This will make Richard Florida very happy

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.”

2 Responses to This will make Richard Florida very happy

  1. Tybalt April 30, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    It will; it’s an anecdote. Since Richard Florida can’t handle data, anecdotes really help.

    • Andrew Gelman April 30, 2013 at 11:32 am #


      Why do you say Richard Florida can’t handle data? Sure, he’s made some mistakes, but much of what he writes seems data-based.