"Qiro fully fledged"
Deutsche Telekom Laboratories are proud parents
Qiro convinces Gründerfonds
user community growing
A laboratory is complicated, abstract and only home to brainiacs? Well, yes, but then it’s even better when an idea comes out of the lab that can stand on its own two feet. An idea that’s new and combines fun with practicality. An idea that allows its developers to set up their own business and shows that in Germany, an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit is in the air.
The idea was conceived at the Deutsche Telekom Laboratories in Berlin: How can we obtain information at the right time and in the right place? Very practically: It would be nice to have the cinema and event program for this evening to hand when in an unfamiliar city, or to hear about the special offers at my favorite book shop when I’m right outside, or to find out via Qiro that a friend has arrived unexpectedly in the city and can arrange something with him spontaneously.
With heart and soul, lots of know-how and an inexhaustible will, the team began to transform this idea into reality. The first prototype proved interesting and was convincing enough to justify its continued development. “Our baby has the potential to grow up, and we have provided him with a good start for the journey,” says Peter Möckel, Head of T-Laboratories, about the “offspring” and its education. “Despite the pain of parting, we found the right time to let it go off and be independent. Qiro is fully fledged. And we stick by our motto: We turn ideas into the future.”
The first user tests were positive and revealed opportunities for both improvement and expansion. The team improved the software.
The service went live for IFA 2006, and a name was found for the baby: Qiro, a mobile community & information service based on automatic localization. Just log on to www.myqiro.de using your mobile, and off you go.
Qiro thrived and grew, and managed to win investors over. Qiro receives capital from High-Tech Gründerfonds and VC Fonds Berlin GmbH for marketing and attracting further cooperation partners. Both are convinced of Qiro’s potential. Ute Eisenkolb from VC Fonds Berlin speaks of “the huge market potential for mobile information and community services,” and Holger Heinen from High-Tech Gründerfonds highlights “Qiro’s service diversity and secure and simple buddy concept.”
Christian Wolf has been there from the outset, and is now the Managing Director of Qiro GmbH: “The first steps are full of emotion and very exciting. Qiro is now up and running steadily and I’m sure will continue learning along the way. For example, we are currently working on a chat module for our community.”
And what about the prospect of further offspring from the Deutsche Telekom Laboratories, Mr. Möckel? “We shouldn’t just have an only child. When the time is right – and creative ideas need time to grow – our home will certainly produce further innovation.”
Deutsche Telekom Laboratories
The T-Laboratories were founded in April 2005 as an institute affiliated with TU Berlin. They pursue the goal of pushing forward new developments in the IT/telecommunications sector based on close cooperation with the scientific field and of turning these developments into, e.g. innovative products for Deutsche Telekom. Alongside using these innovations within the Group, spin-offs are also a declared objective. This was implemented for the first time with Qiro.
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