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The Europas , the annual European Tech Startup Awards, ended last night with a triumphant win by PeerIndex the social ranking service, which clinched the Grand Prix award. The result was based on both public online voting and expert judges, recognising the startup’s significant market traction against a much larger competitor, with less resources and a clear path towards both a big consumer and business market. VC DFJ Esprit offered a £50,000 convertible loan note to the Grand Prix winner on the night. After 22 expert judges picked their favourites from 400 entries, and those results where combined with approximately 40,000 public votes from the tech startup industry, clear trends started to emerge from those marked out as Winners and those Highly Commended in the awards.
On the site, users represented by cartoon avatars enter one of many virtual listening rooms, where up to five people at a time take turns playing songs for the crowd. Those in the room can type to chat with one another or click to give songs an “awesome” or “lame” vote. D.J.’s who please the crowd with their song selections earn points, which can unlock virtual goods like a better-looking avatar. Those who make poor choices run the risk of getting booted from their coveted perch behind the turntables.
When I visited the German capital city of Berlin this week, I took the opportunity to meet as many tech startup entrepreneurs as I possibly could. As they showed me the apps they’d developed, one theme ran through all of them – they were all good-looking, and many of them were world-class gorgeous . Sure, designers from across Europe create very attractive apps, but in many cases they lack that extra sheen and attention to detail that helps make apps from Silicon Valley look that little bit ‘better’, even if functionally there may not be much difference, regardless of where the app was made. Many apps from Berlin seem to have that extra something, and even though you may not have heard of many of the latest generation of startups based in the city yet, if you try their products, you’ll see a flair for design shine through.
23.11.2011, 23:00 Uhr Google, Facebook, Amazon, Ebay ... fast alle großen Internet-Konzerne haben ihren Sitz in den USA. Doch auch in Deutschland gibt es Unternehmen, die sich anschicken, das weltweite Datennetz kräftig aufzumischen. COMPUTER BILD stellt zehn Beispiele vor. Wooga Sie zocken gern ab und zu ein kleines Game innerhalb eines sozialen Netzwerks?
Pinterest, Pinspire, LikedBy - virtuelle Pinnwände als Copycat-Trend Basierend auf der menschlichen Sammelleidenschaft hat sich ein neuer Startup-Trend etabliert. Auf virtuellen Pinnwänden kann man seine Fundstücke aus dem World Wide Web sammeln, ordnen und zum gegenseitigen Vernetzen nutzen. Angefangen mit Social-Bookmarking-Diensten entstanden nach und nach neue Portale, die ein ähnliches Konzept mit anderen Schwerpunkten bieten. Und wo es einen Markt gibt, sind die Copycats nicht weit.