Coworking was a new concept in Berlin when we moved into our space at Prinzessinnenstraße 19-20 nearly ten years ago. Since then, our community of just 20 people has grown to over 500. We’ve added floors and knocked down walls. We’ve hosted thousands of startup events, tons of wild parties, and even a couple of weddings in this house over the years. But the time has come, and we’re finally ready to say it. We’re moving!
We’re starting fresh at the former taz headquarters at Rudi-Dutschke-Straße 23 (take a look at the Google Street View) from 3 December. The historical building has a long legacy of influential tenants, and we’re excited to be able to leave our mark on it, too! Our move into the 2800 sqm building will take place in early autumn after renovations to the interior are completed.
As you can imagine, moving is a really big deal when your space is such a big part of your business. If you’ve been here since the early days, you’ll know that our house has evolved countless times since we first started out. It has been restored, furnished, and repurposed at the hands of our team. It has been adapted and updated to serve the purposes of our community. With the new building comes the opportunity to thoughtfully design a space built specifically for us. Not only will our new building have five floors of coworking areas, a café, event spaces, and a rooftop terrace. It will also have the extra meeting rooms, team rooms, and private spaces that you’ve been asking for.
Ultimately, betahaus has always been a space shaped by our community. We never wanted to be just another Berlin coworking space, and this new building will be no different. Our co-founders have made clear their intentions to keep the space as personalized as the original building. “When you walk into the new building, we want it to feel familiar. We’ll keep the elements that have always defined our character like natural wood, reclaimed furniture, and made-by-us personalization while adding modern amenities that members have asked for over the years.”
This means we'll setting aside places in our building for our members to design. We'll have a rooftop terrace with a community garden and spaces dedicated to collaborative art projects. We'll be announcing more details with time, but we have events planned all summer where you can see the floor plans, learn more about the space, and join in DIY parties. Don't forget to subscribe to our "The Move" newsletter to stay updated with everything going on between now and then.
The move is our third big announcement of 2018 following the news that we’re be expanding our operations with betahaus | Tirana and managing coworking for Berlin’s new blockchain space, Full Node.
The idea behind betahaus was never to be just a coworking space. We wanted to create a platform where people of our generation could thrive personally and professionally. We’ve always thought we could do this on a much bigger scale and we’re thrilled to see it happening. We’re excited about what we’re able to learn from this move, not just for betahaus, but for the future of coworking in Europe.
We’re sure you have a lot of questions about what’s coming next.
We want to hear from you! Email us at email@example.com or stop by the Front Desk with any questions. We’ve also started members-only page for FAQs, resources, and important dates about the move (check your inbox!).
We've got some big changes ahead of us, but one thing's for sure: we're so glad to have you with us for the ride!
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.
Ellie: I know that before joining betahaus Jolocom was in the Ethereum office – a collaborative blockchain space for companies also building on the same platform and the idea was always to stay within a coworking space. When they closed and we had to move, the next closest choice in terms of company culture was betahaus.
Ellie: The people in the building and the spaces are just really cool. I personally don’t go to community events as much as i would like to but I still end up meeting a lot of people here. Mostly in the kitchen. One of my good friends is actually someone I met in betahaus.
Volker: I once saw a friend of mine presenting at betabreakfast and I didn’t know that he would be here. It was so funny seeing him on the stage.
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 west.berlin cafe which is here around the corner and I love the Matcha Lattes from Starbucks.