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Why should you read & subscribe to handpicked?

Look, I think you should totally read and subscribe to handpicked. But I am clearly biased. I collected some of the feedback I have received from my partners, readers and internet strangers.

Join me on this journey, and let’s see where we end up.

Three recent favourites:

We had a guest for the podcast suggesting a collaboration with handpicked. They thought it was run by a full time company.

– Matt Brady, Data for Good Podcast

– anonymized, via LinkedIn

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What do Handpicked Partners say?

We enjoyed partnering with Igor and handpicked for Berlin! It was easy, smooth, fun, and creative! Congrats on creating a practical and useful newsletter for the tech community!

– Vika Kolomiets, Recruitment Marketing Manager at Grammarly

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Manuel Meurer

Igor has created a fantastic resource that thousands of readers enjoy to stay up-to-date on Berlin tech news and jobs! Working with him is a great pleasure since he puts just as much effort into the cooperation as he does when curating his newsletter.

– Manuel Meurer, Founder & CEO at Uplink

What do subscribers say?

I really like your personal approach to the newsletter, the light tone and the carefully curated listings.

Sara Chahrrour, Media Diet

It has quickly become one of my favourites, not only because it has a well-curated list of opportunities but also because of its tongue-in-cheek style.

– Punit Thakkar, Hello Universe

I look forward to your Handpicked newsletter at the beginning of each week and have been for a while now! It really brightens my day!

Olivia Stieler von Heydekampf, tech recruiter

Really appreciate your work. In a busy world full of distractions and generated content, a handcrafted list is like a fresh breeze.


I love reading Handpicked for Berlin, I am currently looking for a new job, but the time and effort it takes to trawl through LinkedIn/job websites etc always feels quite overwhelming. To be able to read your expertly curated job highlights helps to see what is out there with little effort from my side.

– Louisa

You provide a super well-curated newsletter. I find it really useful to understand the market in Berlin and explore potential opportunities for myself that I would in general not see with my usual filters.

– Pierre

You’re publishing an exceptionally interesting and well-curated newsletter. I really enjoyed it so far and wanted to say Thank you!

– Chris

The jobs are mainly IT or data related, and I am a legal professional, but I still enjoy reading it to see what’s going on, especially the part about startups since I also work at a startup. I also enjoy your parts that are not related to the jobs. Fun to read! 😀

– Helen

I recently had the pleasure of discovering Handpicked, and I must say, it has been an incredible resource for me. As someone who is always on the lookout for news on local and German companies, Handpicked has become my go-to source for the latest updates and insights. I’ve also found the job posts interesting as it gives you a general idea of what’s happening in the job market. 

– Zim, Berlin Events Weekly 

I like the personal approach you take to curating everything, and also, it’s just nice to have a newsletter in my inbox that’s relevant to where I actually live

– B

I subscribed while I was looking for a new job, and stayed for all the info and the fresh tips. It’s useful to have a weekly overview of the job market, plus I love the weekly survey – nice to know what others think about salary, notice and so on. I’m still quite new to the German market – still in the learning curve – and Handpicked for Berlin has been a huge help to feel a little bit more integrated.

– Marta

Love how you craft topics which are also interesting to me! Thanks! 


I used to read it when I was looking for a job, but now that I have one, I read it to keep up with the Berlin tech scene. It’s a good mix, and I like the writing style.


Interesting and new content, well summarized, funny 


I started because of the job offers; now I like the most the bonus information 🙂


Because I’m always on the hunt for new opportunities and trying to keep on the pulse of the tech scene (and you’re a legend in person!)

Zaki Gulamani

Wanting to move to Berlin and like being in the know! I like how in-depth and varied it is


I genuinely enjoy the mix of reading about what companies are currently hiring for what roles or got funding as well as nice trivia around Berlin and other just good to know things (like beware of chargers at open spaces etc.)


I first discovered your posts on Reddit, but only found out about your newsletter after seeing a shoutout in 20 Percent. I subscribed and am particularly interested in job listings and hiring information, especially in my field. Although I work for a tech recruitment company, I follow your newsletter for my own personal interests. The most valuable content, in my opinion, is the collection of thoughts and links as they always teach me something interesting.


As a freelance art director with a tech background, it is a useful resource for job related information


Dear Handpicked,

I absolutely love your newsletter, and all the work you put into it. My only qualm is that you only seem to post more senior positions. I just finished graduate school at Free University, and I don’t think many like me are ready to be in a senior role quite just yet. Just something I’ve been thinking about.

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