Redon Skikuli is a citizen of Berlin and a member of betahaus since couple of months. He used to be a serious dude operating his own business. However, at some point he made a decision to stay serious, BUT direct all the forces towards the world of making, hacking and inventing. And soon he´s gonna hold an ARDUINO COURSE @ betahaus.
- Hi Redon, I know that once you used to be an entrepreneur. Now you are involved in Maker Fair Rome, a hackerspace in Albania, hold courses and workshops all around Europe – do you consider ´making/ hacking´ to be your profession? (weiterlesen…)
Régis Lemberthe is an industrial and humanitarian designer, co-founder of A&Re Design. He was creating awesome projects at betahaus and Open design City almost as long as it exists, and will be the teacher and mentor of Product Design Course from 12th June on.
– Why have you decided to become a designer? (weiterlesen…)
Let’s meet Katja, the girl behind a startup Sunny Office!
Who are you?
I am Katja, a young sun lover who’s been living in Berlin for a while. I love working in the sun, chocolate, running, being free and having wine with friends. These loves determine the directions the story goes… After 5 years in consulting, I decided to be an entrepreneur and freelancer in order to live my life the way I love – location–independent and free in terms of where and what I work on. Therefore I made the Sunny Office come true by implementing the lean startup approach and simply bootstrapping the business. Besides that I am one of four co-founders that initiated Ideacamp, that was founded 2 years ago and helps other people to find their business idea and found their company in lean/ bootstrapped way.
Why did you start this? (weiterlesen…)
Are you asking yourself where the summer is and why it’s not here yet?
At betahaus | café we’re launching super fresh juices made of sunshine and love to kickstart the summer!
You can choose from many varieties: sunny orange, apple-carrot-ginger love and also occasional seasonal specials from our happy bar staff.
betapitch is coming to Barcelona and we are very excited to be hosting it at betahaus. Short before the betapitch | global will be in Barcelona on June 13th, 2013. betapitch is a business idea competition where local startups will have the opportunity to compete with other international ventures to make a pitch about how they think their startup can make a difference in the world. (weiterlesen…)
Were you planning on having some coffee and checking out the sweet selection this Saturday in the cafe and now you’re sad because it’s going to be closed?!
Though the betahaus | café will be closed this Saturday, the following Saturdays there will be a small surprise for those of you who venture to Prinzessinstr. 19-20 looking for a sweet snack. . .
And we will be seeing you all the following Saturdays with a full selection of pastries and plenty of coffee
This time we talked to our member Deskmag - the biggest coworking magazine in da world, so check out what Carsten says about the history, present & future of coworking!
Who are you?! (weiterlesen…)
You may have noticed that we are currently on a mission of NOT giving people a chance to launch a TV-watching-weekend-session ever again.
And we are moving further with that! Here comes a new perfect reason to stay pleasantly busy! – MAKER WEEKEND # 3 on the 18th and 19th of May.
During last weekes we got too many new awesome workshop ideas. And just could´t keep it only for ourselves, had to let you join in!
Over 20 creative betahaus minds, professional designers and tech experts got together to make it happen! We will introduce you to the latest inventions and the oldest techniques. Meet us, get to know all the skills and tricks and directly go hands-on! There is more knowledge than you already have: Weaving, Pattern Cutting, Window Gardening, Arduino, Coding, etc. etc. etc.
Here is our lineup of workshop and seminars:
Hey, you interested in new startups?
Check out a newest startup in the house, Dutch MoneyBird who helps out freelancers to get rid of the paperwork! Some of the freelancers in the house can tell… This is the interview with Niek, co-founder:
Who are you?
Hi, I’m Niek ten Hoopen, co-founder of MoneyBird Germany. MoneyBird offers an online platform for freelancers and small businesses that allows them to easily create and send their invoices. We believe that entrepreneurs should be able to focus on their core business, instead of worrying about sending their invoices and keeping track of the payments they need to receive.
After six months of working at betahaus, “6 people like this” can’t wait to present their baby named: Kreutzbergs Rezeptur – Regenerativum.
“6 people like this” are six students from Berlin University of the Arts studying Communication in Social and Economic Context. On their search for a project to prove their skills and knowledge for the Bachelor’s degree, they met Jan Kreutzberg.
Jan Kreutzberg worked for several years for a pharmaceutical company in South-East Asia. During this time he found out about natural ingredients that help to regenerate after exhausting activities of any kind. Fascinated by the power of the natural agents he decided to bring them to Germany and to create a drink containing them. Now he needed to find a way to enter the market. And that’s what “6 people like this” have been working on for the recent six months.
“6 people like this” are convinced that a community driven approach is the best way to build a brand. Since the people are the market, a brand has to referrer to the people in a personal way.
That’s why “6 people like this” joined the betahaus coworking-community.
That’s why they developed and played a research game in betahaus and included the community’s stories into the brand’s world.
That’s why they incorporated the “always in beta-spirit” into their work.
After getting in touch with the communities’ life and wishes they developed a brand-name, corporate and product design, revealed the brand’s story and identity and wrote concepts for the communicational surrounding.
In the end: Kreutzbergs Rezeptur – Regenerativum was born.
The drinks journey started in betahaus. So we are proud to be the place exclusively offering it even before it hits the market.
“6 people like this” want to say ”THANK YOU FRIENDS FOR THE INSPIRATION AND HELP” and will give away free drinks at beta-breakfast on May 2nd.
It’s about to get crafty up in this betahaus!
It’s time for making, it’s time for getting to know new technologies and techniques, because it´s Artisan Weekend! Woo-hoo!
We’re teaming up with General Assembly and Esty to bring in the best.
This weekend kicks off on Friday morning with workshops and lectures to turn you into a lean, mean creator. Textiles, electronics, 3D printing, cardboard, concrete.. we truly tried to bring in as much of crafts and technology as a weekend could squeeze.
One of the workshops we really present top proudly is a Crash Course on Fabric Dyeing. It´s held by a betahaus NY-fellow Shabd who´s simultaneously a world-wide known fabric artist. Her works were featured in Vogue, ELLE and New York Magazine.. well, to make long story short – she´s truly amazing and ready to teach you the holy magic of fabric colouring.
But once you´ll get crafty. After a ws and couple of years of hard practice. .. There will be still a lot you´ll need to know. This part is covered by GA and Etsy who brought in lectures on all the practical business skills which you would need to succeed as an artisan. Well, the lineup of lectures and workshops is pretty packed as always, so to make it easier for you – just SEE IT ALL AT ONCE.
But if all kickass workshops aren’t enough to get your engine running, we’re stepping on the gas Saturday night with the Artisan Party ! Our Dj´s (already almost in residence) – Milan Hermess and Lazercat (LIVE, Snuff Trax/Canada) will blow up the dance floor just the way they do it! From 10 pm on we promise DIY sessions from our How Do Fellows and lots of fun all around you.
So join us at any point of the awesome weekend, we´ll be there.
yours betahaus team.
P.S. Oh, by the way, if you wanna learn some deco DIY designs – join us today (Wednesday 7pm) at Open Design City for an arty Pre-Party. Entrance free even if you are banana-handed.
The countdown has almost ran out, hurry up startups! Applications for the first Axel Springer Plug and Play accelerator program can be submitted until tomorrow, April 19, 2013 at www.axelspringerplugandplay.com.
And why do we write about this?!
Because all the founders participating in the program will get the status of betahaus| member, which allows them to participate on the community events such as betabreakfast and attend our workshops. After the intense 3 month program all the participants will spend one month working from betahaus for free!
New startups in the house, more fun on the business workshops! Another great feature of participating in the acceleration is an opportunity to be selected to gain fame&fortune by participating at our global startup competition betapitch. Here the selected startup will pitch among the winners of all the six local betapitch competitions which are happening right now in the Europe. betapitch|global takes place on the 6th of July 2013 in Berlin, don’t miss it!
The low-cost car-sharing for you!
All the beloved betahaus members can drive their citee car almost for free!
100% discount on the citee car one year membership fee and no time charges during the workdays 9am – 5pm! The only thing you pay is some change for the km (gas included)!
betapitch is the startup contest of betahaus in which promising teams get a head start and get a chance to work in lively home-like environment. The winning team will stay in betahaus for 6 months and will get everything needed for launching and further development of their ideas and products. Our mission is to make the stay of the top teams the most enjoyable and useful, therefore we’ll connect them with partners, mentors and investors to meet all the needs of start-ups. (weiterlesen…)
Monday, April 1st is where HacKidemia will kick-off their one-day ‘Hack The City’ event where all children are welcome to experience a new way of learning and get their hands dirty on the latest technology out there. Drones, 3D printing, laser cutting, video game programming, hacking the standard systems, that’s what you can expect here. We did an in-depth interview with one of the founders, Stefania and talked about HacKidemia, the future of education and learning and why you should take your kids to HacKidemia!
Join us for a weekend of classes and events celebrating the marriage of technology and craftsmanship in Berlin. We have the the city’s most prominent artisans and tech experts to educate emerging entrepreneurs on how to leverage technology to grow their businesses and expand their craft. And we gonna party! (weiterlesen…)
We have a new space ready for you!
As you have noticed from the signs, betahaus opened the first coworking RECEPTION ever! It is located on the new 1st floor – right above the café. From now on, there will always be somebody to give you a warm welcome smile when you’ll come to work!
Along with the reception we’re opening the sunny lounge – a chill out zone where you can come anytime to work or just enjoy a coffee. But watch out its for members only!! (weiterlesen…)
This past weekend was a Maker Weekend. The workshops started on Saturday with a Coding Jam by Graffiti Research Labs and ranged from turning your old plastic bags into cool new textiles in the Melt-a-Bag workshop, to building your own Rocket Stove!
There was even a chance to take a load off at the Natural Cosmetics and Relax workshop. Participants in the Leather Jewelry, Rockin’ Knits, and Screenprinting workshops got to make awesome accessories, and partakers in the Berliner Hocker and Cardboard Up-Light Lamp workshops left with unique handcrafted home goods. (weiterlesen…)
Who are you?
I am a business analyst at hub:raum, the incubator program of Deutsche Telekom. Prior to that I worked as a strategic consultant and have many years of marketing and sales experience. I spend two years in San Francisco working as an consultant on ICT innovation projects and scouting for potential businesses. Before flying over to the US, I worked for a mobile, location based, social community startup here in Berlin, Germany where I practiced my startup and business skills.
After coming back to Berlin from Silicon Valley I joined the hub:raum, the incubator & accelerator program of Deutche Telekom. I really enjoy working together with people who are passionate and excited about the work that they’re doing here. For me it is a perfect way how to apply my knowledge and experience on the new businesses which apply at hub:raum and bring it together with the resources of Deutche Telekom (DT).
What are you working on at hub:raum?
My field of work ranges from application-inflow analysis, deal negotiation and also consulting with the startups that are in the incubation program. It is important to estimate the fit of the startup into DT in the very beginning and also vice verser, see if we fit to the team.
During the acceleration program I provided consulting to the startups that we had here and gave them some insights and advices on the VC business. The program provided the startups with networking and mentoring from highly experienced people and programs like from GA., whichmakes the accelerator unique.
Why do you come back to the betahaus?
I appreciate to stay in touch with the betahaus community and try to give back, what betahaus provides to the Berlin Start-up scene. There are always many people with different backgrounds perspectives which provide new insights and perspective on given processes and structures. I will offer my knowledge to the betahaus members – how to form their idea, structure it and consequently sell it to their customers and possible VC’s
Which fields are you able to help out with?
