Archive for the 'Germany' Category

Trupoli: First look at participation/engagement metrics

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

Note: Article originally blogged on Flickr on Dec 27, 2007.

Earlier this month, Munich, Germany-based Trupoli ended their closed beta phase and officially launched the site to the public. Trupoli lets you capture, share and evaluate statements by German politicians (federal, state, local) along criteria of credibility, agreement, and importance.

Trupoli: Top politicians (sort by popularity)

Time to take a first look at some basic participation/engagement metrics (as of 2007/12/27):


Total # of registered users: unknown (was approx. 1,000 at the time of launch according to the press release)

Total # of politicians (profiles): 3,910
Total # of statements: 2,484

# of politicians with at least one statement: 344 (8.8%)

# of statements per politician: 0.6
# of statements per politician with at least one statement: 7.2

Top 50 politicians (sorted by popularity):

# of politicians: 50 (1.3% of total)
# of statements: 1,674 (67.4% of total)
# of evaluations: 16,891
# of evaluations per statement: 10.1


Still too early for these numbers to be meaningful, though the patterns of a long tail seem to be showing (less than two percent of politicians have more than two thirds of all statements associated with them, while over 90 percent of all politicians do not have any statements associated).

It certainly is an interesting project, and it may take some time for its value to become apparent. My guess is that we’ll have a much better idea where things are headed by the end of Q1/2008.

Facebook's impressive growth in Germany

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

According to this piece by Jeff Pulver, Facebook in Germany grew 30+ percent in just the past two (2) weeks: Facebook: Experiencing Viral, Rapid Growth outside of North America

That’s a lot of new members year-over-year.

At this rate, it’s not unlikely they’ll out-grow everybody else, namely StudiVZ and Xing. And keep in mind they haven’t even localized yet.

Startup costs

Friday, October 5th, 2007

Great article over at Guy Kawasaki’s blog: Financial Models for Underachievers: Two Years of the Real Numbers of a Startup

Numbers like these don’t get shared with the public very often. Another recent example is German startup Townster’s recollection of their startup costs: Was kostet eine GrĂ¼ndung? (in German)


Sunday, August 12th, 2007

I don’t know when Apple’s iPhone will officially launch in Germany (I know a few people who bought one in the US to get their hands on it early). Apparently, an official ship date hasn’t been set yet.

The good thing about *camps, though, is you can start organizing one even when you don’t have a clear date yet: iPhoneDevCampGermany

Via Gernot: iPhoneDevCamp Germany

And via Franz: iPhoneDevCamp German

Veteran startup advice

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

Axel Schmiegelow shares some startup strategy advice today: Monetization or Reach?

Very familiar to what I think I would do if I ever were to launch a you know what.

Barcamping Germany: More camps, more better!

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

Cologne 2 “sold out” within hours today — all 150 seats are gone (incl. a long waiting list). Hopefully, they’ll manage to make room for a few more people.

Leipzig? Sure, why not.

I hear Berlin 2 will happen in September/October.

Some activity in Munich.

Some interest from the Lake Constance region.

Folks in Stuttgart are making plans for 2008.

And last but not least, there may be Mediacamp (just as I was saying on Monday it won’t be long until we see the first *camp in Germany).

Web Monday Silicon Valley: June 18, Palo Alto

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

This will be a casual one — open mic, BYO demo-type event.

Please join us! You can sign up on Upcoming and on the wiki.

No specific topics as of yet (that might change over the coming days, though). Feel free to bring your own lightning talk or quick demo (simply sign up on the wiki to reserve a slot). Anything around the future of the web, internet startups, and/or transatlantic exchange should be interesting.

Hope to see you there.

Lunch 2.0 Germany: Have a bite in Hamburg, May 29

Monday, May 7th, 2007

Don’t know for certain, but this may well have led to the creation of this.

Anyway, Lunch 2.0 is on for the first time in Germany, May 29 at cellity AG in Hamburg, Germany.

Seating is very limited so sign up fast.

Oh, and I certainly hope startups in other cities will pick up the idea.

Update: I have confirmation that the latter was in fact inspired by having read the former. Ah, connecteur transatlantique.

Dev House Cologne

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

Check it out! The Dev House Cologne wiki just launched.

Inspired by DevHouse and Barcamp, this event aims to be a party for developers and designers to share and advance ideas, projects and visions.

No date has been set yet, but I’m pretty sure it will be super happy.

I’ve seen a need for more transatlantic bridging for quite some time now. Glad it is catching on.

Xing goes USA

Monday, April 9th, 2007

Hamburg, Germany-based business networking startup Xing, formerly known as OpenBC, is advertising to the US market:

It’s not just what you know, it’s who you know

XING is a business network for professionals that successfully combines know-how with know-who. Find deals, employees, colleagues and jobs through your own contacts. XING has more than 1.6 million members and is available in 16 languages.

Start networking - not just linkin’!
Offer! Join now and receive 1 month premium membership for free

Xing went public in December 2006 and recently acquired Spanish business networking site eConozco. Their first annual report is available for download here.