May 2016

How to…Fund Your Startup

Navigating your startup safely through Austria’s bureaucracy is tricky. Fortunately, a multitude of subsidies can give you a strong tailwind Bureaucracy is a high art in Austria. Imported, no doubt, with the “red tape” that bound court documents in 16th-century Habsburg Spain, and centralized in the 18th under Maria Theresia to hold her far-flung empire […]
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On Screen: Independence Days – VIS Film Festival

Vienna Independent Shorts celebrates stylish strokes of avant-garde cinemaIn this age of shortened attention spans, when smartphones are streami...

On Music: Winner Takes All

Austrian band contests and the next generation in pursuit of the big stageby Benjamin Kubaczek & Cynthia Peck “Competitions are...

On the Vine: Viva VieVinum – Wine Festival

Austria’s international wine festival uncorkedImagine throngs of winemakers cramped shoulder to shoulder, vying for the attention of thirsty dri...

On Sale: Light My Way

For indoors and out, Austrian companies have come up with simple solutions for our everyday needs, at home and on the moveWith technology advanc...

On Screen: The Lady in the Van

Maggie Smith brings Alan Bennett’s touching memoir to lifeDescribing itself as a “mostly true” story (more on that later), The Lady in the Van d...

Hofburg | Downtown Empire

The Viennese can be a tad formal at times: strings of titles, hand kissing, fancy dress.  But when you’ve had the Hofburg down the street for some 750...

Books: Rebirth of the Rustbelt – The Smartest Places on Earth

How yesterday’s industrial graveyards are turning into today’s hotbeds of innovationAkron and Albany, Dresden and Eindhoven, Oulo and Portland –...

Cover Story: A Culture of Innovation

Austria often looks to America’s can-do approach to business, but can it foster its own forward-­leaning ­climate while still preserving its heritage?...

Profiles: The Unicorn Makers

Startups can’t do it on their own. We met some of the people who give Austrian entrepreneurs the support they need, through technical know-how, state ...

Editorial: Suckers of Silicon Valley

We need to stop lionizing  start-up businesses simply because we like rooting for the underdog; the Davids over the Goliaths. Being an entrepreneu...

The Last Word: The Honorable Alexa Wesner

The U.S. Ambassador to Austria, Alexa Wesner has been supporting the Austrian startup community since she took office in 2013. Her commitment stems fr...

On Tonight: Pratersauna – In Nomine Party

The prominent Pratersauna nightclub reopens after renovationThe rumor mill was abuzz: Last month, Martin Ho, the Dots Group entrepreneur, se...

Patrick Lamb | Funny Man & Virtual Virgin

We met British comedian Patrick Lamb at vrei, a virtual reality lounge in the 7th to talk about comedy, the Viennese and his hood in Hernals“Nop...

On Display: Talks – Tracking the Fakes

Expert Jane Kallir puts Egon Schiele’s works under the microscopeThere’s nothing like a good art forgery scandal to get the blood flowing: beaut...

Op-Ed: The SPÖ’s Family Feud

Austria’s refugee crisis has not only polarized the political landscape,  it has split the country’s ruling party right down the middle As every seas...

Letters to the Editor – May

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On Music: Eurovision 2016

This year’s Europop fiesta has the The Good, The Bad, The Bizarre… and The AustraliansBest known as the launch pad of ABBA, the European Broadca...

Science & Technology: Einstein, Lasers And Supermirrors

In the Austrian success story of gravitational waves, detecting something tiny can be a huge leap forwardOn February 11, 2016, the last of Alber...

Editor’s Letter – May

We were fighting an uphill battle. No one was being paid and there was a constant state of upbeat panic. When we founded Metropole, it seemed like the...

Editorial: Can’t Take a Joke

With each attempt to strong-arm the media, Turkish President Erdogan only confirms his vulnerabilityTurkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is ha...

On Screen: Retrospective – Pre-Code Hollywood

The Filmmuseum presents the heady days before censorshipTinseltown ran wild for a few short years between  the advent of “talkies” and the imple...

Be My Guest: Lisa Rauchbüchl – Hidden Kitchen

The communications graduate ensures that Hidden Kitchen is far from a secretIn the highly competitive world of Viennese lunch cantines, Hidden K...

Rollercoaster – Running Sushi Goes Theme Park

The wacky restaurant Rollercoaster throws your food for a loopThere’s a sudden silence hanging above the train for a few brief moments as passenger...