As betahaus founders, we knew our move to Rudi-Dutschke-Straße 23 was going to be an adventure. What we didn’t anticipate is just how we’d find ourselves reliving many of the same emotions that we felt when we first started betahaus. The excitement and uncertainty that comes with opening a new space is all too familiar, but this time, there’s one big difference: we’re asking all of you to come with us.
Things have been crazy lately – we’ve felt it too. Our house is under construction. Things are getting shuffled around. Our move out date approaching on 31 August. All of this, and we know setting up our new space won’t happen overnight! We’ve also found the best ideas are born during times of transition. We could get stressed or we could get creative, so we’re choosing creative. Here’s what we’ve come up with to make the transition into our new space a little bit nicer:
We’re opening our own Pop-up location in Berlin! Between 27 August - 31 October, you can work from the betahaus | Pop-up @ Köpenicker Straße 154-157. Located along the Spree in central Kreuzberg, our Pop-up will be two floors of beautiful industrial space with enough Flexdesks for all of our Club and Pro Members*. We’ll set the space up with everything you need to keep working with us while we get our space at Rudi-Dutschke-Straße 23 move-in ready.
Our betahaus | Pop-Up is still being setup, but here's a sneak peek at what some of the other rooms in the building look like.
One Coworking is an app that lets you work from anywhere. During this transition, we’re offering members a One Coworking voucher that will allow you to work from any of our 12 partner locations in Berlin for 9 days for FREE. Stop by the Front Desk for your code!
This move has been a challenge in many ways, but it’s also been very inspiring to get back in touch with the experimental mindset that we started out with. We may have more resources, experience, and proof of concept than we had ten years ago, but it’s also been an important reminder: no matter how far we think we’ve come, we will always be in beta.
Ellie: Currently we have around 5 active pilots and we effectively work B2B2C. So we build our application for businesses which have their own user bases.
Volker: One of our ongoing projects is a pilot with Telekom. With their team, and partners from Riddle & Code and Simple Mobility, we have created the Magenta Scooter — an innovation in e-mobility that allows users to ride share while using their decentralized digital IDs. That means users can rent the scooter with our app and our identity. The main advantage there is that you can store your drivers licence in your Jolocom SmartWallet and then share this license with the app of Telekom. This eliminates the long onboarding process of verifying your license.
Ellie: Another example is our e-government collaboration with The City of Antwerp called Blockchain on the Move. Using the SmartWallet, municipal employees can issue and validate their own credentials and create eIDs for citizens – it’s a digital ID with which you can register at the university or go to a swimming pool, as two examples.
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.