Factory has become one of Berlin’s best-known tech hubs since it was founded in 2011, and the six-storey building is now used by some of the city’s most interesting founders, investors, and software engineers.
Members pay €50 (£42) a month and get access to desks, free coffee, a nap room, and ping pong tables. A number of larger corporate partners, including Google and Deutsche Bank pay considerably more to access Factory’s entrepreneurial community.
Over a thousand people have signed up to be Factory members and a number of well known startups — including Uber and SoundCloud — have chosen to base themselves out of private Factory offices, either in the main Factory building or in nearby satellite properties that offer slightly more privacy.
We rounded up some of the most interesting people working at Factory. See them here:
Full disclosure: The author of this story is a member of Factory Berlin.
21. Lisa Lang — Founder and CEO of ElectroCouture
Lang founded ElektroCouture, an agency that helps brands to prototype and manufacture fashion and wearable technologies, in 2014. In typical Berlin style, the company uses “old” technologies and turns them into new, retro-style products.
Lang was also a mentor to European startups on the hardware.co accelerator programme, and was named one of the 100 most influential people in wearables by Wearable Technologies, which is a website dedicated to promoting wearables.
20. Udo Schloemer — Founder and CEO of Factory Berlin
Udo Schloemer is the founder and CEO of Factory. He made his fortune in real estate — by focusing on the restoration of listed buildings and residential properties in Berlin — before going on to invest some of that money into early stage startups like Wunderlist, which was acquired by Microsoft. He set up Factory in 2011 and sells it as a hub for corporates to meet startups and vice versa.
19. Søren Schmidt — Cofounder of Graphcool
Schmidt started his tech career in Copenhagen, Denmark, as a developer at business reviews website TrustPilot.
After nearly seven years, he left to cofound a food startup in London called Eat Better, which aimed to help people improve their diets. Now in Berlin, he’s onto his next company: Graphcool. It’s a developer platform that can be used to create web and mobile products. The platform launched a year ago and companies such as Twitter Germany and app developer Hackerbay have already signed up as early beta customers.