Dotdotdot: The digital future of reading
In the post-PC age, the expectations of readers when it comes to the presentation and handling of digital texts are increasing. With its iPad app and associated browser version, the Berlin start-up company dotdotdot is establishing itself as a focal point for everything associated with “long form reading” and all types of reading materials in general.
dotdotdot makes it possible for users to consume and work with all sorts of digital materials via a single, elegant, reader-friendly interface enhanced with social functions – e-books, RSS feeds, blog posts and magazine articles can be read on the iPhone, iPad or through a browser.
No matter where the text comes from, it is presented with wonderful clarity in the dotdotdot iPad app. Quotations, paragraphs and passages of text can be annotated, categorised by keyword and recommended by e-mail, Twitter and Facebook.
Digital reading becomes exciting when you have the right tools to exchange views with other readers about what you have just read and to discover inspiring texts together. dotdotdot offers a rich and so far unique portfolio of social reading features in this connection: discussions about text passages can be started directly in the text itself – the reactions of other readers to specific, relevant and exciting passages make it possible to navigate through long texts in an entirely new way. dotdotdot turns static media like books into lively platforms of knowledge that grow dynamically.
The four Berlin-based founders around managing director Thomas Schinabeck have developed a fingerprint algorithm for this purpose, which makes it possible to compare and edit texts across users and devices – and to allocate the right text to each “social layer”. No other social reading tool has offered a comparable solution to date. The High-Tech Gründerfonds and the private investor Heiko Scherer invested in the company in 2012.
About dotdotdot GmbH
Founded in 2012, dotdotdot GmbH has developed an innovative reading platform that makes working with texts easier than ever. The four founders, designers and software developers committed themselves to developing the best and most efficient reading experience. The dotdotdot reader is available free of charge from the Apple App Store for the iPhone and iPad at https://appstore.com/dotdotdotreader. The dotdotdot browser solutions can be found at www.dotdotdot.me
About High-Tech Gründerfonds
High-Tech Gründerfonds invests risk capital in young technology companies with high potential that find commercial applications for promising research. With the help of seed financing, the start-ups take the R&D project up to the point of building a prototype, delivering a “proof of concept” or market launch. The fund initially invests €500,000; in total, up to €2 million is available to each company. The investors in the public-private partnership are the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, the KfW banking group and 17 companies: ALTANA, BASF, B. Braun, Robert Bosch, CEWE Color, Daimler, Deutsche Post DHL, Deutsche Telekom, Evonik, Lanxess, media + more venture Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG, METRO, Qiagen, RWE Innogy, SAP, Tengelmann and Carl Zeiss. The High-Tech Gründerfonds has at its disposal a total fund volume of around €573.5 million (€272 million in Fund I and €301.5 million in Fund II).
About Heiko Scherer
Heiko Scherer has more than 15 years of experience in digital media. Among other achievements, he played a leading part in establishing pay-TV platforms with Unitymedia and Kabel Deutschland, set up his own pay-TV stations and has worked as a consultant for various agencies and service providers. With his own agency clapp, he is now developing mobile digital products and strategies for leading media companies and publishing houses, including the Handelsblatt and the M. DuMont Schauberg media group. He also has a stake in another start-up company as a business angel.