Interview with Michael Seidel, Founder of helps journalists who are under great time pressure: is a research network that supports them in researching complex topics quickly and securely with experts. In contrast to the scientific information services that have been available to date, we systematically connect journalists with experts while supporting both sides in their communication.

Our start-up is based in Germany. The project is currently being funded and we are working on the first prototype. We have been able to gain numerous supporters, whether from German science organisations such as the Max Planck Society and the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres or from top institutions such as the University of Oxford.


How did you come up with the idea for the company?

I’m Michael Seidel, the CEO of I was a journalist myself and always dissatisfied with the kind of research the difficult journalistic market forces us to do today. There is a critical lack of multi perspectives and competence in the process of choosing the right experts that support our articles. That has a considerable effect on the end consumers ability to make wise decisions.

There are several concepts such as Tim-Berners Lee’s Semantic Web or aspects of Meritocracy that influenced the idea behind Global urgencies furthermore did the rest to push us developing our solution. Among other technologies we use the knowledge graph database called Grakn to achieve our goal.


What advice would you give to other aspiring entrepreneurs?

Do not jump head over heels into the world of (agile) frameworks without consistently applying and adapting them for you.

Personality tests like MBTI are not one hundred percent scientific, but they allow a quick and useful approach to the truth of a person. Use this wisely to combine complementary personality types and thus build an effective team.

You will learn a lot about yourself and your fellow human beings.

My high school maths teacher used to tell his students: “Work on your frustration tolerance, then you can achieve everything.” There is a lot of truth in that.

What can we hope to see from in the future?

We plan to start the closed beta in six months and to become the standard for expert research and external scientific communication in the future. Our goal is to improve the quality of information for all of us.