Housekeeping

Welcome back after the summer break. We did not only chill on the beach, we rather worked hard for you. We put up more than 9 videos on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/Startupradio.

  • This includes live recordings from the Ethereum Meetup Central Germany
  • Our interviews from the Frankfurt Motor Show

On our podcast www.startuprad.io you will find several new podcast interviews, including, but not limited to:

  • Roadtrip interviews from pre-Brexit London
  • RegTech event in TechQuartier here in lovely Frankfurt
  • Plus exclusive interviews e.g. with the world premiere, the first all digital health insurer in Germany, ever to be set up (ottonova)

A recognition for our German and English podcast Wuha! “10 Tech-Podcasts you should know | Gründerszene http://ow.ly/dDtF30duzSz

Live Stream on November 16th at Euro Finance Tech 2017 you can watch on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6CfiHY5FYw

Eco System

Stock Exchanges are now hot on German tech startups:

Stuttgart Stock Exchange now invests in #startups with its own subsidiary – deutsche-startups.de http://ow.ly/Zydr30fn9CL

Also there seems to be an epic battle ahead Euronext wants to list young German Tech companies http://ow.ly/TraM30fn9Md

Fintech

  1. First: Good news FinTech VC Q2 2017 in Germany: 2nd Best Quarter on Record http://buff.ly/2thxGz5
  2. Second: Did you ever give a thought on the dangers of fintech? Fintech – Tech Looks Like the Economy’s Weakest Link http://ow.ly/crv630fgrLg
  3. Third: A global overview
    The Global Fintech Report Q2 2017 http://ow.ly/lH3Q30dV3zx

Ecommerce in #Europe: €602 billion in 2017 http://buff.ly/2tH9s2B

Funding Conditions for #Tech Startups Soar to a New Record – Bloomberg http://ow.ly/5r6c30es96X

Bloomberg found half of the unicorns cheating in their valuation!

“Study finds private valuations aren’t grounded in reality” – Bloomberg http://ow.ly/EIz930eaCh8

 

Are Bitcoins what we think it is?

Nobel-winning economist Robert Shiller says #bitcoin is “the best example right now” of a speculative #bubble  http://ow.ly/yEvM30eWOD3

This Chart Reveals the Centralization of #Bitcoin #Wealth 4% of adresses own 90%+ of bitcoins https://buff.ly/2fAWiM0

No, #ICO Market Caps are Not Crazy. The Reason is Basic Economics http://ow.ly/dDGp30eJLmF #cryptocurrency

Bitcoin is fiat money, too – The Eoncomist http://ow.ly/8J5C30fna4x #etherum #hardforg

Related:

Podcast from Bloomberg – there have been many parallels made out … listen for yourself. Odd Lots: How An Austrian Economist Explains the #TulipBubble – Bloomberg http://ow.ly/xzuY30f41MS

 

Hubs

 

Frankfurt

 

The September 2017 will go down in history as the first big month of the Frankfurt / Rhein-Main startup scene.

  1. EXIT #Daimler buys Rhine Main based #Ridesharing #startup Flinc | NGIN Mobility http://ow.ly/azuR30fu12t
  2. Bosch annouces intent to buy COBI https://buff.ly/2yuy39m
  3. Merck Accelerator takes in new batch of #biotech and #healthcare #startups  https://buff.ly/2xdKwPl #rheinmainrocks Disclaimer – We are cooperating with Merck on their Accelerator Program
  4. Tokens made in Rhein Main: Brainbot, one of the lead developers of Ethereum is announcing the Raiden Token (RDN) – Raiden Network http://ow.ly/aVXI30fu8zs by @brainbot_tech   from Mainz #blockchain #ICO #ICOs
  5. Journalism startup Merkurist (based in Mainz) raises 1,5 mn € | Gründerszene http://ow.ly/Uz7130e4MlI

 

Survey: Entrepreneurs see #Frankfurt equal to #Munich or #Hamburg as #startup hub | FR #rheinmainrocks #fintech http://www.fr.de/frankfurt/gruender-in-frankfurt-gutes-klima-fuer-start-ups-a-1331823

 

Top cities for #startup employees, Frankfurt No 18, #London No 43| Nestpick #Security #salary #Brexit http://ow.ly/Nijd30ej7TF

 

They keep on working and pushing. Some time this year WeWork Frankfurt will be opened. Therefore here the WeWork news

Room To Grow: Why #WeWork’s $20B Valuation Isn’t Crazy https://www.cbinsights.com/research/wework-valuation-analysis/

Opening Soon: WeWork Frankfurt – need a place for your start-up? – Rhein-Main Startups http://buff.ly/2sFZGJX

 

Fintech Incubator NAGA Group Sees Successful IPO on Frankfurt Stock Exchange | Finance Magnates http://ow.ly/WiAA30dv5gA

