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Issue #43 (13 Mar) – meet-up? meet-up!, what do bus lines numbers mean, battlefield of (Tempelhof) housing and A-Z of economics.
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Programming note: 🥳 I will be organising a meet-up. Drop your e-mail if interested; we will then doodle the date and have some drinks. I also tested the chat functionality of Substack - it only works with their native app; sorry for the “spam” message last week. Feel free to open a thread, but you will need the Substack app.
Zugabe/Encore for supporters will need to be done differently because of the technical limitations of Substack. I am working on a solution.
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I met Jonny, a tour guide in Berlin, on Twitter suggesting he should do tours for non-tourists. Well, something is cooking on that front, but until then you should totally follow him on Instagram or TikTok because he does these great 1-2 min clips about Berlin. Top lad, worth a follow, or when you have friends over, you can book a tour with him.
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I assume you are remotely interested in tech because you are reading this sentence, so you probably know about the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank. The best explanation of course comes from Matt Levine along with(here). What happens next week is not really clear, but I think the dust will settle quickly and depositors will be made whole. Another poorly managed company going to sh*t. Lesson learned: do proper risk management.
🇩🇪 Berlin & Germany
trawa, a Berlin-based AI-based energy purchasing software, raised €2.4M. Careers.
Edgeless Systems, a Bochum-based public cloud security company, raised $5M. Careers.
Cellbox Solutions, a Norderstedt/Hamburg-based healthcare live cell logistics company, raised €6.5M Series A. Careers.
Alfadocs, a Munich-based HealthTech startup, raised €2M. Careers.
Ordio, a Cologne-based workforce management company, raised €2.9M. Careers.
Saclab, a Munich-based second-hand (aka pre-loved) luxury designer bags marketplace, raised €1.6M seed. Careers.
🧶 In short: Michael Andersen who SPAC’d Lilium (Munich) will join Grover, some say as an IPO prep; Lego sales are up 17% in 2022 - careers; for Klarna’s CEO it’s not so crazy to lose $100M a month; HelloFresh dropped a coconut milk supplier because of MONKEY labour allegations; in Kreuzberg, an SUV hit a tree and the Klima-neutrality-referendum billboard. The irony!
🛒 Back in issue #28, I mentioned Rewe’s Pick&Go at Schönhauser Alle 130; I never went but found this short reel from RBB of how it works.
It feels painful to see how everyone wants to become a version of TikTok. Spotify is next in line. Ok, fair enough. Somebody surely thought about it long and hard, but I personally just look at it to find a playlist.
🚌 Why is my bus named M19? Lemme try: M = metropole, 1 = each 10 minutes, 9 = Hmm. Not sure what I am missing, try it yourself. 140 worked better.
💔 Things break. I like these questions byto determine if you are firefighting too much? Applies to Data Engineering as well.
According to the report of Paritätische Gesamtverband Berlin has one of the highest poverty rates in Germany (20.1%, 2nd place vs Bavaria’s 12.8% ). The methodology says that a person is poor if their income is less than 60% of the median income in Germany. This means below €1.251 net per month for a single person.
🤳🏻 Used phones are a fantastic market, estimated at $67B, and well, sustainability is the next big thing, right? Rebuy, for example, grew 13% to €200M last year and has been profitable since 2019. According to Stiftung Warentest, all the companies have some improvement potential in how they rate wear. More at Handelsblatt. (🇩🇪)
layoffs.fyi & other sources: nothing really big or official, but I hear many people losing their jobs: here, there, everywhere?
r/berlin choice of the week is this hilarious comment on a photo of vandalized doorbells. Datenschutzultras is my new favourite German word! Thank you so much!
Companies are lining-up for potential BUBATZ (marihuana) legalisation. A great option if you want to gamble that it goes through would be to join one of these companies. (€, 🇩🇪)
🏘️ Building housing on Tempelhof is again becoming a topic, which is great because we can now all have strong opinions (exhibit 1 from Twitter, exhibit 2 from Reddit, exhibit 3 from Reddit) on Berlin’s housing problem. 🤡 Before you form one, try to think like a scout: “Is this true?” instead of “Can I believe it?”, especially when facing arguments that support your opinion. Interested in this scout mindset? I can offer you my book summary from late ‘22.
🤖 While everyone will be talking about the SVB collapse, you can have a break by watching this really good video from MKBHD about the main problems of generative AI as a search tool. I liked the point of Bing having nothing to lose by releasing early.
🥤🍹🍻 Don’t forget about our meet-up! 🥤🍹🍻
🇪🇺 Rest of Europe & UK
Iktos, a French AI-based drug discovery platform, raised €15.5M Series A. Careers.
Geothermal Engineering, a UK-based developer and operator of geothermal plants, raised £15M in funding. Careers.
QuantWare, a Dutch quantum processor play, raised €6M seed. Careers.
🤓 Timeless and useful
The A to Z of economics from The Economist is an excellent collection of plain English explanations of economic terms.
tech bros are choosing their personality types:
(I would add LinkedIn influencer)
This is a footer 🎥 recommendation for you. Go and see Tár (six Oscar nominations) in the cinema. I absolutely loved it. Top performance that really got me thinking.
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