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August 23, 2018

Our All-Time Favorite Blog Posts | The Move Edition

People keep diaries, but we keep this Magazine. Digging through our blog post archives we found some real treasures, written since the beginning of betahaus back in 2009. We've picked some of our favorites to show you where we started, how we've grown, and why we (still) love our community as much as we did on day one.

FROM THE CEO'S

As if the CEO’s weren't busy enough during the early years of betahaus, they were also responsible for writing blog posts. 

Going through our archives we found everything from a short note from Madeleine after our 5th anniversary explaining the reasons why she loves betahaus and a post where Max compared betahaus to a kid saying: "Watching your kid growing up can be a pleasure and a pain at the same time. Its first steps leave you choked up with emotion, and the first crash with a skateboard can cause a nervous breakdown."

Watching your kid growing up can be a pleasure and a pain at the same time. Its first steps leave you choked up with emotion, and the first crash with the skateboard can cause a nervous breakdown.

Go back even further and we came across this post by Christoph where he shares the story behind the betahaus logo and explains why it's perpetually in beta.

Meet Our Community

Last year, we partnered with ArtConnect to publish an interview series highlighting some of our dearest members. Without these members, our community would never be as vivid as it is. 

One of the earliest interviews was with Lubomila Jordanova, the founder of Plan A – the first donation platform in the fight against climate change. You might recognize her from her big smile and her distinctive Bulgarian accent. In this post, she shares her ideas on climate change and tells us why there is no Plan B for our planet!

The next interview in the series was with Lenny Leiter – filmmaker and the founder of Deskish. In his interview, he described Dekish as a visual online playground for creative people and elaborates on how his filmmaking has influenced his startup. When he's not on our blog, you're most likely to see Lenny running around with his camera gear, and he even created a short movie about our community (which will come out very soon!).

While at first, you might not think that becoming an entrepreneur and a ceramic atelier have much in common, Elizaveta Barsegova will prove you wrong. Once on our team at betahaus, Elizaveta now works as a creative designer and  the founder of brsg Keramik. In this interview, she shares her unique perspective on where creativity and entreprenuership intersect.

Speaking of creativity, there was one member who moved in and built a music studio. Diego Ain aka AinTheMachine is a Brazilian composer and producer with a clear goal: to transform the way we interact with music. He explains Musica Biotronica, which is music without instruments, the four elements (body, voice, everyday objects, and technology), and gives us insight into his creative process in this interview.

Twice a week, there is a Community Run at betahaus, led by Jon Sykes. Jon, the self-proclaimed "European Brit", is the founder of Us Berlin and Racemappr. This feature addresses his strong passion for running and racing himself, and this is how he ended up creating Racemappr, the platform to help anyone discover their next challenge.

Last but not least, we interviewed perhaps the world's only "dream facilitators" - Luiza Arcushin. She might not be in tech, but she’s innovative as they comes. As Luiza explains, "Dream Facilitation is an empowering consultancy for people who want to investigate, plan and implement projects to fulfill their life purpose." 

Going through all these old blog posts reminds us once again exactly where we started and how much we love our community. We're more than excited to see what the Move will bring into the next chapter and look forward to seeing which entrepreneurs and world-changers join us for the ride.

Have you met .. the Softblobs? Since moving back to Berlin from the US, Gesine Krätzner has been making strange creatures out of fabric that she calls Softblobs. They are cute, random, and they'll be waiting in The Basement if you want to try playing around with them.

From toys made of fabric, we’re moving onto wooden sculptures. Matt Danko knows how to bring wood to life and does it amazingly in his free time. In The Basement, he’ll show his latest furniture pieces and sculptures.

In the same room as Matt, you’ll find Lisa Büscher, who has prepared for us a hyper realistic sculpture presentation that gives it the touch of the extreme, surrealistic and absurd. She de- and reconstructs and reorganizes human bodies like Utopia does society.


In our Photo & Video room you will find works from Collette Pomerleau and Ocean.Now.

Colette is a Berlin-based creative working in photography, art direction and set design. Through her visuals she explores intimacy and anonymity. The space that falls somewhere in between.

Ocean. Now! is a collective that accelerates ocean protection. They work with different types of art to motivate our society to protect the Ocean -Now!

In the early afternoon, based in The Garden, you’ll meet Amaury BOUQUET. He’s a Berlin-based French artist from Saint Maur des Fossés, who has a background in social innovation and loves to play with symbols in his works. At 10 Years in beta, he’ll do his special Humanist Tarot readings from 4-6pm.

Parallel to him, also in The Garden, Sebastian Olivares will be painting live a special Mandala created for betahaus. Sebastian is a Berlin-based visual artist who specializes in painting mandala murals and has painted murals in Germany, Chile, Australia and Thailand.

Throughout the day ilan katin will be putting the party vibes onto a mural, specially created for betahaus. He's a Neukölln-based artist with experience in visual work, both static and performative, graphic design, illustration, comics, installations, animation and live video.

We think this one speaks for itself. If you need a little glitz or glitter to get you into the party spirit, come early and we'll do the rest.



Last, but not least, special thanks to our lovely partners who are helping us making this event happen.
Pilsner Urquell and Fritz Cola for the drinks, Emmy, Drivy, FrameRight, CoffeeCircle, Dream Facilitation, Moruga and BioWine for supporting our Prize Draw and our media partners from Silicon Allee, ASK HELMUT, Creative City Berlin and TechCode.

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