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Mister Spex Eyes Up Prescription Glasses After Bonanza Year in 2013

Mister Spex Eyes Up Prescription Glasses After Bonanza Year in 2013

Having enjoyed a successful 2013, German e-commerce eyewear specialist Mister Spex – which saw customer numbers surpass a million and revenues hit €47 million – is set to focus on the prescription glasses market this year in a bid to improve market share. In doing so, it is set to challenge Germany's big name opticians, the likes of Fielmann, head on. The revenue figure, which marks an 80 percent increase on 2012, will be especially welcome, and is evidence of the company's increased efforts towards building outside its core market in Germany. The acquisition of Swedish competitors Lensstore and Loveyewear in July “contributed to the successful development of our business,” said founder and CEO Dirk Graber, while Mister Spex's network of local partner opticians in Germany itself rose by 25 percent to 400. 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 »

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 »

Psyched Up: Unplug from Your Hyperconnectivity with OFFTIME

Psyched Up: Unplug from Your Hyperconnectivity with OFFTIME

It's a situation almost all of us will be familiar with: You sit there working away, deep in concentration, only for an email to drop into your inbox, or your phone to buzz with an incoming call or text. It can be enough to not only break your concentration, but lead you off on a tangent which can last hours. And so it's no surprise that there are many 'concentration app' products for maintaining the right mindset for working in today's communication-saturated world. One Berlin company, however, says that it has come up with the perfect solution. OFFTIME is an alpha-stage Android app which promises to manage and filter your calls and texts as well as your Internet activity; not only during working hours but also in your free time. Read More »

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