German Startup-Blog Gründerszene wrote an euphemistic article about careers in the StartUp Scene in Berlin. They interviewed one of their interns, well boil it down to the opening sentence of the article: ‘rock your business studies, gain experience for 2 ears and then go for the big incubators’.
Marcel Weiss commented in his excellent blog neunetz.com that this is the crucial problem of a German StartUp scene. Exploiting ideas and people to design random variations of the same product again and again, focussing on successful markets and topics.
But it’s the problem-solving, the really new ideas like Soundcloud, Wunderkit, EyeEm that are defining the USP for a German model. Vorsprung durch Technik – as we say.