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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 »

The Tech Making Christmas Easier for Shoppers AND Retailers

The Tech Making Christmas Easier for Shoppers AND Retailers

The first Glühwein has been consumed (mit Schuss, naturally), Unter den Linden looks less ugly than usual and task number one of a morning is no longer checking the smartphone but rather, opening another tasty door in the advent calendar. Yup, Christmas is almost upon us. Another sign of impending festive cheer is the blank mind and subsequent panic that sets in when it comes to choosing the perfect gifts for family and friends. There are, of course, plenty of innovative ways to help you get over this particular bump, but it's a space which always booms with solutions this time of year – and the same goes for retailers. Read More »

Pavel Durov’s Telegram the Latest Move in the Race Against Surveilance

Pavel Durov’s Telegram the Latest Move in the Race Against Surveilance

Pavel Durov, one of the creators of the 'Russian Facebook', VK, made a surprise appearance at TechCrunch Disrupt on Monday to talk about his latest project, the non-profit Telegram. It's a messaging app with a focus on security, and as such incorporates end-to-end encryption and even self-destructing messages. And Durov – no stranger to finding himself out of favour with the Russian authorities – is hoping it will enable people to communicate more securely than they do now. Speaking on stage at the conference at Arena Berlin, he said that the advantage of such encryption is that the keys are created on the devices themselves, thus they don't have anything to show to the authorities. Read More »

Chat with StartupBus and Elance at Our November Breakfast Meet Up

Chat with StartupBus and Elance at Our November Breakfast Meet Up

Our legendary breakfast meet up is back – join us next Tuesday as we congregate on Sankt Oberholz to discuss the latest happenings in the busy world of technology. The monthly event has been taking place since February 2011 and is Berlin's best-attended regular meet up. The November event is being sponsored by elance and the StartupBus. If you haven’t been before, it's a simple concept. We’ll be at the famous cafe on Rosenthaler Platz from 9am on Tuesday, September 10, downstairs in the corner near the counter – just come along and join us! Read More »

Finding a Needle in a Heystack: Dating Platform Eyes Germany

Finding a Needle in a Heystack: Dating Platform Eyes Germany

Dating is big business, especially online. But with such difference cultures in romance around the world, can a single platform really be flexible enough to go global? Israeli startup Heystack believes it can. Founded in May 2012, its launched its first beta in Israel this past February. CEO and co-founder Shai Wolkomir told Silicon Allee at The Next Conference in New York earlier this month that Europe was the company's main goal, with the plan to go country by country. Read More »

This Should be the Worst Time to Join a Startup… But it’s Not

This Should be the Worst Time to Join a Startup… But it’s Not

If I told you there was a gigantic tech IPO coming that would flop disastrously, that the biggest names in Silicon Valley would invest $40 million (€29.5m) in a startup that never had a chance, and that an American commerce site would land a $1 billion valuation and then promptly lay off most of its (Berlin-based) European staff, you would say this is a tech bubble and it’s going to explode. And it’s true: those are Godzilla-sized messes, each capable of setting tech startups back by a decade. But all of these have happened over the last two years. Facebook, Color.com, and Fab. Meaning that this really should be just about the worst time to join a tech startup. It’s not. In fact, it’s probably the best opportunity to join a tech startup we’ve ever seen. Read More »

The Top 10 Who’s Who of Polish Startups in Berlin this Week

The Top 10 Who’s Who of Polish Startups in Berlin this Week

The Polish tech scene has largely remained under the radar, partly due to the fact that there have been no major exits or no startup celebrities emanating from Poland. But with Estimote making a splash in Silicon Valley, Mike Sadowski leading the Websummit competition and the Applicake team building Base, that's slowly starting to change. In order to help you be better informed, I compiled a list of the top ten movers and shakers from Poland. Read More »

Silicon Allee’s September Breakfast Meet Up Coming Right Up

Silicon Allee’s September Breakfast Meet Up Coming Right Up

The Silicon Allee breakfast meet up is back – and it will be a good opportunity to reflect on what has already been an incredibly busy month. Startup Safary and the Lange Nacht der Startups took place this weekend, while the first Axel Springer Plug & Play graduates have had their demo day and the Hardware Berlin Accelerator has officially been launched. If you haven't been before, the Silicon Allee monthly meet up is a simple concept. We'll be at the famous Sankt Oberholz cafe on Rosenthaler Platz from 9am on Tuesday, September 10 downstairs in the corner near the counter – just come along and join us! 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 »

Image Marketing Platform Roombeats Raises €500k Seed Round

Image Marketing Platform Roombeats Raises €500k Seed Round

Roombeats, a Berlin-based startup offering image-based content and affiliate marketing, has closed a €500,000 seed round involving Creathor Venture and HTGF. The team behind Roombeats is led by Markus Berger-de Léon, formerly CEO of Jamba, MyHammer and German Facebook-esque social network StudiVZ, and Florian Beba, ex-head of user experience at Zalando. Other investors include Heiko Hubertz, founder of Bigpoint. The startup – which was founded in April 2012 – says it gives more value to online product images by adding brand and price information as well as direct links to the relevant online shops. Read More »

The Heat is On at Silicon Allee’s Scorching Summer Meet Up

The Heat is On at Silicon Allee’s Scorching Summer Meet Up

If you can drag yourself away from your whirring fans and air-conditioned hidey-holes, then come beat the heat at Silicon Allee's scorching August meet up. We'll be back at Sankt Oberholz for out famous monthly get-together on Tuesday, August 13 – please note it's the second Tuesday of the month rather than the first. For those of you who haven't been before, the meet up is a great way for everyone in the tech and startup scenes to get together and network. It’s an open event with no speeches or presentations – just turn up; no need to RSVP. Read More »

Moped Launches Desktop Messaging App in Pursuit of Businesses

Moped Launches Desktop Messaging App in Pursuit of Businesses

You build a great app, make it look slick and easy to use, and you put it out there and starting racking up users. But making money out of it is a different matter altogether. It's a challenge faced by many startups in Berlin, and one proven path is to start targeting your product at businesses. 6Wunderkinder has seemingly found success this way in recent months with Wunderlist 2, and now Moped is planning to reciprocate that. The messaging platform has launched a desktop app for the Mac as part of efforts to shift focus towards businesses and teams. The new app makes it easier to use Moped as the main method of communication within a team, without having to open a web browser and log in. 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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