We’re preparing to welcome attendees from over 100 countries to Web Summit 2015. This in mind, we’re featuring the people and startups we love in the tech scenes in cities across the world.
It is thought that by 2020 100,000 jobs will be generated by Berlin’s startup scene, and the city is home to both well-established startup successes and some of the most exciting young companies in Europe.
Here’s our look at the people of Berlin’s tech and startup scene:
Oliver Samwer – Co-founder & CEO – Rocket Internet
Rocket Internet was founded by brothers Oliver, Marc and Alexander Samwer in 2007 and is now valued at $8.2 billion.
Rocket Internet identify proven business models and transfer them into new untapped markets, specialising in e-Commerce, FinTech, marketplace and travel.
Oliver was previously the managing director of eBay Europe.
Alexander Ljung – CEO – Soundcloud
Although initially founded in Stockholm, Soundcloud was established in Berlin in 2007 and been there since.
The startup now has 175 million monthly users and has received $123 million in funding.
Before starting Soundcloud, Alexander founded akryl.p – a media production company which counted MTV and Coca-Cola as clients.
Evgeni Kouris – Founder & CEO – Toywheel
Evgeni is classical pianist and CEO and founder of Toywheel – winners of the inaugural of the HY Berlin Startup Competition in 2012.
Berlin-based ToyWheel last year launched an app which brings augmented reality to children’s games.
Miho Tanaka – Co-founder & CEO – AirMarkr
Miho is the CEO and co-founder at AirMarkr. The Berlin startup is a 3D drawing app which allows users draw any object in the air and have it printed.
Originally from Japan, Miho has been based in Berlin for just five years.
Niklas Östberg – CEO – Delivery Hero
Niklas is the CEO of Berlin’s Delivery Hero. It’s a food delivery startup currently valued at $3 billion having received $1.4 billion in funding.
The startup has expanded into 34 markets and delivers about 10 million orders per month.