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Jörn Menninger
Startuprad.io
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60489 Frankfurt am Main Germany

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Dr. Christian Fahrenbach (News and Interviews)
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Gaurav Sharma (Securitysutra)
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Jakob A. Eichler (Healthcare)
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Startup News Germany Wrap-up – December

Chris and Joe talk about the news for December 2017, focusing on the German startup scene.

Sponsoring Message

Support for this podcast and the following message comes from Slack. Millions of people in hundreds of thousands of companies rely on Slack to get their work done. For them, Slack is where all the people and tools they need to work are gathered. Where ideas form, evolve and reach fruition. Where plans are proposed, documents exchanged, expenses approved, travel booked and deals signed off. Where decisions are made and consensus is reached. Where the humdrum becomes the easily done. Slack: where work happens. Find out why at slack.com.

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House Keeping

We did a year in the review, the year ahead special, check it out!

Startuprad.io made it in the UK podcast download charts: Oh, what a surprise, we made it in the UK podcast download charts! Awesome! You guys rock! http://www.itunescharts.net/uk/artists/podcast/startupradio/podcasts/startupradio-startup-podcast-from-germany/

Paypal plans to enter retail banking in Germany and UK, together with the Berlin based fintech Raisin reports manager magazin https://buff.ly/2z2W07k  Meet their partner Raisin here in the exclusive interview from Startuprad.io http://ow.ly/7vL930hs92u

Ecosystem

How Bitcoin Lost Its Way As A Means Of Exchange – Crunchbase News https://buff.ly/2yJ4Ve8

Competition in the Age of Amazon https://buff.ly/2CbBCGS

Taking On Amazon in Retail: Smart Curation, In-Store #Robots, And Wowing Shoppers https://buff.ly/2opEuu2

Amazon wants to open brick and mortar stores in #Germany. Kleber, Germany CEO said “it is not a question if, but when” reports manager magazin https://buff.ly/2oEtTeX

Gruenderszene writes Rocket Internet is shiftingitss #strategy. The former startup factory turns itself into a more traditional Private Equity company, investing in established companies https://buff.ly/2AGJUmc

 

Hubs

Frankfurt

Frankfurt listed fintech Naga completes it’s ICO, raising more than 50 mn US$ reports deutsche-startups.de. This is also good for the share price, IPO in Juli 2017 for 2,60 €, now trading at 13 Euros http://ow.ly/qBgp30hmWgk

Frankfurt based energy startup Node Energy raises six digits Venture Capital writes WiWo Gründer. Node.Energy’s software helps to manage micro grids https://buff.ly/2p0P8HO

Frankfurt PropTech Accelerator blackprint Booster takes in #Berlin based proptech Simplifa, which is focusing on elevators https://buff.ly/2yS3WIo

Rocket Internet boss Oliver Samwer wants to enter the business with loans to startups, up to 30 mn per ticket. Therefore they have set up a #London based subsidiary “Global Growth Capital”, without references on their website https://buff.ly/2AYsrtC

 

Companies

Hamburg based gaming startup Goodgame Studios is bought for a whooping 270 mn Euros in shares by swedish Stillfront reports deutsche-startups.de http://ow.ly/PNh330h86rv

trivago Düsseldorf-based travel search engine is under pressure. It IPOed in December 2016 at NASDAQ for 11 US$ and is now trading at 7 US$. Now Handelsblatt  writes US investors considering a law suit reports Gruenderszene https://buff.ly/2BCEgFs

Related: The UK’s competition watchdog is investigating whether comparison sites like #Trivago and Hotels.com actually give people the best deals https://buff.ly/2oBUNUD

Startup CodeDoor.org trains refugees in Gießen to become developers http://ow.ly/ZKmy30h0cb6

Online bank Revolut attacks Berlin-based hype fintech N26 with bitcoin trading and premium services writes Gruenderszene https://buff.ly/2ksIswW

India: Frankfurt-listed Delivery Hero swaps its shares of foodpanda for shares in the local heavy weight OLA reports deutsche-startups.de https://buff.ly/2BGjkgP  

This Secretive German Firm Is Consolidating The US Coffee Industry https://buff.ly/2BI3Lll “JAB serves as the investment vehicle for the Reimann family, the descendants of businessman Johan A. Benckiser who founded industrial chemicals company Benckiser in the 1820s.”

