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A need-to-know source for the German startup scene, in English. Startuprad.io is a startup podcast with exclusive content, including regular news, events, live streams, and interviews from Germany. We track the German startup scene since 2014, follow us on our journey.

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A need-to-know source for the German startup scene, in English. Startuprad.io is a startup podcast with exclusive content, including regular news, events, live streams, and interviews from Germany. We track the German startup scene since 2014, follow us on our journey.

    Learn from Maria – Investor in several of Germany’s renowned startups

    Learn from Maria – Investor in several of Germany’s renowned startups

    Learn from Maria – Investor in several of Germany’s renowned startupsNormally you want to invest in people who you already know.
    Maria Pennanen, Startup Investor
     
    The EnablerThis interview is part of our series of startups and investors in the startup scene in the state of Hessen. The whole series is sponsored by Hessen Trade and Invest, you can learn more about our enabler here: www.invest-in-hessen.com
    Startup investment is a very risky business
    Maria Pennanen, Startup Investor
     
    The InvestorIn this interview we talk to Maria Pennanen, she is known to our established audience as co-founder of Accelerator Frankfurt, but she is also a Business Angel with more than 10 direct investments. Directly and indirectly, she is or was invested in many renowned startups like Solarisbank, Clark, Bankify, Savedo or Finance Ads.
    You can learn more about Maria here:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/pennanenmariaLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariapennanen/Accelerator Frankfurt: https://www.acceleratorfrankfurt.com/Mindclip: https://www.mindclip.com/ 
    The best thing to start is joining a business angel organization
    Maria Pennanen, Startup Investor
     
    The AuthorMaria is also the author of the book “how to f*ck up your startup” in which she helps entrepreneurs to learn from failures. You can find the eBook here https://amzn.to/3oa2Stw
     
    Affiliate LinksWhy not learn from entrepreneurs and executives who are open to share their favorite books. We skimmed through some recommendations and that is what we found.
    Recommended by: Bill Gates
    “Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker” https://amzn.to/2XAENlBRecommended by: Jeff Bezos
    “Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras” https://amzn.to/2RGKGKeRecommended by: Elon Musk
    “Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel” https://amzn.to/2REbHhwRecommended by: Tony Hsieh
    “Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization by Dave Logan” https://amzn.to/34KgraQRecommended by: Warren Buffet
    “Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales From the World of Wall Street by John Brooks” https://amzn.to/2K92z06Recommended by: Tim Cook
    “Competing Against Time by George Stalk and Thomas Hout” https://amzn.to/3cjMMYnIt is very rare that you invest in an idea from people you just met, especially in seed.
    Maria Pennanen, Startup Investor


    Find all information and an automated transcript here: 
    https://www.startuprad.io/blog/learn-from-maria-investor-in-several-of-germanys-renowned-startups/

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    This Month in German Startups - November 2020

    This Month in German Startups - November 2020

    This Month in German Startups - November 2020
     Welcome to This Month in German Startups by Startuprad.io - in a transatlantic news recording with Chris in New York City.
     Today we are wrapping up November 2020 for you with an update on German startups working on corona vaccines, Flixbus, Finleap, Rocket Internet’s ongoing delisting, and a potential digital Euro
     
    Enabler
    This recording was made possible by (Hessen Trade and Invest). Learn more about our enabler here: https://www.invest-in-hessen.com/
     
    Find all options to subscribe here: 
    Tech Startups Germany by Startuprad.io - Audio PodcastiTunes https://apple.co/2Z17bflSpotify https://spoti.fi/3kCcgoB  
    Housekeeping - Time to brag 
    We have only one thing to say: Stay safe everybody! Be grateful for what you have! 
    Affiliated Links
    Why not learn from entrepreneurs and executives who are open to share their favorite books. We skimmed through some recommendations and that is what we found.
    ·        Recommended by: Bill Gates 
    “Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker” https://amzn.to/2XAENlB
    ·        Recommended by: Jeff Bezos 
    “Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras” https://amzn.to/2RGKGKe
    ·        Recommended by: Elon Musk 
    “Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel” https://amzn.to/2REbHhw
    ·        Recommended by: Tony Hsieh
    “Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization by Dave Logan” https://amzn.to/34KgraQ
    ·        Recommended by: Warren Buffet 
    “Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales From the World of Wall Street by John Brooks” https://amzn.to/2K92z06
    ·        Recommended by: Tim Cook 
    “Competing Against Time by George Stalk and Thomas Hout” https://amzn.to/3cjMMYn


