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.
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. (more…)
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. (more…)
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? (more…)
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
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. (more…)
“Bond´s bunte Welt” is a fascinating new magazine published by our member Marcus Bond. There are only 200 pieces on sales. Get your issue in betahauscafé for only 6,- Euro!
Alessandro our intern did an interview with Marcus Bond:
Please provide a short description of the Magazine
“Bond´s bunte Welt” is a mixture of GEO, brand eins and agora42 – but still different (no advertising for example). You can read about the fascinating life of the eel and why we should be cautious with our attitude towards China. It tells you how our brain works when we meet new people and why we mitfiebern when watching films. You even can find out why women are feeling cold so fast and why English girls and men walk around in T-Shirts in winter. There is a funny column about talkshows, a description of a day-trip to Tschernobyl, tons of arty pictures and more. I got great authors to contribute like the “Professor des Jahres 2011”, a China-Expert, the “brain” from IBM and many more. You can have a look online: bond-pr.de/bonds-bunte-welt
Why did you decide to write about these topics?
My goal was to create a magazine that makes sense. There is a great german word: Bereicherung. Each story should be a Bereicherung for the reader. The topics follow this goal. You can get a lot of insight from the magazine and still feel entertained (I hope). Other magazines only focus on nature or art or music or politics or Berlin. I had the Qual der Wahl to choose Content without any restriction.
Where are you planning to sell the magazine?
The Magazine is not intended to be for sale. I put it up as a present for my network (friends, customers, journalists, …) but hat to produce 200 pieces more than I needed. And those are for sale here in betahaus and in some cafes / shops that I like in Kreuzberg. You can get your issue in the betahaus-Café for only 6 Euro. A great present for birthdays, x-mas, … something special!
What do you do when not writing a Magazine?
I run BOND PR-Agenten, a PR agency working for agencies like Aperto and software companies like Sitecore. I also DJ, if you like electro/swing/techno, check out this: soundcloud.com/bond-030
What is your experience in the coworking environment and betahaus?
betahaus is great, much better than working constantly from home or in cafes. If you need help, just ask around. A few months ago I needed someone to translate a press release from Japanese to German and I found Nadja. She translates Mangas here I betahaus. Next day the job was done. She also did the proofreading for Bond´s bunte Welt.
What are your future goals?
A trip to Sri Lanka in February
Thank you very much for the interview!
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! (more…)
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 (more…)
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 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? (more…)
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? (more…)
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.
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. (more…)
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.
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. (more…)
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? (more…)
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
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 (more…)
What is Routenguru and what does it offer?
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?
••• 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!
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: (more…)
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? (more…)
Unsere Freunde von Reign of Art haben uns wieder mit einer tollen Ausstellung beschenkt! Diesmal zeigen sie Kevin Gray (*1982, Bremen).
“Seine Sozialisation als Sprüher ist auch nach dem Studium (Meisterschüler 2009) an der KH Berlin noch deutlich spürbar. In Kevin Grays Arbeiten werden scheinbar idyllische Szenen untermalt von einer unterschwelligen, bedrohlichen Atmosphäre.
Diese Gegensätzlichkeit bildet den zentralen Charakter von Grays Arbeiten. Auch der Nebel – kennzeichnend für seine neuen Arbeiten – verleiht den Bildern eine gewisse Rätselhaftigkeit. Oberflächlich betrachtet wirken die Bilder teilweise beruhigend, im Widerspruch zu bedrohlichen Themen wie Opiumanbau in Afghanistan oder die Zerstörung der Natur durch Menschen.”
Die Ausstellung ist noch bis zum 24. Oktober 2012, während unserer Öffnungszeiten (Mo-Fr, 8-20 Uhr) zu sehen.
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!
It´s not a dream, neither an upcoming project. It´s reality and it is already happening! (more…)
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. (more…)