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Startup Grind Berlin Hosts Arndt Kwiatkowski (Founder Immobilienscout24)

Startup Grind

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM (CET)

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Arndt Kwiatkowski , Founder Immobilienscout24

We are proud to announce Arndt Kwiatkowski (Founder Immobilienscout24 / Founder Bettermarks) as guest for our second event.

Back in 1996, Arndt quit his job at Siemens-Nixdorf to build what would become one of the most successful German web companies — and within just a few years, ImmobilienScout24 had completely disrupted the real estate market.

Last year, a 70% stake of the Scout24 group was sold for 1,5 billion euros.

It was a hard and arduous path to achieve such success, particularly in the beginning, but Arndt gathered a fantastic team to realize his idea.

Part of that founding team followed Arndt after he left Immobilienscout24 in 2008 to start his next company. Inspired by problems he had experienced in his own family, he founded Bettermarks, an online education service specialized in maths and tailored to the individual learner’s needs.

We are excited to welcome Arndt on stage to share his story with us and look forward to learn more about the behind-the-scenes of one of Germany’s premier internet companies, ImmobilienScout24, as well as lessons learnt from his current endeavor, Bettermarks, which is currently disrupting the market of math education and helping solve one of the thorniest problems of our education system.

The interview will be led by Christoph Raethke. Christoph has been working in the digital industry for over 17 years. He has run two semesters of the Founder Institute and is the founder of the Berlin Startup Academy — Berlin’s boutique, independent Startup Accelerator. In addition to that, Christoph is a frequent speaker at international events and renown for his critical and thought-provoking views.

Our event takes place in the St. Oberholz apartments. As the central meeting point of Berlin's digital scene, there could be no better setting for our intimate “fireside chat” interview format.

(The Interview will be conducted in german)


Agenda   7:00 Networking and Food
8:00 Fireside Chat
9:00 Networking

Hosted By

Florian Krumb, Berlin Chapter Director

Florian is passionate about startups and entrepreneurship. Almost two years ago he moved to Berlin, digital capital of Germany, to work as an intrapreneur for an incubator. In this role he helped big companies to build up their digital business. Since that time he fell in love with Berlin and the buzzing entrepreneurial community. At the moment he is working on a new startup project.   Originally he has a strong background in Business development, Recruiting and Sales. Alongside his economic studies in Frankfurt he worked for different international human ressources consultancies like Rusell Reynolds and Odger & Berndtson. Furthermore he gained his experience in business development and  Sales at Hays and Telefonica Germany. During this time he made his first entreprenerial experiences as a founder of a research agency for headhunters. To learn more about the Berlin chapter please visit: startupgrind-berlin.de

Email: Florian@startupgrind.com | Twitter: @floriankrumb

Hosted By

Francesco Kirchhoff, Community Manager

Rome-born, Berlin-based Francesco is a caffeine addict who toils away day and sometimes night as a freelance UX designer and project manager for various web agencies and startups in Berlin in order to support his tragic habit. He is to blame for the community management of Startup Grind's Berlin chapter.

Email: fkirchhoff@startupgrind.com | Twitter: @francescok

Hosted By

Christoph Raethke, Moderator

Christoph Räthke tried and failed to build his first startup in 1999/2000 and has been working with the digital industry ever since. In 2006, he began freelancing as an innovation advisor for big and small companies. From 2008 to 2012, he co-founded and hosted Mobile Monday Berlin. In 2010/11, Christoph ran two semesters of The Founder Institute. Since 2011, he has been hosting the Startup Day at the annual webinale conference. In 2012, he started mentoring at Startupbootcamp and Deutsche Telekom’s “Hubraum” incubator and accelerator, at StartupWeekend, StartupLive and international conferences. Christoph founded Berlin Startup Academy in summer 2012, and as of November 2013, the second batch of five awesome new companies are on their way to establishing world-changing businesses.

Email: dabigboss316@aol.com

Local Partners

St. Oberholz

Live as if you were a real Berliner Crystal clear lakes, palm-lined beaches, historical sights and landmarks – this is what you won’t find at Rosenthaler Platz. What we have to offer is something rather different: a fresh breeze of WiFi blows up high into our sophisticated third and fourth floor apartments. Enjoy urban comfort and the exceptional St. Oberholz style for either peaceful contemplation or vibrant city life as well as for busy meetings and conferences.

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ENJOY YOUR LIFE! Stay put in the everyday or leave the everyday behind. Be inspired or be an inspiration. Follow the trends. Or set the trends. Enjoy the sunrise – as the day begins or the night ends.


We are the startup incubator YOU IS NOW, which was initially started by ImmobilienScout24 in 2010 for startups around real estate. In 2012 Scout24 setup YOU IS NOW at the headquarter of the group in Munich with an extended scope and concept. Scout24 itself is one of the biggest success stories of the German Internet, but we also had our humble beginnings as a small startup.


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What is Startup Grind?

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 50 cities and 20 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit StartupGrind.com or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.

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When & Where

St. Oberholz Appartments
Rosenthaler Straße 72a (Rosenthaler Platz)
10119 Berlin

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM (CET)

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Startup Grind

Startup Grind is the world’s startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting founders in over 170 cities.

We nurture startup ecosystems in 63 countries through events, media, and partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs.

The cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies.

Founded in Silicon Valley by Derek Andersen, Startup Grind has now hosted 2,000 fireside chats since its founding in 2010.

To date, Startup Grind has helped 170,000 entrepreneurs find mentorship, connect to partners and hires, pursue funding, and reach new users.

Startup Grind Singapore was founded in May 2012, we are one of the active grass-root startup communities in Singapore.

More info at http://startupgrind.com/singapore or tweet us @StartupGrindSGP!

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