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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 »

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 »

Postman Pat and His Black & White App: Gini to Help Deutsche Post Digitize

Postman Pat and His Black & White App: Gini to Help Deutsche Post Digitize

Germany is definitely changing – drop into an office in Berlin's Mitte district for instant proof – but the country still retains a big chunk of its more traditional, old-fashioned, risk-averse business culture. Take, for example, the postal service; companies and institutions just love sending letters. It seems crazy to have to rely so much on a form of communication which, for the passage of simple information at least, has been all-but obsolete for years. But the beginning of the end could be in sight – 'intelligent assistant' Gini has partnered with postal behemoth Deutsche Post to give users the chance to digitize their physical mail. The Munich-based startup will enable all letters to be sorted automatically, and its app will allow you to access all of your mail any time and anywhere. Read More »

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