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.
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.
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.
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