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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.


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.

If you live in a city and have even slightly observed your urban surroundings you’ve probably witnessed it first hand - urban congestion and crowded cities make it pretty tough to satisfy the growing demand and rising expectations of super quick deliveries. Add unpredictability in transit (like weather conditions), an incorrect address or remote locations, just to name a few, and you can see where this is going.

The worst part is, all those delivery trucks and vans that also produce a fair bit of emissions, are often only half full when they roll out for deliveries. This is mostly due to low drop sizes and stops along the route that are far and few between.

It’s not all hopeless though - Where there is a problem, there are solutions.

Same old, same old - isn’t always all that bad. Sometimes, all that’s needed are some new perspectives! The city of Utrecht, for‌ ‌example, implemented a zero-emissions electric barge nicknamed the “Beer Boat”. 

Since 2010 it’s carrying beer and food to the city’s downtown restaurants by using waterways. Other electric barges in Amsterdam not only deliver but even collect organic waste, which is then turned into biofuel in processing plants! Isn’t that cool?

It becomes clear that cities, logistics, as‌ ‌well‌ ‌as‌ ‌urban‌ ‌planners, are equally part of solving the inefficiency of the last-mile. Tackling this mountain of issues calls for teamwork!

A centralized platform, hub or network for similar companies, could do the trick to fill up the delivery vans & trucks that are barely loaded. Parcels could be distributed more efficiently between different companies and their delivery vehicles.

Like a big pool of parcels from different companies with every single parcel going into that one van with the same route!

Delivery Driver Experience and Smart Delivery Vehicles are also areas with huge potential for improvement and innovation.

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.

Next to that on-demand experiences have become firmly embedded into people’s everyday lives - be it a mobile app to book a ride, send flowers to your loved ones or order lunch to your office. It’s all possible and has made premium features like real-time tracking a standard.  The online consumer expects nothing less and certainly doesn’t like to wait.

Making that quick and instant gratification happen is another story though. Groundbreaking ideas and innovations are needed to tackle all these factors. Does your startup have one? 

Then head over to our Future Logistics Challenge! Applications are still open until September 23rd.

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 cafe which is here around the corner and I love the Matcha Lattes from Starbucks.

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