Martina Merz

Guest feature Martina Merz | It’s never too late to be a pioneer

I’m a pioneer now. Before, I was a production planner, a self-starter, a supporter, an executive, a director. But not a pioneer.

So on the day I joined CODE_n SPACES, I became a recognized pioneer. I have a little office with pink-check walls in the “Hub for digital pioneers”. Sometimes, I find my new eco-system a little skewed, sometimes it’s a little challenging – but I always find it energy-charged and stimulating.

The commitment to development through change – and yes – I’ve developed as a person. The people and the topics in the SPACES have made me “better”, I believe.

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Lisa Flieg

Startup Codeatelier: “Don’t set up a company in the hardware sector” Interview Part 2

We continue our Alumnus catch up with Codeatelier and provide you with more founders news of Waldemar and Jochen. If you missed the start, don’t forget to catch a glimpse at part 1. But finally, find our why they don’t necessarily recommend establishing a startup in the hardware sector to other entrepreneurs. Furthermore the founding duo sheds light on what’s behind the new startup project Steuerbot.

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Lisa Flieg

Startup Codeatelier: “Our tip to entrepreneurs? Find partners and an amazing co-founder!” Interview Part 1

We love alumni reunions! At the GFT Inspiration Day, we had the opportunity to meet up again with smart home startup Codeatelier. Its two founders, Waldemar and Jochen, gave us an update on what’s been happening since they took part in the CODE_n CONTEST back in 2013. And here’s what we can tell you: There has been a lot of development, since through the competition and the platform at CeBIT, they were able to find a key partner to help them grow further and have now even come up with another startup idea – Steuerbot – which they are currently working on. You’ll also learn in part 2 of the interview why the founding duo doesn’t necessarily recommend establishing a startup in the hardware sector to other entrepreneurs ;-).

 

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Lisa Flieg

Tech founder Tobias Günther: “A balanced lifestyle is crucial for your long-term success”

At the CODE_n event “The Art of Guidance – The Complexity of Leading Corporations and Startups”, Tobias Günther shared some pearls of wisdom from his life as a tech founder (fournova Software). How do you lead a remote team? How do you create a unique culture in your own company that the employees feel part of? Tobias spoke about his first-hand experiences in his presentation and also recommended a leadership style that is modest and which regards colleagues as competent partners. Today, we are speaking to him about how the topics of founding a company and stress management are related, and what he does to maintain the right balance despite many challenges. Teaser: That’s where mindfulness comes into play. Once again, we have a number of valuable tips and a wealth of inspiration to share with you!

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Lena Gaede

Why greater Tel Aviv is called the capital of Silicon Wadi – strengths, weaknesses and special features of the tech startup hub

It`s not a secret anymore, but still very much worth a reminder: the best tech startup hubs are not only found in the U.S. and Europe – there is another bright star shining in the Middle East. Israel is often referred to as the Silicon Wadi (wadi being Hebrew for valley). Why? Just imagine, only China and the U.S. have more firms listed on the NASDAQ than Israel, a comparably very small and young country. This standing is mostly due to the country’s main business city: Tel Aviv (and its 10km surroundings).

With about 2,500 startups in a city of only 435 thousand inhabitants, Tel Aviv has one of the highest startup densities in the world. Knowing this, it`s no surprise that Tel Aviv was ranked number 6 in the 2017 Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking by Startup Genome. Why so many startups are founded or come to Tel Aviv becomes clear by the description of Ami Gal, CEO & Co-founder of CODE_n Alumnus SQream:

“Tel Aviv is one of the most fun cities in the world to live and work in. Luckily for us, it comes with a fantastic eco-system for a global start-up like SQream. Many talented people, active and large funding, a startup community as well as presence of and access to strategic partnerships with international players from all over the world – Europe, US and all the way to the far east.”

Sounds heavenly, doesn’t it? Let’s take a closer look at what it means for entrepreneurs founding a startup in Tel Aviv: the strengths, weaknesses and special features of the tech startup hub Tel Aviv.

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Lisa Flieg

“VCs enjoy a relaxed conversation too”, says Andreas Helbig from Project A

Startups watch out. Today, we’re switching sides. Look forward to an exciting interview with VC Andreas Helbig from the Berlin-based venture capital firm Project A. Andreas has already revealed during his talk at the GFT Inspiration Day on July 29th, 2017, that Project A is looking to step up its activities in southern Germany in the future. After all, in addition to digital health, financial technology, insurance technology, and new business models in the field of real estate brokering, B2B platforms and Industry 4.0 are now also the focus of investment for Project A. Today, Andreas reports in his capacity as VC from the other side of the “game”, and tells us what No-Gos startups absolutely need to avoid on the pitch deck, and what VCs really value. He also provides tips on how you can successfully gain access to investors, and what to do when the big moment arrives: With this insider knowledge, you’re guaranteed to make a good impression on your next pitch!

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Lena Gaede

Shared spaces for corporations: 4 tips on gaining sustainable advantages from offsite work areas

Shared office spaces are for startups and freelancers? Yes. But. They are also the perfect place for corporations to ignite their innovation process. Here, companies and experienced entrepreneurs find the flexibility some established business structures might lack: Want to mingle with young companies or just benefit from an inspiring surrounding? Need an offsite location that fosters creativity or simply a chance to leave your comfort zone? It’s all possible. And there is more! If you use offsite work areas right, you can gain sustainable advantages for your company.

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Lisa Flieg

Sina Gritzuhn: “One main reason startups fail is because the team crumbles”

Germany has an international reputation for successful industry and traditional products, many of which it has been honing and perfecting for decades. The startup scene has been coming more and more out of the woodwork recently! This new flurry of activity is not just limited to the German capital, however. The German startup ecosystem is quickly sprouting roots in areas many hours’ drive from Berlin and it’s turning out to be quite diverse. “There are some exciting German startups and they’re not just based in urban areas or ‘hotspots,’ they’re all over the country.” Sina Gritzuhn has now joined forces with her co-founder Sanja Stankovic to turn up the spotlight on the outer reaches of German entrepreneurship, where she believes the media are not doing enough to tell people all the great things that are going on.

We decided to speak to Sina about their vision of improving the visibility of the regional startup scenes in Germany and easing accessibility. Sina also took the opportunity to reveal what drives her and who it was who provided her with so much personal inspiration when it comes to entrepreneurship! She also has three tips for business founders – a treasure trove of experience with the definitely-do’s of successful startups.

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