In the spirit of the holiday season, we’re wrapping up the decade with our top articles of 2019. We’ve tuned them to the most famous Christmas carol of all time, “The 12 Days of Christmas.”
This year we’ve witnessed a wave of creative multimedia, more practical blockchain applications, a strong focus on sustainability, and a heck of a lot of hackathons. As our 12 highlights demonstrate, collaboration at various intersections is a strong driver to innovation. So let’s stay in the fast lane, be bold, and sing-along to these bright insights from our community for 2020:
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: techno beats and a B-Movie.
Mark Reeder’s passion for music shaped a new scene and movement that changed the face of Berlin’s punk and techno culture. He cultivated censored communities by providing a stage, an agency, a tangible sound, and a social movement.
On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: a sweet tool for cryptocurrencies.
Donut introduces the flair and relatability of pop culture to a seemingly boring, traditional investment culture. Aimed at everyone who wants to better understand the complicated market of digital dough and blockchain technologies, their platform bakes bitcoins and fills cremes de crypto. Their fun approach to digital asset portfolios makes investing your hard-earned income a lot easier.
On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: an efficient way to get from A to B.
FIixBus has complete domination of long-distance bus sectors in Europe and the USA using AI and on-demand technology. Daniel Krauss is a musketeer of mobility, bringing together travel and tech to move 120 million people. Of these, 50% of more did not have the opportunity to travel before FlixBus due to poor infrastructure.
On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: the gateway grid to a smart city.
Aaron Wagener and Xin Hu of MXC started a monumental wave in IoT and blockchain by designing a massive smart city framework for cities in China. Using LPWAN, a free network they’ve integrated a shared economy, where literally anyone can get paid for outsourcing their personal network or selling data.
On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: a more sustainable textile factory.
Sustify founder Sonja Westphal was inspired by the vibrant energy of accelerators and merged her passion for sustainability and background in supply chain management into a digital solution to educate textile factory workers in Southeast Asia. Sustify sets an industry-standard, spreads awareness, improves work conditions, and makes operations more sustainable. Her team builds em-powerful ways to educate, repurpose responsibility, and ignite the potential to bring about changes for a healthier earth.
On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: a paperless society.
DocuSign is the company that has destroyed fax machines, scanning, and snail-mail. Led by CEO Dan Springer, DocuSign drives in the hyper-fast lane to a paperless world with its modern agreement cloud used by hundreds of millions of users around the world. Their 100% paperless approach has enabled organizations of every size and industry to become more efficient and environmentally friendly.
On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: a beer and medical CBD.
Serial entrepreneur, Finn Hänsel shared his experiences as CEO of Movinga and how his rapid turnaround strategy and transparent management gave one of Germany’s largest startups a cultural facelift. Besides brewing Berliner Berg, his next venture fills the gap between medical marijuana producers and healing extracts within the European and German market.
On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: a better way to manage my money.
Leitha Matz and her team of Zuperheroes won Seed Startup of the Year – Europe by Startup Grind. Zuper is a financial tool that helps anyone a super saver – Zuper is an app that puts your financial data into an easily digestible format because, who has the time to open five different apps, enough space on their phone, or the ability to remember all of their high-security passcodes?
On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: five lessons from Silicon Valley.
Jeff Burton is known as the co-founder of gaming goliath Electronic Arts and former executive at Atari. A Silicon Valley original, he was making moves since the 1970s and shared five key lessons that the Berlin startup ecosystem could learn from its cousin on the golden coast.
On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: an immersive virtual reality.
Tupac Martir is the creative genius and founder of Satore Studio and Satore Tech. He ‘paints’ immersive multimedia to form emotional layers and ‘wow moments’ for Elton John, Beyoncé, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Sting, and many more. At our September On The Red Couch, he unleashed his latest magic – an immersive virtual reality world, a multi-sensory experience guided by sound.
On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: mineral supply chain transparency.
CMO Ella Cullen of Minespider believes that the traceability of minerals should be accounted for – no matter how they transform along the supply chain. Successful mines usually have a high correlation with certain injustices and abuses. Minespider’s tech smooths out the cogs of supply chain politics. Her team provides transparency for more accountability and urges sustainable practice.
On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: the last-minute legacy.
Brent Hoberman of Made.com, LastMinute.com, Founders Factory, Founders Forum, and Founders Intelligence stopped by for a Fireside Chat at Factory Berlin last month. Growing up in an entrepreneurial family, he nourished his edginess. “As an entrepreneur, you have to prove something to the world, which is why so many immigrants end up as entrepreneurs of some sort, more than anything else.” Even after selling LastMinute.com for 1.1B USD, he founded another company right away because he wanted to innovate – “I love being at the heart of the tech ecosystem. I love sharing relevant things and ideas.”
Happy holidays from Factory Berlin! 2019 was a wonderful year of growth and important lessons learned. We’re excited for all of the events, new formats, and rounds of success stories to be shared in 2020.