Venture Capitalist Sven Schmidt invested in Maschinensucher, a German competitor of  TradeMachines and Machinio writes NGIN Mobility. Schmidt will help with the scaling of the (since day one) profitable platform https://buff.ly/2BGNaPu 

Exit and back – Berlin-based healthcare startup Vimeda offers blood tests for health screenings. Company was sold 2016 for “eight digits” to US-based Neoteryx, but barely one year later, the founder buys the company back. New company to be named Lykon https://buff.ly/2kTXfAT

Instant Software, a supplier of business management and online solutions for vacation rental companies, raised 20 mn Euros in Venture Capital, from Accel and Target Partners https://buff.ly/2yJCmgz

They position themselves as a competitor for WeWork and Factory. Have a look how Rent24 looks from the inside in Berlin https://buff.ly/2CnFhxD

Berlin-based crowdinvesting pioneer Companisto still not profitable and tripled losses in 2016 reports Finanz-Szene.de, after digging through published balance sheets http://ow.ly/zxFs30hdAT2

 

Further Reading

Building for the Long Term: Lessons from Leonardo da Vinci – Knowledge@Wharton https://buff.ly/2zCQs3S 

Subscription Businesses Are Booming. Here’s How to Value Them https://buff.ly/2C4vEFr  

Frankfurt Refugee integration in Germany: A future made to measure – Qantara.de https://buff.ly/2p9JSSC  

We Analyzed 9 Of The Biggest Direct-to-Consumer Success Stories To Figure Out The Secrets to Their Growth — Here’s What We Learned via @CBinsights https://buff.ly/2CHAh8h

A look back at 2017

As some of you may already know Startuprad.io is about re-start in 2018. Originally inspired by my project Startupradio.de, Startuprad.io was first intended in 2014 to be the podcast channel for our English content. This soon changed after I realized how much more demand there is out there for a more in-depth coverage of the German and European startup scene in English. A few times since 2014 we managed to synchronize interviews, but the two channels have been drifting away constantly. Especially where Startupradio.de showed a downward trend in terms of listeners and hits, Startuprad.io was growing strong with more than 300% each year since inception. Towards the end of 2017 my partner from Startupradio.de contacted me and let me know, he wanted to shut down the German podcast, which we started as a partnership back in 2013. Reluctantly I agreed and we decided to shut down Startupradio.de. This is sad, but I decided to keep this podcast since I enjoy the work here A LOT. Part of the agreement is that I can use the current graphics and audios until end of Q1. We will take this opportunity to give all of Startuprad.io a facelift in Q1 this year.

As you may have noticed, we started in summer 2017 a YouTube channel. This is working out great, having more than 500.000 views in less than half a year. This is also funny because I first intended it only to be a platform to host videos in order to enable blogs and publications to include our content this way. Looking at it now, it appears we have something good in its own right and reach new audiences. I will keep producing videos and post them on YouTube. Several other publications (including, but not limited to Geek Time, RheinMainStartups.com, HalloFrankfurt.de, and Gruendermetropole) have included them in the past and will likely keep doing so. I will also work on extending this network of partners. I set up an account with SoundCloud for the same reason and if you are reading this and are interested in including some of our media: reach out to me joe@startuprad.io.

The goal for the future is clear; we want to become the most important English speaking business/startup podcast in Germany, becoming a business medium and a premier source of information for entrepreneurs, startups, and investors. We are now far away from this goal, but we are surely on our way, for example, we had more than 2 million hits in 2017 alone and won a spot in the iTunes podcast download charts for 2017 in Germany, as well as the UK. Naturally, we have and will keep having a special spot in our heart for the startups here in Frankfurt and the Rhine-Main, as well as the Rhine-Neckar region.

It may not surprise you, but we have a very international audience here. For example are our listeners on the podcast include in the top 25 countries of course Germany, but also the USA (almost 50% – with hotspots in New York and Silicon Valley), China, UK, Brazil France, India, Japan, Mexico, Korea, the Philippines or Malaysia. I hope to keep this up and grow the international audience. The viewers on YouTube are also very international, but we have there the US, Brazil, UK as well as Chile as top destinations, way before our lovely Germany.

 

I will keep you updated and hope to get much input on the usual channels from all of you.