    Show Notes, Links and more reading
    https://www.startuprad.io/blog/this-month-in-german-startups-november-2020/


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    (+)plural makes Children Books for Blind and Visually Impaired Children Affordable

    (+)plural makes Children Books for Blind and Visually Impaired Children Affordable

    (+)plural makes Children Books for Blind and Visually Impaired Children AffordableBlind and visually impaired children learn Braille [writing for blind] only in school, so we had to re-think children books for blind and visually impaired
    Christina Oskui, Co-Founder PlusPlural
     
    Media PartnershipThis interview is in media partnership with the CONTENTshif accelerator program (https://www.contentshift.de/en/accelerator/programme/for-startups/), which we follow since its inception. CONTENTshift is the accelerator program of the German Book Publishers and Printers Association. Below you will find more interviews from past batches. We used to record the interviews directly at Frankfurt Book Fair, but since it is canceled this year due to Corona, we resorted to remote only interviews. At the time of the recording, we did not know who won the final award. The winner of this year’s batch is SciFlow (https://www.contentshift.de/en/contentshift/news/congratulations-to-sciflow/). We will publish the exclusive interview with them as the last of our series this year.
     
    Three things remain with us from paradise: stars, flowers, and children.
    Dante Alighieri
     The FounderThis time we speak to the co-founder of (+)plural (spoken plus plural http://www.plusplural.de/) Christina Oskui (https://www.linkedin.com/in/christina-oskui-825b8615a/, https://www.contentshift.de/en/accelerator/participants-2020/christina-oskui/). Christina wrote her first children’s book about an hedgehog, who lost his spikes, finance with a crowdfunding campaign on StartNext (https://www.startnext.com/en/kinderbuch-igel). During the writing she also designed plush figures to go along with the book (owl, rabbit, duck), but she could not find any publisher who wanted to publish the books together with the stuffed animals.
    During this time she also realized that books for blind and visually impaired children are extremely expensive, due to the high amount of manual labor going into each book. Also, books catering to sighted and blind children at the same time are not available. So she aims with her social startup (+)plural and modern production techniques to change that and make affordable books for all children.
    There have been no books that blind and non-blind people can read at the same time.
    Christina Oskui, Co-Founder PlusPlural
     
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    A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.
    Paulo Coelho
     
    The StartupBlind children learn Braille writing only in school, so many children have a very small choice of books they can enjoy. The high price comes from a large amount of manual labor going into these books (gluing, stitching, stapling of different textures, textiles, and pieces to the book).  A friend of hers has a blind child who only likes part of one of its books. (+)plural (http://www.plusplural.de/) combines 3d printing, modern manufacturing, and picture books to make affordable picture books for blind and sighted children. The books include stuffed animals, as well as 3d printed parts.
    (+)plural is a social enterprise.
     
    Venture Capital Funding(+)plural is at a very early stage, but they are open to talk to external investors. They are also looking for partners for sale and distribution for their books.
     
    My first book was about a hedgehog who lost is spikes and I designed a stuffed animal, which went along with the story
    Christina Oskui, Co-Founder PlusPlural
     
    Further Readings / Additional RessourcesBraille https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/braille
    Zentralbiblioth

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    Where to set up Shop in Canada

    Where to set up Shop in Canada

    Where
    to set up Shop in Canada

    You can get anything here you
    can in Silicon Valley and all over the US.

