Daily news bulletin on German startups

Today’s top stories: Cross-platform social gaming network Scoreloop is gaining 100,000 news users a day; nominations are being accepted for a new entrepreneurship competition for ideas that can be implemented with minimal capital; and growing numbers of German parliamentarians are publicly opposing Google over the German launch of Street View.

Scoreloop gets 100K new users a day

Scoreloop expands to AsiaMunich-based startup Scoreloop is growing at the rate of 100,000 users a day. In an interview with CNET, Scoreloop’s CEO Mark Gumpinger said: „To put it in perspective, Google just communicated a week ago that they activate 200,000 new devices per day. We’re growing at half the size Android is today.“ On Tuesday the cross-platform social gaming network announced a partnership with Springhouse Entertainment, a subsidiary of Taiwanese mobile operator Chungwa Telecom, as it continues to push into Asia.

New competition for shoestring entrepreneurs

EntrepreneurshipKopf schlägt Kapital (‚Head beats capital‘), a new competition for entrepreneurship, is now open for nominations.  It takes its name from the title of a 2008 book by Günter Faltin, Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Free University of Berlin, who argued that it is possible to set up successful businesses with well-thought-out concepts and little capital. The panel is looking for business ideas that can be implemented on a shoestring or that use an innovative financing method, and that are economically sustainable and original. Aptly, there is no funding on offer: the winner takes home a metal sculpture (and bragging rights).

Opposition to Google Street View grows

Google Street View in GermanyA growing number of German parliamentarians are requesting that Google blurs out the image of their homes in Google Street View, which is being launched later this year in Germany amid much public opposition and official grumbling. Google has given members of the public four weeks to opt out if they do not want photos of their private residence appearing online. Politicians including Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle have announced their intention to opt out, as reported in Der Speigel.