 

Joern, Founder and Host Startuprad.io

News – 2017 Review and 2018 Outlook

Chris and Joe talk about the reviews of the startup year 2017 they have found and the forecasts for 2018 they find noteworthy. The recoding was done on January 6th 2018

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Frankfurt-based savedroid prepares their own ICO and offers microsavings in cryptocurrency (Video)

 

In this interview, we talk to Dr. Yassin Hankir, a former McKinsey consultant, and serial fintech entrepreneur. He is co-host of the Fintech Meetup Frankfurt / Rhein-Main and he has been one of the founders of one of Germany’s first robo advisor vaamo.

We talk to him as CEO and Founder of savedroid, the micro-savings app, which will now enable savings in cryptocurrency on a regular basis. Therefore, they ICO with their savedroid token to pay the fees for saving in Ethereum or Bitcoin.

In the front of our video recording, you see the delicious Frankfurt-based cold brew coffee lemonade Caffezza: https://www.caffezza.de/

Learn more about our sponsor at www.slack.com

Disclaimer: This interview is intended to be, and should be, used for informational purposes only. It is not a recommendation to buy cryptocurrencies, nor to invest in any specific ICO.

Joern has been an Alpha Tester of the app from the beginning.

2017 Fintech Review Germany and 2018 Outlook

The fintech review Germany is one of the traditions of Startupradio. We started it in German back in 2014, when fintech first appeared. Since Startupradio.de will be shut down the end of 2017, we moved our tradition to the English channel. If you are able to speak German, you will find the old shows here:

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Luka – CrunchBase – LinkedIn

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Startup News Germany Wrap-up – November

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We will be back in the new year.

Housekeeping

Once again we have published a lot of videos since our last news podcast. www.youtube.com/c/startupradio.

We talked in a series to startups in the Merck Accelerator program (who also sponsored the videos) including

  • A tool, which turns your smartphone in a microscope and help craft beer brewers https://youtu.be/FREsJCYloUo
  • A startup, which helps diabetes patients in their daily live without the need for drops of blood and an algorithm to forecast your blood sugar https://youtu.be/4ggx2QUTYDE
  • A 22-year-old entrepreneur, who had a part of his brain removed in a neurosurgery in order to cure him of epilepsy. He now wants to help others recover faster with his VR Startup https://youtu.be/zPfhlw7MPbI

 

We have also been to the Euro Finance Tech. See the videos including a startup from Chicago, Rome, Berlin and Frankfurt: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUbiCAQc22WttfUje1wgmq99Ovc6XnaXv

 

Finally, we had an audio podcast with Patrick de Zeeuw, CEO, and Co-Founder of Startupbootcamp Amsterdam https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBnefn14JUs&t=2s

 

Joern is also busy as co-author. E.g. here in this article: The Complete Frankfurt Startup City Guide | StartUs Magazine http://ow.ly/AnMT30gUztR  

Interview with Patrick de Zeeuw – Startupbootcamp Amsterdam

In this interview, we talk with Patrick de Zeeuw, CEO, and Co-Founder of the Startupbootcamp Amsterdam. Tune in to learn more what Startupbootcamp does and learn more about the differences between startups and corporates.

 

Tune in to learn more.

 

This podcast is sponsored by Slack. Consider having a look at our sponsor at www.slack.com

Sponsored – MedicSen wants to revolutionize the treatment of diabetes patients

We talk to Cesar – COO of MedicScen, who is about to revolutionize the treatment of diabetes patients.

Diabetes patients have to live with many drawbacks in their life, including (but not limited to):
1) They have to stab themselves daily to measure their blood sugar
2) They have to inject themselves with insulin – for some on a daily basis.

And MedicSen wants to change both. MedicSen is in the current batch of the Merck Accelerator Program. Tune in to learn more!

Learn more here: https://accelerator.merckgroup.com/

About our sponsor:

The Accelerator program in Darmstadt, Germany

The Merck Accelerator program in Darmstadt, Germany supports early-stage companies that are focused on the fields of healthcare, life science, performance materials, and additional search fields, such as bio-interfaces and sensors, enablers of precision farming, 3D printing, future organic chemistry, microbiome research, and smart site management. The program focuses primarily on digital business models. Selected companies will receive office space at the new Merck Innovation Center in Darmstadt, as well as mentoring and in-depth coaching from a network comprising over 50,000 experts from 67 countries. Additionally, they will receive financial support of up to € 50,000. Oculyze, Living Brain, and MedicSen are three of the seven current participants of the program.

Learn more here: https://accelerator.merckgroup.com/

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