Share economy

Salesforce.com published a study on sharing economy, a yet underdeveloped field of business in Germany. Basics first – 23.000 people were interviewed on their experiences and expectations on institutionalized sharing. As expected, especially amongst us green Germans, sustainability is an issue that is strongly linked to the idea of sharing. A second big issue are…

Author’s rights debate gains momentum

A group of authors set up a page explaining the author’s (or at least some) view of the recent debate. In stilted speech they go ‘with concern and incomprehension we witness the public attacks against author’s rights. Author’s rights are a historical accomplishment  of civil freedom against feudal dependencies and it grants the material basis…

Access invests 200 million in Rocket

According to Gründerszene.de, U.S. billionaire Len Blavatnik bosts the Samwer incubator into the international pole position. Rumors on such an investment were heard for a long time, but now Gründerszene claims the deal closed and 200 million USD are transfered to Rocket Internet. Len Blavatnik of Access Industries in return will receive an unspecified number…

Sharing Economy reaches fashion

German StartUps fashionlend allows users to lend/borrow fashion from others. (Well, especially in Berlin were most hipsters and fashion victims do rather look like clones anyway I don’t really get this model, but that’s a subjective perspective of an early man.) ‘You can buy your favorite piece and afford to do so, by lending it…

another privacy nightmare

As many are struggling getting their data deleted or back under control, not only for author’s rights, but also for those snapshots of you that you don’t want to share – a new facial recognition app Klik launched out of beta. Before you can even click the button to take a pic of someone, the app…

German Telekom Lauches it’s incubator hub:raum

German Telekom is a synonym for encrusted businesses. But CEO René Obermann caught us all off guard this week at Berlin’s NEXT conference, announcing their plan to cooperate with StartUps in the near future. German Telekom initiated and launched an ‘interface’ called hub:arum in Berlin, offering up to 15 StartUps per year funding, office spaces…