The Food Innovation Camp exceeds all expectations

The sentence “The event has exceeded all expectations” should be used with parsimony. As far as the Food Innovation Camp held by Hamburg Startups in cooperation with the Gastgewerbe magazine is concerned, this statement is absolutely appropriate. We are still quite overwhelmed, but let’s take a first look back.

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48 hours to make of Hamburg a great digital experience for tourists.

Hackathon? You are a freak.

The word hackathon scares many people. Many of my friends too, for example.  They believe it is all about coding and difficult algorithms. A hackathon is many times about developing a business idea as far as possible in a limited amount of time, from concept to business plan coming up ideally at the end with a working prototype.

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Startups looking for internationals – mission impossible?

More often than not, companies, including startups, will reach the point where they want to go international. And this brings up the need for native speakers from abroad. However, although the EU have made it a lot easier, the process of hiring foreign workforce can still be extremely tedious and time-consuming. Read more

An Interview with Leah Hunter

On Monday, at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, it’s going to be Digital Media Women Day! Great female entrepreneurs und tech-visionaries will talk about the topics and ideas that matter most to women (and men) in the media. One of the speakers is the writer and founder Leah Hunter who was so kind to answer some questions for this interview.

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Brigitte from the Netherlands “It makes me happy to live among people who are so welcoming towards foreigners”

Hi Brigitte! Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions. Can you introduce yourself in a few words to start off?

I am Brigitte (28), I come from the Netherlands and have lived in Hamburg since October 2015. I have degrees in History and Middle Eastern Studies and lived in Scotland, Tunisia, Turkey, Kuwait and Egypt during my studies. I ended up in Hamburg completely by chance. As many of my university friends were struggling to find jobs, I decided to be flexible about the job location.

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One day in paradise – the Extreme Tech Challenge on Necker Island

Last September Freya Oehle, founder of Spottster, won the pitch competition at Bits & Pretzels, a startup spectacle in Munich. Her prize: a trip to Necker Island, the private island of billionaire Richard Branson! Here’s her report:

“Crystal clear water with a view over the reefs, a private zoo, palm trees, pools, flocks of flamingos, a trampoline on the beach, and the most motivated, most bizarre, and most impressive people I have met in a long time…”

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Killing the Cover Letter – an undesirable artifact from the past

Whether perusing the major job platforms (Stepstone, Monster), your favorite professional social networks (LinkedIn, XING), or the career section of a company’s website, the job offers you find never fail to end with “Send us your application (CV + cover letter)…” I went through a couple of job offers over the last few days, all required the same documents. In Germany, they might even want more from you, such as reference letters from former employers, copies of your diplomas, a portfolio of your projects/designs/achievements, and proof that you are eligible to work in Germany if relevant. They might as well call the career page the red rape page! Read more

Friendsfactory opens an office in Hamburg

Munich’s star office workspace rental Friendsfactory is spreading throughout Germany and has just opened an office in Hamburg. After seeding their business locations in several parts of Munich (City, Altstadt, Schwabing), Friendsfactory decided to leap into HafenCity, Hamburg’s upbeat area next to the recently inaugurated elbphilharmonie opera house. Read more

12min.me reaches for an international scope with Worldwide Playground

The decor is set in Altona, a district in the west of Hamburg, known for being a prime choice of residence by many expats. Tonight the 12min.me team expects us in the basement of a Uruguayan restaurant –  Carrasco –  in a large and comfortable room that can accommodate roughly 70 people. The room is only half full, but the mood is cheerful and conversation is flowing effortlessly among the attendees. Read more

Amazon.de experiences multilangual interface

In a world of internationalization and online trade, reaching out to as many potential customers as possible is vital. Which is why Amazon, like many other e-businesses, soon went from .com to other top-level domains (TLD) such as .fr, .co.uk, .it and so on so forth. Read more