A startup is a young company that is characterized by two features: It has an innovative business idea and is founded with the aim to grow rapidly.
Often startups act in a young or not yet existing market. In most cases these are companies in the technology and internet sector. Usually a company is a startup the first three years after it has been founded. In individual cases, the phase will be extended to up to five years.
Google. It's a noun, it's a verb, it's a very valuable company. And 20 years ago today it was incorporated by a pair students working out of a garage in Menlo Park. Google was born in the excitement of the young, democratic Internet. Its ambitions were even courageous, delivering the world's information to anyone with Internet access.
On this week's show, we meet a Bangladeshi activist who is fighting for workers' rights in the garment industry, we learn more about a startup in Berlin teaching refugees how to code and we discover the struggles of late-life loneliness. Plus, we journey down the River Nile which continues to touch and influence lives.
At this week's CeBIT tech fair in Hanover one thing has become clear: there are more men than women present. But why the lack of interest in all things digital? We talked to a female entrepreneur, who wants to encourage other women to set up their own companies.
Hundreds of thousands of refugees arrived in Germany in 2015. It typically takes up to seven years for new arrivals to learn the language, settle in and find work. But one Berlin startup is hoping to speed up this process with coding and web development courses for refugees wanting to launch a career in IT.