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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.

Did we mention this was going to be easy? 

Just kidding. We definitely did.

But, look. Your space will be fully-furnished from the day you move in. We’ll have the WiFi up-and-running and printers online. The meeting rooms will be ready to go. The kitchenette stocked with mugs and freshly brewed coffee. And you’ll have the support of our coworking team. They’ll provide everything from reception to package handling to space maintenance. They’ll get you oriented in the space and make sure you have what you need to get to work.

New office without the downtime.

Some office spaces have a one-size-fits-all approach, but that's not really our style. The reason no two betahaus locations look the same is because they’re locally designed. And we give our Team Space members this same opportunity to customize their space.

Choose a room with a view of the city or one on the ground floor with easy access to the garden. Change the lighting fixture or bring your own bookshelf. We want teams to be able to white label, decorate, and really make the space their own if they want to.

And if you’re really looking to customize, Team HQs allow teams to collaborate with our architects and coworking team to create a space that is completely bespoke. Whether it’s additional meeting rooms, unconventional seating, or a yoga room, we apply our 10 years of experience in building functional workspace to your creative vision to create something that’s just right.

Probably the biggest benefit of coworking is community and events. Now we know it may not be the first thing you’re looking for as you seek out your next office space, but bear with us.

Imagine using your lunch breaks to chat with someone in your industry. Meeting freelance developers at after-work beers. Networking with investors at BETAPITCH. Pitching at our weekly betabreakfast and getting support and feedback on your new ideas.

betahaus has spent the last 10 years cultivating a community of people who we genuinely like working with. And when you join, your team will become a part of it, too.

" People matter! Community was always what we were all about. ‘’

In June we launched #PeopleInbeta - our monthly blog post series in which our Content Manager - Vihra interviewed teams and freelancers from the betahaus community to present the variety of creatives we have in ‘haus, to understand their missions and get some useful advice for our audience. We talked on topics such as sustainability (with PlanA) , decentralized digital identity (with JOLOCOM), curated music experiences (with Bespoke Sounds), freelance photography (with Sara Herrlander), full-stack development (with Obst Digital), design (with LAUDO) and much more.

Interview with LAUDO at betahaus | Neukölln
Interview with Obst.Digital at betahaus | Neukölln

"The Summer is the best time to host Backyard sessions and BBQ’s’’

In the summer, we launched a couple of new events in Neukölln like Freelancers, Unite!, The Backyard Sessions and My friend’s BBQ. 

Freelancers, Unite! developed as our productive coworking session with freelancers from in and outside the ‘haus. Once a month, we picked an important freelance topic (such as taxes, time-management, etc) and invited experts to give us insights on the topic. We saw so many new faces and had the chance to come back closer to where we started from - the freelance, grassroots culture. 

Freelancers, Unite! at betahaus | Neukölln

Another event, which started in July (and turned out to be our favourite events) were The Backyard Sessions. Organised by our queen of Neukölln - Robbin – the Backyard Sessions are our creative evenings with live music jams, movie screenings and cocktails. 

The Backyard Sessions at basement.berlin
Movie Screening at basement.berlin

This last event was hilarious because for quite some time, nobody knew exactly who organised it or invited them. The friend was throwing a BBQ for the community in the garden and this led to all our members joining and staying after for a beer or two with us.

‘’My favourite moment this year was the second friends bbq which was actually cancelled because of the rain forecast. But despite the bad weather, people show up and it turned into a super nice intimate evening with Elizaveta and Paul giving a garden concert.’’ - Robbin (Community Manager, betahaus)

''In July, it was great how the casual after-work BBQ turned into an impromptu acoustic blues jam session with Elizavetta Barsegova and Paul, who have the voice of an angel. Actually, all of the My Friend's BBQ's and Backyard Sessions were AWESOME.’’
- Paige (Head of Marketing, betahaus) 

The Garden at betahaus | Neukölln
My Friend's BBQ at betahaus | Neukölln

"As a coworking space, you have to give stage to important topics.’’

This year we released a new event format in Kreuzberg called ‘’The betaSalon’’. It's an open panel discussion which aims to give stage to important topics and give free speech on them. The fist one we did on the EU elections, last month we talked about changemakers, but our favourite one for this season stays ‘’Mother + Founder’’ where we partnered with FemGems podcast and recorded a live podcast episode for them having Madeleine Gummer von Mohl (betahaus co-founder), Kristine Zeller (co-creater of ooshi period underwear) and Luisa Hoffman on the stage.

betaSalon at betahaus | Kreuzberg

"We should fight for a more human-centered tech development’’

Every September, our co-founders take part in the Techfestival. in Copenhagen, spending a few days disconnecting from the daily life and focusing on creating a better, more human-centered tech future. This year the think tank which included our co-founders Madeleine and Max came up with the TechPledge. The Tech Pledge was made to emphasize the need for a new direction in tech. Similar to the Hippocratic oath for doctors, the Tech Pledge is a promise to make tech a force for good and ensure responsible and sustainable tech leadership. It’s a commitment to driving a new direction in technology.

Techfestival. 2019 in Copenhagen

"Startups are transforming European football as we know it.’’

One of the most exciting projects for betahausX this year (which is also continuing in 2020) is their new startup challenge called The Werder Lab - a global startup competition that aims to reimagine the way clubs like Werder work with athletes, fans and partners.

"You should leave time for the things you love most’’ 

This year couldn’t end without us having our favourite events - the end-of-the-year holiday party and the BETAPITCH Global Finals. On the 6th of December we saw the 9 finalists of the regional BETAPITCH competitions pitching in front of our jury. Congrats to Troy from Hamburg for winning the big prize.

We finished the year at our Holiday Party celebrating anything and everything at betahaus | Neukölln together with our members, friends of friends and our favourite artists from Passiflora LIVE, Tapete and Kotoe.

Love at The betahaus Holiday Party 2019

Thank you for being with us in 2019. It's been a crazy big year for us and it wouldn't been possible without your support, trust and the hard work of our amazing team. Have an amazing holiday time and we'll see you again in 2020.

With love,


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