The Enabler

This is a video interview from our podcast Tech Startups Germany. All the recordings on this channel are made possible by Invest in Hessen (learn more here https://www.invest-in-hessen.com/home).

The digitalization game is never ever a game won by a single company
Marc Gille, Founder and CEO THING TECHNOLOGIES during his Startuprad.io interview

The Founder

In this interview, we talk to the serial entrepreneur Marc Gille (https://www.linkedin.com/in/marc-gille-2165946/), Founder and CEO of THING TECHNOLOGIES.
Marc founded his first startup, a business process management platform, in Frankfurt in 2000. He sold this startup in 2006 to SunGard, now part of FIS (https://www.fisglobal.com/about-us). Marc went on to work for FIS in New York as Senior Vice President for more a decade, before founding his current startup THING TECHNOLOGIES (https://www.thing-it.com/) in Brooklyn. He later moved with his startup’s headquarter from Brooklyn to Frankfurt, leaving some operations in New York.

If you want something more hip, certain places in Offenbach will do
Marc Gille, Founder and CEO THING TECHNOLOGIES during his Startuprad.io interview

The Startup

THING TECHNOLOGIES is a proptech startup, owner of the Thing-it platform. The Thing-it Platform allows configuring digitalization solutions for all participants (real estate developers, tenants, co-workers, residents, guests, properties managers, facilities managers, service providers) using and operating a building.

Venture Capital

THING TECHNOLOGIES already raised a Series A venture capital round with coparion and PropTech 1 Ventures (https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/thing-technologies-llc#section-lists-featuring-this-company). They are still looking to raise more money, in a second closing of their Series A round.

They are also looking for international investors for a Series B Round since THING has a good footprint in the US (founded in New York, still has a team in Birmingham Alabama).

If you want to get in, feel free to reach out, we get you connected.

The Video

Find the original video here: https://www.startuprad.io/blog/the-proptech-thing-technologies-is-a-technology-platform-for-buildings-and-moved-from-brooklyn-to-frankfurt/

Building Technology 1988

As recommended by Marc, here is the trailer of Die Hard 1 (Stirb Langsam 1) from 1988 to familiarize yourself with the capabilities of large buildings already in the 1980s. Please note the buildings explosion resistance in the movie may be exaggerated 😊 https://youtu.be/gYWvwkXreaI

Further Readings

GmbH (a German version of an Ltd): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Companies_with_limited_liability_in_German_speaking_countries

Marc’s example of the Cube in Berlin http://www.cube-berlin.de/en/

Nebenkostenabrechnung (Utilities Statement, which is tightly regulated in Germany, especially which costs a landlord can pass on to it’s tenants) https://www.iamexpat.de/housing/german-housing-market/home-utilities

Marc is hinting at the BER Airport towards the end of the interview (https://www.dw.com/en/new-berlin-airport-to-finally-open-next-october/a-51471371), as opposed to the well-functioning, international connected airport Frankfurt (https://www.aviation24.be/airports/frankfurt-fra/fraport-traffic-figures-2019-frankfurt-airport-serves-more-than-70-5-million-passengers-1-5/). This is more a joke for Germans. Yes, you Americans viewing this, now you know how this feels if you are not getting a cultural reference 😉 …

Frankfurt Railway connectivity to Vienna, Paris, Zurich, Lyon, Amsterdam, Brussels, even (via Paris) to London, and many more: https://www.raileurope.com/place/frankfurt-hauptbahnhof

Frankfurt is home to the busiest internet knot in the world: https://www.invest-in-hessen.com/dynasite.cfm?dsmid=506534