesn't want them to dominate. And so the event, dubbed 'European Perspectives on Creativity and Technology', was part of efforts to convince the Germans that Italy is not just pizza, Ferrari and da Vinci. Read More »

6Wunderkinder Announces $19m Series B Led By Sequoia Capital

6Wunderkinder Announces $19m Series B Led By Sequoia Capital

There seems to have been an increasing amount of navel-gazing lately about the direction the Berlin startup scene is heading in – this writer is no exception – and questioning of why we haven't seen more companies from the city breakout on a global scale. But in truth, things are still looking pretty good, and the latest proof of that is 6Wunderkinder's $19 million (€14.1m) Series B round led by Sequoia. The round, in which the company's previous investors Atomico and Earlybrd are also participating, bring the total investment into 6WK to a whopping $30 million, the sort of figure all too rare in Berlin. Read More »

Point Nine Invests in French Search API Platform Algolia

Point Nine Invests in French Search API Platform Algolia

Berlin-based Point Nine Capital is one of three VC firms taking part in a $1.5 million (€1.11m) investment round in Algolia. The French software-as-a-service (SaaS) startup says it wants to take search to a new level, with include Index Ventures and Alven Capital, as well as business angels Ilan Abehassera (founder of Producteev) and Thibaud Elzière (founder of Fotolia), also participating in the round. Algolia produces a SaaS search API for developers looking for a “turnkey solution to deliver real-time, typo-tolerant and location-aware search in their applications and websites”, the company said. Read More »

Failing to Find the Startup G-Spot? Embrace Consolidation

Failing to Find the Startup G-Spot? Embrace Consolidation

It's always a bit sad when a platform you like closes down. That was certainly the case with 7Moments, a privacy-focused photo sharing service which I first wrote about what feels like an awful long time ago. In an email explaining why they were giving up on 7Moments, the three founders told a story that is all too familiar in Berlin nowadays. For despite that fact that “every day new photo albums are being created and people join them” and that user feedback was “always very encouraging, kind and helpful, [and] our infrastructure always secure and stable,” there was one rather important thing missing: Growth. Read More »

Wunderlist 2 Hits 5.3 Million Users as 6WK Adds Comments Feature

Wunderlist 2 Hits 5.3 Million Users as 6WK Adds Comments Feature

6Wunderkinder has spent a large part of this year targeting its to-do list app, Wunderlist 2, at businesses and, in particular, helping teams work together better. And as it launches its latest feature to that end, Comments, it seems to be working, with the Berlin-based company reporting that the app has so far racked up 5.3 million users. Comments is a one-stop communication tool designed to make life simpler for work colleagues. It allows users to start a conversation, leave feedback, ask a question or add insight to to-dos, all in real time. Once a comment has been added, the others in the group will be notified via the platform's Activity Center and email or push notification. Read More »

Win a Trip to the Dublin with the Developer Garden/Box Hackathon

Win a Trip to the Dublin with the Developer Garden/Box Hackathon

There's nothing Berlin's army of developers, designers, concepters and app freaks love more than a good hackathon – and the latest such event is offering the winners a trip to the Dublin Web Summit. The hackathon is being organised by Developer Garden, Deutsche Telekom's dev network, and Silicon Valley-based cloud service startup Box as part of the Lange Nacht der Startups (LNdS). And it represents a great opportunity to show the outside world just what a talented bunch of developers can come up with, both creatively and technically, in just 24 hours. The event is free to enter and takes place on September 6 and 7 in the Karlsson Penthouse on Markgrafenstrasse overlooking the grand Gendarmenmarkt. Read More »

Coke Joins the Berlin Acceler-Train: But Will Fizzy Pop Plans Turn Flat?

Coke Joins the Berlin Acceler-Train: But Will Fizzy Pop Plans Turn Flat?

There has been a major influx into Berlin of accelerator and incubator programs, designed give startups a helping hand, a boost up, as they strive to establish themselves in the cutthroat world of consumer technology. But are there now too many in what is still a relatively small and immature scene? The latest big-name company to announce plans for an accelerator in the German capital is, rather bizarrely, Coca-Cola, but the drinks giant will find itself in good company. German corporate giants such as Deutsche Telekom, Axel Springer, ProSiebenSat.1, Bayer and Rewe have all climbed aboard the acceler-train, and they will compete with, for want of a better word, independent programs such as Startupbootcamp and the Berlin Startup Academy. Read More »

6WK Adds Dropbox-Style Files Feature to Wunderlist Pro

6WK Adds Dropbox-Style Files Feature to Wunderlist Pro

6Wunderkinder has added the promised Dropbox-style feature to Wunderlist Pro, while also launching a business account costing up to $1,750 a month. The Files feature enables users to upload and synchronize files across any device with unlimited storage and is designed to make managing a team's projects easier by adding context to tasks. The Berlin-based startup is hoping the new feature will help its to-do list app – which is used by more than 40,000 teams and businesses – make further inroads into the productivity market. Users can attach files of any type, such as photos, spreadsheets, presentation decks, PDFs and sounds, to their to-dos within Wunderlist, and they can then be shared. Read More »

Aging2.0 – a global network of startups using smart tech to revolutionise the ageing process

Aging2.0 – a global network of startups using smart tech to revolutionise the ageing process

Digital natives, generation Facebook, the “net” generation – these terms are used with abandon to describe Generation Y, the age group that currently ranges from early teens to early thirties. These are the people who grew up with the internet, who could illegally download before they reached high school and who are also typically the Read More »

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