During the office hours I’d like to share some of my experience that I gained throughout all my career and help the startups to deal with the problems they usually don’t even think about or the ones that will come up.
It includes investment perspectives, all business relevant topics and also the project management of the businesses, e.g. which milestones to set, which steps will lead them there and so one. I try to provide advice on a wide range of topics, reflecting my background where I’ve –studied at the University of Arts, was selling copy machines, worked in the Silicon Valley – I’m really looking forward meeting you..
At the very core of betahaus lie the principles of openness, collaboration, and the sharing of resources among coworkers. These principles are, of course, hardly limited to traditional forms of desk-work. Open Design City, located directly behind the betahaus| café, is a space in which the principles of coworking are applied to physical construction and design projects. (weiterlesen…)
Alexander Köppen-Dlugosch is a co-founder of PocketWeb, a company specializing in mobile platforms that integrates social media and location-based services to make them easily usable for startups as well as large enterprises. Based on their PocketLife Platform they launched one of the first location-based social media networks in 2008, accessible online and on mobile networks worldwide. Based on their platform they have worked with a number of startups and enterprises to develop innovative mobile services in a variety of fields. (weiterlesen…)
Auf 100 Seiten schildern wir den Entstehungsprozess des betahaus und erklären die Grundprinzipien: Community, Open Space, Locality and Access und der Rest unserer Religion.
Hier ein paar Auszüge:
Das Beta-Prinzip bedeutet für uns, auf kontinuierliche Weiterentwicklung anstatt auf fertige Formeln zu setzen. Dieses Buch folgt diesem Prinzip.
Im betahaus verschränken sich Wirtschaft, Kultur, Technologie, Politik und Soziales zu einer Topologie des Coworking, die quer zu den traditionellen sozialen Systemen – sagen wir im Sinne Niklas Luhmann´s – stehen Das bedeutet nichts anderes, als die Tatsache, dass das betahaus ein Laboratorium ist, in dem der Versuch unternommen wird, gesellschaftliche Praxis auf der Höhe der Zeit neu zu erfinden.
Es geht uns jedoch nicht nur darum, der Welt zu erzählen, wer wir sind und was wir tun. Deshalb sind das dritte und vierte Kapitel des Buches als ein Leitfaden konzipiert, den coworking-Teams zu Rate ziehen können, die gerade irgendwo auf der Welt ihr eigenes betahaus aufbauen.
Angefangen bei der Vision, die uns schließlich dazu getrieben hat, in Berlin eine Industriebrache anzumieten, bis zu den Prinzipien, die uns bis heute dabei leiten, erklären wir Schritt für Schritt: wie man vom Günderteam zur Immobilie kommt, die Anlaufkosten finanziert und seine community aufbaut, das Haus betreibt und ständig weiterentwickelt.
Mehr im Buch.
Das ist erhältlich im betahaus unten an der Bar und bestimmt in einer überarbeiteten Version demnächst bei Deinem Buchhändler.
UPDATE: Das Buch ist leider vergriffen. Wir arbeiten an einer Neuauflage.
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Open Design City is a hands-on, creative coworking space within betahaus, and can best be described as a mix of fab-lab and makerspace. People come to Open Design City to prototype their ideas, get input on projects, build all kinds of things, and participate in some neat workshops.
We are looking for an intern who can help market Open Design City, and spread the word about our space online and offline. Your duties will include:
- Promotion of Open Design City on various social networks.
- Creating and executing guerilla marketing campaigns.
- Researching funding.
- Organising workshops, and finding people to host them.
If this sounds like the right job for you, and if you’re available for at least 3 months, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thorsten ist seit ein paar Wochen im betahaus aktiv und bietet regelmässig eine Sprechstunde zum Thema “Gründung&Förderung” an. Die Sprechstunde ist für betahaus | member und Gäste kostenlos. Unser Praktikant Max hat Thorsten mal ein paar Fragen dazu gestellt:
1. Thorsten, du bist unter anderem Kommunikationsberater und Gründungscoach. Wie bist Du im betahaus gelandet?
Ich bin spezialisiert auf die Kreativwirtschaft, und hier sitzt einfach das Publikum mit dem ich arbeiten kann und arbeiten will. Von daher ist es absolut sinnvoll für mich um hier zu sein. Ich arbeite mit dem internationalen Designzentrum und der KfW Bank zusammen, und hab mich hier öfters mit Klienten im Café getroffen. Ich hab noch ein Büro in Kreuzberg, und viele meiner Klienten sagen von sich aus „lass uns im betahaus treffen“, weil sie hier arbeiten. Irgendwann fiel mir einfach auf dass das der richtige Platz für mich ist, um zu arbeiten und auch um neue Klienten zu treffen.
2. Du berätst vor allem Gründer im Bereich Kreativwirtschaft. Was bringt dich dazu dich hierauf zu spezialisieren?
Ich habe Betriebswirtschaft und Kulturwissenschaft studiert, das heißt von Anfang an bestand da eine gewisse Logik mich in den Bereich Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft zu begeben. Ich hab auch schon in anderen Bereichen gearbeitet, habe aber einfach gemerkt dass es mir am meisten Spaß macht in diesem kreativen Feld tätig zu sein. Deshalb bin ich hier
3. Welche Fragen beantwortest du in deiner Sprechstunde? Wo liegen deine Fachgebiete? Welche typischen Fragen tauchen immer wieder auf
In dieser Sprechstunde beantworte ich vor allem Fragen rund um die Förderung und Finanzierung von Startups und Selbständigen in der Gründungsphase, aber auch danach.
4. Warum gibst du die Sprechstunde? Was hoffst du damit zu erreichen?
Erst mal gebe ich die Sprechstunde weil ich hoffe dass die, die zu mir kommen, auch etwas mitnehmen können. Natürlich ist es aber auch ein von Vorteil für mich. Dadurch dass ich bei der KFW Bank akkreditiert bin, kann ich gefördertes Gründercoaching anbieten. Ich weiß, dass viele Kreative, gerade wenn sie sich selbstständig machen, nicht unbedingt die finanziellen Mittel haben sich ein Gründercoaching zu leisten. Von daher ist es quasi eine win-win Situation für mich und meine Kunden.
Wann die nächste Gründung&Förderung Sprechstunde stattfindet könnt Ihr in unserem Kalender sehen.
Few things can be more frustrating than job-hunting – sending out endless generic CVs and repetitive cover letters to eventually find a job we may not even enjoy. Luckily, Justin McMurray, founder of Somewhere, has decided to do something about this.
Coworking spaces can benefit just about any kind of work, allowing for increased productivity, inspiration, and a sense of community. Unsurprisingly, we are beginning to see more spaces that apply the principles of coworking to a number of different fields that reach beyond traditional office work.
Since September 2011, a former apartment in Neukölln’s trendy Reuterkiez has housed a co-sewing space – Nadelwald. This new space offers sewing equipment, patterns, workshops, and other facilities for designers and hobbyists alike to be inspired, create projects, and share their ideas and creations with others. We asked founder Swantje Wendt a few questions about her charming new space.
How did you come up with the concept of co-sewing – the idea of applying the principles of co-working to sewing?
I originally wanted to start a fashion label, specializing in scarves and accessories, and had been searching for a place where I could work on that. Since I couldn’t find a space where I could leave my patterns and materials, I simply created my own space, and began offering it to others.
What kinds of people normally use this space – professional designers, or simply hobbyists?
At the moment, the space is used mostly by people who sew as a hobby and who like to do their own alterations. Only one of our customers is a professional designer who comes here whenever she needs equipment she does not already own.
There seems to be a growing interest in sewing these days, particularly among younger people. Why do you think that is?
I think that, in the case of younger people, sewing and other forms of handiwork can be seen as an alternative to daily work, as many people these days spend most of their time at their computers. They enjoy being able to create something with their hands, something they can be proud of in the end.
You hold a lot of workshops. Do your workshops mainly focus on sewing, or do you branch out into other forms of visual art and handicrafts as well?
Our workshops focus on any skills related to fashion. We offer workshops on different sewing techniques, and even knitting, which is taught by a guest instructor, as knitting is not my area of expertise. I plan to offer a workshop on pattern-making, as that is my specialty.
You have a store here as well. Do people who use this space sell their finished work here?
Yes. It’s part of our concept – you can be inspired by our fashion and pattern books, work on your project and finish it, and finally sell it, all in the same space.
You yourself have worked as a designer, and have done some work for Berlin Fashion Week. Could you tell us a little more about that?
I started out as a tailor, but I felt I wanted to go further in the world of fashion. So I started out working for a Berlin-based high fashion label before working for another, larger-scale label based in Bremen. I found that working for a larger label really limited my ability to be creative – I simply communicated ideas between designers and buyers, and never created anything of my own. When I finally moved back here, I decided to start my own business instead of working for another firm. At first, I wanted to start a label as a designer, but since I was unable to find space to work, I simply created my own, and that’s how Nadelwald was born.
Peter Kirn is a musician, sound-designer, composer, educator, and writer, specializing in DIY electronic music and interactive visual arts. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of Create Digital Media, GmbH, an online magazine and community for those involved in music technology and audiovisual arts.
A member of betahaus since November 2011, Peter has already hosted events and workshops at Open Design City for users of the MeeBlip – an open-source synthesizer he co-designed – and plans to hold more events this year.
You are the co-creator and developer of the MeeBlip Synthesizer, and have already hosted a workshop here at Open Design City. Do you plan to hold any more MeeBlip workshops or any similar events at betahaus or ODC in the future?
Following my talk at the Create Art and Technology conference in November 2011, I hosted a very informal MeeBlip workshop at Open Design City. So far, these are the only MeeBlip-related events I’ve hosted here. Of course, I have a lot of plans for this year, and that includes more workshops and events at betahaus and ODC.
These events are generally attended by a mix of musicians and electronics geeks, but my long-term goal is to introduce a wider range of people to electronic music and synthesizers. The MeeBlip project is still in the early stages, and we have yet to win anyone over who isn’t already interested in this field. We hope to do a better job of making the MeeBlip more available in the future, and accessible to people everywhere.
I started out with CreateDigitalMusic, which focused on using technology as a window into music. It’s not just a gear site, nor is it a typical music site. CreateDigitalMotion was founded at a point when, very early on, it became apparent to me that a lot of musicians were moving from working with sound to working with visuals, especially with interactive visuals. I think that, as a musician and a live performer, you work a lot with time – an element most visual artists and designers often do not consider in their work. However, we have a new generation of artists and designers, as well as musicians who cross over to these fields, who do think in those terms – taking visual media and adding to it the element of time.
We’ll also be rebooting our social efforts with a site we’ll call Create Digital Noise; part of what I’m working on here in Berlin is engineering that site and creating something new for people exploring technology for music and motion. If anyone is interested in how social connections work for creative people, I’d love to talk.
There has been a backlash in recent years against the use of inexpensive software to produce music, with many blaming such software for the overall deterioration in the quality and value of music nowadays. Given that you specialise in external hardware, what do you think of this viewpoint?
Both James, the co-designer of the MeeBlip, and I are hardware users: we love the feeling of turning knobs, flipping switches, and so on. But we always try to be as open-minded as possible. Since I first started writing CreateDigitalMusic, I have always tried to cover everything. I try not to be too concerned about how people make music or what they use, whether they make music with an old GameBoy, big racks of analog gear, or an iPad. I think this backlash we’re seeing is mainly against the lack of variety in output, and the idea that people no longer have a choice in what they can do. Everyone has different tastes, different musical backgrounds, and access to different forms of gear. The great thing about music is that electronics, when in the hands of a musician, are no longer seen as disposable. If you give a musician an iPad, and a newer version comes out, they’ll simply get the newer one and have two musical instruments!
