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!
Well, both. Currently we offer the following two options: shorter publicly available Brand Playlists and long-form private Soundtracks for spaces. For both of them we work closely with the client to understand how sound fits into their brand DNA and what their audience is like.
We believe that the guests’ experience with a particular space doesn’t have to begin and end with their stay. The idea of the Brand Playlist is to be a public brand playlists designed to engage the customers before, during, and after their visit at a space. It’s always accessible for them and serves as a new, dynamic marketing channel.
The Soundtrack is slightly different. It takes sometimes up to weeks of work and is designed by a world-class artist, DJ, or tastemaker. For it we first work with you to develop a deep understanding of your business and style. Then we match you with the perfect artist, DJ, or tastemaker to create unique, always fresh playlists, custom tailored to match your brand.
In both cases, we update them regularly based on guest habits and clients’ needs.
The way we engage with the music community is something really important for us and honestly, what makes us different than other background music providers. A lot of the background music providers out there have internal teams of maybe five or six DJs that do all of the music for their clients. We aim to connect with the local scene and always work with local DJs. There's some kind of magic in finding the exact right artists for the brand.
And on the flip side of it, when we hire artists, we make sure that the project is also inspiring for them and that they would be interested in participating. We always make sure to pay them well. The whole project creates for them a new income stream that they wouldn't have otherwise.
Yes! This was really fun. The objective with the betahaus "betabeer sounds" playlist was to showcase the community side of betahaus. There are so many cool, interesting people in the betahaus community and we thought a playlist could be a perfect way to not only help bring the community together but also show the diverse funkiness of the communities of Berlin and Neukölln, which is why Hazy Pockets, a longtime local Berlin DJ known for his eclectic mixes, was perfect for this project.
This playlist moves from bluesy 60s rock into surf and tropicalia, picking up momentum into Motown and onwards through some laid back disco tunes. Perfect for the betabeer events betahaus hosts monthly!
Oh, there are just so many! Like the Imren Grill for instance where you can find the best homemade Turkish food or Das Gift and Gordon which are both run by great music people. Kohelenquelle in Prenzleuer Berg is my favorite local bar (or rather kneipe). To satisfy my techno / electronic records needs I always go to Hard Wax and one of my most special places is the Zions Kirche steeple, which has an awesome view of the city and a great Weinerei close by.