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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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Tell me how you met your co-founder, I will tell you how your company will do.

I’ve seen now fourteen startups going through our program since we got our accelerator started back in 2015. We are asked many times how we choose the companies that eventually join our program. What I have witnessed and learnt with the time is the importance of having the right partner to make something happen, therefore we invest some time finding out if the team behind the product is the right one to invest in. If you would like to deepen into the topic I recommend you to read Four Reasons To Invest In People, Not In Companies written by Ilya Pozin in Forbes.

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Are media houses in Germany prepared to work with startups?

What’s the next hot stuff in media? How we will be communicating in the upcoming years? Which social media channels are going to survive? Which tools are journalist going to use? How the role of the journalist is going to evolve? How are we going to be able to detect fake news? Are we going to be constrained to pay for good content? Is user generated video, 360, IA, VR, AR the next big thing? We still have no answer to many of these questions, however we can witness, learn and sometimes even foresee.

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2016 – The international kick off for the Hamburger startup szene

Let’s go back to 2012, the year I landed in Hamburg for the first time. I hope you can imagine or remember how international the city was at that time. Not at all. And I’m not particularly talking about a daily life level but from an entrepreneurial point of you. Read more