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Quick update on Berlin as a tech / startup ecosystem. Some of it needs a soundtrack, but hey. www.twitter.com/ciaranoleary

Quick update on Berlin as a tech / startup ecosystem. Some of it needs a soundtrack, but hey. www.twitter.com/ciaranoleary

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  • 1. Berlin VC view on the tech community
  • 2. SiliconValley
  • 3. Berlin
  • 4. Berlin = the next SiliconValley?
  • 5. Berlin ≠ the next SV
  • 6. London ≠ the next SV
  • 7. NewYork ≠ the next SV
  • 8. SiliconValley = the next SiliconValley
  • 9. Berlin = the next Berlin
  • 10. Berlin > London? or London > Berlin?
  • 11. Irrelevant debate.Waste of energy.
  • 12. The internet has liberated entrepreneurship, you can build great companies nearly anywhere... ... well, anywhere where talented people want to live & work
  • 13. Talented people prefer inspiring urban environments. New York, Berlin, London, SF, etc will win here.
  • 14. Each entrepreneurial hub needs to focus on its own DNA.What’s Berlin’s?
  • 15. Green field
  • 16. City is a startup itself
  • 17. Change Translation: this house used to stand in another country
  • 18. Punk attitude
  • 19. Super, super, creative
  • 20. International
  • 21. Always has been* * Took a break after the roaring 20s. Back now.
  • 22. Quality / Cost = Best Ratio in the World
  • 23. Let’s give Berlin a break (or a few more years) •SiliconValley = 40+ years •NewYork = 15+ years •Berlin = 3-5 years* * The way we know the scene today: international teams building disruptive global stuff
  • 24. Why we moved to Berlin: It’s the trajectory, stupid.
  • 25. 1,500since 2008 500last year New Startups....
  • 26. The first wave of startups that have reached scale* * international, revenues / users in the significant millions. sorry missed a few for sure
  • 27. High quality global capital coming in fast (selection)
  • 28. Incubators in Berlin 0" 2" 4" 6" 8" 10" 12" 14" 16" 18" 20" Aug+07"Oct+07"Dec+07"Feb+08"Apr+08"Jun+08"Aug+08"Oct+08"Dec+08"Feb+09"Apr+09"Jun+09"Aug+09"Oct+09"Dec+09"Feb+10"Apr+10"Jun+10"Aug+10"Oct+10"Dec+10"Feb+11"Apr+11"Jun+11"Aug+11"Oct+11"Dec+11"Feb+12"Apr+12"Jun+12"Aug+12"Oct+12"Dec+12" incubator incubator
  • 29. InternationalVCs increasingly active (selection) 0" 5" 10" 15" 20" 25" Apr)09" May)09" Jun)09" Jul)09" Aug)09" Sep)09" Oct)09" Nov)09" Dec)09" Jan)10" Feb)10" Mar)10" Apr)10" May)10" Jun)10" Jul)10" Aug)10" Sep)10" Oct)10" Nov)10" Dec)10" Jan)11" Feb)11" Mar)11" Apr)11" May)11" Jun)11" Jul)11" Aug)11" Sep)11" Oct)11" Nov)11" Dec)11" Jan)12" Feb)12" Mar)12" Apr)12" May)12" Jun)12" Jul)12" Aug)12" Sep)12"
  • 30. Lots of new stuff* coming up.... * tiny, incomplete selection of some of Berlin’s early stage startups
  • 31. ... but many will fail!
  • 32. Oh, one more thing...
  • 33. Copy Cats / Clones in Berlin...
  • 34. DEAL WITH IT! It’s how our economy works and they are not going away.
  • 35. Homework • Attract bigger tech companies • More experienced talent pool • Big exits with broad wealth creation • More local capital for larger tickets • Better regulatory / legal environment • Capital markets = nicht so gut • Airport = LOL
  • 36. However: No Excuses.
  • 37. Thanks.
  • 38. @ciaranoleary Me Startup asking for money on my birthday* * it worked