It’s no secret that blockchain is booming in Berlin. Between cryptocurrency conferences, weekly workshops in buying tokens, and startups across all industries heading into the space at full speed, it seems the city might really be becoming the central hub of decentralization.
Perhaps the latest driver of Berlin’s prominence in the blockchain scene is the opening of Full Node – a new coworking space in Berlin dedicated entirely to the centralization of blockchain startups. The collaborative space was envisioned by blockchain experts at Gnosis (along with Cosmos and Tendermint) with the specific needs of blockchain startups in mind. They seemed to think of everything a person could want (there's even a tree house!), but we speak from experience when we say there’s A LOT of unexpected considerations that come up when you’re opening a new coworking space.
That's where we come in. Since September, we've been collaborating behind-the-scenes with the team at Full Node, and now it's official! We've signed on to run coworking at Full Node. Powered by their expertise in blockchain and our experience in coworking, it's an understatement to say we're excited about the months ahead.
Want to learn more about Full Node? Here's what you need to know.
Full Node is based in Berlin for a host of reasons including "its flourishing creative and startup scene, world-class developer talent, regulations that put a strong focus on anonymity and privacy protection, affordable office and co-working spaces, and low living costs combined with a high quality of life." (source)
More specifically, the Full Node space is in Kreuzberg at Skalitzer Str. 85-86. The location was not only selected for its proximity to some of the best restaurants, bars, and clubs, but also for the neighborhood's long relationship with crypto; it's just down the street from Room 77, where Bitcoin has been accepted for beer and burgers since 2011.
Most of the blockchain community would agree that Berlin couldn’t be readier for a blockchain coworking space.
Full Node occupies 1000m², divided between meeting rooms, open spaces, and social areas for events and collaborative work. Members enjoy 24/7 building access to coworking areas, private offices, phone boxes, and even a tree house saved for a much needed power-nap. The coffee bar will serve drinks, sweets, and other snacks.
And because you're probably curious, the Full Node space is using a few blockchain technologies of its own. They're currently exploring implementation opportunities with the Slock.it locking system to secure the space.
We've scaled before with betahaus partner locations, but Full Node is our first venture in offering coworking as a service.
Since September 2017, we've been hands on in the process, lending expertise on everything, from the business plan to the budget from a coworking perspective. Starting May 2018, we'll also be involved in the day-to-day operations. Our team will be establishing coworking systems, managing the office, and help setting up community events while the space gets off the ground. That even means Full Node members will get to see the familiar faces of Natalie, Kostas, Gillord, & Linda behind the Front Desk!
As you can imagine, this is an exciting project for us to be a part of. Of course, we'll keep you updated as the space evolves!
Full Node is exclusively for startups working in blockchain, but they'll regulary hold regular public events and meetups to help people learn, collaborate, and become a part of the Berlin blockchain community.
About Membership: Full Node offers three kinds of memberships. The Flexible Desk (390€/month) was created for freelancers who want the flexibility of having an open seat while still taking advantage of other member perks. The Fixed Desk (490€) is for startups or small groups of people who need space to work together. The space also offers Private Offices (2,000€+) that are fully furnished, lockable, and surrounded by glass that can accommodate blockchain startups with two, four, or six people.
We're looking forward to this new challenge, and will keep you updated along the way. Get in touch with any questions you might have about Full Node!
Not a blockchain startup but looking for a coworking space? Be sure to check out the flexible membership options at betahaus!
" People matter! Community was always what we were all about. ‘’
In June we launched #PeopleInbeta - our monthly blog post series in which our Content Manager - Vihra interviewed teams and freelancers from the betahaus community to present the variety of creatives we have in ‘haus, to understand their missions and get some useful advice for our audience. We talked on topics such as sustainability (with PlanA) , decentralized digital identity (with JOLOCOM), curated music experiences (with Bespoke Sounds), freelance photography (with Sara Herrlander), full-stack development (with Obst Digital), design (with LAUDO) and much more.
In the summer, we launched a couple of new events in Neukölln like Freelancers, Unite!, The Backyard Sessions and My friend’s BBQ.
Freelancers, Unite! developed as our productive coworking session with freelancers from in and outside the ‘haus. Once a month, we picked an important freelance topic (such as taxes, time-management, etc) and invited experts to give us insights on the topic. We saw so many new faces and had the chance to come back closer to where we started from - the freelance, grassroots culture.
Another event, which started in July (and turned out to be our favourite events) were The Backyard Sessions. Organised by our queen of Neukölln - Robbin – the Backyard Sessions are our creative evenings with live music jams, movie screenings and cocktails.
This last event was hilarious because for quite some time, nobody knew exactly who organised it or invited them. The friend was throwing a BBQ for the community in the garden and this led to all our members joining and staying after for a beer or two with us.
‘’My favourite moment this year was the second friends bbq which was actually cancelled because of the rain forecast. But despite the bad weather, people show up and it turned into a super nice intimate evening with Elizaveta and Paul giving a garden concert.’’ - Robbin (Community Manager, betahaus)
''In July, it was great how the casual after-work BBQ turned into an impromptu acoustic blues jam session with Elizavetta Barsegova and Paul, who have the voice of an angel. Actually, all of the My Friend's BBQ's and Backyard Sessions were AWESOME.’’ - Paige (Head of Marketing, betahaus)
This year we released a new event format in Kreuzberg called ‘’The betaSalon’’. It's an open panel discussion which aims to give stage to important topics and give free speech on them. The fist one we did on the EU elections, last month we talked about changemakers, but our favourite one for this season stays ‘’Mother + Founder’’ where we partnered with FemGems podcast and recorded a live podcast episode for them having Madeleine Gummer von Mohl (betahaus co-founder), Kristine Zeller (co-creater of ooshi period underwear) and Luisa Hoffman on the stage.
Every September, our co-founders take part in the Techfestival. in Copenhagen, spending a few days disconnecting from the daily life and focusing on creating a better, more human-centered tech future. This year the think tank which included our co-founders Madeleine and Max came up with the TechPledge. The Tech Pledge was made to emphasize the need for a new direction in tech. Similar to the Hippocratic oath for doctors, the Tech Pledge is a promise to make tech a force for good and ensure responsible and sustainable tech leadership. It’s a commitment to driving a new direction in technology.
One of the most exciting projects for betahausX this year (which is also continuing in 2020) is their new startup challenge called The Werder Lab - a global startup competition that aims to reimagine the way clubs like Werder work with athletes, fans and partners.
This year couldn’t end without us having our favourite events - the end-of-the-year holiday party and the BETAPITCH Global Finals. On the 6th of December we saw the 9 finalists of the regional BETAPITCH competitions pitching in front of our jury. Congrats to Troy from Hamburg for winning the big prize.
We finished the year at our Holiday Party celebrating anything and everything at betahaus | Neukölln together with our members, friends of friends and our favourite artists from Passiflora LIVE, Tapete and Kotoe.
Thank you for being with us in 2019. It's been a crazy big year for us and it wouldn't been possible without your support, trust and the hard work of our amazing team. Have an amazing holiday time and we'll see you again in 2020.