What inspired you to move from the US to Berlin, and what attracted you to betahaus in particular?
I recently moved to Berlin from New York to give both myself and Create Digital Media a new place to grow and develop. At the moment, I think there isn’t any better place for that than Berlin, and especially betahaus. I’ve always been interested in the intersection of technology and creativity – these sites themselves are examples of this intersection – and I see a lot of that at betahaus. It’s always great to see people from different fields – web people, musicians, people working with technology – come together to work on things. There is a strong sense of technological ingenuity, not only at betahaus and in Berlin, but throughout Germany in general, and I’ve been able to meet a lot of smart and interesting people since coming here.
In recent years, Kresten Buch has become a name strongly associated with the emerging mobile-based startup scene in Kenya. The Berlin-based “serial investor” is behind several projects and initiatives designed to support the wealth of young entrepreneurs and innovators in Kenya and the rest of the East African region, mainly through the seed-investment company 88mph, and through the professional social network, HumanIPO, which he co-founded.
Kresten’s latest venture, Startup Garage, is set to open in Nairobi in mid 2012, and will be the largest coworking space in East Africa to date. He also plans to introduce a desk-exchange between coworking spaces in Nairobi and Berlin, in which betahaus will take part.
You initially worked within Denmark and Northern Europe. How did you become interested in Kenya, and what made you eventually change your focus to East Africa?
It all started when I sold a company in 2006 to investors in Eastern Europe. As part of that sale, I had to build a company in Eastern Europe, so that was what first got me out of Denmark. Following that, I decided to take a 14-day business course at Stanford University, and it was there that I then met David Owino, then the COO of Kenya Data Networks Limited. At that time, I was looking to start investing in tech companies, and he told me a lot about what was going on in East Africa: about mobile money and the growth of the mobile industry. Soon afterwards, I decided to spend a week in Kenya to see this for myself, and that’s how eventually started working there.
There’s plenty of talk about mobile business leading the way in regional development, not only in East Africa, but in a lot of developing regions of the world. How widespread throughout the economy and throughout Kenyan society are the benefits of this development – are they limited to only certain economic sectors or certain classes of people?
Mobile technology has really increased its presence in Kenya these days. For instance, the biggest mobile operator in the country, SafariCom, has over 22 million subscribers, and the population of Kenya is 40 million. One thing mobile technology has brought to a lot of rural Kenyans is the ability to have a bank account. SafariCom offers subscribers access to banking services, so they not only get access to a phone – something they may not have had before, but also the opportunity to send or receive money from the cities, or from abroad, with their mobile bank accounts. Phones prices are also much lower these days – you can easily get a perfectly-functional, Chinese-made smartphone running an Android system for about 80 USD.
Despite there being such a promising, talented population, Africa is still unfortunately associated with poverty, corruption, political instability, and the resulting capital flight, which, of course, deters potential investors. Do you believe that, through the growth of the mobile start-up scene – this so-called “mobile revolution” – this stereotype can eventually be overcome in the international community?
That’s definitely one of the more interesting challenges we are trying to face. There needs to be a change in the way people look at Africa – too many people only associate it with poverty, charity work, and so on. Africa also needs to be seen as a land of opportunity that is attractive to investors. We hope that we can eventually create some kind of regional success story through our work which would spread worldwide thanks to social media, ultimately changing everyone’s perceptions of Africa for the better.
One thing I’ve noticed is that, when you’re in Kenya, you feel surrounded by growth – strong population growth, economic growth, and so on. You’re able to take on projects which may not have the same impact on the markets in Europe. For instance, we founded a football website, Futaa.com, which found great success in the Kenyan markets – something that would not have happened as readily in Europe. A lot of people who do show interest in investing in East Africa mainly see the region as a source of cheap labour, and ignore the true potential of the local population and markets.
Of course. Obviously, I encourage Europeans to go down to Africa and start something. It’s great for the local population to be able to collaborate with foreigners, exchange skills, experience and expertise, and to eventually start their own companies based on that. I think that all successful economic growth is based on interaction between nationalities. In order for the economies in East Africa to grow, the local population has to be a part of it; and as equal players. I would love to see small companies being formed by a mix of nationalities – that’s one of the reasons why I’ve decided to start a desk-exchange with betahaus and other coworking spaces in Europe.
HumanIPO has just announced a desk-exchange between coworking spaces Berlin and Nairobi, and that betahaus will be participating. What are some of the main differences between the coworking scenes in East Africa and Western Europe, and what could either side learn from this kind of exchange?
When you look at Kenyan startups, you notice that the entrepreneurs there are a lot more hungry and a lot more driven than those in Europe. One of our employees in Kenya, for instance, had his taxi hijacked, and was held hostage all night. The next morning, he went straight to work, as if nothing had happened! Needless to say, many European entrepreneurs can at least be inspired by that level of determination. I also find that, in Africa, people are much friendlier and more passionate. This creates a good contrast when paired with Germans, who are more structured, formal, and reserved.
The space in Nairobi is almost ready for the desk-exchange; so it’s just a matter of enough people from Berlin applying for it. Our newest space, Startup Garage, is about to open, and should be ready in a week. The space has about 120 desks – not quite as big as betahaus, but so far the biggest coworking space in East Africa. Mind you, coworking is still a relatively new trend over there, as many Kenyan companies still hold on to a very traditional, hierarchical office mentality. However, there are more and more young, educated people today who are embracing the concept of coworking – of working openly with others. We’re hoping that, by allowing Kenyans to work in German spaces, and vice versa, we can not only promote coworking in Kenya and in East Africa, but also change the perspective many people in Europe have of Africa, and of doing business there.
Eminent European universities, founded in cities such as Bologna, Cambridge, and Oxford, began as a new kind of space where people could congregate and begin to create, share, and develop knowledge—as centres of learning.
Nearly a millennium later, many other spaces—from coworking spaces like betahaus, to a multitude of online platforms such as Wikipedia or YouTube—have taken on this very role that universities once had. This development led to drastic changes in how we create and share knowledge, raising the question of whether or not the traditional university is even necessary in today’s world.
In fact, we already see distinguished professors beginning to leave academic powerhouses such as Stanford, and deciding to teach online instead. Given this reality, it is clear that universities now face a deep challenge of reinventing themselves to suit the needs and methods of learning in the digital age. We have invited four distinguished guests to present their perspectives and ideas on the matter:
- Dale J. Stephens, founder of the UnCollege movement, questions whether university is necessary to learning and personal development, and is challenging the high costs of college.
- Dr. Stephan Breidenbach, founding Dean of Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance, recognises the pressing need for universities to stay relevant, and is actively working on reforming the way in which knowledge is created and shared at the university. Dr. Breidenbach is currently advising German Chancelor Angela Merkel on the question; “How do we want to learn?” – one of three main topics to be discussed in a dialogue on Germany’s future.
- Anna-Lena Schindl is a third-year B.Sc. Physics student at Jacobs University and organizer of the first TEDx conference at a German university. Its topic: Educate Concerned Citizens.
- Hannes Kloepper, M.P.P. is cofounder of iversity, an academic collaboration platform and educational startup near Berlin. He studied at many prestigious universities, and believes there is a strong need for digital & curricular reform.
The third betahaus Salon will bring together various ideas and insights surrounding the issue of University 2.0 – the reinvention of higher education in the 21st century.
We are looking forward to discussing the reinvention of higher education in the 21st century with these speakers, betahaus members, and guests on Tuesday, February 14, at 19:00 in the 4th Floor Arena. For the love of learning.
The many individuals we meet on a daily basis often have far more of an impact on our lives than many of us can readily recognise. This was the realisation that lead Ian Kath to start Your Story – a collection of podcasts recorded by people all over the world; each one recounting a certain story that shaped their lives in some way. Since 2007, Ian has been hosting Your Story, and has invited over 65 people to each tell his audience a story central to their lives in some way. He has recently followed up this project with an online guide – Create Your Life Story – to telling one’s life story in an engaging and appealing way, and broadcasting it using various different digital media. Ian recently became a member of betahaus, and hopes to eventually be based in Berlin. (weiterlesen…)
Hey, das betahaus geht im März auf Wanderschaft. Die Messe AG und der BITKOM haben uns eingeladen, unsere Zelte für 4 Tage im Herzen der Cebit auf der CGC (Cebit Global Conferences) aufzuschlagen. Was nehmen wir mit, was packen wir ein? Natürlich ein paar Schreibtische, den Lasercutter und unsere Freunde aus der Open Design City und dem Makerlab, denn wir werden vor Ort Hardware hacken. Mit dabei sind ebenfalls Deskwanted, the Masters of Coworking sowie ein paar Sandboxer und viele Andere. Zusammen mit Edelstall und Modul57 bauen wir einen temporären Coworking Space mitten in das Convention Center auf der Cebit und wollen Messebesucher zu Coworkern machen und Coworker zu Messebesuchern.
Ach und wer noch alles vorbei schaut: Von unsererem Lieblingscoworkingspace aus Wien, dem Sektor5 kommt eine Ladung Startups zu Besuch, aus Hamburg rückt Protonet an und rüstet den Space mit Social- und Wifi Connectivity aus.
Wir schalten in kürze das Programm online, so dass man sich einen noch besseren Überblick machen kann, als das hier schon möglich ist.
Ein ganz klarer Aufruf an alle Frühaufsteher auf der Cebit schon jetzt: betabreakfast von Mittwoch bis Freitag von 9-10 Uhr mitten in den Cebit Global Conferences gleich um die Ecke der Registrierung.
- Networking Breakfasts every morning
- Design students designing and making products at the event using our Laser Cutter and Makerbot
- Start Up Sessions, with the Sandbox Network
- Coworking with Betahaus, Edelstahl and Modul57
- Open Space for discussions/presentations
- Speed Networking
- Hosted talks
- Coworking explained
- Engaging demo’s from start ups
In addition to this we will be bring our usual spontaneity and respond live to the other activities at the fair and the conference.
Detailierte Infos zur zum Programm findet Ihr hier.
Wir danken insbesondere für die Unterstützung von :
Lorenz Graubner is the founder of Federball.de – a recently-founded company specialising in high-quality shuttlecocks for badminton players in Europe. A longtime badminton player, Lorenz founded Federball.de after noticing a lack of quality shuttlecocks available to professional players in Europe. The website, Federball.de, also serves as an online information platform for badminton players and enthusiasts, with a collection of videos from various tournaments, and written information about the sport.
Sascha Konietzke is the founder of Thriventures, and the director of its main product, Storage Room. Storage Room is a cloud-based CMS (content-management system) for mobile and web applications, with which app developers can distribute, store and manage content. They no longer need to worry about creating a backend from scratch – something that would cost more time and money in addition to the creation of the app itself. Sascha has recently begun to work from betahaus.
What exactly is Storage Room, and how does it work?
Enter Le Van Bo; architect, designer, and initiator of the Hartz IV Möbel project. Named after the national welfare system, Hartz IV Möbel is a DIY movement, centred around a series of basic, practical furniture pieces that are both simple and affordable to construct, making use of commonly-available, low-cost materials.
Le has recently published a book, the Hartz-IV Möbel-Buch, which not only contains instructions for all the furniture projects, but also provides tips on cost-effective living in small spaces, as well as features on prominent members of the DIY community in Berlin.
For those who aren’t familiar with it, what is the Hartz-IV Möbel project all about?
