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…)
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.
The 10 startups that were picked out of the applicants to pitch upfront the jury made a nice show. The composition was international, 3 of the pitching startups came from far Slovakia. (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!
But now we proudly present (in no particular order) our 10 finalists at betapitch | Vienna: (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!
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…)
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…)
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.
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…)
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!
Who are you?
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.
…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!
What is Tongr for?!
Tongr connects travellers, expats and locals, based on the languages they speak. It is a location-based application that uses languages as the common trait to connect people abroad with complementary needs. People who come to a foreign country do not need to feel alone anymore because they can easily find someone who speaks their language right from their iPhone. These people may help each other with exploring the city, practicing a foreign language or in any emergency.
“I got the idea of Tongr when I arrived from Brazil to freelance in Berlin. I needed to get some documents from the Bundesagentur für Arbeit and there was no easy way to contact anybody in here speaking Portuguese to help me with it”, explains Denis, the founder of Tongr. (weiterlesen…)
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…)
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!
It is amazing how the hyberlin showed how Berlin changed during the last 3 years. (weiterlesen…)
What is FabGate?
FabGate is the first 3D-Printing & Rapid Prototyping marketplace where you can print your 3D models. On the one hand, you can get your printed products faster than using the other online 3D-printing services. On the other hand, it brings more orders to the manufacturers and therefore creates revenue from the free capacity of their 3D printers.
My co-founder Ehsan, who is one of my friends for many years, and I have built this whole project by ourselves. A couple of weeks after launching the webpage in December 2012, FabGate attracted around 1000 users and more than 10 companies that are offering 3D printing with various materials. You can choose from different sorts of plastic and metal, e.g. gold and titanium.
Please briefly describe yourself and what you do:
I work as a web developer, consultant and trainer. In web development, I am a specialist for server side programming using the language PHP. Backends, databases and APIs are my strong suit. Read more about it on php-entwickler-berlin.de. In terms of technology I am a big fan of the Symfony 2 framwork. I’ve been using the framework as a developer for two years and attended several developer conferences, trainings and workshops. I frequently wrote about my favourite technology in my blog. Sharing my passion with the world was not only fun, but turned out to be a good idea from a business perspective as well: In 2012, three companies independently contacted me and asked whether I could train their employees in developing web applications using Symfony 2. Giving these trainings was the most enjoyable work I did the whole year. Now I offer Symfony trainings every other month.
What is your experience with coworking / betahaus?
I was always attracted to betahaus and coworking in general. In 2010 I helped to start the coworking space “Yorck 52” in Berlin. Later I moved my Company Market Valid GmbH & Co KG to betahaus in an emergency situation: After moving to a new appartment I found that my landlord would not allow me to put my companies’ name on the mailbox and urgently needed a place where I could receive my business mail. At the same time I needed a quiet place to work. betahaus came to the rescue in both aspects: Thanks to the mail service offered by betahaus the company could quickly receive its mail again. At the same time the silent room was the perfect enviroment for my development work.
Is there anything in particular that you want to share with us?
I would like to share that sharing is the key to success. Three years ago I blogged about by favourite project, which was a tool to test websites in Internet Explorer on Mac OS X. Apparently this was an urgent need for many developers, because they picked up the article and discussed it in many other blogs and forums. Within a week, 12.000 visitors checked out the site and about 1000 signed up for a private beta. In 2011 and 2012 I shared my thoughts and passion about my favourite technology in blogging about the Symfony 2 framework for web applications. As described in the beginning of the interview, this led to this years most enjoyable business opportunities. Don’t keep your ideas secret. Let the word know. Talk to people and blog about them.
What are your future goals?
Having found out how much I like to give developer trainings I want to give a lot of trainings in the future. My first step in this direction is to offer open Symfony trainings in Berlin and Munich every other month. The next thing I have on my mind is to give Adwords trainings. Being a Google certified Adwords Professional I know the topic inside and out. I have a gut feeling that many small and medium enterprises have a need for short focused trainings on this topic. This idea is brand new and came into existence during a phonecall with on of my business
partners today. You are the first person to know about this. I’m looking forward to announcing this service and getting feedback about it. Wish me luck!
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…)
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…)
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…)
We have created our interpretation of a christmas tree. With it, we tried to bring the charms of a warm little forest to betahaus. We wanted to create little corners were people could hide and find his own space, and open areas where people could gather together under its magic.
Now, in the spirit of this times, we wanted to give this trees away and collect some money that will be donated to the artist that created them and to Open Design City to be able to buy some new tools and continue to do such interventions.
This trees are in beta, this means that they are all different and changing, and that you can even grow them in different ways at your home. The tree can’t stand alone, they need a whole forest around them in order to be. But this remind us of the culture we live at betahaus too. We all have realize that it is much better to be all together in one big space, that work alone from home. This trees will remind us of that. Now we hope the tree can lean on a corner at your home, making a little shelter there, and when you seat underneath, connecting you to all the other trees, to all the other people you are related to, reminding us of the big forest we make together.
If you would like to have a little tree charm at home, give a call to 017656721670 (Tom) and come over to pick up the one you like the best.
Wishing you all an excellent time,
A single tree cost 30e. If you like more trees, or them installed at home please don’t hesitate to ask pedro.p (at) wecreativepeople (dot) com