Sunday, May 22, 2011
WITN: London Is Gonna Be Pissed, But We Prefer Berlin for Startups (TCTV)
We've spent much of the last week exploring Berlin, attending the Next11 conference and meeting a few local startups. The biggest problem from a video entertainment standpoint? We both agree that Berlin feels like a better startup town than London. "Feels like" is an important disclaimer here. Berlin certainly doesn't have the track record, local sophisticated investor class, nor does it have many current up and comers. The recent track record has been mostly riddled with US Web copycats. There's no question London has a much more advanced, sophisticated startup ecosystem now. But it's also one we've argued feels about as developed as it's going to get. Berlin, on the other hand, like a startup itself, is just getting going and feels dynamic and full of promise.