Hartz-IV Möbel is a social design movement, and I am its initiator. The basic idea is that I try to create construction plans for furniture inspired by classic Bauhaus-era pieces, which are normally very expensive. For instance, a chair, which would typically cost around four or five thousand Euros, can be made, using one of my designs, for 24 Euros, in just 24 hours. I call it the ’24-Euro Chair’, and you can even find one in the betahaus café – just look for the green “Build Me!” sticker.
What inspired you, as a trained architect, to start such a ‘social-design movement’?
It started out as a bit of a coincidence – I had constructed a chair for myself for the first time after attending a basic carpentry course at the local Volkshochschule (community centre). I had been designing wooden furniture, yet despite that, I had never even held a saw in my hand before – I had, as you might say, two left hands. So of course, this made me really proud. I then blogged about this chair, and told all my friends about how I built it. That was the beginning of the movement – I was so inspired by just how easy it was to build something so useful, and so were others.
I am neither a product designer nor a carpenter – I had never even held a saw in my hand before making my first 24-Euro chair, and I’m still a complete amateur even today. When I created the 24-Euro chair project, I wanted to inspire those who are not only not designers, but who may not have enough money to buy all of their furniture, to simply create their own instead.
The name and its reference to the welfare system is a deliberate provocation; to make it clear that this is not a project about design, form, or materials. For me, chairs and other basic pieces of furniture are a social issue, and not one of design, because the way in which one furnishes their home defines their wealth in a way. This project is intended for those who may be short on money, but who have good taste which they wish to express.
Has the Hartz-IV Möbel project been applied, or attempted, in any other cities, besides Berlin? Do you see this becoming a movement worldwide – somewhat in line with other “DIY-revival” trends (e.g. sewing, gardening, etc.)?
I know that there is definitely an increasing number of DIY projects like this one happening throughout the industrialised world. A lot of people are simply fed up with capitalism, and are starting to reconsider the actual value of products we normally buy at large-scale stores like Ikea or H&M – questioning why everything is so cheap. It doesn’t help that many of these companies cannot say just how, where, and by whom their products are made. Nowadays, more and more people are trying to regain power, particularly over what they consume. We see it with the Occupy movement, with guerilla gardening – the conversion of public green spaces into community gardens, and with something I organise called Guerilla Lounging, where unused public spaces are turned into “lounges” for the general public.
The book is a very special project because it is not carried out in the normal way in which a book is published. Normally, one writes content, finds a publisher, and then publishes the book. What we are doing instead is finding readers, asking them to finance the book through donations on StartNext, collecting their stories, illustrations, and other content they submit, and then finally finding a publisher.
The fun thing about this project is that, because it’s a collaborative effort, everybody can contribute to it in some way. This raises the question of quality control – many people wonder if this method would perhaps result in a patchwork of varying styles and quality. However, what this process revolves around is something called “crowd-storming” – a collective form of brainstorming, in which an idea is displayed to a public forum, and is open to feedback from just about anyone.
As for content; this book will contain not only all of the construction plans, but also some tips and advice on how to organise a small space in the best way possible. There’s one chapter, called ’99 ideas from the 99%’, in which we have collected 99 of the best ideas for various kinds of DIY projects. Another chapter is called the ‘Karma Economy’, where I try to summarize the things I’ve observed at companies who can successfully motivate people to do good with something other than money – something I call the “karma credit”.
We have a small number of copies available, and if you donate to the project on StartNext, you’ll receive one. We’re hoping to find a large-scale publisher soon, though we’ll try not to publish too many copies, as that would create waste – the one thing we’re fighting against.
Le Van Bo will be holding a ’1m² house’ workshop on 31.03 at Open Design City, where you can learn how to build the smallest, fully-functional house imaginable!
The next betapitch | Berlin is on its way, preparations are in full effect, and the whole betahaus crew can hardly wait to get your onepagers into their hands. We also want to get that fire into you, get you ready for your pitch, and help you prepare as best as you can. So from now on we will supply you with more background info on some of the judges, in the form of interviews. This week we will start with Wolfgang Wopperer. Enjoy!
Interview by Mateja Plaskan
Samsarah Lilja is the head of Lilja Design, and specialises in corporate graphic and web design. She offers a wide range of services, such as logo development, logo optimisation for various types of media, vectorisation of image files, and business cards. She has developed an overall design and utilisation concept which integrates many elements into her work.
Samsarah has had over 10 years experience in the fields of web design, programming, structure, and marketing and has gained substantial know-how through working at the Department of Architectural Theory alongside Prof. Fritz Neumever at TU Berlin, as well as completing an internship at the well-known international architecture office of Prof. Hans Kollhoff in Rotterdam. She is also the founder of archinoah.de; an internet platform for architects, and tektorum.de; an affiliated discussion board.
Samsarah has been a member of betahaus for over a year and a half.
The winning team of the next betapitch not only gets to move into betahaus | Berlin and become a part of the betahaus community, but will also get a package of services and products to help them develop their business further. The package is solely put together by people from inside the betahaus community. In this series we want to introduce some of these friends that will help you pull yourself up ‘by your own bootstraps’. First in line is Anna-Lena Schiller.
Anna-Lena Schiller describes herself as an “information architect” and “visual sense-maker”. Having noticed the importance of clear visual communication in the success of a business, Anna-Lena – a freelance consultant on visual thinking – works with clients to help simplify their often-complex ideas into simpler ones, while adding an eye-catching visual element into the mix. As part of this year’s bootstrapping package, Anna-Lena will be offering the winning startup team a consultation on visual thinking.
We recently sat together to plan the next edition of our local betapitch. While we talked about how and where we could promote it, how to get more applications, what kind of startups we hope for and where we want to go with the betapitch, we remembered an idea some time ago with the folks from Sektor 5: Why not make a global betapitch where all the betapitch winners meet for a final?
Right now we are part of a network of Coworking Spaces all over Europe. There are the different betahauses in Cologne, Hamburg and soon (very soon!) Sofia and Barcelona. There are our friends from Sektor5 in Vienna, Utopic_US in Madrid and La Mutinerie in Paris and many more. Some of them already have pitch events, whether they are called betapitch or not. So why not really join forces and put together a global event?
So we got on the phone and called some folks. And within 20 minutes it was all settled: 6 Coworking Spaces in Europe will hold local pitch events and send their winning teams to the betapitch | global. The winning team of this global event will get a customized tour through Europes Coworking Spaces, tailor-made to their bootstrapping needs, plus (here we go): Funding. Yep, you read right. All participating Coworking Spaces will contribute money to fund the winning startup, in a grassroots, community-based effort, which might be the part that we are most excited about.
So right now we dont know where and when the betapitch | global edition will take place, and which Coworking Spaces will participate, since we are busy to get more people on board.
But one thing is for sure: It will happen. And the upcoming betapitch | Berlin, on May 3rd will be the kickoff event, which means the winning team will not only go to seedcamp and startupbootcamp, but will also be the team from Berlin that is to try their luck in the first edition of betapitch | global, some time early next year. So get up off your but, sit down at your desk and start writing the application. You have three days left, the deadline to apply is April 20th.
Good luck, and we cant wait to see you all on May 3rd! Send your applications to email@example.com
What strikes me about this place is it’s welcoming atmosphere and casual introduction to fabbing. It’s in the heart of one of the busiest neighborhoods in Tokyo, and Chiaki says they get a lot of walk-ins who discover a nice-looking cafe, have a coffee, and then get curious about the laser cutter.
This week this came along on Twitter:
Followed by this Blogpost explaining the story behind and how difficult it is to get access to rapid prototyping equipment in HighTech City Berlin whilst it is no longer a question of big money oder low demand.
Well, that is what we want. Let’s do this. It seems the right time. Now let’s have a look at how this can be done. a) Let’s have a look at what we already have, b) what we are still in need of and c) where this could lead to.
- What we do have:
- We have got the space. We have got Open Design City and the betahaus Café.
- Opening Hours are Mo – Fri 8 am – 8 pm, enough time to fab.
- We have got Staff operating the bar, opening the space, administering keys, supplies and taking care of payments and organizational needs
- We have got a limited number of tools in the back
- We even host the 3D Printer (Makerbot) of an honored citizen of Open Design City
- What we are (probably) still in need of
- We’d need a properly set up 3D Printing Station that can be moved around and fits into ODC and the Café and it should be very accessible
- We need somebody being able to operate it on standby or it should very very easy to operate it yourself.
- We need a Project Owner who is moving things forward until things run smoothly. This is a Project!
- One might want have a Lasercutter as well. But maybe this goes to the future section. We have to start somewhere.
- This could lead to
- A real Fab Café in Berlin
- Better and bigger Machines later on
- More Workshops, DIY stuff.
- Revitalization of ODC
Berlin, what do you think of this?
betahaus | Berlin is bursting at the seams since the beginning of the year. Fixed desks are sold out and teams are piling up requesting better teams space for their ventures AND of course phone boxes not to forget BETTER TOILETTES. (Apologies to all those who lived with the current conditions for years. We love you and we were young and didn’t have the money!)
Well, we are expanding. A lucky coincidence gave us the chance to get a hand on the 1st floor in our beloved building with an additional 800 sqm space for all our dreams to come true in the near future (except the roof terrace). This might be of importance for you, too if you like to have office space. Here are the next steps.
- Stage I (May 2012):
- We are bootstrapping one third of the 1st floor into office space next monday for all those peeps that are in the waiting list for ages. Are you interested to grap a space there? We’ve got 1-2 team tables left. You can sign up on our waitinglist.
- Stage II (June – September 2012)
- We’ll reconfigure the rest of the space during June, July, August and September and push betahaus | Berlin to the finest in coworking space – design. We’ll have bigger team spaces for fast growing startups or those a like and some cool collaborative spaces for coworking lovers as well. There will be lot’s of features we have dreamed of for years: Foozball (kicker), hangout space with sofas, skypeboxes, private areas etc. May the coworkers dream come true! …and the force be with us. ;)
That’s the update for today. If you fancy a space there or like to get involved anyhow, please contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get in touch!
Kay Strasser is a freelance photographer based in Berlin. His photographs are self-confident, inspiring, and independent – as he is himself. His goal is to make his audience curious about different things. After 10 years working as a freelance journalist, Kay decided to become freelance artist. From 2000-2002, he worked as an assistant in Paris, and afterwards began working as a freelance photographer in Berlin. He has been a member of betahaus since 2010.
You are a freelance photographer based in Berlin, and you have also worked in London. As a photographer, what is for you, the biggest difference between these two cities?
They are totally different and inspiring in their own ways. London is more commercial and rude in its history – it is an interesting space which integrates history with the present and the future in its aesthetic aspect. In London, if a station is refurbished, they don’t disturb anything – they keep the old benches and other things if they can, and it works. In Berlin, you destroy everything and you make something new – that’s how Germans think. For me, as a creative person, I prefer the way London does it. But at the moment, Berlin is more inspiring for me, because more foreigners are coming here, and I like the idea of working in ODC and betahaus – it brought a new perspective to everything, and I find it interesting to work with all the different people here.
Could you tell us something about your camera equipment – what is your favourite lens, for instance?
I am not that interested in technology. For me, a camera should be comfortable and easy to handle. The brand isn’t important – I just need a simple way to access the logical aspect of photography, and modern cameras don’t quite give me that, because they want to make everything easier for their users. I am not normal user; I am someone who wants to find the logical aspect of everything, so I need a camera with high-quality output, no matter the brand.
What is your philosophy regarding photography?
