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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 »

Save and Win! Silicon Allee Giveaways to Disrupt and Dublin Web Summit

Save and Win! Silicon Allee Giveaways to Disrupt and Dublin Web Summit

The end of October is usually synonymous with ghastly ghouls and spooky spectres – but this year, Europe is going to enjoy some tasty tech. There are a series of big technology event taking place and Silicon Allee can offer you exclusive offers to two of them, including €100 off tickets to TechCrunch Disrupt Europe here in Berlin and two FREE passes to the Dublin Web Summit worth nearly €1,000 each. 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 »

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 »

Welcome to the Party! Microsoft Unveils Berlin Startup Center Plans

Welcome to the Party! Microsoft Unveils Berlin Startup Center Plans

Facebook, Twitter, Google and even Nokia have all been in amongst the headlines in Berlin in the past few years, yet we've barely heard a peep out of Microsoft. But the venerable old tech staple seems to have finally clocked onto the city's potential with the launch of a startup-focused Microsoft Center to promote dialogue and development among founders in Berlin. Based at Unter den Linden 17, it will house a mixture of IT innovation and dialogue when it opens later this year – Mircosoft Germany boss Christian P. Illek and Cornelia Yzer, Berlin's economics senator, announced on Tuesday the beginning of renovation work on the historic building, which sits on the corner with Charlottenstrasse. Read More »

Moped 2.0 Targets Small Businesses with Open Web Platform

Moped 2.0 Targets Small Businesses with Open Web Platform

Messaging platform Moped has been given a major overhaul, with version 2.0 aimed squarely at small businesses. The Berlin-based startup says its open web platform is ideal for teams with its integrated services such as Dropbox and the ability to work seamlessly on multiple devices across web and mobile. The latest product also boasts a redesigned user interface enabling users to monitor their inbox while writing messages as well as new features such as a Media Gallery. It is hoped the new Moped will prove attractive to users with its view of the world through the lens of a web service rather than as just another closed messaging app. Read More »

Beatguide – Inspiring Berlin’s Club Scene Through Discovery

Beatguide – Inspiring Berlin’s Club Scene Through Discovery

Sitting on a sunny rooftop overlooking Neukölln gives a nice metaphor for how on top of the Berlin scene the Beatguide team is. With Berlin’s renowned electronic scene and rising entry fees, the necessity for informed club-goers is greater than ever before. That’s where their electronic music event platform comes in – think a more user-friendly and more modern Resident Advisor. The Berlin-based startup has just released the free iOS app in the iTunes store. After a low-key prototype, and the launch of the web app in February, the startup is ready for its rebirth. Read More »

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