    Ishu Sing, Host “Starting to know business”


     


    Media
    Exchange

    This is the
    first media exchange we are doing. We talk with Ishu Sing (Website,
    LinkedIn), founder of the Toronto based
    podcast Starting to Know Business (iTunes, Listen Notes). We thought it would be great to
    look at the respective countries. So, in this audio-only cooperation, we will
    talk about where to look if you want to evaluate entering Canada, as a startup
    based abroad.


    In his part
    of the cooperation, we will talk about the diversity of Germany and that there
    is no default choice for setting up shop in the country as well.


     


    Strong and interesting startups are
    all over Canada.

    Ishu Sing, Host “Starting to know business”


     


    Canada

    Canada is a
    G7 nation and should be on the list for international expansion for every
    aspiring startup. For some, it could be the first choice in North America. https://www.canada.ca/en.html


     






    Affiliate
    Links

    Why not learn from entrepreneurs and executives who
    are open to share their favorite books. We skimmed through some recommendations
    and that is what we found.


    ·        
    Recommended by: Bill Gates

    “Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker” https://amzn.to/2XAENlB


    ·        
    Recommended by: Jeff Bezos

    “Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins and
    Jerry Porras” https://amzn.to/2RGKGKe


    ·        
    Recommended by: Elon Musk

    “Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel” https://amzn.to/2REbHhw


    ·        
    Recommended by: Tony Hsieh

    “Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization
    by Dave Logan” https://amzn.to/34KgraQ


    ·        
    Recommended by: Warren Buffet

    “Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales From the World of Wall Street by
    John Brooks” https://amzn.to/2K92z06


    ·        
    Recommended by: Tim Cook

    “Competing Against Time by George Stalk and Thomas Hout” https://amzn.to/3cjMMYn


     


    In Canada we have 3.5 million
    entrepreneurs.

    Ishu Sing, Host “Starting to know business”


     


    Startup
    Hubs in Canada

     


    I feel that right now the startups
    in Toronto are developing a bit faster than Vancouver … Toronto is growing very
    very strong.

    Ishu Sing, Host “Starting to know business”


     


    Toronto

    We start with the largest city by population and the home town of Ishu, Toronto
    (https://www.toronto.ca/). Much of the startup activity is here concentrated
    in the so-called MaRs Discovery District. MaRs was originally founded in 2000
    to commercialize public-funded research with local companies. You can learn
    more here: https://www.marsdd.com/


     


    Montreal is coming up with lots of
    strong tech startups as well.

    Ishu Sing, Host “Starting to know business”


     


    Montreal


    The second-largest city in Canada, also close to the US border.
    This city is home to the French-speaking population of Canada, French
    Canadians. A knowledge of French is not required, but helpful. You can learn
    more about the startup scene in the city here: https://www.bonjourstartupmtl.ca/en/
    as well as find some examples of Montreal based startups here: https://builtinmtl.com/.


     


    Vancouver


    Vancouver is located on the pacific coast of Canada. They
    have been one of the first tech hubs in Canada. They are also close to Seattle,
    with the headquarters of Amazon and Microsoft. You can learn more about the
    local startup scene on the Vancouver based blog https://techcouver.com/


     


    Calgary


    A few people may remember Calgary from the Olympic Winter Games
    in 2010. If not, it is located to the north of the population centers in
    Canada, in the Rocky Mountains. Note that the city is even for Canada a bit on
    the chilly side. The

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    Artificial Connect uses AI to generate automated local event announcements

    Artificial Connect uses AI to generate automated local event announcements

    Artificial Connect uses AI to generate automated local event announcementsIn Hannover [a city of 790.000] there are 40.000 to 60.000 events in a normal year. The problem of the publishers was to first generate all the event information and second to write articles about them.
    Felix Rolf, CEO Artificial Connect
     