I started with analogue equipment, and I am still really into that. I use a digital camera like I would use an analogue one – I am not so interested in editing or in other possibilities of Photoshop. For example, knowing the circle of colours it is more important for me than knowing any Photoshop function. That means that if you know the basic ideas of photography, and the physics behind it, you wouldn’t need a computer working for you – you can work on your own. That is my philosophy of photography and creativity.
You’ve had many single and group exhibitions, and collaborations with clients from all over the world. Are you especially proud of any of these your work that you have done or be involved?
Pride is not the reason I do this. I am not interested in success or money. In our society, money is important because it is the way to pay for your life. I have done some jobs to earn money, but I don’t consider that to be very important. I am more interested in learning, having open eyes, meeting interesting people, enhancing my perspective, creating something new, find in something that hasn’t happened before – these are the main reasons behind what I do.
What is the most important moment for you when taking a photo? Are you looking for a moment to combine the photo with the story, or does everything happen spontaneously?
I am interested in atmosphere. I try to catch it and figure out what part of it is interesting to me. The image is always of an interpretation, and I am the one who is responsible for that. In the end, I decide what to show, and how to show it. It’s not a simple decision – you need a lot of experience to make the right decision and to carry it out in the right way. A two-dimensional image is technically really limited; you need to use as much experience as you have, keep open eyes, draw inspiration from various fields, and the result can be quite interesting. I have been doing this for 2 years now, and it has become easier for me. I don’t need to think through every image – when I have an idea, I know what to do with it.
How you see yourself in the future? What advice would you give to young freelance photographers?
I like to keep on walking. I would like to have a little bit more security for my assistance, this is not so easy to handle. At the moment I am able to create distracters, which are clearer for me and easier to communicate. I’ve realized some of my clients are interested in what I am doing, even if is not so suitable for their potential market.
It is always difficult to give advice to young photographers on what to do in general. I believe in tutorship – if someone is there who needs help, has questions, or wants me to show them something, I try to help out. If young photographers ask me for advice, I end up learning at the same time as well, so I invite everyone to discuss their projects with me.
Cargo bikes are a new form of bike transport. Bikes are already commonly used as a perfect environmental-friendly way of transporting yourself. You burn fat, stay healthy, save money, never get stuck in a traffic jam, etc. But what if you are not alone, but accompanied by a cozy armchair for your apartment? Then you have to ask one of your friends for a lift or rent a car and put your armchair into the trunk, right? Because it`s impossible to transport it through half of the city by bike. Just impossible. Sure? (weiterlesen…)
Oh what a night! Not that all of us were not already nervous enough, no, last minute mistakes were inevitable of course. The heat and humidity didnt help one bit with making us feel more relaxed. But then: the first pitch. And it is awesome, wonderful, grande, and so is the rest of the pitches!
To be honest we could not have been happier with last night. We received so many great ideas beforehand, and we saw ten true rockstar startups present last night. So competition was tough. And from what we hear, the discussion after the pitches in the jury room was too. But the quality of the ideas presented during the pitches was so high that the jury uniformly decided that there should be two winners: one for societal impact of the idea and one for the business model.
And here they are (we really cant hold back any longer): The two winners of betapitch #3 are…..
As already said, we could not be happier and we cant wait for them to move in.
Thanks to everybody for making this happen. We are looking forward to the next round!
The Terranauten is a project of professional dancer Lisa Oettinghaus and freelance photographer Kay Strasser. They have developed a symbiotic project between dimensions of the creative worlds: text meets dance meets photography, creating something new. Terranauten explores spaces with gravity, and provides a relation between the act of flying, and the texture of the ground. This is what they capture in exciting photos that show what cannot be, taken without tricks, without any technical manipulations and without photomontage. The Terranauten have been betahaus members since last October. (weiterlesen…)
Jordi, one of the betahaus | BCN founder picked me up in his Mini at the airport and gave me a nice drive through the sunny streets of Barcelona. After half an hour we arrived in Graciá, Vlilafranca 7 1km from the center of Barcelona. A well known neigborhood for the creative dudes and hipstars, the Gaudí-designed Parc Güell is around the corner.
Friends of betahaus, soon we ll transform our café into a virtual soccer field. We ll show every game of the EM during the next weeks. Of course there will be also lots of BBQ and cold beer. So come and join us for the European Championship.
Yourz betahaus | Team
PS to get in the right mood check out the coworking cup
Knowable is a social business network in Berlin, created by Simon Höher, Ansgar Schürmann and Emanuel Schwarz. Simon is responsible for the network, business development and contacts with partners; Emanuel knows front end website design; and Ansgar is specialized in backend web development. They are interested in creating and summarising practical knowledge, which could be accessible for everyone. They started to develop the project in January. Recently they got the 1st place at the betapitch and moved into the betahaus. (weiterlesen…)
Interview by Till Wagner.
Tor Rauden Källigsten presented his start-up loopc.am at the last betapitch. Like actually all the ideas presented, Tor’s also seemed pretty interesting to us, which is why we did this interview with him. In general: loopc.am is a social platform for sharing animated .gif images….but let’s see what Tor has to say about it. (weiterlesen…)
WHERE: betahaus| Berlin
WHEN: Soon! Oh, so soon!
As you could have noticed in one of our May blog posts, we were very inspired by the idea of Fab Café, which opened in Tokyo. Thought. -> Done! We got together with friends, experienced users of 3D printers and creators of cool stuff, and.. HERE WE GO! Our secret agent has already made his way to Holland, ordering one of the best 3d printers available at the moment.
In couple of days it`s gonna be delivered to betahaus. As soon as we get it in our hands and give it a welcome hug, the party will get started. We are going to combine this great prototyping and making technology with the best coffee in the world (which we truly know how to make). Your prototype will be printed out while you are having a cup of delicious coffee. The main idea is to provide wide accessibility to such a great invention as a 3D printer. After years of improvement, these machines have finally reached the optimal level of simplicity and reliability. So it`s the exactly right time to expand the number of its users.
The 3D printer will be there for both, professional designers and those, who just would like to try it out. As well as printing your own invention, created in Blender, Sketchup or 123D (and so many more) vector program, you could also pick up one of the models in Thingiverse or out of our 3D-model-selection (which we are creating at the moment). Simultaneously with Ocra`s arrival, we will start holding workshops on how to use it.
So, we are very excited about getting this project started. Until then, if you have any particular wishes, suggestions or questions regarding the Fab Café, let us know via comment!
Your betahaus team.
Utopicus is an awesome coworking space in Madrid. In fall 2012 (Sept 19th – Oct 1st) they will send us awesome coworkers. Together with Rafa (founder of utopicus) we set up a little exchange program for them. They will work 10 days at betahaus | Berlin and find their perfect coworker match to start new projects or continue on actual tasks.
So now we need you to get involved. We are searching for 13 hosts in Berlin who will offer a place to stay in Berlin and guide the Spanish guests through the coworking jungle in Berlin.
Here are the profiles of the ones which will come over:
1.Javier Montañes: Hello my name is Javier Montañés and i´m partner and art director since 2002 in Mimetica Comunicación. We are a design studio based in Pamplona and we work in corporate design, editorial design and web/apps development. In 2010 I moved to Madrid and i started to work in Utopic_us looking for new clients and professionals to make a network to collaborate with because i think that the coworking is the best formula for the creative disciplines. Now we have our own coworking in Pamplona. In Berlin woluld like to meet other designers, illustrators and web developers to collaborate and try to develop joint poyects. Greetings!.
2. Beatriz Vasallo: I’m willing to broaden up my personal experience and my clients’ portfolio in translation and interpreting. I’m very attached to the German culture, as I studied for 9 years at the German School of Madrid (DSM) and, apart from that, I really love Berlin, it is one my favourite cities ever, so one could say this is really a dream project to me.
3. Javier Corral: Hi, my name is Javier. Would be nice to be there to stay in touch with theatre’s companies, audiovisual industries, and all relacionated with cinema or tv on the Berlin’s scene. I’m an actor, director an a theatre writer, I would like to show my differents spanish works there. In this moment I’m working in a theatre play about Charlotte von Mahlsdorf.
4. Maria Jose: My name is María Jose, and I am illustrator. So far I have illustrated children’s schools, rooms, logos, wedding invitations, clothes and accessories, flyers and many other things but my real dream is to illustrate stories for children. I am very exciting about this proyect between Utopic_us and Betahaus, because I think that in my time there, I could find some publishing house, editors, or just people who work in the world of illustration, that could advise me about this world. I would like to add that I am a big fan of travel books, so I hope to do a great one in my time there. I know this trip will be a great experience and will open new horizons in my mind. Thanks for everything, Maria José Gajate. If you want to see my work can find it on my facebook: Mariajo Ilustrajo
5. Pablo López: ”I’d like to collaborate with a Video Production Business doing recordings, edition and postproduction tasks. I’d also like to practise my German (my current level is A1, but it would be nice to improve it”
6. Maya: By taking part in this exchange, I intend to create medium and long-term professional bonds with fellow coworkers from BetaHaus, as well as experiment the cultural vibe of a truly artistic city like Berlin. It would be marvelous if I my skills as an artist could be of use to my new teammates; my strong points are traditional illustration, retro-game pixel art and fashion illustration.
7. Gonzalo Larregueta: We are about to launch an online platform (www.loudart.es) for spanish artists (illustrators, graphic designers, etc) to have their portfolio and own shop online, and our idea as well is to create a community around it. We will produce the products (prints on art paper) and ship them on behalf of the artist. I´d love to learn from similar activities in Germany and get to know a bit the art scene in Berlin for possible future cooperation with artists, art communities, galleries, etc.
8. Raul: This trip to Berlin is a great opportunity to live a life experience with my teammates, knowing how to work there, participate on an interesting project to suit my abilities and increase the network to improve employment opportunities. Thank you for this opportunity!
9: Mathew: My name is Mathew and I am a graphic designer and web developer. At present I work mainly in online development, working primarily with WordPress, HTML5 / CSS3 and JQuery. Apart from breaking into the Berlin labour market, I would like to get to know the city, the people, and perhaps even make a life there.
10. Mario Avellaneda: Why do I want to go to Berlin?? Well, first of all, I think it is a great opportunity for all of us to exchange ideas with creatives from another culture in a real work situation. The second reason is because I know there are some people in Berlin developing some interesting projects in the digital publishing industry, which is the field I’m working on. A mag called ASIDE is the first real experiment to create an iPad magazine fully based on HTML5, and its creators are from Berlin. With that example, what I want to say is that I’m absolutely sure there are incredible and very enriching people in the Betahaus, whom I can learn from, exchange thoughts, and, off course, have a nice time together… having a little party ’cause Berlin is also about having fun!!! See ya there!!
11. David Maroto: I would like to introduce myself, my name is David Maroto, I´m a
photographer focused on movement photography, cinemagraph for advertising
and magazines. davidmaroto.com I would like to contact with designers, advertising agencies and travel journalists, I´m also a travel photographer for magazines. My personal work is based on the sequential photography to create multimedia installations. I should highlight “Circuito Emocional” http://www.davidmaroto.com/emotional_circuit.html, this is an exhibition I did for the “Spain Art Fest” in Times Square in New York and “Light Stalker” at the Instituto Cervantes of New York.
