Is Berlin becoming a new Europe’s Silicon Valley for tech startups? :)

Everything indicates that we are witnessing a revolution on the startup market in Europe. The dynamically growing market in Berlin is becoming a leader among tech startups. Until now, this title was awarded to London, but currently the capital of Germany is increasingly recognised as the new Europe’s Silicon Valley.

Brexit effects

When the British decided to leave the European Union, the attractiveness of the startup market in London began to lose value. Of course, this is still a place where you can find many innovative companies, but my recent experience confirms that Berlin is considered to be a European leader now. I want to emphasise that this is not an isolated opinion. Having been observing the startup market for over 10 years, I’ve managed to keep in touch with entrepreneurs of various directions and I’ve received clear signals that Berlin is currently the best place in Europe for the development of tech startups.

Comfortable development conditions

There are three main reasons, why Berlin strikes as a very attractive market. It is about the relatively low costs associated with running a business in this city, access to qualified specialists and contacts with other European Union countries. It all adds up to a very attractive ecosystem that favours the development of tech startups.

Being completely honest, I must say that I am impressed by the work standards that prevail among startups in Berlin. Recently, I’ve been quite often in this city, when together with the developers of Codest, we were working on creating software for few of our clients. I was delighted with the quality of work, efficiency in communication and their professionalism.

Returning to the ecosystem for the development of startups in Berlin, I would like to draw your attention to another important fact. I mean the low barrier to start a business. You might be surprised, but takes less than 7 days to launch a startup. In addition, there are many incentives available for entrepreneurs who can benefit, for example, from the support of numerous incubators or accelerators. A big plus is even low prices for an office space rent. It all adds to the progress of this market.

New Europe’s Silicon Valley

Considering what has been mentioned above, I am convinced that Berlin is currently the most attractive market for tech startups. This is a new Europe’s Silicon Valley. Of course, it is difficult to compete with the American one, but Berlin is a great example of how you can develop the tech company in Europe. The best confirmation of this is the fact that currently there are over 2,500 startups in the German capital. Quite an impressive result.

Why Ruby on Rails can help fintech startups? :)

Financial technology (fintech) is a dynamically growing market based on new technologies, aimed to improve financial activities. Nowadays we can witness a real boom of interest in this market through startups. One of the main challenges is to choose the appropriate technology to ensure product development.

It turns out that the Ruby language and its Ruby on Rails framework (ROR) are frequently chosen by startups, especially those that have a need in creating web applications. You may wonder why? Though Ruby is not one of the most popular programming languages, in case of fintech startups, it appears to become one. Web applications are a natural environment for Ruby on Rails as this framework works pretty well in their development. There are several key features that distinguish RoR among the others. They determine the choice of RoR by fintech startups.

Time saving

Ruby on Rails provides prepared plugins and modules that allow developers to create any web application without writing a code. Such application can be created up to several dozen percent faster than when it is written with a different programming language. Significant progress in the application development is primarily visible at the very beginning when the client counts on developing the first functionalities in a relatively short time.

Cost saving

Ruby on Rails is an open source framework, which means that from the very beginning you do not have to pay the costs connected with working with this language. Another plus is the fact that it allows you to add features without developing from the scratch.

Protection

Ruby, in combination with its framework Ruby on Rails, provides mechanisms that affect application security. It is a built-in protection against XSS, CSRF and SQL Injection attacks, which are considered to be one of the most frequent attacks on web applications.

Quality

Products manufactured in Ruby on Rails are characterized by their high quality due to a much lower risk of possible bugs. This affects application’s reliability, and the client does not have to worry about efficiency.

Scalable

This is another advantage of Ruby on Rails. Have you ever heard of MVP? If not, then you can read this article. However, there is no doubt that RoR will be a perfect tool in this approach. This framework guarantees creation of a basic product functionality in a relatively short time. Thanks to this, the client can launch their product on the market and, at the same time, test  solutions. A complete product is developed much faster, which is demanded by the customers. Then, you can proceed with the scaling stage without any problems.

Creating products for the fintech industry requires the highest quality and usage of the best practices. Only an efficient product will be able to achieve market success. Undoubtedly, Ruby on Rails is the perfect support for the development, which is proven not only by the above-mentioned features. The recommendations of the customers themselves are the best prove, as they have had an opportunity to make sure of its high reliability.

Top 10 German tech events in Q1 2019 :)

Have you ever heard the statement that Berlin is considered to be a new European Silicon Valley? German market with its capital at the forefront is developing very dynamically. It is an attractive place to operate companies and corporations as well as to invest into.

