Christoph Fahle
November 21, 2011

Startup of the Week #17 Puzzlemap

Um seinen Schülern die Geografie Englands ins Gedächtnis zu meißeln, malte ein englischer Geografielehrer sämtliche Grafschaften vor rund 200 Jahren auf Holz auf, zersägte sie und ließ sie von seinen Schülern wieder zusammensetzen. Damit erfand er das Puzzle. Andreas Stammnitz kannte diese Geschichte nicht, hatte aber – viel später - dieselbe Idee. Seit eineinhalb Jahren denkt er sich mit seinem Unternehmen PuzzleMap Puzzlemotive aus, mit denen man etwas lernen kann. Bisher auf dem Markt sind vier Städtepuzzle, eine Karte mit dem Autobahnnetz Deutschlands und ab kommender Woche ein Puzzle über deutschen Weine.

Andreas, wie kam es zu der Idee von PuzzleMap?

Das war zunächst vor allem persönlich motiviert. Ich wollte schlicht und einfach ein Puzzle mit dem Stadtplan Berlins haben, denn so etwas kannte ich aus London, wo ich eine Zeit lang gelebt habe. Die Idee, eine Karte zu puzzeln hatte mich damals begeistert. So schult man das innere Navigationssystem und lernt außerdem ganz konkret eine Stadt besser kennen. In unsere Motive bauen wir aber zusätzlich noch weitere Informationen ein, so dass der Puzzler sogar noch mehr lernt – und zwar mit einem Spiel, das jeder intuitiv versteht. Jeder Mensch weiß, wie man puzzelt.

Trotzdem hat esnach London aber noch einige Jahre gedauert, bis du PuzzleMap gegründet hast.

Ja, ich musste noch ein bisschen Mut finden, meine Festanstellung bei Bertelsmann aufzugeben. Das Unternehmertum hatte mich zwar schon seit meiner Jugend fasziniert, dennoch war ich erst einen anderen Weg gegangen. Obwohl es eine gute Zeit war, habe ich dann aber nach zehn Jahren bei Bertelsmann gemerkt, dass ich es irgendwann bereuen würde, wenn ich nicht einmal in meinem Leben der Selbstständigkeit eine Chance gegeben habe. Im Sommer 2010 habe ich PuzzleMap gegründet, wenige Monate später das erste Städtepuzzle auf den Markt gebracht.

Und seither fünf weitere – das klingt nach viel Arbeit.

Bisher haben wir Städtpuzzles von Berlin, Hamburg, München und Frankfurt, außerdem ein Puzzle mit dem Autobahnnetz Deutschlands. Unser sechstes bringen wir noch diese Woche und damit pünktlich zum Weihnachtsgeschäft raus. Da geht es um deutsche Weine. Die Karte zeigt sämtliche Weinregionen Deutschlands, gibt außerdem Informationen zu den verschiedenen Rebsorten, zu Weinlagen und zu touristischen Zielen rund um das Thema. Dennoch hätte ich aber sehr gern schon viel mehr Motive auf dem Markt. An Nordrhein-Westfalen müssen wir dringend ran, da wohnen einfach so extrem viele Menschen ...

Aber ihr seid auch nur ein kleines Team.

Außer mir - ich kümmere mich um den Vertrieb, die Produktstrategie und die inhaltliche Ausrichtung - arbeitet noch Daniela Rattunde im betahaus. Sie sorgt vor allem dafür, dass der operative Betrieb läuft und recherchiert viele Dinge. Außerdem haben wir noch einen Designer, der in Frankfurt ist und arbeiten zudem mit zwei wichtigen Dienstleistern zusammen. Einer liefert uns die Kartografie, der zweite produziert die Puzzles. Beide sind in Deutschland – alle unsere Puzzles sind also vollkommen Made in Germany.

Was kommt nach dem Weinpuzzle?

Wir haben viele Ziele für das kommende Jahr. Natürlich werden wir weitere Motive auf den Markt bringen, und zwar nicht mehr nur für Deutschland. Das Weinpuzzle etwa lässt sich wunderbar auch für andere Länder machen. Außerdem wollen wir uns auch dem Thema elektronische Medien annehmen – zum Beispiel mit einer PuzzleMap-App. Zwar ist es schwierig, auf dem kleinen Display eines iPhones oder iPads zu puzzeln, trotzdem aber werden wir ein gutes Produkt dafür entwickeln, da bin ich sicher. Auch über User Generated Content denken wir nach, denn ein Stadtpuzzle kann ja auch durch den Input vieler verschiedener Menschen entstehen. Und unseren Vertrieb wollen wir weiter professionalisieren – am besten mit starken Partner. Last but not least: Ab kommender Woche haben wir auf unserer Website endlich auch einen richtigen Shop – und können beginnen, ernsthaft Online-Marketing zu betreiben.