12. Paco Gramaje: “I m Paco Gramaje I´m an audiovisual creative and I have my own studio in Madrid,I am searching new connections, collaborators and experiences in my favourite city outside Spain”
13. Wilhelm Lappe: “I would like to introduce myself and I’m emailing you because I would like to meet entrepreneurs in Germany.My purpose is to exchange points of view, and I’m hoping for this to be a first contact that may evolve into a long-term collaboration.I’ll be in Beatahaus coworking spaces, but I’ll be happy to meet you wherever you suggest. We could simply have a cup o coffee and speak in a relaxed environment.My web and profile are in Spanish, so I’d like to give you an idea of who I am: My name is Wilhelm Lappe an entrepreneur in Madrid, Spain. My project is emprelab (www.emprelab.com) and we work with organizations (such as business schools, foundations, government institutions) that help entrepreneurs, and we also work directly with entrepreneurs. Basically we provide training and services in different areas including business plans, productivity, presentations, or investment projects. Additionally, I’ve been the co-organizer of Iniciador Madrid, a non-profit initiative which purpose is to promote networking among entrepreneurs. We organize two events per month: one of them includes a conference followed by networking, and the second one is a workshop. I take part in different events dealing with IT industry, entrepreneurship and internet or web 2.0 in Spain. Therefore I have a significant network with more than 3000 contacts here. Currently it is my purpose to meet entrepreneurs around Europe and have this network grow.I think European entrepreneurs have an excellent opportunity to make their companies grow in a familiar environment and in countries nearby. I’ll be very pleased if you have 45min to 1h to meet. If we don’t have the chance to meet this time, we can always keep in contact. Thanks for the time you took in reading this email, and I truly hope we are able to meet soon.”
14. Carlos Geijo: Strategic & Interaction Design for Internet based digital services & products. Through stakeholder and user research and keeping into account any technological constrain, I can help you find a balanced solution to get your goals accomplished designing a digital experience that delight your users.This solution can be a Website, Webapp, a tactile interface, mobile/tablet app. I can manage the complete project execution or support its implementation. I like to put a strong emphasis in designing products and services that are both aesthetically pleasing and functional.I’ve been involved with design, art, technology and science since I was very young.When I was a child, I was always drawing. I had an Internet connection when people were not aware of its existence, before that I used to connect to private BBS (Bulletin board systems). I’ve used MSDOS and assembled computers myself.I’m used to work with interdisciplinary teams of people, including coders (Assembler, C++, PHP, .Net, Ruby, Java… so I’m aware of the technologies involved in technological projects, I’ve used to code in the past too), film producers, photographers, engineers, illustrators, musicians, etc. I also like arts, I’ve painted portraits, and I’ve also created a short 3d animation that was featured in Ars Futura.I believe all this activities and people that I’ve been involved with help me to have a holistic view that integrate the artistic, the technical and the social. This view is useful when leading digital design projects.
15. Elena de Miguel, founder of mmmfood.Elena de Miguel has been working in the fashion business as an apparel-designer, product manager, team manager and cool-hunter for twenty years. In that time, she has developed some other activities such as interior designer. She has also collaborated with advertising agencies. At the beginning of 2011, Elena founded eMMM studio, her own design company, which merges fashion and interior design, teaching, and the organization of gastronomic events. Such events are run under the brand mmmfood, a 100% natural catering, where design and ecological products blend into five-sense experiences.Nowadays, Utopic_US and mmmfood have launched a new venture: mmm_US a new-concept bar where you can enjoy creative, unexpected gastronomic experiences throughout the day. The exchange with Bethahouse is a great opportunity for Elena to take profit of Berlin’s culture, and co-working benefits.
If you can offer a bed or sofa where they can stay from Sept 19th to Oct 1st and you take some of your time to connect them with some of the best coworkers in this town please send us an email and we ll match you! Contact: email@example.com
the time has come for more DIY at betahaus: We will not only turn betahaus| café into the city´s very 1st fab café, we will also launch build or buy!
build or buy is a collection of DIY-products that you can – SURPRISE! – either build by yourself or buy prefab.
On the one hand, build or buy seeks to give talented designers from the people in beta community both a presentation and a sales platform for their ideas. On the other hand, it aims to encourage consumers to be proactive and to engage in the process of fabrication.
We will develop a workshop program on presented products, where everybody is invited to take part in and benefit from the satisfying process of production. Apart from the workshops, we will implement an online shop within the betahaus web page to sell the build or buy products.
build or buy is not restricted to any product-category. The only condition is AWESOMENESS! If you have a smart, functional, good looking DIY-idea and want it to be part of build or buy, please send a photo of your product to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will provide you with all further information. Deadline is the 15th July.
We are so looking forward to your applications =)
einFach is a start-up founded by Nicolai Prüsmann and Anthony Forsans developing the first Drop Box for physical things. The company sets up a new kind of locker where users can drop off and pick up items within their daily routine. einFach can be used to drop off clothes for dry cleaning, pick up mail orders, store or share things with other people independent of opening hours. Lockers can be transparent to act as micro shop windows for the promotion of industrial or handmade, new or second hand goods. At ein-fach.de users book services and buy products offered via the lockers or rent empty lockers for their individual purpose. From today on you can start using the first einFach locker at the betahaus café. To learn more about einFach, read the interview below! einFach will be our guest at betabreakfast on Thursday, the 19th of July. (weiterlesen…)
This is a job offer for an open position at betahaus. Nope, we are not looking for a developer. We are actually looking for somebody who can take over the management of our beloved betahaus | café and its services. This is the heart of betahaus. The place where everybody meets. The first thing people see when they enter betahaus. This is the THING, the center, the eye of the thunder. In other words: you will work at the core of betahaus. You will be be the one very important person to manage and curate the café, provide us with delicious food, coffee and an awesome service plus you will be responsible for caterings and other event-related activities.
THE BETAHAUS: As Steve Jobs would put it, we are located at the intersection of liberal arts, technology and business and your job is the one of the station master. Managing the betahaus | café is versatile piece of art. We have got an amazing team installed which will support you and we represent a mind-blowing community of makers, coworkers, startups and business guys around all kinds of different topics connected by a shared workspace, shared ideas and shared visions. You’ll also be confronted with a colorful bunch of guests everyday that just happen to pass by betahaus. Businessmen, Corporates, Artists, Politicans. betahaus | café is like a harbor. Ships with ideas pull in and out. You and your team will have to know everything about coworking while you are serving the coffee and making sure everything runs smooth.
Let’s get to the details:
- - You have got experience of some kind in managing a bar/restaurant/café
- - You have got an Idea what accounting is and how that works in relation to bar business.
- - The Internet is run by coffee. You are a coffee geek and know how to do the flat white.
- - You don’t get scared by 500 unexpected guests and see everything from a service orientated point of view.
- - You are a social person and like other people. You speak german and english and you’ve got a struktured way of working.- YOU LIKE DOING NOT TALKING ABOUT DOING
- - Work doesn’t happen between 9-5 only at betahaus. We don’t pull 80 hours weeks either. You are flexible, we are demanding.
Well then, grab your pencil and write an application or If you know somebody who would fit our call, forward this to him.
You can get the full score if you apply via Somewhere, an awesome Startup of betahaus. In fact this is a must. You can hand in a CV and stuff additionally to email@example.com. Apply until the 3rd of August. That’s the Deadline.
The time has come: the applications have started. For the second time in 2012 we are awaiting your onepagers, which might well be your key to startup stardom. This time not only because you will become a member of the betahaus | Berlin community and receive all the support, contacts, knowledge, etc pp that includes. But also, because it might get you to the grande finale, betapitch | global, in June next year, where you will win the support of Coworking- and Startup communities all over Europe. Deadline is September 1st, the actual pitch is on September 22nd.
If you wanna watch, not pitch (or make all your enemies watch you win): reserve your tickets here.
WHAT: Extension of Build or Buy online design store
WHEN: Application deadline – 12 September
Do you have an awesome DIY product? We too, join in!
Build or Buy is an online design store by betahaus, which provides not only opportunity to buy, but also workshops about how to build (make) this or that product, giving customers a choice to either buy it or “Do It Yourself”, visiting the workshop held by the designer (Possibly, You, Dear Sir or Madam).
We are establishing the new way of collaboration between designers and their customers, giving a novel patter of development to the brilliant concept of Open Source Design. It is important to keep in mind that the Open Source knowledge transfer has a purpose of education and sustainable society creation, giving an opportunity to share, not to steel from each other! So, no, the workshop visitors do not have a right to sell the knowledge they got from you, unless you allow it. To get to know more about open source concept, please see the video, created by Jay Cousins, the co-founder of Open Design City at betahaus (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MD5rlYMDW_U).
So if you would like to become a part of the new Berlin based design movement, you are welcome to join in!
You are free to state your price for both the products you present and the workshops you are holding. We are providing the space for the workshop in betahaus, at Moritzplatz, in the heart of Kreuzberg, and spread the word about your design invention in the whole betahaus community and further!
If you are interested in participation, please send the photo of your product(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org BEFORE 12TH SEPTEMBER and we`ll meet for coffee to discuss all the further details.
ATTENTION: “Build or Buy” products could also be services (e.g. you know how to make a really cool stop motion movie: people can order your service OR attend the course and get to know the technique of stop motion movie creation).
- What is your professional background? How did you discover 3D printing?
I am a mechanical engineer. But once I graduated and worked about 3 years for the industry, I realized that I would prefer to do something more interesting and more useful for the world. At this moment I discovered technologies for third world countries and decided to study cultural anthropology to know a bit more about the cultural aspect of this field. After graduation I worked for developing countries, as it was planned, but to earn a bit more money, as a side job I worked as a 3D designer. One day there was a client who wanted not only a model, but also a final 3D printed prototype and that`s how 3D printing got started in my life.
Good news for the Copenhagen lovers amongst you! From now on every betahaus| member gets a 20% discount on the first month at the awesome coworkingspace “republikken“. It’s a 2200m2 playground for creative entrepreneurs, located in Vesterbro Copenhagen. (weiterlesen…)
Interview by: Lisa Hillers
Farhad Payar is a freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker with a wealth of experience in a wide range of industries. Born and raised in Iran he came to Berlin to study Mechanical Engineering and Political Science during the 1980s. He then took on a multitude of jobs working as a taxi-driver and a social worker among other professions. Currently he is working as an actor, filmmaker, theatre director and journalist based in Berlin. More recently, he has been working on a project called “Transparency for Iran”, an online news resource designed to provide a broader perspective on current events in Iran and heighten the German public’s awareness of these issues. The goal is to support human rights and press freedom, through holistic understanding of Iranian internal affairs and local knowledge.
How does your personal background and previous experience influence your work for TFI? (weiterlesen…)
Just a quick note: we have postponed the deadline for the applications to the upcoming betapitch on the 22nd of september to friday, september 7th! We have received a lot of great onepagers already, but we thought to give you one more week to make the magic work and send us your awesome business idea on one page. The new deadline is Friday, September 7th, 11:59pm sharp. If you have already applied, feel free to send us an improved version.
We are looking forward. See you soon.
We are happy to – now even more – officially announce the second edition of our beloved People in Beta Festival on Saturday, September 22nd.
It will be a one-day-festival for the startup, coworking and maker scene. So basically for all our friends and fools! It is for free and you are invited! (weiterlesen…)
Bücherwürmer aufgepasst: Seit einiger Zeit gibt es im betahaus | café eine baumelnde Minibücherei über dem großen Podest. In der neuen Leseecke hängen einige der spannendsten Bücher, die Coworker, Startups und Maker sich vorstellen können: “Program or be Programmed”,”The Shallows”, “Thinking, Fast and Slow” und “Wo die wilden Kerle wohnen” sind vier der aktuell zwölf Titel. (weiterlesen…)
There is a great deal of variables a fledgling startup has to deal with. Uncertainties, like timing and relevance of the business idea, the appeal of the solution to the customer, market awareness, availability of cash, the ability to make sufficient sales and a good many others can cause quite a headache sometimes-successfully launching a startup, whilst planning and managing all these challenges carefully, can prove to be a daunting task. Having someone by your side that helps you to keep track of the financial structuring can be invaluable at times.
