Skype Founder on 'Silicon Allee' Hype 'No Reason a Company Like Ours Couldn't Come Out of Berlin'

Niklas Zennström, the co-founder of Skype, is only the latest entrepreneur and investor to jump on the Berlin high-tech bandwagon. SPIEGEL ONLINE spoke with him about why people want to be in the city, what the scene in the German capital is missing and why the start-ups appear to be immune to economic crises.
The illuminated Berlin skyline: "Berlin is perceived as a cool city for tech people."

The illuminated Berlin skyline: "Berlin is perceived as a cool city for tech people."

Foto: FABRIZIO BENSCH/ REUTERS
Interview conducted by Charles Hawley