BerlinWebWeek: GirlGeekDinner, Echtzeit and Zanox Summer Party

31. Mai 2009 - 19:22 Uhr

Wednesday and Thursday evening of the BerlinWebWeek 2009 were a good occasion to meet new people and catch up on old acquaintences. Nicole Simon invited the GirlGeeks who were around to her GirlGeekDinner to CoffeeKarma in Friedrichshain and Alexander Hüsing from Deutsche Startups invited the movers and shakers of the web scene to his Echtzeit III event at the zanox campus. Both events were invitation only, at least for men.
Women are of course the target group of the GirlGeeKDinner, so men to come along need to find a female companion, thankfully the website allows you to ask to be „adopted“. ..and the concept works, more than half ot the people were were women. The atmosphere was relaxed, one is encouraged to present ideas and projects. A student presented her idea to write about the History of the Push Button, something I really liked. Or was it the Button Push? I do not know, I just hope she finds partners to write with, and do it interactively, in some kind of portal, web site, as she suggested.
echtzeitberlin_logoEchtzeit (Realtime) was invitation only for everybody, no matter which gender. Short presentations were followed by networking between a lot of entrepreneurs, founders and investors. This concept works as well in my opinion, the relatively small  event (under 200 people) allows you to find the people you want to talk to or get intros to new contacts. The businesslike atmosphere suits the event and is nevertheless relaxed enough, no wonder, it’s all about the web.
zanox_logo_01A much bigger crowd gathered when zanox called for their summer party – I can only repeat estimats that roughly a thousand people met at Spindler&Klatt on the other side (seen rom zanox‘ offices) of the river Spree. It was a great party, exhausted as I was from the BerlinWebWeek (it was the 5th day of conferences, barcamps, networking and parties) I left after midnight, the twitterstream tells me that the last people left when the sun was almost up… I would not have liked to miss anything of this and was happy that I could be part of it. A big thank you to all the organizers!

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BerlinWebWeek: Webinale, RailsWayCon, PHPConference und Virtual Worlds Camp

31. Mai 2009 - 13:36 Uhr

This week, the BerlinWebWeek 2009, was hard so far – lots of events, meetings and parties to go to. Having initiated this BerlinWebWeek I tried to be at all the events and I almost succeeded. Most of my time I spent at the webinale conference, the strategy and business oriented conference track of the Software & Support Verlag presented by create or die in the Berliner Conference Center bcc, accompanied by the two technical conferences RailsWayCon and International php Conference. The webinale also hosted the Frogster Virtual Worlds Camp, which concentrated on virtual worlds and virtual goods.
webinale conference at bcc, Berlin

webinale conference at bcc, Berlin

The bcc, designed by the Bauhaus Student and probably most well known East German architect Hermann Henselmann, lends itself very well to conferences like this. It is small enough to not feel lost inside and has an open atmosphere. That it is located in the very center of Berlin is another point for it. It suited the feeling of the webinale, many tracks to choose from and lots of networking opportunities. I was there every day for at least half a day, from the first startupday on monday to the following full conference days. I missed the webinale crawl, 3 parallel guided office tours through Berlin-based web companies but I look forward to join next year. Looking for food for thought I joined the keynotes of Ossi Urchs and the one from Karlheinz (call me Charly) Toni, the Austrian CEO of the British startup Piins. Piins is his 2nd project after Miomi.

Karlheinz Toni, CEO of Piin

Karlheinz Toni, CEO of Piins

Toni’s key note topic was „The flaw of the internet and modern communication„. It started out well with some maths about exponential functions and their relation to the internet and its growths resp. question, whether its growths (data flow) could be accomodated by the technical infrastructure/standards. However, at some place it turned into how contents can be combined and displayed on the same page/window. ..which is where Piins comes into play. I enjoyed the start of his speech, he was very entertaining and invited everybody to visit him and his team on his houseboat Nr. 10 in London.
An invitation to play was the keynote of Kevin Slavin from areacode. Areacode produces cross-media games and entertainment, his examples were entertaining and thought provoking. A member of areaplay is also involved in botanicalls, a device enabling plants to twitter and text messaging. His scarce use of powerpoint was also enjoyable.

Kevin Slavin of areacode

Kevin Slavin of areacode

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5. Februar 2009 - 21:27 Uhr

Um sich einen Überblick darüber zu verschaffen, was wer in der deutschsprachigen Startup-Szene so macht, ist ein regelmäßiger Besuch bei Deutsche Startups zu empfehlen. Das Portal, dessen Redaktion in Berlin sitzt, veröffentlicht einen täglichen Newsletter in deutscher Sprache, eine sehr umfangreiche Liste an bestehenden Webunternehmen, eine lange Liste an potentiellen Investoren und einen ebenso interessante Liste mit Unternehmen des „dead pools„.
Für Unternehmer wie Arbeitnehmer gleichermassen interessant ist sicher das Jobboard mit Praktikantenbörse. Um die Gesichter hinter den Unternehmen kennenzulernen und sich einfach ein Bild zu verschaffen, gibt es viele Fotostrecken und die Hausbesuche bei den Startups.
Gesellschafter des Portals sind der Chefredakteur Alexander Hüsing, Stefan Vosskötter (Geschäftsführer von DS Media und Gründer von „Webnews“) sowie der European Founders Fund (a.k.a. die Samwer Brüder) und Holtzbrinck Ventures.

Seit Ende 2008 ist die Netzwerkarbeit von auch offline zu erleben, Alexander Hüsing hat mit Hilfe vieler Sponsoren die Veranstaltungsreihe Echtzeit ins Leben gerufen, die bisher 2 mal in Berlin stattgefunden hat. Ich war am 3. Februar bei der Echtzeit II Berlin in den Räumen von Zanox mit über 170 anderen Besuchern. Das Thema war „Externe Finanzierung vs. Bootstrapping“, also für die Wirtschaftslage im Frühjahr 2009 sehr passend. Da quasi nur „geladene Gäste“ anwesend waren, war die Quote von tatsächlichen Webunternehmern und Kapitalgebern sehr hoch. Ich kann es letztlich nur empfehlen, sich über Deutsche online und offline ein Bild der deutsch(sprachig)en Webszene zu machen.

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