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July 19, 2018

Global Coworking: Meet betahaus l Hamburg (Germany)

The next stop on our tour through our partner locations is in the second largest startup hub in Germany. Check out betahaus l Hamburg – our space that serves as home to innovators and creatives in Northern Germany.

Every day, more and more innovative startups are making Hamburg home. The city has a good framework for founders and attracts talented people from all over the world. It offers a great variety of events and plenty of funding opportunities for entrepreneurs and potential founders. Not only that, but Hamburg has a great party culture, urban atmosphere and the Elbe river flowing through the city.

About Hamburg

There is a veritable boom around Germany’s second-largest city, and not without a reason. The New York Times describes Hamburg as "a watery wonder, teeming with architectural marvels, restauratns and cultural charms, including a shimmering new concert hall."

[Hamburg is...] a watery wonder, teeming with architectural marvels, restaurants and cultural charms, including a shimmering new concert hall. 

Hamburg is one of the largest economic centers in Europe with leading figures in the media, commerce and gaming industry and the startup scene has rapidly grown over the last few years. In 2017, Hamburg had Germany’s highest number of start-ups with 253 per every 10,000 inhabitants. myTaxi and XING are just two examples of successful Hamburg startups that you might have heard of.

About betahaus Hamburg

betahaus l Hamburg was the first coworking space to open in the city back in April 2014. It sits in Hamburg's alternative Sternschanze neighborhood (or ‘Schanze’ if you're local) so you can spot street art right from your window or pop out for lunch at one of the dozens of awesome restaurants on Schulterblatt. Our team in Hamburg thrives on the belief that creativity and motivation can't flourish from a lonely office. Through community events and collaborative initiatives, the space serves as a central location where entrepreneurs, startups, and corporate partners can innovate together.

betahaus Hamburg in Numbers

The space is spread across three floors with coworking areas (2,400sqm), private offices, and event spaces. Most coworkers hang out in the cozy cafe on the ground floor. In terms of memberships, betahaus l Hamburg offers two types of coworking memberships. The Coworking Flatrate starts at 70,– per month and is a good option for entrepreneurs or startups who are just starting out and who want maximum flexibility at a fair price. If you're collaborating a team or just want to use all the benefits of a private office without all the hassle, they also have a Fixed Desk membership that starts at 250,– monthly.

What do you think about betahaus Hamburg? If you haven't already, check out our other betahaus locations in Barcelona and Sofia – where you can work from unlimited with your betahaus membership – or explore our partner locations around the world.

Toni: Currently, we’ve somehow ended up in this niche of building a lot of internal tools for startups and teams. But this is not the only thing we want to do. What I like about it is that we’re starting projects from scratch and we have full control over them. 

Martin: The first project we worked on was a tool for a large scale real estate development company. What they needed was a tool for their Sales people - to be able to mark their different spots and locations at different stages of the sales funnel. So we created a tool that helps them in this process.

Toni: And this one actually served as a starting point for the tool we’ve developed for  betahaus, which aims to allow the Sales and Management team to see which team rooms are occupied right now, which ones are free or will be occupied in a few weeks or months, so no double bookings appear. 

Alex: These two projects were more focused on real estate, let’s say, but we’ve also done more design-heavy projects like the one we did for Artique which is an online artists agency. For them, we built a whole website and an online system to present their artists starting only from their logo. It had to be very flexible, because the artists needed to be able to edit their own profiles, putting their resume, changing colours.

Toni: Honestly, we have skillsets that you don’t usually find in developers. Because we've had lives that were not just about computer science. I think to some extent this is what makes us different. 

Martin: I believe one of the reasons why people pick us over other studios is because it can be very hard working with developers. If you’re not understanding their work, if the communication is not flowing, you, as a client can feel lost. We're easy to communicate with and we’re always open to feedback and we're open to discuss anything. In the end, after all iterations, if you say we need to start the website from scratch and that you don’t like the idea, we won’t take it personally. 

Alex: Also, I think, since we all work as coding teachers, we are officially qualified to explain what coding is to people who don't code, which is actually really rare because a lot of developers, as Martin says, don't want to, or literally just don't know how to articulate what they're doing. Whereas we are trained in articulating what it is that we're doing, why it's meaningful and why it takes a certain amount of time.

Photo by Lea GK

Alex: Zimt & Mehl - the Turkish bakery around the corner. It’s just soo good.

Martin: Oh, there is this Italian restaurant called Ristorante del Arte

Tony: Oh, my God, this place is so funny. It looks like a pretty average Italian restaurant, but the whole interior design inside is just decorated in such a weird way. The entire place is covered in frescoes. They have crystal chandeliers and Easter bunnies. Some Greek columns. It has a different name on the menu, on the side and on the Internet. And it was an ex-shoe-store.

Want to get in touch with Obst Digital? Come around betahaus | Neukölln and meet them here or send them an email to contact@obst.digital !


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