Startup Camp in Berlin 2018. Day 1.

Apr 13, 2018 · 3 min read

Early days of successful projects with Christian Grimm from WSJ. Holacracy: pro and contra — the quick tour by Thomas Klein. Blockchain for Good with Nathan Williams. And at the end of the day: Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, told why startups are so important for the German economy.

Panel: The Early Days of Future Market Leaders

This was the session focused on young entrepreneurs moderated by Christian Grimm. He writes about the nexus of German economics and politics through topics like the country’s energy revolution — Energiewende — and its start-up scene.

He gave us an interview and we will publish it soon. Janina MÜTZE — founder and COO of Civey, Johannes Reck — the CEO of GetYourGuide and Michael Stephan — co-founder and COO of Raisin discussed their projects and shared with the audience some life hacks as well as some common problems. It is no wonder that the main problem is to find money to start. But panelists solved it successfully and shared their approaches. Most important questions that were discussed during the session were:

  • What you need to pay attention to when you decided to found your startup
  • What pitfalls you can meet on your way

Look short interview with Christian Grimm:


Many successful companies have an alternative management. The session was dedicated to the popular “green company” model. Mr. Klein’s idea was to discuss opportunities and risks of this model from the psychological perspective. Thomas Klein is an enthusiastic business psychologist and systemic coach gave an overview of the way of Holacracy implementation — with all positive and challenging experiences. Holacracy is a customisable self-management practice for organizations. But it is not the universal remedy anyway.

Blockchain for goods

There are a lot of social challenges that could be solved by implementing the blockchain platforms, said Nathan Williams from Minespider: decentralized social institutions to fight the corruption, banking the unbanked — there are approximately 2 bln people without bank accounts, but they need an opportunity to transfer money to their loved ones, and last but not the least — there is an opportunity to build responsible item tracking to upgrade our consumption. We also talked to Nathan and we’ll soon be glad to share the video with you. Now you can watch our LIVE record.


Peter Altmaier, the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy said why startups were so important for the national economy. In our opinion big men should be responsible for big deals, and mr. Altmaier is this kind of man. We’ll publish some of his main points in the beginning of the next week, but if you want to hear the speech, please follow the link.

The second day of the Startup Camp is in progress so we’ll share some quick notes with you right after the weekend. Thank you for staying with us.


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