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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 »

Helping Startups Break Out of the Glass Box with the LNdS

Helping Startups Break Out of the Glass Box with the LNdS

The shoulder bag, the facial hair, the hat, and of course the Club Mate – this was most definitely a hipster. Not that uncommon a sight in Friedrichshain in the shadow of the Oberbaumbruecke, of course, but this was a hipster with a difference; a hipster in a glass box. His presence adjacent to the longest remaining section of the Berlin Wall was intended to act as a metaphor for the opening up startups to the rest of the city. The Lange Nacht der Startups is aimed at doing exactly that – and Dr. Heinrich Arnold, head of innovation and corporate research at Deutsche Telekom, which is organising Saturday's event together with Amazon WebServices and other partners, believes it can also provide a serious boost the city's young tech companies. 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 »

Bringing Tech to the Masses with the First Lange Nacht der Startups

Bringing Tech to the Masses with the First Lange Nacht der Startups

There's no denying it, startups have become cool in the past few years. They carry with them an overriding image of young, scruffy computer geeks working away at their screens all hours of the day and night, emerging a few years later with millions in their pocket. It's an image that fits Berlin's unique style perfectly. But most people won't fully understand the reality of founding or working for a young tech company. That is changing, not least thanks to events like the Lange Nacht der Startups (LNdS). Presented by Deutsche Telekom, Amazon WebServices and other partners, the event on September 7 will see the public invited to check out the tech scene for themselves, with 70 startups chosen from 170 applicants to exhibit their products and who they are. Read More »

Rocket Joins the March of Mobile in Latin America with Linio App

Rocket Joins the March of Mobile in Latin America with Linio App

Most people agree that the rise and rise of mobile is inevitable, and that's not only true for mature markets. Certainly Rocket Internet agrees, with the Berlin-based startup conveyer belt seeing its Latin American e-commerce concern Linio launch its first shopping app. The free Android app will be available in Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela, and is hoping to cash in on an important trend in the continent's fast-growing e-commerce space – according to a World Bank study, Latin America already has more mobile phones than it does people. 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 »

TvShow Time raises €500K & brings its mobile TV guide to the web

TvShow Time raises €500K & brings its mobile TV guide to the web

The post TvShow Time raises €500K & brings its mobile TV guide to the web appeared first on Rude Baguette - France's Startup Blog.

TvShow Time announced today that it has secured 500,000€ from Jean-David Blanc (Allociné), Daniel Marhely (Deezer), and Xavier Niel for its mobile TV guide app, which it also launched on the web today. Cofounded by Antonio Mendes Pinto & Talal Mazroui, the app allows you to track your favorite shows, receive notifications...

The post TvShow Time raises €500K & brings its mobile TV guide to the web appeared first on Rude Baguette - France's Startup Blog.

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Microsoft Tardy But Bullish as it Enters the Berlin Accelerator Game

Microsoft Tardy But Bullish as it Enters the Berlin Accelerator Game

Walking behind the temporary stage, past the kitchens and the ongoing renovations and into a lift the inside of which was clad in so much protective plywood that it was almost pitch dark when the doors shut, it was apparent that Microsoft has a lot of work to do before its fancy new premises on Unter den Linden is up to scratch. The same can be said for the startup accelerator which will take up residence on the fifth and sixth floors of the building. The tech giant is following in the footsteps of Deutsche Telekom, Axel Springer, ProSiebenSat.1, Mercedes Benz and Immobilienscout as large companies looking to engage with startups through acceleration – but Rahul Sood, head of Microsoft Ventures, was bullish about their chances of success on a trip to Berlin last week. Read More »

‘Spotify for TV’ Magine Set for German Launch After $19m Series A

‘Spotify for TV’ Magine Set for German Launch After $19m Series A

Turn on, tune in and drop out – Magine, a Swedish cloud-based cable TV service dubbed the 'Spotify of television', is coming to Germany after closing a $19 million (€14.6m) Series A. The platform is making its much-awaited first steps into international growth having secured the funding from a group of unnamed investors from both Sweden and further afield. Describing itself as like Aereo without the hardware, Magine provides TV live, time-shifted and recorded across connected devices without the need for a set top box or cables. Most importantly, the startup has the backing of the content providers aka the TV companies. It is currently an invitation-only service limited to Sweden – but that is set to change shortly. Read More »

Considering Past, Present and Future at the Monthly Meet Up

Considering Past, Present and Future at the Monthly Meet Up

Sankt Oberholz was once again packed from the start for the July Silicon Allee meet up. There were plenty of entrepreneurs on hand to network and trade business cards, and some would-be tech superstars met the challenge of pitching their ideas to the Berlin Startup Academy's Christoph Raethke. The event's other sponsor Eventbrite, was also on hand to hand out free coffee to those who signed up as well as other goodies to everyone in attendance. Read More »

Monkfish, HR Alpha Invest in Second Screen App Zapitano

Monkfish, HR Alpha Invest in Second Screen App Zapitano

Monkfish Equity and HR Alpha Venture Partners have been announced as the latest investors in Zapitano alongside a unnamed private investor and the previously-announced deal with the German Startups Group. The social TV platform's original investors Media Ventures have also taken part in the latest round. Berlin-based Zapitano is a second screen app that enables users to share their TV watching experience with others. As they watch they can interact with their own personal TV buddies through a notebook, tablet or smartphone; talking about the programs, inviting other friends to watch and voting on their favourite stars. The iOS app was named Best App of 2012 by Apple just three months after its release. Read More »

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