It’s no big secret that the Internet industry is very international in nature, with Europe in particular developing into an independent pole against the seemingly overwhelming power of Silicon Valley. Berlin stands out as a vibrant tech hub within Europe, but there is no dedicated coverage in English of what’s happening here and in other tech hotspots around the country. We feel that now is the time for a service that takes the German startup scene to a European and international audience.
Daily news, expert articles and interviews in English
Gründerszene („startup scene“) wants to make a contribution to covering German entrepreneurship at an international level and also to give English readers the opportunity to inform themselves about the German startup scene – whether they live in Germany, Europe or elsewhere in the world. Gründerszene Europe will fulfill this demand, with extensive reporting in English on German Internet startups, people, and investors.
Sticking closely to the Gründerszene model, the new English section will publish expert articles of a technical nature to pass on specialist knowledge to readers, as well as behind-the-scenes video interviews with interesting personalities from the industry and regular columns by those in the know. In the beginning there will be three to five posts a week, plus daily news on developments in the German startup scene. We will also be covering other themes of interest to entrepreneurs such as online marketing, recruiting and how to navigate German legislation on setting up a startup. International readers can always keep up to date with news and trends from Germany and get involved in discussions in the comment threads. Gründerszene is uniquely placed to provide English-speaking entrepreneurs and other readers an up-close look at the German web ecosystem, from the inside.
Michael Hall heads up Gründerszene Europe
The creative force behind the new English section is Michael Hall, who joined the team as a translator before becoming editor of Gründerszene Europe in June 2010. Before moving to Berlin he worked in London as a business journalist and arts writer for news organisations including Reuters, the Press Association and The Guardian. More recently he was International Content Manager for the Berlin web company erento.
„Michael combines wit and creativity with journalistic flair and efficiency so we are very pleased to have him editing our international section,“ says Joel Kaczmarek, editor-in-chief of Gründerszene. „I am sure there are many English-speaking people living in Germany and an international public who will be very interested in what we have to report from the German startup scene.“
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