The well know online business magazine, Business Insider, recently produced a ranking of the 28 coolest technolgy companies in Berlin. Here are the top 10 from that list.
Zalando is an online fashion platform available in 15 countries that sells shoes, clothing, and accessories from 1,500 brands. In addition to its online platform, Zalando also has a physical store in an old industrial building on the River Spree.
Number of staff: 12,000
Babbel has developed a language-learning platform that can be used on desktop and mobile. The Babbel platform has over a dozen languages listed on its platform, including Indonesian, Swedish, and Russian. It claims to set itself apart from apps like Duolingo and Memrise by using a more advanced didactic method.
Funding: $33.3 million
Number of staff: 450
Amazon has a development centre in Mitte where scientists work on Amazon’s artificial intelligence and machine learning efforts — the team in Berlin contributed to the development of the technology that underpins Alexa. In terms of logistics, Amazon has a 65,000 square metre warehouse in the suburb of Brieselang (30km from downtown Berlin) that provides same-day delivery to customers in Berlin, Hamburg, and Leipzig.
Number of staff: 16,500 in Germany and over 1,000 in Berlin
7. Ada Health
Ada has developed a personal health app that provides feedback and advice when you’re feeling unwell. The app, launched in 2016 after six years of research and development, allows the user to ask questions and describe their symptoms to an artificial intelligence “doctor” in the same way that London rival Babylon does.
Funding: €2.5 million research grant plus an undisclosed amount from private investors
Number of staff: 100
Juniqe is a Kreuzberg-based company that takes eclectic designs submitted by independent artists and prints them onto wall art, clothes, and accessories. It then sells the art and lifestyle products on its website.
The online store has experienced rapid growth since first going live in 2014. Juniqe currently sells to 13 different countries across Europe, and is working on expanding to many more.
Funding: €20 million
6WunderKinder built the Wunderlist ‘to-do’ list application that was acquired by Microsoft in June 2015 for between $100 and $200 million. However, the US tech giant has built its own version of Wunderlist and now it plans to shut it down.
N26 is an app-only bank with 300,000 users across Europe. The company offers a debit card and account that can be controlled from an app. It also has nifty features such as the ability to borrow up to €25,000 straight from your smart phone.
Funding: $55 million
Number of staff: 200
Clue is a start-up that has developed an app to help women track their periods. Women answer a series of questions each day and get feedback based on the data they input. The app has several million users across the iOS and Android smart phone platforms and a small number on the Apple Watch.
Funding: $30 million
Number of staff: 50
ResearchGate is a social media platform for scientists. The nine-year-old company, which allows scientists to give each other feedback and work together on projects, has raised over $87 million with help from the likes of Bill Gates and Goldman Sachs. It started off as a free-to-use platform for academics but it’s become increasingly popular with scientists working in corporates, including tech firms like Google and Facebook. In total, ResearchGate boasts over 10 million users.
Funding: $87 million
Number of staff: 300
Music streaming service SoundCloud, which allows global superstars as well as amateur DJs to upload audio content to its platform, is one of Berlin’s best known tech companies. It was founded in 2009 by Swedish sound designer Alexander Ljung and Swedish artist Eric Wahlforss.
While the company is burning through millions of euros as it struggles to find a reliable revenue stream, it is reportedly still on the acquisition radar of Silicon Valley giants like Google and Twitter.
Funding: $298 million
Number of staff: 400
For the full list of 28 see here.