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

MEJO! aims to improve the life of diabetes patients with data science

Today we bring you an interview from one of the social startups from the Social Impact Lab Frankfurt. We talk to Luca from MEJO!, a web application, which applies data science to help patients cope with their diabetes.  MEJO officially launches Nov 28th, but has already more than 6.000 registered users. Currently there are estimated to be more than 30 mn people with diabetes in the Spanish speaking countries and MEJO aims to help those people, as well as their care takers.

As of now there is a lot of medical data (e.g. blood pressure) available for the condition, but not much behavioral data, which is the big advantage of MEJO, since they try to use exactly this data. Tune in to learn more!

MEJO! is actively looking for seed funding.

Here you find the links

myLike – Get Inspired By People You Trust

This time our guest is Uwe Hering CEO & Founder of myLike. A smart mobile app that solves the problem that most of us have when travelling or want to find interesting spots in our town. Best option for this pain is to ask people whom you trust. The rest is in the podcast. myLike’s story is a great story for people engaged in apps business, you guys can learn a lot from this startup.

You can already install and use myLike app for iOS and Android platforms. Stay tuned and check more about it on myLike webpage, in Twitter and Facebook.

Startup News from Germany – Summer wrap up

House Keeping:

This is the first news wrap up after the summer break. What we have been up to during the summer:

In German

  • We got for you an update on the billion dollar project of a startup campus. The project shall be called Silicon Valley of Europe and will be located in the vicinity of Frankfurt. We wait for the results of a land auction if the project will get the required area: https://www.startupradio.de/der-silicon-valley-of-europe-update/
  • We introduced our listeners to a short format “in nuce” (in brief), where we introduce our listeners to several event formats in short podcasts

In English:

Startupradio.de (our German channel) is once again listed as a need-to-know source for every entrepreneur in Germany: http://www.deutsche-startups.de/2016/08/25/5-podcasts-die-sich-jeder-gruender-anhoeren-sollte/



Frankfurt and region making themselves heard in London http://ow.ly/O91p304CenE



Frankfurt turns into #Fintech city writes local newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau, listing 35 fintechs in the city center alone. Here is the map: https://twitter.com/GangolfSchrimpf/status/773044029323931648


  • The robo advisor Ginmon raised “millions” from London based Passion Capital http://ow.ly/6gRG303uzjm
  • Frankfurt insurance startup Clark raises €13.2 million http://ow.ly/tgqI302Sbfn
  • Cloud Computing: Frankfurt is on the way to become the could computing center of Europe writes Wirtschaftswoche http://ow.ly/GV8v303uze6
  • From one of the first startup guys in Frankfurt, there is now the “Intro to the Frankfurt Tech scene” http://ow.ly/MuVs302S2k9
  • More signs of life: Relative to its population, Frankfurt is the most mentioned startup city in Germany on the Internet http://ow.ly/pIm6302nFsX

Financing for 42 ha (for americans 103 acres) innovation center & startup campus close to Frankfurt have been secured. We are waiting for the official results of the public bidding. This is associated with out interview mentioned above, but an article by Frankfurt based news paper Frankfurter Rundschau http://ow.ly/ZNGY303z8oD



In Berlin, the flagship startups of Rocket Internet are not doing especially well, but this seems not to matter too much to the overall tech scene http://ow.ly/aWvz3041gCZ


Rocket Internet

Hit a rough patch in all of 2016 so far:


Tesla: A close Musk associate Antonio Gracias has been turned down by a bavarian battery producing sme called Sonnen, writes manager magazin. Tesla seem to have been interested taking a stake in the company http://ow.ly/XXtx3040Ln9

Here is the promised interview of Elon Musk by Y Combinator: How to Build the Future – YouTube http://ow.ly/r7Wr304CqpC

The story of Travador, they started out as a startup for travel flash sales. This did not work out, the did a pivot and developed their own booking platform for short and weekend trips. Now they are profitable http://ow.ly/TtAl304cd4E


Unister was a talking point all through summer. The company behind several B2C travel portals like abindenurlaub.de (like head for vacation) or flüge.de (flights) are owned by the company. The holding company itself is under receivership right now. The founder apparently wanted to avoid that and fell for a scam (so called rip deals), the founder Thomas Wagner getting a cash loan of several millions swiss francs in counterfeit money, in exchange for posting a collateral in real cash. Than to make havoc on the company absolute …. the private jet in which they transported back the money crashed and killed the jet’s crew and passengers (including Mr. Wagner) http://www.n-tv.de/wirtschaft/Unister-Chef-Wagner-ging-volles-Risiko-article18424011.html


Automated Vehicles / Automated Driving

“German OEMs retain their lead over US automakers when it comes to incorporating automated functions in mass produced vehicles.” writes Roland Berger in their newest research on automated vehicles

The US and Germany lead the field in terms of automated vehicle expertise.



The Economist thiks there will be a starbucks effect in chocolate as well and is asking “Who will be the Starbucks of chocolate?” http://ow.ly/IqWD3033ZHx


Know-how for those with vision

Germany performing well in region innovation rankings, writes the European Commision in a publication http://ec.europa.eu/growth/node/1378_de

Peter Thiel at Stanford to Share Tips from his book “Zero to One” – YouTube http://ow.ly/BVAq302O1vC

Peter Thiel on the Global Economy, the State  Tech and Artificial Intelligence – YouTube http://ow.ly/4Cw6302O1Jg