"Berlin’s nascent tech startup ecosystem needs its own catalysts in the form of one or two significant, enduring companies that kickstart the virtuous cycle of a network effect. I don’t mean “exits.” I mean the presence of at least one company with its roots in Berlin that becomes the worldwide leader in its field, serving an important global market at scale. A beacon the world can see and that will continue to draw creators, builders, and capital to Berlin’s new center stage."
"Berlin, which has been Germany’s modern capital for only 23 years, has reached a coming-of-age moment. As it attempts to evolve from a city that relies heavily on government support to one with sustainable industries, companies like Google and Etsy have opened up offices, joining technology start-ups like SoundCloud and ResearchGate, giving credit to the hype that Berlin is becoming a contender for Europe’s Silicon Valley."
Nice SoundCloud mention in the opening paragraph. On that note, let’s just agree to ditch the ‘XYZ’s Silicon Valley’ for ‘is becoming an entrepreneurial ecosystem’.
Weather’s awesome. Just a quick pit stop after a 12km run, followed by lunch with friends before heading to Mitte to celebrate the release of the Mighty Oaks EP. Sounds like the perfect Saturday to me.