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To be honest, I sort of fell into it. I was always working somewhere between content marketing and the music industry and around seven years ago a friend of a friend was searching for someone to help him curating music for his boutique surf spot on the beach in Costa Rica. The owner was a big music fan, but he just didn't have time to keep all the music up-to-date. So I got introduced to him, we shared similar tastes, and agreed that I would do the music for his space - curating it and updating it with new music on a regular basis.

This for me was a dream come true. I could finally work with music all day, and at the same time, I could help create an awesome experience for the guests. I saw people's reactions when they heard a song they liked. I saw them dancing, getting a little closer to each other at the bar and that for me was really rewarding.

This was the moment when I realized that there is something special about this idea and I got interested if there is actually market out there. I did some market research, and a lot of interviews with different hoteliers people in the industry trying to get more feedback. And the idea started growing more and more. 

People in beta Clay Bassford Bespoke Sound



Interesting is the story of the last years winner in the category “Creative”. Hamburg based headraft literally took music experience to the next level by creating the world’s first AR Music Video for the German band “die Fantastischen Vier”. Designed for their song “Tunnel”, the cited app unfolds a virtual story world once the track starts playing, giving fans the opportunity to go on an interactive journey with the band rather than being a passive viewer. 

Applications are now open! Finalists will be awaited by a curious jury of five leading industry experts. Among others, Kathleen Cohen who was already taking part in the first year will be in the panel of judges again. With a 25-year multiplatform career history under her belt, she is one of the most regarded in the field. As a digital experience expert, she has successfully implemented projects for DreamWorks Interactive and IBM Innovation, to name a few.

Needless to say, the yearly AUREA Award is definitely the place to be. Apply and become a member of the community bringing together all the promising products and solutions in the AR/VR sector.

Photo by AUREA Award

OKAY BUT HOW IS BESPOKE SOUND DIFFERENT THAN PLAYING MY "DISCOVER WEEKLY’’ OR ANY OTHER AUTOMATICALLY GENERATED PLAYLIST ?

Well, both. Currently we offer the following two options: shorter publicly available Brand Playlists and long-form private Soundtracks for spaces. For both of them we work closely with the client to understand how sound fits into their brand DNA and what their audience is like.

We believe that the guests’ experience with a particular space doesn’t have to begin and end with their stay. The idea of the Brand Playlist is to be a public brand playlists designed to engage the customers before, during, and after their visit at a space. It’s always accessible for them and serves as a new, dynamic marketing channel.

The Soundtrack is slightly different. It takes sometimes up to weeks of work and is designed by a world-class artist, DJ, or tastemaker. For it we first work with you to develop a deep understanding of your business and style. Then we match you with the perfect artist, DJ, or tastemaker to create unique, always fresh playlists, custom tailored to match your brand. 

In both cases, we update them regularly based on guest habits and clients’ needs. 

People in beta Clay Bassford Bespoke Sound



The way we engage with the music community is something really important for us and honestly, what makes us different than other background music providers. A lot of the background music providers out there have internal teams of maybe five or six DJs that do all of the music for their clients. We aim to connect with the local scene and always work with local DJs. There's some kind of magic in finding the exact right artists for the brand.

And on the flip side of it, when we hire artists, we make sure that the project is also inspiring for them and that they would be interested in participating. We always make sure to pay them well. The whole project creates for them a new income stream that they wouldn't have otherwise.

People in beta Clay Bassford Bespoke Sound

Yes! This was really fun. The objective with the betahaus "betabeer sounds" playlist was to showcase the community side of betahaus. There are so many cool, interesting people in the betahaus community and we thought a playlist could be a perfect way to not only help bring the community together but also show the diverse funkiness of the communities of Berlin and Neukölln, which is why Hazy Pockets, a longtime local Berlin DJ known for his eclectic mixes, was perfect for this project.

This playlist moves from bluesy 60s rock into surf and tropicalia, picking up momentum into Motown and onwards through some laid back disco tunes. Perfect for the betabeer events betahaus hosts monthly!


YOU’RE CURRENTLY ENJOYING THE SUN FAR FROM BERLIN. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE PLACES in berlin that YOU MISS THE MOST?

Oh, there are just so many! Like the Imren Grill for instance where you can find the best homemade Turkish food or Das Gift and Gordon which are both run by great music people. Kohelenquelle in Prenzleuer Berg is my favorite local bar (or rather kneipe). To satisfy my  techno / electronic records needs I always go to Hard Wax and one of my most special places is the Zions Kirche steeple, which has an awesome view of the city and a great Weinerei close by. 


You can see me around betahaus. Online, you can always check out my website and listen to our public playlists on Spotify. We’re also currently working on a collaboration with betahaus, so a special Playlist curated by is will very soon sound around the spaces in Kreuzberg and Neukölln. 

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