In Berlin, Startups Steer Clear of Facebook

Berlin's Earlybird Venture Capital advises to do one thing well, and to avoid the social networking echo chamber.
Illustration by Tracy Ma

If Ciarán O’Leary worked for Facebook or Google, he says he’d spend sleepless nights worrying about the downsides of trying to be everything to everyone. “They want to do it all and be the Internet—e-mail, sharing files, social networking, map systems, whatever,” he says. “I think we’re seeing this sort of counter trend of people getting fed up with having one company for everything.”

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