Top of the e-commerce leagueHamburg is Germany's media capital and home to 22,000 media and IT firms, including numerous e-commerce businesses. The city is a top player in Europe's Champions League of e-commerce locations; according to the most recent figures, businesses in Hamburg reported e-commerce turnover of almost 6 billion euros.
The powerhouse of European e-commerceLondon is a global business metropolis and "Tech City". Along with Luxembourg, Paris and Hamburg, the city has the strongest e-commerce business in Europe, according to the "Top 400 Europe" study conducted by trade magazine Internet Retailer. London's 40,000 or so start-ups put the city in the same league as Silicon Valley.
Spain's hi-tech metropolisBarcelona is Spain's technology capital. The annual Global E-commerce Summit and the eShow are international gatherings for e-commerce players. More than 7,000 start-ups have been launched in 22@ - Barcelona's technological and innovation district - since 2000. Almost one in ten of these businesses are engaged in e-commerce.
Brilliant minds and risk capitalBoston has a larger share of programmers than anywhere else in the USA, and the city attracts IT and e-commerce specialists from the nearby Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Boston also received some 730 million US dollars of risk capital in 2012, around half of which found its way into Internet and e-commerce business.
A developer's strongholdThe city and region of Jena are an important hotspot in Germany's growing digital economy. One in every 100 people in Jena already work in a software company such as industry giants ePages or Intershop. International e-commerce professionals meet in Jena every year at the "insight e-commerce" fair and congress.