"Ich bin ein Berliner" - My Datafication

15 July, 2017

"Ich bin ein Berliner"


The problem of being an expat is that do not get to see your friends so often and let's admit it, video-calls are not the same as meeting them in person. But what can you do then? You organize a trip to meet somewhere else, aka Berlin in this case. One new city and two friends (did I tell you, another expat friend lives in Berlin?) in just one trip, that sounds like a good plan to me. And believe me, it is when you visit the city everyone falls in love with.

But since this is not a travel blog, why should you be interested in Berlin my fellow data scientists? Well, first of all, Berlin is titled as the number one technology hub in Europe with the fastest growing startup ecosystem in the world. To better understand this success, let's quantify it (don't forget data scientist speak with numbers):
  • The average age of a startup in Germany is 2.8 years old
  • German founders are 87% male (that's really disappointing girls)
  • The average founding team consists of 2.4 people
  • Angel.co lists 2374 startup and 3649 investors (date of reviewing: 9/7/2017)
  • An average startup creates 17.6 jobs (founders included)

Apart from German startups, many startups across the Atlantic run their European operations from there. So Berlin is the startup equivalent of Dublin (where many American multinational companies built their European HQ, e.g. Google, Facebook). So, the technology sector in Berlin is growing and so does the demand for data scientists/analysts.

Moreover, Berlin is completely different from the rest of Germany (just quoting what I heard, I haven't visited other German cities yet). There are so many expats that you are more likely to hear anything else than German. I heard much Greek, Russian and English (that's what I actually understand apart from German!). And native Berliners are really friendly and always speak in English if you struggle with their mother language. However, while it is easy to visit the city without knowing the language, it's not that easy to find an English-speaking job. Luckily the start-up German scene is the most promising non-German job source.

Lastly, this city invests a lot of money in research and development. Research there is concentrated mainly on biotechnology, medical technology, information and communications technology, media, creative industries, optics, transportation engineering, energy, and the environment. So probably, if you are interested in any of these areas, this is the city to-be.

Definitely, Berlin is a city with tons of things to do and learn. I would be more than happy to visit it again and learn more about its hidden gems. Other German cities are on my travel plans as well. I hope you enjoyed hearing about Berlin, the city where Dublin met Athens and had a great time. Thank you for reading and keep tuned for my next post! ;) 
Treffpunkt Berlin (i.e Meeting point Berlin)

Note: "Ich bin ein Berliner" is a quotation from a June 26, 1963, speech by U.S. President John F. Kennedy in West Berlin. 

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