Freitag, Februar 27, 2015

Start-up Tour Berlin by Future Media Lab & VDZ Akademie 26./27. February 2015 (II.)

Yesterday evening I attend the Start-off session of the Start-up tour of the Future Media Lab and VDZ Akademie in Berlin, which will continue today with visits to, insides from

Building and offering a filter to the real-time information flow, to lift the relevance to the user

One to Smile
Add-on for personalizing display ads and pictures with the name of / short messages for the recipient

A bid management tool, optimizing Google AdWords campaigns

Microsoft Venture Accelerator

Marketer specialized Online Video advertising and content syndication

Offers summaries of great nonfiction books' key insights in non-fiction books on smart phones, tablets (and the web)

and the Axel Springer Plug and Play Accelerator

Since I've done dozens of startups as founder or co-founder, on my own, within companies and later as consultant and mentor in different areas, I used the opportunity to get a sense on the motivation, attitude and readiness - of quite a mixed crowds - on innovation (the role of startups and startup mood in Germany) and the urge on doing 'something', going forward.

Tobias Szarowicz (German Assocation Startups) gave a brief overview of the startup scene in Germany (see #DSM German Startup Monitor) and we learn that Berlin has by far the most startups in Germany and Hamburg the most successful startups. Directed towards the representative of the European Commission CNECT und Future Media Lab he elaborated on the obstacles Startups encounter and requirements for a strong, favorable startup facilitations and startup culture matching or overtaking California Silicon Valley and/or Israel’s Silicon Wadi.

Back to last night:

Four startups have explained their 'invention / solution', their business and business model and the benefits they offer for the publishing / media industry. Here shortly noticed the three, I find relevant in this context:

LATERPAY presented by the founder and CEO Cosmin Ene

Micro payment (and more) for digital content journalistic, entertainment & games

It takes some important hurdles out of micro payments (for the user and for the provider); it makes micro payment more economical for content providers (and service provider)

Advice for publishers: try it out, as one first easy step for getting paid, testing the value of content and willingness for people to pay, if you have substantial number of visitors coming via search, social media. Laterpay does not replace all other payment option, especially if you can sell and build on subscription, offer verticals, special interest and very special interest, for the user who would be predestined to join the community (but might be a lead into subscription, membership and up selling)

Advice for the vendor: don't try to be the "swiss army knife" of payment! Be superb in one thing, do what you can do best! Think about offering a white label offering for integration

NewsRepublic presented by the country director Germany / Spain Stefan Lange

Sophisticated news reader apps for mobiles, wearables. Syndicates News from vendors and offers them a 50/50 advertising revenue sharing model

Benefits for publishers: Extent the reach of your content, your brand, make some additional ad revenue and collect and regain 'passing by users' for you news site, news products and services. Hopefully a good way to spread your content on new devices (wearables)

Advice for vendors: add some means / lasso function for original content publisher to address users of their content, send traffic back to the publisher, think about in-app sales for contractors

sensorberg presented by the founder and CEO Alexander Oelling

This innovative vendor is facilitating a new platform for content and adverting, offering (and selling) the concept and management software, tools to build your BEACON network and networks of networks

Advice for publishers: Understand here comes a new content & advertising distributed media platform which offers you (additional) media usage time from people with bluetooth devices and in the reach of BEACON region / network you booked and have to pay for. It is a new business platform; you need to learn to play and not just appendage to your existing business. People using a BEACON-based platform have no desire, need and time to read your print magazine, or visit your news platform (often financed via advertising)

Advice for vendors: maybe later, inPerson ;)

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