Entrepreneurs in Berlin’s budding tech scene say Germany’s relatively relaxed visa-application process gives them an edge in attracting international talent, such as software engineers who don’t want to go through the strained H-1B route in the U.S.
“In Silicon Valley, it’s getting harder and harder to get international visas,” Marco Boerries, a German entrepreneur, said in an interview in Berlin. “The amount of talent that I need for the problem that we’re trying to solve, I have an easier time finding here than in Silicon Valley.”
Boerries’s Berlin-based startup, NumberFour, has been secretly developing tools for small businesses for the last few years. The company, funded by $38 million in venture capital, is his fourth business. Boerries has sold his earlier companies to Sun Microsystems and Yahoo!