    Media PartnershipThis interview is in media partnership with the CONTENTshif accelerator program (https://www.contentshift.de/en/accelerator/programme/for-startups/), which we follow since its inception. CONTENTshift is the accelerator program of the German Book Publishers and Printers Association. Below you will find more interviews from past batches. We used to record the interviews directly at Frankfurt Book Fair, but since it is canceled this year due to Corona, we resorted to remote only interviews. At the time of the recording, we did not know who won the final award. The winner of this year’s batch is SciFlow (https://www.contentshift.de/en/contentshift/news/congratulations-to-sciflow/). We will publish the exclusive interview with them as the last of our series this year.
    The FounderIn this interview, we are talking to Felix Rolf (https://www.linkedin.com/in/felix-rolf-526a4894/) the founder and CEO of Artificial Connect (https://www.artificial-connect.com/), an AI startup located in the beautiful city of Hannover.
    Felix originally started with an advertising conglomerate with roots in newspaper publishing, where he got to work in several departments. He enjoyed his time in digitalization projects, especially in data science. During his time there he worked at the intersection of data science and sales.
    I participated in a boot camp for three months to learn about the statistical tools needed for data science.
    Felix Rolf, CEO Artificial Connect
    Affiliate LinksWhy not learn from entrepreneurs and executives who are open to sharing their favorite books. We skimmed through some recommendations and that is what we found.
    Recommended by: Bill Gates
    “Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker” https://amzn.to/2XAENlBRecommended by: Jeff Bezos
    “Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras” https://amzn.to/2RGKGKeRecommended by: Elon Musk
    “Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel” https://amzn.to/2REbHhwRecommended by: Tony Hsieh
    “Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization by Dave Logan” https://amzn.to/34KgraQRecommended by: Warren Buffet
    “Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales From the World of Wall Street by John Brooks” https://amzn.to/2K92z06Recommended by: Tim Cook
    “Competing Against Time by George Stalk and Thomas Hout” https://amzn.to/3cjMMYn Find all links and show notes here: https://www.startuprad.io/blog/podcast-artificial-connect-uses-ai-to-generate-automated-local-event-announcements/


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    Scriptbakery taught an AI to analyze manuscripts and the emotions of a potential reader

    Scriptbakery taught an AI to analyze manuscripts and the emotions of a potential reader

    Scriptbakery taught an AI to analyze manuscripts and the emotions of a potential reader98% of the manuscripts sent to publishing houses are not read right now.
    Patrick Kaiser, COO Scriptbakery
    Media PartnershipThis interview is in media partnership with the CONTENTshif accelerator program (https://www.contentshift.de/en/accelerator/programme/for-startups/), which we follow since its inception. CONTENTshift is the accelerator program of the German Book Publishers and Printers Association. Below you will find more interviews from past batches. We used to record the interviews directly at Frankfurt Book Fair, but since it is canceled this year due to Corona, we resorted to remote only interviews. At the time of the recording, we did not know who won the final award. The winner of this year's batch is SciFlow (https://www.contentshift.de/en/contentshift/news/congratulations-to-sciflow/). We will publish the exclusive interview with them as the last of our series this year.
     The FounderWe talk to Patrick Kaiser (https://www.linkedin.com/in/patrick-kaiser-5978ba1b6/), the COO of Scriptbakery (https://www.scriptbakery.de/), a Freiburg based startup, which taught its AI to analyze a book script and analyze the potential emotions of a reader.
    Patrick got his job as COO because he has a black belt in Kungfu. The founder of the company knows him from the Kungfu gym, where the founder was Patrick’s student.
     
    We taught our AI with 1.7 mn data points, to make it work with all European languages
    Patrick Kaiser, COO Scriptbakery
    PatreonLearn about our interviews hours before they are released, help in the selection of the startups we interview or even suggest startups to be interviewed, by becoming a Patron: https://buff.ly/32bZ4zW
     
    DueDashIf you don’t like Patreon, there is DueDash. DueDash is a Social Network, for startups and investors. We have a group of supporters there as well. You can join the group there:  https://buff.ly/2R90PYp
     
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    The largest chunk we get here as scripts are biographies by Professors and Teachers who have retired
    Patrick Kaiser, COO Scriptbakery


    Blog PostFind all the links and show notes here: https://www.startuprad.io/blog/scriptbakery-taught-an-ai-to-analyze-manuscripts-and-the-emotions-of-a-potential-reader/


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