While in Berlin recently I picked up a magazine called ExBerliner and read an interesting article about the surge of start-up companies who have opted to run their business from this cool, creative and laid back city. Since 2005 there have been over 400 internet start-ups founded in Berlin, 250 of those since 2009.
The most successful of these start-ups, founded by two Swedes in 2007, is the online music platform SoundCloud which boasts over 7 millions users. Another start-up, Wooga, also just got a nice injection of $24 million in a second round of funding and are said to be the largest social gaming developers in Europe. These are just two examples of the many great companies at the fore frot of the digital scene. However it was Buddy Beers which captured my atention.
Buddy Beers is a simple idea. A site where you can purchase a beer for your friend online and send him a code to redeem it at one of the Buddy Beers participating bars. The concept came about as the founder Travis Todd wanted to buy a beer for his brother on his 21st birthday. The only problem was he was in Berlin and his brother was back home in the U.S.