Daily news bulletin on German startups

Today’s top stories: The founders of one of Germany’s largest social networks wer-kennt-wen are stepping down from management; the jobs portal Absolventa is offering students a ‚democratic stipend‘ for the second year; German online radio has grown rapidly to 2,700 stations; Germany is the 41st most risky place to be an online surfer; and Mobile Monday is holding a ‚VC Dating‘ event for mobile startup entrepreneurs.

Management change at wer-kennt-wen

Management change at wer-kennt-wenThe founders of wer-kennt-wen.de, Patrick Ohler and Fabian Jager, are stepping down from active involvement in the business next month. The RTL-owned social networking platform claims to have 8.5 million registered users, making it one of the biggest of its kind in Germany. Sönke Strahmann, head of marketing and finance, will take over provisionally pending a decision on the succession, while Ohler and Jager will continue in an advisory function.

Absolventa offers stipend for students

Absolventa offers stipend democraticWhite collar recruitment portal Absolventa is again offering a ‚Democratic Stipend‘ for students. Over 2,000 students have applied in 2010, with 500 making the shortlist with requests for funding for social projects in Africa, economic research or simply to cover their tuition fees. Registered users of Absolventa vote for the individuals they think are most worthy of the €19,000 grant, which is funded by private sector partners including Accenture and KPMG.

Rapid growth in German online radio

German online radio growsThe number of online radio stations in Germany has grown by 700 in the past year alone, according to a joint piece of research by the Bavarian regulatory authority for commercial broadcasting BLM and Goldmedia, a Berlin consultancy. There are now around 2,700 web radio providers in Germany. The report Web Radio Monitor 2010 also highlights the growth in use of online radio on mobile devices. Around half of the 2,700 radio stations are available on mobile phones.

How safe is it to surf in Germany?

Online security Germany

Internet security expert AVG has published a table of the most risky places in the world to be an onlne surfer, as reported on memeburn. According to AVG, you are most likely to be the victim of computer viruses or other malicious attacks in countries including Turkey and Azerbaijan, while Japan, Taiwan and seven African countries made the top 10 of the safest places to surf. Germany is the 41st most risky place to surf in the world. The US, by contrast, is the 9th most risky country, with surfers taking a 1 in 48 chance of being attacked online.

One for the diary: „VC dating“

Mobile Monday VC DatingMobile Monday has announced an event to be held in Dusseldorf, which they are calling ‚VC-dating‘. With analysts predicting a recovery in VC funding for mobile startups after last year’s recessionary dip, budding startup entrepreneurs in that sector should get along to the September 6 gathering to rub shoulders with VCs. Panellists include Stefan Tirtey, the principal of Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures and Sarik Weber, managing director at Hanse Ventures.