By Felix Knoke
Still, only time can answer the question of whether Berlin's start-up boom is one of hype or substance. SPIEGEL ONLINE surveyed some of the city's start-up blogs for their takes:
Making Life Easier for Start-Ups
Weigert, Hüsing and Deerman all agree that Berlin will remain attractive for new businesses, particularly because the rents are so low and because apartment and office space is still readily available. Newcomers to the industry have an easier time finding their place in Berlin because the city still has no entrenched or rigid structures. It lets entrepreneurs concentrate on what they do best: being creative and seeking out contacts. Start-ups here can also draw from a pool of talented potential workers who might be ready to work for much lower wages than in London, for example.
Berlin, in other words, makes life easy for start-ups and developers and creative people of every stripe. Not London, not Amsterdam, not even Copenhagen can offer the same simple conditions for building up a project over the course of several months or years -- even if it's just a new and interesting life, between your morning latté and your after-hours party.
In the coming days and weeks you can read about the new entrepreneurs in Berlin here at SPIEGEL ONLINE -- what they're doing, and which ideas they hope will change the world.
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