A Berlin startup called edgee has launched a social network and content platform that allows mobile users to share their interests, thoughts and ideas on different topics via collections titled “edgees”.
The investor-backed startup, currently based in the German Accelerator in Silicon Valley, hopes that its platform will appeal to those that don’t want to be limited to 140 characters on Twitter. Indeed, edgee’s founder believes that some of the world’s most challenging issues deserve more characters.
Users can post images, articles, videos and sounds in their collections, rearrange and resize items, and add their own insights or comment on other collections.
edgee claims that its platform can bring structure and narrative to complex ideas. For example, the company said a journalist could "use an edgee" to provide nuance and background information around a story, while a history teacher could use one to teach about the Berlin Wall and to show primary sources to their students.
Founder Markus Maier, a Brown University graduate, who deferred Harvard Business School to create edgee, said: "The world's most important thoughts and topics shouldn't be reduced to 140 characters. Instead, we believe people need to see the big picture and need a new medium to do just that.
"With this mission in mind, we designed the “edgee” so that users can explore thoughts and ideas in an entirely new way. edgee will be a unique playground for curious people.”
edgee’s beta is currently open by invitation only but Techworld readers can use the code "dayoneaccess" to gain immediate access to the site.
Berlin startup scene
Berlin startups have gained a reputation for producing some of the slickest mobile apps in Europe, alongside other tech hubs like London and Stockholm.
Entrepreneurs are attracted to the German capital because of its cheap property prices (roughly a third of those in London), hedonistic nightlife and craft beers, among other things.
One of the city’s main limitations is access to finance, with a distinct lack of venture capitalists on the ground. VCs like Early Bird Capital and Point Nine are doing their best to support the city’s most promising tech firms but their pockets aren’t as deep as the likes of Index Ventures, Balderton and Accel in London.