Round Up: Berlin’s Most Beautiful Staircase

By David Knight |

Berlin’s Most Beautiful Staircase

A snazzy new co-working space is set to open at Sankt Oberholz in November. The café is already a staple on the Berlin tech scene – if we say so ourselves, seeing as we hold our monthly Silicon Allee meet up there – and it is now going a step further by providing space for 20 people on the refurbished second floor. The office is located directly above the upstairs seating, and can be reached by climbing “Berlin’s most beautiful staircase”.

The successful 20 applicants will be given an electronic key allowing them access to the room even when the café is closed as well as all the usual office necessities for a membership fee of €290 a month. The project will kick off on November, and you can register now.

A Local Deal for Local People

Following Google’s acquisition of DailyDeal, the deal platform market is hotting up even further. Most recently, centerdeals, a Berlin-based service, went online earlier this month. It is a daily deal site “made by Berliners for Berliners”, taking a local approach – promising offers which are “always a bit different, because we only seek out the really interesting things in Berlin, and are tough with our choices. Anything we would not like to experience again ourselves finds no place on our website.”

Sounds like a great idea – a team of people who know Berlin and its quirky charms ready to pick out the choice offers. It will face a challenge however, in establishing itself in a busy market.

The Most Content Startup in Hamburg

Content Fleet has landed a multi-million euro investment package from its second round funding. T-Venture, the venture capital arm of Deutsche Telekom, and Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI) have invested approximately US$3.5 million (€2.6 million) into the Hamburg-based startup. In addition, venture capital fund Neuhaus Partners, which has been an investor since 2010, has co-invested as part of the syndicate.

Founded in July 2010, Content Fleet creates tailor-made content and portals for publishers as well as other content distributors, using sophisticated methods of analysis to identify new themes and product trends on the internet.  It is planning to use the fresh capital to “further develop trend detection.” Founder and CEO Mattias Protzmann said: “Our technological backend ensures that we make the right decisions about themes and ultimately how we approach the production of content.”

Wunderlist’s Wunderful Win

The team behind the Wunderlist desk management tool has picked up a cool €25,000 after landing third place in the Vodafone Clicks 2011 competition. 6Wunderkinder was the winner from Germany, and competed against three other startups involved in mobile internet service innovation in the final European round at the PICNIC Festival in Amsterdam.

Christian Reber, 6Wunderkinder’s founder and CEO, said: “We‘re honored to win such an amazing prize and plan to put this money towards expanding Wunderlist onto other devices and operating systems. I‘d like to thank Vodafone, the judging panel and the amazing startup community in Europe, it made me tremendously proud to see such great innovation across the continent.”