Rory Cellan-Jones
Technology correspondent
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Publishedduration30 August 2018shareSharenocloseShare pagelinkCopy linkAbout sharingimage captionDogs and fast growth are both welcome at the offices of Berlin-based banking app N26

I have just been on a tour of a couple of hot new tech companies. Each had motivational posters on the walls.

One had a bring your dog to work policy. The other had kitchens with free food on every floor. Both featured groups of young people from many countries all conversing in English.

This wasn't Silicon Valley but Berlin, which now seems ready to stake a claim to be one of Europe's top tech hubs.

It lacks the scale of London. But you can sense the confidence in this city, which is now attracting talented tech types from across the world.

Last time I visited, I found plenty of sparky start-ups but no real heavyweights. This time, the two companies I met seemed ready to take on the world.