Posted on June 12, 2012

Europe’s Silicon Valley: Berlin!

Berlin/ Current Affairs/ Romantique
Call me biased, but for me, Berlin is the coolest city in the world!  And a growing number of tech entrepreneurs will agree that it’s the place to be if you want to transform an idea into a successful company.
Let’s have a look at the reasons why Berlin is the place to be for creative, innovative entrepreneurs.
  • Creative Scene: Berlin has always had a thriving creative scene, combining the established western economies with the emerging talent from Eastern Europe.  It’s historical transformation from the last 20 years and it’s location in the heart of Europe make it a magnet for young, talented immigrants.
  • Alternative touch: Tolerant  Berlin is a home for creative misfits, people who don’t like the rigid social structures of London. Berlin lets creatives focus on  what they can do best: Being creative and networking.
  • Affordability: Berlin offers a high quality of living. Both home and office rents in prime locations, are a fraction of London’s extortionate rates! As an employer, you can chose from a pool of talented people, and offer comparatively lower salaries than what you need to pay in a city like London.
  • Venture capitalists: Traditionally,  German and European  venture capitalists have been more conservative and averse to risk taking when it comes to investing in internet start-ups, compared with their US counterparts. However, as the tech scene has matured, we’ve seen a shift in outlook and venture capitalists realise that stocks and government debt are not safe either.
Skype owner Ashton Kutcher  is often seen in Berlin. He invested in Berlin based start-ups soundcloud, Amen & Gidsy.
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