Where were you working before you got a desk at betahaus? Optionally, you were wearing a suite preparatory to making a decision to change your life completely and uncompromisingly. Or you have always been a freelancer and experienced all the hell and heaven of working wherever your lap top lands. (weiterlesen…)
As you all know by now, its betapitch time again! Over the last weeks we received a lot of applications, including a lot of awesome, inspiring ideas. Finally we decided on ten Startups that will present their concept to our Jury on September 22nd. And here they are:
- Urban Sports Club
- surprise surprise..
If you want to find out more about them, click on the link, if there is one – some of them are too fresh!
We cant wait to see them pitch! If you feel the same, get your tickets now. Be quick, they are limited!
Last but not least: ALL OF YOU WERE AWESOME! Thanks a lot for sharing your ideas with us! We couldnt be happier!
See you on the 22nd..
A new carsharing service is coming to Berlin this fall. The first chance to meet CiteeCar will be during People in Beta Festival this Saturday at betahaus. Together we came up with the idea to design one of CiteeCars firsts cars. Together with the PIB Crowd and a couple of Eddings this will be a fun community event. The activity will start at 11 am in front of betahaus. If you want to co-design the car, please contact Citeecar via Facebook or Twitter.
See you on Saturday!
Jacques-André Dupont is a french Filmmaker and VJ, who is shooting and directing commissioned works for NGO´s, Start-Ups and communication agencies as well as music videos, light installations and documentaries. He moved to Berlin 2 years ago and is now working as a freelancer here at betahaus.
How did you first get into motion design?
It began when I did my studies in post-production for movies. I was looking for references for special effects and when looking for this material on the internet, I came across more graphic-based media. I was working on some 3D projects too and I became very interested in more graphic design elements. I was always interested in using technical knowledge and special effects together, and combining it with the video. It allows you to help the video by somewhat augmenting the reality. I’m more into video than pure graphic design, animation or illustration – I come from a video background. I try to mix all of these elements together to develop my unique visual style.
Was there anyone that really influenced you when starting out?
The two biggest influences on my work are both related to music. Firstly, I was very inspired by the music videos of Chris Cunningham and his work with Warp Records. I was also a big fan of videos from Coldcut on the Ninja Tune label. They were both doing crazy things with video and it was the first time I felt like you could be a video DJ. At that point I realized how cool it could be to mix music and video together.
What are your biggest challenges working as a freelancer?
Well after my studies and 6 months of internships in Paris, I worked on motion design for vente – privee.com, an e-commerce website. We were a huge team of motion designers, some more into graphic design, others more into special effects. It was a great mix of people and I really learned a lot from my 2 years there. After this job, I came to Berlin and began my first experience as a freelancer. It was both a change of country and a change of working style. Setting up in Berlin was a big challenge because of the language and all of the administrative work you have to get through. Now that is behind me and my current challenge is getting enough paid work. (weiterlesen…)
It´s not a dream, neither an upcoming project. It´s reality and it is already happening! (weiterlesen…)
We have so many awesome interns working at betahaus so we decided to introduce them as well at our blog in the new serie “Staff of the week”
Christoph Volbers studied design at the Art School Weißensee and just finished his 3 months internship at betahause in the areas Corporate Identity, Design, Productdesign and Visualisation. Thank you very much for your great support!
Since the introduction of the Internet and Apps for Smartphones, companies have been using these tools as a way to promote their events. However, Apps created by companies that organize events are for a single-use event and do not bring enough value to the customer. For example, a customer has to download an App for each event and cannot interact with the other attendees. This results as an infrequent use of Apps and a waste of many for the companies. OleaPark started in response to the need of an events’ platform around the world.
Interview by Alessandro Vercesi (current intern at betahaus)
What is OleaPark and what does it offer? (weiterlesen…)
Two weeks ago the latest edition of betapitch went down, and it was a blast! The house was packed, the audience great, the jury experienced and the pitches awesome. Just like last time, the Jury was a tiny bit indecisive (the pitches were good and it was hard to decide) and chose two proud winners: (weiterlesen…)
••• dotdotdot is an independent social reading platform designed to help you get the most out of digital reading. Manage all your texts in one place, read and collaborate with others, and create your own digital archive – your virtual reading memory. Thomas Weyres is one of the four founders of dotdotdot.me and he is part of the betahaus community since the beginning!
You probably all know Peer – he started working for betahaus in Octobre 2011 in the event section and belongs to the heart of our crew. Without him, we wouldn’t be able to host events and guests as we do. This staff of the week blogentry will tell you a little bit more about Peers uprising.
How would you describe the relationship that you created with your co-workers and members of betahaus?
What is Routenguru and what does it offer?
Good news, the summer of construction at betahaus is almost over! Since weeks Kim Wang and his team are working hard on our new floor. 5 of 9 teamrooms are already finished and the first teams moved in. From now on you will meet the teams: Somewhere, Car2Go and Wahwah.fm (doing a restart soon) in their new offices at the 1st floor. From next week on there will be also plenty of open space with flexdesks for every betahaus member to work at. Drop by for one of our tours (Tuesday, 5pm, Thursday, 11:30am) if you want to check out the new floor.
Here are some impressions by Sepehr Atefi (weiterlesen…)
Pedro was born in the Canary Islands, after studying Design & Technology in London, he moved to Berlin where he is developing different ways to apply collective & creative problem solving to challenges that affect us as individuals or as society. He sees design as a tool to create experiences. For him “is not enought to look at the isolated product or service but at the whole experience that we want to create”
His design work ranges from facilitating MakerLabs to the creation of parties, including all the single components which need to be there to create the envisioned experience. He works through openness that everything should be Open so that whatever we do can be shared and build upon.
How are you engaged with betahaus? (weiterlesen…)
It is time for being creative, learning new things and having a crazy party at
the same night. It`s Un-combinable? Oh, no, it so isn`t!
Where and when?
It all starts at the betahaus| Berlin at 7 p.m. 9th November.
The whole ground floor will be turning into a big MAKERSPACE inspired by
Open Design City & designers from Build or Buy project.
What and how?
We have created the concept of a real DIY party – the MAKER PARTY. The plan is clear – we start at 7 pm with a whole row of awesome workshops. Lead by our makers & designers you will create the whole lay out of the party. Yes, YOU will MAKE the party, we will help. J We will show you how to make interior decorations, interactive videos, costumes, installations, even a stage for the DJ’s who will take the night over at 11 p.m. (weiterlesen…)
One of our good startup friends, Gidsy, is turning 1 and to commemorate this milestone, they are organizing Gidsy Day – happening all day on November 10th in cities all over the world.
What is Gidsy Day?
On November 10th, there will be Gidsy activities happening all day long all across Berlin & beyond – all for only 5 bucks! This gives you the chance to spend the day exploring your city, participating in really fun things and meeting new people – the full Gidsy experience.
You can take a painting class in London, a canal tour in Amsterdam, a walk around Brooklyn NYC, a lovely walking tour in Paris, a coffee brewing workshop in Berlin and much, much more.
There is plenty of amazing experiences to be had on Gidsy Day so be sure to book your spots: www.gidsy.com/gidsyday
If you’re in Berlin, at the end of the day they`ll be hosting a birthday bash that everyone’s invited to. RSVP for the event on Facebook.
your betahaus team
What is wahwah FM?
Wahwah FM is a new form of radio App, more precisely it is a cloud searching radio which the user is able influence in different ways. The main idea behind wahwah FM is giving the possibility to users to listen the same song someone else is listening to in a synchronized way. The App on your smartphone connects to the App of another smartphone that you have chosen (you do not have to be connected in any social network), and starts playing the same song the other user is listening to synchronizing your smartphone to his. There are two main ideas behind this process: the user that connects cannot stop, pause, forward, or rewind the song unless he owns it on his smartphone. In addition, the App does not share your own music, it recognize it and pull the same song from a cloud to your smartphone, and then synchronize it to the other App. This is the reason why it is considered a radio: the user cannot influence the music he is listening to, unless he already owns the song.
The core of betahaus is doing stuff. It’s doing projects, doing it yourself, learning by doing, making things, producing or getting things done. We figured out that this is the perfect way for people to learn things, improve their skills and stay motivated on the way. Talking – Hell now! Let’s do more stuff. (weiterlesen…)
Interview by Alessandro Vercesi
What is Blinkist and how did you come up with the idea?
Blinkist is a smartphone-tablet app that answers the need of using spare time in a useful and rewarding way. The goal of the app is to give users the possibility to read the core ideas of non-fictional books in their free time, for example: waiting for a train, during a short flight, on breaks. The cofounders believe that each non-fictional book contains around ten to fifteen core contents that can be extracted and re-write in about one page each. Therefore, people do not have to buy a book and spend many hours reading it when they can read the main points and have the same outcome knowledge of reading the whole book. It is a way of time saving in our fast-paced life. In fact, this is why the co-founders came up with the idea. After finishing university, all of them were working in corporate jobs and realized that they did not have enough time to read and found difficult to gain an additional knowledge from reading a non-fictional book, which could have also been helpful in their job. Therefore, they decided to create this service to people like them, professionals that want to increase their knowledge, keep themselves updated, but, don’t have enough time to read anything in between the main contents.
You can’t get creative insights sitting behind an office desk. Everything is more or less predictable and contradictory things can be left outside. Out in the world, it’s more chaotic. You have to deal with unexpected findings, with uncertainty, and with irrational people who say things you don’t want to hear. But that is where you find insights. That is why at the Convention Camp, we are not making a presentation of how we work, neither telling about our successful stories, nor our failures. We are venturing in the Convention Camp pursuing learning without any hypothesis or script, but to challenge our comfortable assumptions (and the ones o of its visitors)
We want to know How will we un-share the world in the future? (weiterlesen…)
What is Railsonfire?
“Software is eating the world” as Marc Andreessen says and in this software industrial revolution, software engineers need to release their software in faster cycles and with less bugs. We provide them a hosted continuous testing and especially continuous deployment service to address both of those needs.
Currently, most of the developers are managing the testing environment on their own server, but it is much easier, cheaper and helps to speed up the development when doing it in the cloud. Furthermore, they can concentrate on their core business (eg. on their product or on their customers).
How did you come up with the idea? (weiterlesen…)
Open Design City is a hands-on, creative coworking department of betahaus, and can best be described as a mix of fab-lab and makerspace. People come to Open Design City to prototype their ideas, get input on projects, build all kinds of things, and participate in some neat workshops.
We are looking for a marketing & communication intern who will work with us on spreading the word about our space online and offline. Your duties will include:
- Promotion of Open Design City and Build or Buy store on various social networks.
- Creating and executing guerilla marketing campaigns.
- Researching funding.
- Organising workshops, and finding people to host them.
- Co-creating events, e.g. Maker Party
If this sounds like the right job for you, and if you’re available for at least 3 months, feel free to contact us via somewhere.
What is Design for Social Change?
Design for Social Change (D4SC) is a win-win-win social impact business for communities, local businesses and global brands. We are creating Changify – A Kickstarter for civic change linked to a realtime locality and brand index where your change projects are brought to life by direct backing from people and brands in your neighbourhood and you as a Changifyer earn points to spend in local shops in recognition of your good work.
