No Sleep Til Brooklyn
Another international tech giant has put down roots in Silicon Alley. This morning, Berlin-based audio platform SoundCloud opened their New York City offices — their largest office in the United States.
In the new 5th Avenue location, engineers and audio technicians will work alongside marketing and sales staff. New York City has the kind of talent pool that allows a company like sound cloud to hire both technical staff and creative professionals, which is vital for a tech company that offers a platform for artists.
SoundCloud, the agreed-upon poster child for Berlin’s burgeoning startup scene, has been making aggressive moves here in the New World over the last year. So it came as no surprise when the company reached out to let us know that three users from “The city of Brooklyn/NYC” (so it’s come to this!) had fared well in the second annual Community Fellowship competition.
The local winners are a motley crew: Amy Costello of Brooklyn won support for her new investigative podcast, TinySpark, which focuses on “the business of doing good.” Nadia Wilson, also of Brooklyn, submitted a project called “From Hear to There,” about travels across the city. The third winner, Jonathan Mitchell (not a Brooklynite, but a Manhattan-dweller) wants to reinvent the radio play with his show The Truth.
We reached out to David Noël, SoundCloud’s head of community and the man behind the program, for a bit more detail about what went into the selection process.
General Assembly, the New York-based startup school for technology and design that announced its expansion to Boston just last week, is planning to open a second international campus, this time in the burgeoning tech belly of Berlin. G.A. is teaming up with Deutsche Telekom, a German telecommunications company, to create a co-working office and host classes, according to Business Insider. The campus will launch this summer.
Berlin has drummed up attention in recent months for its “punk rock” startup scene, and has birthed some pretty big-name startups, like audio-sharing service Soundcloud. So it makes sense that Berlin would be G.A.’s next target–though the city did rank pretty low on Startup Genome’s list of top 25 startup hubs. Perhaps G.A. can help Berlin claw its way past that #17 ranking.