Christoph Fahle
December 5, 2013

Beta present

In case you are a human being, there is one thing for certain about you - you are challenged by the ´presents issue´during the Christmas time. Well, there are at least 2 ways to make your life easier:

1. Wash and nicely re-pack the sweater with a rain dear that you got for Christmas last year (promise you, no one´s gonna notice).

2. Get a voucher for something your beloved one is into.

Therefore, we are happy to announce that this year we are finally doing it! We have just issued special Christmas Gift Vouchers! But how to know if they are right for your fellow ? Check the following points...


The betahaus| Christmas Voucher is the right thing to give in case:

1. The receiver is interested in Technology/Business/Art/Design/DIY AND is always interested in improving his/her skills and learning more.

BECAUSE: the Voucher is valid for absolutely any course or workshop out of betahaus| Education program... up till the veery end of March. (so there´s enough time to make the final choice)

2. The receiver is interested in meeting awesome people/Becoming a part of innovative community/Enjoying the working time/Good vibes.

BECAUSE: the Voucher is valid for any sort of desk at betahaus| Berlin.


If you are tempted, we are there for you. The voucher can be issued for absolutely any amount of moneyS.

To get it fixed, just drop by betahaus Reception or drop us a line at

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If you live in a city and have even slightly observed your urban surroundings you’ve probably witnessed it first hand - urban congestion and crowded cities make it pretty tough to satisfy the growing demand and rising expectations of super quick deliveries. Add unpredictability in transit (like weather conditions), an incorrect address or remote locations, just to name a few, and you can see where this is going.

The worst part is, all those delivery trucks and vans that also produce a fair bit of emissions, are often only half full when they roll out for deliveries. This is mostly due to low drop sizes and stops along the route that are far and few between.

It’s not all hopeless though - Where there is a problem, there are solutions.

Same old, same old - isn’t always all that bad. Sometimes, all that’s needed are some new perspectives! The city of Utrecht, for‌ ‌example, implemented a zero-emissions electric barge nicknamed the “Beer Boat”. 

Since 2010 it’s carrying beer and food to the city’s downtown restaurants by using waterways. Other electric barges in Amsterdam not only deliver but even collect organic waste, which is then turned into biofuel in processing plants! Isn’t that cool?

It becomes clear that cities, logistics, as‌ ‌well‌ ‌as‌ ‌urban‌ ‌planners, are equally part of solving the inefficiency of the last-mile. Tackling this mountain of issues calls for teamwork!

A centralized platform, hub or network for similar companies, could do the trick to fill up the delivery vans & trucks that are barely loaded. Parcels could be distributed more efficiently between different companies and their delivery vehicles.

Like a big pool of parcels from different companies with every single parcel going into that one van with the same route!

Delivery Driver Experience and Smart Delivery Vehicles are also areas with huge potential for improvement and innovation.

Ellie: Two years ago we adopted a new legal structure for Jolocom GmbH according to the purpose model of ownership, manifesting our commitment and dedication to building a self-sovereign organization. That means we can’t take VC funding or sell public shares of the company. 

Volker: Jolocom is a community driven organisation – both in a tech sense but also much further beyond. We’re hugely involved in the DWeb community where we organize and attend events for the decentralized community. Every year we also help organize and attend the DWeb Camp in San Francisco, which brings together all kinds of creatives so this technology of tomorrow is built in a collaborative way.

Next to that on-demand experiences have become firmly embedded into people’s everyday lives - be it a mobile app to book a ride, send flowers to your loved ones or order lunch to your office. It’s all possible and has made premium features like real-time tracking a standard.  The online consumer expects nothing less and certainly doesn’t like to wait.

Making that quick and instant gratification happen is another story though. Groundbreaking ideas and innovations are needed to tackle all these factors. Does your startup have one? 

Then head over to our Future Logistics Challenge! Applications are still open until September 23rd.

Volker: There is this really nice place, called Green Rabbit with salads and baked potatoes where I like to go to. Sometimes I just keep it simple and go to Lidl.

Ellie: I eat a lot in cafe which is here around the corner and I love the Matcha Lattes from Starbucks.

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