Berlin is pretty saturated with start-up events, despite Germany’s reputation for sluggishness and even hostility toward entrepreneurship. That’s because the city is brimming with excitable young things desperate to connect with one another, share ideas, and maybe even build a product people will use.
I love reading about the sponsors of those events in countries other than the US. Deutsche Telekom or Axel Springer, traditional companies, who themselves are struggling trying to understand how to position themselves in this brave new world. Germany doesn’t have the Mailchimps, Googles, or Twitters. Companies that part of the new economy and have made enough new money to give back and help build a startup culture. Not yet, that is.