In Germany you can find a lot of interesting tech events that will let you stay up to date with all the latest news in the industry. A few of them promise to be really interesting. Below is a list of the most important events in 2019 (only Q1).

#1 WeAreDevelopers World Congress 2019 – Berlin, January 6-7

IT leaders and specialists from around the world take part in it. The topics discussed include languages and frameworks, distributed systems, fronted and UX engineering, blockchain and issues related to IT project management.

#2 Sillicon Allee Events – Berlin, January 8, February 5, March 5

In the first quarter there are three meetups, organized periodically each month. The community connected with the tech startups in Berlin is taking part, which means that experience exchange, sharing knowledge and gaining valuable contacts are guaranteed.

#3 Handelsblatt Annual Conference Strategic IT Management – Munich, January 21-23

Digital transformation is the main topic of the conference. It’s a good place to acquire new knowledge in IT Management. The event is organized by EUROFORUM.

#4 LZ Open – Berlin, January 23-24

Like the conference in Munich, LZ Open in Berlin is all about digital transformation. In addition, you can gain useful knowledge of current technological trends and learn about effective business models that have revolutionized the market.

#5 Lean Startup Summit – Berlin, February 11-12

This event gathers experts, founders and intrapreneurs and C-level leaders in one place to exchange the latest innovation and transformation methods, share best practices and learn from each other in interactive formats like keynotes, workshops, roundtable discussions and mentoring sessions.

#6 International Conference on Science, Engineering&Technology – Munich, February 3-4

The purpose of this conference is to help exchange information and knowledge between various social groups, such as entrepreneurs, engineers, university lecturers and students. The most current technological trends are the high priority of the conference.

#7 Disruptive Technologies & Innovation Minds – Berlin, February 24-26

Here you will meet over 200 managers responsible in their companies for Research and Development (R&D). You will have an opportunity to take part in a discussion about technological innovations and challenges related to the IT industry.

#8 JavaScript Days – Munich, March 18-21

The event is conducted by experts in the field of JavaScript and HTML5. They will provide their views on how to plan JavaScript and HTML5 applications in the most optimal way and present the strengths and weaknesses of both technologies.

#9 IT&Information Management – Berlin, March 25-26

Strategies and processes, business realities in digital ecosystems, business models of the future, digital realignment and roadmaps – these are just a few examples of the topics that will be discussed during the conference in Berlin. You will have a unique opportunity to meet experienced managers related to the IT market.

#10 Mobile tech Conference – Munich,  March 26-27

This event is addressed to the leaders in mobile technology industry from German-speaking countries. It focuses on topics related to the development of iOS and Android, mobile web and UX experience.

WHERE SHOULD YOU OPEN YOUR NEXT STARTUP? :)

Whilst the Silicon Valley is considered to be the world’s capital of startup, the entrepreneurship of innovative organizations is also rapidly developing in other regions of the world, such as Scandinavia and Europe. The number of startups priced at over one milliard USD is constantly growing there year by year.
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Scandinavia

Spotify, one of the largest and most developmental startups in the world, has been founded in Sweden. Its capital is estimated at over USD 250 million and millions of people use this music service. The success of Spotify only confirms the huge potential of this region in the world. Also startups such as Minecraft and Candy Crush Saga were created in this country.

Another good example is Norway, that is considered to be one of the largest startup markets. A popular Opera web browser has been created there. Without a doubt, Scandinavia is distinguished by good conditions for both functioning and development of innovative businesses. It’s quite interesting that many local startups decide to outsource their IT processes to Poland. For Scandinavian startups, this looks like a convenient solution that is related to cost efficiency and high quality of services provided by polish software houses.

Europe

The startup market is also thriving in Europe. Great Britain, Germany, France and Spain are among the European leaders. According to experts, more and more investors want to invest their financial resources in European startups and consequently – stimulate their development. This occurs mainly due to the fact that there is a greater availability of workforce in Europe, and above all – qualified programmers. The same as in Scandinavia, it is getting more trendy to outsource the IT processes to Poland.

Other locations

We can also include those in the Middle East and Asia as effectively developing markets. For example, in the capital of Israel, Tel Aviv, they already have over a thousand startups, and such global companies as Facebook or Google have their centers there. Many events are hold there to that stimulate the development of startups and attract potential investors. The startups’ successes are certainly appreciated by polish developers who, thanks to a prominent reputation, can count on establishing further cooperation.