A week in the Village – A roundup of our biggest headlines (11 Jan – 16 Jan)

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We take a look back at our week of hot headlines; from an explosive leaked document to an insightful one-on-one with ex-Rocket Internet CEO Florian Heinemann.

Sit back, read on, and soak up that warmer weather fellow Berliners! Happy weekend.

How to become a billionaire – leaked DST document reveals secrets of Yuri Milner’s colossal internet success

DSTAn explosive leaked DST (Digital Sky Technology) document landed on the desk of VentureVillage. The Russian Internet investment group backed many winners including Facebook, Twitter, Groupon, Spotify and Zynga, and  formed a presentation pitch to provide an overview of its online portfolio for potential multi-million-dollar investors –  revealing the secrets of its success.

Exclusive Interview with Florian Heinemann: Bringing his “Project A” Game

Former CEO of Rocket Internet Florian Heinemann, speaks to VentureVillage in an exclusive one-on-one about his official departure from the Samwers and his new project Project A.

Spotify lands in Germany

spotifyThe world-famous music streaming and sharing service –  finally landed in Germany, after years of customer lobbying and wrangling. But is it too late? Have the delays in securing the right partnership deals and quarrels with the notoriously prickly GEMA mean that Spotify won’t be a key player in the revolutionary scene that it helped to kickstart? Read on here.

VIDEO – Startups on show at CeBIT 2012

VentureVillage went on a whirlwind video tour of CeBIT where more than 300,000 people descended on Hannover for the world’s largest digital industry event.  See how some of Germany’s promising startups got involved and thoughts on the Berlin startup scene from IBM Venture Capital Group Partner Martin Kelly.