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Lock8 Scores Major Coup with Foxconn Manufacturing Deal

Lock8 Scores Major Coup with Foxconn Manufacturing Deal

With a hardware startup, you need to find the resources and expertise to build a large number of (high-quality) units before you can start earning any revenue. It represents a serious obstacle, then, to success. An obvious solution is to team up with existing large-scale manufacturers, and they don't come much larger-scale than Taiwan-based Foxconn, the world's largest contract manufacturer of electronics. So it's no wonder that the Lock8 team is delighted about inking a deal with Foxconn to mass produce their smart bike locks. The startup won the TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield contest in Berlin last year and has since seen interest in its product soar. The lock essentially works as a docking station and can be controlled via smartphone, alerting the user if someone tries to interfere with it, including emitting a piercing alarm. Read More »

Apple, Bike Locks and a Panel: Openness in the Age of the Tech Giant

Apple, Bike Locks and a Panel: Openness in the Age of the Tech Giant

Here's a confession for you – before Friday, I had never set foot in an Apple Store. In truth, I only acquired my first piece of Apple technology less than three years ago, and despite that technology seeming to multiply whenever I had my back turned (insert Gremlins joke here), I also still have a computer that runs something called 'Windows', whatever that is. But if you're going to enter an Apple Store for the first time, this was probably the way to do it. Berlin's version of this most 21st Century peculiarity must be among the grandest – dominating its part of the famous Kufürstendamm boulevard, it used to be a cinema and that becomes apparent as you ascend the grand staircase (adorned with a red carpet, of course) to the main auditorium. There is plenty of technology around the place, naturally, along with a maze of white, featureless corridors reminiscent of a 1970s sci fi film where the public aren't usually allowed to tread. Read More »

Postify Q&A: Fitting Your Digital Images Into Everyday Life

Postify Q&A: Fitting Your Digital Images Into Everyday Life

Turning digital into real life can be a lucrative business, especially when it comes to pictures. Swedish startup Postify has created a desktop and mobile app which allows users to turn their digital images into physical photos and postcards in quicktime. So, for example, within 45 seconds of taking a photo during your Miami Beach vacation, that post card is in the mail – on its way to tease your friends and loved ones stuck in a grey and freezing Germany. Postify hasn't had trouble finding money, with a €155,000 angel round in 2012 followed up recently by an undisclosed new funding. Silicon Allee caught up with Fredrik Schöön at the recent Dublin Web Summit. Read More »

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 »

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