Beyond the massive speculative frenzy around cryptocurrencies, the underlying blockchain technology continues to attract an expanding range of entrepreneurs. This means various regions are now jockeying to become the key hub for a growing ecosystem of blockchain startups.
Berlin is one of the cities that believes it’s worthy of the crown, and now it’s getting some help from a joint project launched by two of its more notable blockchain startups. The teams behind Berlin’s Tendermint and Gnosis have joined forces to create Full Node, a blockchain coworking space that will open in March in the city’s Kreuzberg neighborhood.
Gnosis and Tendermint have jointly rented 1000m² of space in the building, which will serve as their new headquarters, as well as a co-working space for a combined 100 people. Full Node will offer meeting rooms, open space, and social areas for events and work.
Nadja Beneš, head of brand and content strategy for Gnosis, explained that the idea was initiated by the companies’ respective founders, who saw the number of blockchain entrepreneurs in Berlin growing at a rapid clip.
“The community was really dispersed,” Beneš said. “We had a desire to unite this growing blockchain community.”
Following a year in which Bitcoin soared to insane valuations and initial coin offerings threatened to rewrite the rules of startup funding, a much broader audience is tuning in to subjects like cryptocurrencies and blockchain. And with money flowing into this sector, the number of cities and countries wishing to get in on the action has soared. Malta, Singapore, and Slovenia have made plays to be seen as crypto hubs, while the city of Zug in Switzerland has been dubbed Crypto Valley and Estonia and Belarus have been jockying for position. And that doesn’t even count Europe’s traditional startup hubs, such as London…
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