As a Changifyer, you create local change (weiterlesen…)
What is Eisenhower and how did you come up with the idea?
Eisenhower is a task management solution based on the proven Eisenhower matrix, a time management principle by former US president Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The Eisenhower matrix helps you to prioritize both your business and personal tasks by urgency and importance, sorting out less urgent and important tasks which you should rather delegate or do not do at all. So in a way, this system helps people to figure out what they should be doing first, later and rather not themselves or ever at all.
We currently provide you with a suite of software applications and tools that enable you to focus and work on your most important tasks. To help you to prioritize and plan at anytime, EISENHOWER is currently available for iPhone, as a free web app and in the form of paper notepads you can order online.
Eisenhower is the first spin-off out of our mobile application factory Rheinfabrik, offering software development services while also serving as a playground for our own app ideas. My co-founder Tim and I started working on this project just after a time management training we had late last year—realizing that there was indeed no decent app available on the App Store that was incorporating the proven Eisenhower matrix task management principle.
The Maker Weekend is just about to knock on the entrance door of betahaus! These two days we will have a non-stop row of workshops, activities & interactions and a supreme CHRSTMS Market party on Saturday evening.
The weekend will start at betabreakfast (10 am Saturday) and a talk from Johannes Kleske to speed us up into getting things done. After that you could join the tour around the haus lead by no one else but Christoph Fahle, co-founder of betahaus.
And the flow of ‘Do-motion’ will get started..
During the day you will get involved into various happenings in the cafe. The Capsuling.me team will help you to get all the stuff which you were ‘just about to get done’ during the year 2012 of your shoulders . Moreover, DIY experts will share their skills, good mood will transform into a laughing yoga session.. You’ll see how much can happen once people start doing instead of talking and planning! (weiterlesen…)
Alessandro did an interview with Ridha, the founder of Solarbrush.
What is Solarbrush all about?
Weathering can negatively affect solar power plants; in particular, panels installed in dry areas can lose efficiency due to sand deposits on them. Solarbrush is the first company to realize this need to clean solar power plants, and create the first wireless robot that is able to clean panels, even in high slopes (up to 45 degrees). This robot is important in arid regions like Africa and the Middle East, where there are massive solar generators that needs this kind of technology. (weiterlesen…)
You probably already know Cevahir, he started working at betahaus last September and he is the barmanager of our café. You can recognize him because he always wear a mütze. Thanks to him we can enjoy the weekly event betabreakfast and he is also an important member of the events team.
He moved to Berlin from Bielefeld to attend university – majoring in hospitality. During those two years he was gaining a lot of experience as a bartender in many locations in Berlin. After finishing university he decided to have a life experience and improve his english; therefore, he moved to Australia – in the east coast, for one year. He said that it was one of the most important experience of his life. After moving back to Berlin, he started working in casual jobs until he became a member of our team at betahaus last September.
Why did you decide to work at betahaus? (weiterlesen…)
Learn Front End Web Development at GA Berlin! With a € 500 Scholarship for betahaus Members!!
We’ve all had days when we feel like a cog in the machine. We want bigger. We want better. And we want to do our own thing. We look at Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos or Marissa Mayer and think, “Hey, I could do that!” While the road is long and winding, there’s one very good place to start. If you want to leap into the world of technology and launch your own business, basic programming skills are essential. (weiterlesen…)
What is Capsule.fm?!
Capsule.fm plays your favorite online content as a live, interactive and personalized audio experience. We take the best bits of the news, your social media, email, stock and location information and create your very own online listening experience. It’s just like hearing your own web.
Using advanced text-to-speech technology combined with our unique editorial engine, you can stay connected to your online content when you can’t use your eyes or hands. So drive to work without missing a thing, or stay fit and informed, or even use it as a way to catch up on what you missed out on when sleeping. We will begin with by app, but our ambitions are to create the very first audio web. (weiterlesen…)
2 of the betapitch alumnis won the last hyberlin competition! We are so proud of our two awesome teams! Solarbrush and knowable both startups won 10.000€ cash and a trip to Silicon Valley!Upfront hundreds of startups, entrepeneurs and VCs from all over Europe and US they both did the best pitches ever!
Congrats to Ridha Azaiz founder of Solarbrush - a robot which cleans solarpanels – it even jumps from one to the other and Simon Höher & Emanuel Schwarz, founders of knowable - the social network for makers!
Our event dreamteam is looking for an trainee (in German we call it Azubi zum “Veranstaltungskaufmann/frau). You would love to become an event manager one day? Then start your 3 year trainee program at betahaus | Berlin. You can apply for it via our profil at somewhere. And this is what we are looking for:
You are the most communicative, self organized, always happy Azubi in the world! You are 25 (+/-) years old, you have experiences in the event section, you are fluent in English and German. You are a talent in organisation and a digital native as well. You love teamwork! You love a day packed with meetings, events and some chaotic situations in between! You are flexible when it comes to working hours, you know how to deal with a microfone, soundsystem and the wicked projector which doesn’t want to work doesn’t make you nervous. You love to solve a problem fast, you love details, numbers and clients! Helping to organize an event with up to 200 guests is right the thing you wanna do! We are looking forward meeting you. Please apply via somewhere! (weiterlesen…)
…and we’re ready to roll in sektor5!
Since a few years (man we are getting old…) we are organizing the betapitch| Berlin. Since last year it went global! There already was one in Hamburg, one in Cologne and now Vienna, Sofia and Barcelona are on the program.
The Viennese satellite event will happen on March 2nd, 2013 at the awesome space sektor5. betapitch| Vienna invites startups from Austria and CEE to apply by submitting a one-pager outlining their idea. More info on the application process, that will close on February 18th, 2013 can be found here. After all applications have been screened, 8-10 startups will be invited to pitch in Vienna upfront an jury. As a special incentive there will also be a CASH PRIZE awarded to the two winning teams. Some jury members have already been announced, among them Klaus Matzka, Seriel Entrepreneur & VC, Adam Somlai-Fischer, Founder at prezi, Sabrina Oswald, Managing Partner at ACCEDO and Frederik Debong, Founder at mysugr.
Besides the pitching there will also be a content track offered at betapitch| Vienna for the benefit of all local and visiting startups in attendance. Two oft he already confirmed speakers are Adam Somlai-Fischer, Founder of prezi.com, who will talk about UX/UI and Franz Enzenhofer of full stack optimization with a session on No B*llshit SEO for Startups.
PS: you ll also get the chance to meet the 2 winning teams at the upcoming betapitch | global in Berlin happening in June 2013. Stay tuned!
8 weeks of acceleration, 3 days of intense venue preparation, media, cameras and a live stream, 15 well trained pitches and 130 people in the audience. No need for judges, the audience full of investors and corporates took over the startups’ questioning. These numbers and the nice booklet predicted an interesting event. The event was already 2 weeks ago. But we still want to share a few insides with you.
This is how the final Demo Day of the hub:raum accelerator started. The program for accelerating the web and mobile startups went a long way till it exposed the startups to the investors. Enjoying almost whole floor in betahaus since November 2012, they got intense educational coctail from the General Assembly, and weeks of continuous networking and pitching in betahaus. Once a week the doors opened for external guests to meet the startups and give insights from different backgrounds. The startup funders have become the masters of pitching after 8 weeks of regular Friday pitching when have collected tons of feedback. Joyful time. (weiterlesen…)
I’m Alexander, a corporate entrepreneur working in Deutsche Telekom.
How did you come up with the idea of Mighty-Office?
When you work on a big projects in a company having 700 offices worldwide, it is impossible to remember where the offices are so you don’t use the resources even though you might. I wanted to leverage this potential and this was the starting point of Mighty-Office.
What was the evolution of your solution?
I built it just by myself. While working on my daily job during the day, I developed the iPhone and Android app during the weekends approx a year ago.
Nowadays the app contains many features. It is a real location based social network within the company where the employees post what they are working on, where they’re going for a coffee or what is the lunch menu so others can see it and respond. Users can filter the vicinity to choose the location of news displayed. For example when there was a fire in one of the company branches, this social network made it very easy to spread instant, relevant information to other colleagues and eliminated the distorted information. There is a trip share tool which is used for managing the business trips. This has very powerful backend, as intuitively calculates higher tolerance of digression when the trips are longer so people can give a ride to colleagues whose destination is more off the way, if they are going for a longer trip.
Once upon a time.. we opened a coworking space.. But you know this story pretty well… Now we decided to make it one step further. We want to find out how the workspace of the future will look like! How will it be once all your coworking wishes will collide with design expertise and work out THE PERFECT COWORKING SPACE?! That`s what we`ll find out within the Coworking Challenge Project!
You still remember how to get things done rather than just talk about them?
Quite possibly you do since the last MAKER WEEKEND was not that long ago. But now it`s time to get back to the holy motion of making!
More exact time is 23/24 Feb – MAKER WEEKEND # 2. (weiterlesen…)
Always looked for a cozy place where to have the coffee with your friends on Saturday? Or just wanted to work very much but had nowhere to sit with your laptop? Always frustrated that betahaus is closed during the weekend? Good news for you! The betahaus| café is opening on Saturdays soon!
From 2nd of March on, every Saturday you can enjoy our café from 9 am – 18 pm. No more sleeping at home when you have nowhere to get the coffee and check out the pics from last night!
From time to time we’ll publish a guest blogpost by the editors at Fueled. The first one is from Chrissy Giglio. Enjoy:
Why Most Startups that got Bought Don’t Have VC Funding: With new data from 2012, we’re able to see some interesting trends that are occurring in the world of startups. This past year there were 2,277 private technology companies acquired all around the world. From this overall number, we’re able to look into each broken down category and see what’s really going on.
According to the official report from CB Insights, out of the total number of companies acquired, 331 of them disclosed information about the finances of their deals. For 331 companies, the total price for all of them was $46.8 billion. The final total would be a great deal higher if more, or all, companies shared their financial information. Of that amount, there were only eight $1 billion dollar deals. The majority of the lot, 80 percent, of the deals were for less than $200 million. And to break it down further- 50 percent of transactions were for less than $50 million.
The interview was made with Sebastian Rumberg, the Head of Communications of Blinkist.
How’s the business going after one year of work?
Blinkist started in August 2012. In the beginning it was all about getting the first prototype done. We are especially happy with the way Blinkist developed over the last few weeks after the launch in January. Right now we are analysing the feedback we are getting from our users and plan the next steps.
The team has grown considerably over the last few months – including full-time and freelance writers, developers, a designer and PR and marketing manager we consist of nine full-time people. On top of that we are working with several freelance developers and writers. (weiterlesen…)
What is your startup about?
In the scolibri we are developing a highly intuitive platform that helps teachers and students to organize their classes and gain efficiency. Our tools will change the way of communication, planning and collaboration in school. Our vision is to eventually build a marketplace for educational apps.
We see the broken link between the students and teachers. The first group spends their life in the virtual online world meanwhile the teachers are providing mostly the offline connection to school just as copied materials and written exams.
The interest into the project is shown from both sides. We got a support from the Ministry in form of a grant as well as we recently succeeded in europass as the best edu startup. (weiterlesen…)
We’ve received a lot of application and it was not easy for our pre-jury consisiting of Yves Schultz and Kathrin Folkendt our friends from sektor5, Ondrej Gandel from inventures.eu and Klaus Matzka, our head of jury and former founder of Gamma Capital, to come up with the 10 finalists, who will present at thebetapitch I Vienna event this weekend!
Yeah, it’s over. All the great work that the team of sektor5 has done, and all the incredible quality startups know the winner. Let’s see how it went.