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Christoph Fahle
January 14, 2013


We take the best bits of the news, your social media, email, stock and location information and create your very own online listening experience.

What is Capsule.fm?!

Capsule.fm plays your favorite online content as a live, interactive and personalized audio experience. We take the best bits of the news, your social media, email, stock and location information and create your very own online listening experience. It's just like hearing your own web. Using advanced text-to-speech technology combined with our unique editorial engine, you can stay connected to your online content when you can't use your eyes or hands. So drive to work without missing a thing, or stay fit and informed, or even use it as a way to catch up on what you missed out on when sleeping. We will begin with by app, but our ambitions are to create the very first audio web.

We have been part of:Startupbootcamp Berlin 2012, came second at and HY Berlin were invited to Silicon Valley, presented Capsule.fm at NOAH Conference in London, won 1 million € in TV Media as part of the SevenVentures pitch competition, among the 3 winners of the public vote for Startupbootcamp's Demo Day, winning a trip to SXSW.You can find Capsule.fm on the web capsule.fm, Angellist, Crunchbase and Linkedin.We are 3 co-founders: Espen Systad, Tor Langballe , Danielle Reid.

Why did you apply to the hub:raum program?

We used to work at betahaus in the past and when we heard that the hub:raum accelerator program would have taken place here we were very happy. We enjoy working in a coworking space and in a great and friendly environment as betahaus. Other reasons why we applied to the program are mentors that are offered at hub:raum, as well as the workshops from General Assembly, which I believe are helping us a lot. In addition, we wanted to be close to a big and well known company as Deutsche Telekom.

What is your experience with coworking?

We (Espen and Danielle, the two co-founders) actually met in a coworking space in Berlin.We enjoy the idea of a open dialog that usually are created in these spaces, and you can decide to be part of. These discussions are very helpful and motivating. Coworking spaces are great places where you can meet people with similar ideas and work attitude, whom you can eventually team up with. In addition, meeting people that work in different areas makes the coworking space motivating and innovating. Lastly, Espen, the CEO of Capsule.fm, believes that coworking is how we will work in the future and where you can be the most productive.

What are the difficulties that you faced so far?

Honestly, we did not face any difficulties so far. Since the creation of the company the process has been very smooth. The idea behind capsule.fm is very innovative and original; therefore, many people want to work with us and help us growing. Also, the programming language that we use is very popular at this moment.

What are your future goals?

Our main goals are raising money and launch the product next year. In addition, the idea is compatible to any kind of device, from smartphones to computer, from car to radio. Therefore, we would like to provide our product to all of them. Lastly, we want to add more languages in order to increase the market potential.

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Toni: Currently, we’ve somehow ended up in this niche of building a lot of internal tools for startups and teams. But this is not the only thing we want to do. What I like about it is that we’re starting projects from scratch and we have full control over them. 

Martin: The first project we worked on was a tool for a large scale real estate development company. What they needed was a tool for their Sales people - to be able to mark their different spots and locations at different stages of the sales funnel. So we created a tool that helps them in this process.

Toni: And this one actually served as a starting point for the tool we’ve developed for  betahaus, which aims to allow the Sales and Management team to see which team rooms are occupied right now, which ones are free or will be occupied in a few weeks or months, so no double bookings appear. 

Alex: These two projects were more focused on real estate, let’s say, but we’ve also done more design-heavy projects like the one we did for Artique which is an online artists agency. For them, we built a whole website and an online system to present their artists starting only from their logo. It had to be very flexible, because the artists needed to be able to edit their own profiles, putting their resume, changing colours.

Toni: Honestly, we have skillsets that you don’t usually find in developers. Because we've had lives that were not just about computer science. I think to some extent this is what makes us different. 

Martin: I believe one of the reasons why people pick us over other studios is because it can be very hard working with developers. If you’re not understanding their work, if the communication is not flowing, you, as a client can feel lost. We're easy to communicate with and we’re always open to feedback and we're open to discuss anything. In the end, after all iterations, if you say we need to start the website from scratch and that you don’t like the idea, we won’t take it personally. 

Alex: Also, I think, since we all work as coding teachers, we are officially qualified to explain what coding is to people who don't code, which is actually really rare because a lot of developers, as Martin says, don't want to, or literally just don't know how to articulate what they're doing. Whereas we are trained in articulating what it is that we're doing, why it's meaningful and why it takes a certain amount of time.

Photo by Lea GK

Alex: Zimt & Mehl - the Turkish bakery around the corner. It’s just soo good.

Martin: Oh, there is this Italian restaurant called Ristorante del Arte

Tony: Oh, my God, this place is so funny. It looks like a pretty average Italian restaurant, but the whole interior design inside is just decorated in such a weird way. The entire place is covered in frescoes. They have crystal chandeliers and Easter bunnies. Some Greek columns. It has a different name on the menu, on the side and on the Internet. And it was an ex-shoe-store.

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