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Appear.in Q&A: Solving the Pain of Skype and Google Hangouts

Appear.in Q&A: Solving the Pain of Skype and Google Hangouts

Much time and effort has been expended over the past decade or more into making online meetings easier and more efficient. Now one Norwegian startup believes it has cracked it: appear.in can be integrated into a web browser (it currently works with Firefox, Chrome and Opera) and allows you to instantly have a meeting by just entering a URL – that's it. No software downloads, no logins, no setups. The latest challenger to take on Skype, appear.in was incubated with the help of Telenor, Norway's largest telco. Silicon Allee caught up with Ingrid Ødegaard, co-founder and head of marketing at appear.in, at the Le Web conference in Paris last month. Read More »

Digital Ad Platform plista Acquired By GroupM

Digital Ad Platform plista Acquired By GroupM

Plista, a Berlin-based platform providing innovative solutions for targeted digital advertising, has been acquired by GroupM, a leading global media investment management operation. Founded in 2008 and currently boasting 100 employees, plista is active in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and can count blue chip companies such as Volkswagen, Sony and Coke amongst its clients. 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 »

TechHub Opens Up Road to London with Berlin Launch

Berlin is a great place to found a startup – but it can be frustrating when it comes to growing out into the wider world. The news that TechHub is expanding into the German capital, then, will surely be welcomed by entrepreneurs here. Berlin will become the seventh location for the startup community and co-working space, which was founded three years ago by serial entrepreneur Elizabeth Varley and TechCrunch's European editor Mike Butcher. It will hopefully provide the opportunity for young companies to connect with entrepreneurs, investors, corporates and media in London and further afield. 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 »

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 »

A German in LA: Q&A with Mirta Gilson from make.tv

A German in LA: Q&A with Mirta Gilson from make.tv

What is it like making the leap from Germany to California? Does the difference in startup culture – especially outside of Berlin – come as a shock? Mirta Gilson worked for several companies in Cologne before making the move to Los Angeles to head up business development for make.tv. She spoke to Silicon Allee contributors Don Oparah and Ray Malkin about her experiences living in sunny California, and what advice she would have for German startups thinking about making the same move: "Los Angeles is right at the intersection of technology and entertainment. All of the big broadcasters are here, we also have partnerships in the film industry and at the same time there is a growing technology scene that is getting bigger and bigger. So being in LA right now is very exciting and in addition the majority of our competitors, partners and potential partners are here in California." 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 »

‘Spotify for TV’ Magine Signs Content Deal with RTL Ahead of German Launch

‘Spotify for TV’ Magine Signs Content Deal with RTL Ahead of German Launch

'Spotify for TV' Magine has inked a deal with German media giant the Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland to launch six channels on its online platform. The Swedish startup, which closed a $19 million (€14.6m) Series A earlier this month, will now offer RTL, VOX, n-tv, RTL Nitro, Super RTL and RTL II in its subscription service package. Magine provides TV live, time-shifted and recorded across connected devices without the need for a set top box or cables and, crucially, has the backing of the content providers, i.e. the TV companies. Read More »

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