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April 30, 2013 12:04 PM How to Make Richard Florida Very Happy

By Andrew Gelman

Under the heading, Technology Start-Ups Take Root in Berlin, Mark Scott writes:

More than two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the German capital has gone from a cold war relic to one of the fastest-growing start-up communities. Engineers and designers have flooded into Berlin in recent years, attracted by the underground music scene, cutting-edge art galleries, stylish bars and low rent… .
Many eyes have focused on Wooga, an online game start-up founded in 2009 … “Gaming involves combining skilled engineering with a creative atmosphere,” said Mr. Begemann, 36, in the start-up’s five-story office where programmers share ideas in an open-plan kitchen that has been designed to look like a leafy forest. “Wooga couldn’t exist in any city other than Berlin.”

[Cross-posted at The Monkey Cage]

Andrew Gelman is a professor of statistics and political science and director of the Applied Statistics Center at Columbia University.