How We Became a FOCUS Revenue Growth Champion: A Brief Company History

Testbirds is “FOCUS Wachstumschampion 2018”, which means we are one of 500 companies with the highest revenue growth in Germany!
The German news magazine FOCUS and the statistics and market research portal Statista analysed German companies and their revenue growth in the years 2013 to 2016. With a yearly growth of 93%, we made it to number 9 in the category “IT, Software and Services”.

This is something we are very proud of and now is a good opportunity to look back at what we’ve achieved in the past 5+ years.

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Unicorns, Business Angels and Scale-Ups

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Start-up, Scale-up, Business Angel, Unicorn, Venture capital – What do all these terms describe? Let’s have a guess… maybe “start-up” or “scale-up” is a kind of a call to action? No, it is not. “Business angel” and “unicorn”, maybe these are two creatures one can find in a fantasy novel? No, they are not. So, what does these terms refer to? We all have heard at least one or two of these terms already because we encounter them almost every day when scrolling through news websites, newspapers and the business press. They are used in articles about young, innovative and ambitious companies in the IT industry. We tend to use these terms in a way which suggests that we are absolutely familiar with their meaning. But on can imagine that in truth it is not clear for everybody what for example “scale-up” describes. That is why in the following lines I will spend some time to explain what a start-up is, what scale-up requirements are and where one can find business angels, unicorns and venture capital.

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Wie Gründer von scheinbaren Investoren gefressen werden – Kommentar von Testbirds Gründer und Geschäftsführer Philipp Benkler

„Die Höhle der Löwen“ – so heißt das neue TV-Format auf VOX, in dem Gründer fünf auserwählten Investoren ihre Geschäftsidee pitchen. Die Investoren entscheiden dann, ob sie zu den Bedingungen der Gründer alleine bzw. gemeinsam einsteigen oder sich nicht beteiligen.
Eine Chance für junge Start-ups? Oder vielleicht doch bereits der Todesstoß, bevor man überhaupt so richtig begonnen hat?
So denkt der Gründer und Geschäftsführer von Testbirds, Philipp Benkler, über die Sendung.

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