Berlin Tech Community: Current VC Perspective

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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

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Berlin Tech Community: Current VC Perspective

  1. 1. Berlin VC view on the tech community
  2. 2. SiliconValley
  3. 3. Berlin
  4. 4. Berlin = the next SiliconValley?
  5. 5. Berlin ≠ the next SV
  6. 6. London ≠ the next SV
  7. 7. NewYork ≠ the next SV
  8. 8. SiliconValley = the next SiliconValley
  9. 9. Berlin = the next Berlin
  10. 10. Berlin > London? or London > Berlin?
  11. 11. Irrelevant debate.Waste of energy.
  12. 12. The internet has liberated entrepreneurship, you can build great companies nearly anywhere... ... well, anywhere where talented people want to live & work
  13. 13. Talented people prefer inspiring urban environments. New York, Berlin, London, SF, etc will win here.
  14. 14. Each entrepreneurial hub needs to focus on its own DNA.What’s Berlin’s?
  15. 15. Green field
  16. 16. City is a startup itself
  17. 17. Change Translation: this house used to stand in another country
  18. 18. Punk attitude
  19. 19. Super, super, creative
  20. 20. International
  21. 21. Always has been* * Took a break after the roaring 20s. Back now.
  22. 22. Quality / Cost = Best Ratio in the World
  23. 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. 24. Why we moved to Berlin: It’s the trajectory, stupid.
  25. 25. 1,500since 2008 500last year New Startups....
  26. 26. The first wave of startups that have reached scale* * international, revenues / users in the significant millions. sorry missed a few for sure
  27. 27. High quality global capital coming in fast (selection)
  28. 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. 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. 30. Lots of new stuff* coming up.... * tiny, incomplete selection of some of Berlin’s early stage startups
  31. 31. ... but many will fail!
  32. 32. Oh, one more thing...
  33. 33. Copy Cats / Clones in Berlin...
  34. 34. DEAL WITH IT! It’s how our economy works and they are not going away.
  35. 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. 36. However: No Excuses.
  37. 37. Thanks.
  38. 38. @ciaranoleary Me Startup asking for money on my birthday* * it worked

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