Video: Tech Open Air – the best of Berlin’s most eccentric startup event



Over 800 entrepreneurs, VCs, artists, journalists and musicians descended on eccentric Berlin club Kater Holzig last week for annual “unconference” Tech Open Air (TOA). It seemed more people were there to make connections and the most of free drinks than listen to panels, talks and pitching events – fair enough, too, with enough big names there to make it a worthwhile networking event.

For those who were interested in the content, standout talks included a candid speech from 500 Startups’ Matt Monahan on the perils of social media, an intimate discussion between Earlybird’s Ciaran O’Leary and Wooga founder Jens Begemann, and a panel on the pros and cons of different funding options. In between talks, the live music entertainment, free massages and hourly boat trips were welcome additions to the standard tech conference format.

To give you an impression of the event, we caught conference-goers on camera and – while floating down the Spree – asked them to talk about the state of startups in Berlin and share the best business advice they’ve ever received. Watch on for top tips and insight from Begemann, Courtney Boyd Myers (, ex-General Assembly, ex-The Next Web), Tech Open Air founder Nikolas Woischnik and more…

Video shot and produced by Patrick Steller

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