If you listen to us for some time you may remember, we had the world premier of them as well: https://www.startuprad.io//interviews/two-interviews-from-euro-finance-tech-event/#t=7:03.849

 

Here come the drones! #Germany’s first #DJI #store opens in #Frankfurt’s shopping mall MyZeil http://buff.ly/2ugX1I3

 

Frankfurt Motor Show

Frankfurt self driving cars, a shake-up at Tesla and GM’s big claim http://ow.ly/ByCR30fdo8N

 

Study: Only 22% of Germans deem carsharing attactive | NGIN Mobility https://buff.ly/2uXXp1R

 

Reserach institutes in Germany working on artificial gas to rescue the combustion engine http://ow.ly/elYZ30eAuFk

 

Startups in Germany are racing their Silicon Valley rivals to reinvent the bus http://buff.ly/2tB34JJ

 

Companies

 

Follow-up on earlier news wrap-ups,

 

Lovo SOLD for 70 million USD in cash  

Lovoo – hugh sucess with some spots writes deutsche-startups.de, since they had to pay a 1,2 mn Euro fine, for many fake profiles in their app. Two managers and twelve employees had been under investigation.  http://ow.ly/5YNd30fn9G6

  • English article on the deal: The Meet Group acquires #German #dating #app giant LOVOO for $70 million in cash | EU-Startups http://ow.ly/tXKF30fk7tt

 

The insolvent Berlin Startup Auctionata made sad headlines in our news over time as well: Auctionata’s Inventory Heads to a Fire Sale as the Once-Prominent Art Startup Winds Down wrote artnet News http://buff.ly/2ugWy8L

 

Hamburg based deposit intermediation startup DepositSolution (No 2 in Germany) buys Savedo (No 3) https://buff.ly/2fEkAYj  

Little self promotion here: We have a interview on the shelf with No 1 in Germany, called Raisin. We talk to the CEO and founder in an exclusive interview.

 

You may have heard that Germany’s No. 2 airline Air Berlin went bust? It left traces in the German startup scene as well, but not how you might think: Flightright – grows on troubles of Germany’s No 2 airline #AirBerlin| Gründerszene #delays #cancelledflights http://ow.ly/Tal230edyfO

 

The Aachen (norther Germany) based medtech Hemovent raises 2mn for new heart-lung apparatus 1/10th of avg. size writes Gründerszene  http://ow.ly/5nvr30dV1Al

 

BMW leads $38 million investment in used car marketplace Shift | VentureBeat http://ow.ly/IRkR30dO8vd

 

12 insurance companies got together in Munich to build an innovation hub for insurance (keep in mind, it is home to Allianz, the German insurance behemoth and the biggest re-insurer in the world Munich Re) | Gründerszene http://ow.ly/9qRS30dV0cZ

 

Rocket Internet Corner:

Blueapron Stock Flop Hurts Europe’s Biggest Startup Factory writes  Bloomberg Quint http://ow.ly/Kulf30enJhG, playing at their share of newly listed Delivery Heor. None the less a few months later Rocket managed to sell 22 mn of their Delivery Hero shares (13% of all shares) for 660 mn € (705 mn US$) to Napsers, who already owns 23,6% of Delivery Hero  – deutsche-startups.de http://ow.ly/EsVN30fu1Ei

 

Rocket Internet revenues hit €1.24 billion, sells shares in Delivery Hero http://ow.ly/px3w30fwqWI

 

And finally some bad news for the “old economy”

Lidl wanted to find an answer to Amazonfresh in Germany and gave up | NGIN Food http://buff.ly/2u2MeQS

 

Competitions and events

 

We are media partners of Euro Finance Tech. This is an annual event during Euro Finance week. The event organizers still accept applications to the Euro Finance Tech Awards in several categories till October 11th: http://www.eurofinancetech.com/blog/en/eft-award-2017/

As said before, we will be there for a live stream.

 

Stay ahead of the curve

AI

  • Intel Capital has invested over $1 billion in companies focused on AI | TechCrunch http://ow.ly/lAeu30fg4Fu
  • Creating Shareholder Value with AI? Not so easy with Watson writes investment bank Jeffries (PDF) http://ow.ly/Bpn530dKFEA
  • How Will Artificial Intelligence Impact Alzheimer’s Research? http://ow.ly/Pams30fk7h5

Fintech glossary: Crypto edition – Reuters http://ow.ly/chd530eFKUC #bitcoin $BTC #cryptocurrency

Orrick veröffentlicht Leitfaden für deutsche Startups zu Venture Capital Finanzierungen und Expansion in die USA http://ow.ly/6gGJ30dK5R2

Startup Funding Explained: Everything You Need to Know – YouTube   http://ow.ly/Qyaj30dgEXV  

How big is #bitcoin, really? This chart puts it all in perspective http://buff.ly/2ugRkd3

What is a Convertible Note? Startups 101 –  Robert Neivert, 500 Startups http://buff.ly/2t8BvGE