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Christoph Fahle
March 14, 2010

Das betahaus wird bald 1

2019 was a big year for betahaus. Before wrapping up this year and heading towards our goals for 2020, it’s time to look back and take a minute to appreciate the lessons we learned.

Startupweekend Berlin, DMY Preview, D:School Workshop mit George Kembel, Noite de Forro, Tangoabend, SMW Open Design Workshop, WMP Fashionflohmarkt, Politischer Tweetup mit Tim Renner und Björn Böhning. Wir waren auf Motor FM, 3sat, Arte, in Italien, in der taz, in der Schweiz und irgendwie auch in LA.  Dazwischen Termine von Immobilienfirmen, Kreativforschern, Stiftungen und anderen Coworkingbegeisterten. Dass wir am Montag spontan nach Fürth gefahren sind und aus der Quelle Insolvenzmasse Rollwagen, Whiteboards, Kantinenstühle, Schränke, Tische und eine Spülmaschine geholt haben, hat den Aktivitäten der letzten Wochen die Krone aufgesetzt. Ein Bisschen fühlt es sich schon wie der Endspurt vor unserem großen Jahrestag an, denn am 10. April feiern wir unseren einjährigen Geburtstag.




Die Fakten sehen bei uns derzeit so aus: Im betahaus arbeiten jetzt 130 Menschen, in Hamburg eröffnet im Juni zunächst ein betalab, in Zürich braut sich auch langsam etwas zusammen. Die Immobiliensuche ist in der Eidgenossenschaft allerdings eine etwas größere Herausforderung als in Berlin. Unser guter Hausgeist Daniela ist aktuell in Lissabon und sie ist nicht die Einzige, die dort unbedingt ein betahaus eröffnen möchte. Sie scheint dort auch schon etwas zu bewegen.

Neben den fast schon Pinky & Brain artigen Ausbreitungsaktivitäten eröffnen sich fast automatisch täglich neue Herausforderungen. Wenn man genauer hinschaut ergeben sich drei Fragen für die nächste Runde betahaus.

  1. Wie funktioniert ein betahaus in einer anderen Stadt / einem anderen Land?
  2. Wie legen wir den nächsten Gang ein in der betahaus Community?
  3. Wie schaffen wir neben einer digitalen open source Produktionsstätte noch eine Reale?

Das probieren wir nun aus. Mit Hamburg, Zürich und Lissabon testen wir, wie die betahaus DNA in einer anderen Umgebung funktioniert. Im Berlin fängt die Community langsam Feuer. Wir spielen Grillanzünder. Ebenfalls in Berlin geben wir demnächst den Startschuss zur betahaus Open Design City (blogpost coming up). Die tagline für 2010 sähe in etwa so aus: platform, incubator, ideas, fablab, content, Zum Schluss noch ein konkreter Ausblick auf die nächsten Monate:

  • Am 10. April feiern wir mit all unseren Freunden Geburtstag. Einladungen dazu gehen bald raus. In der Woche danach geht es los mit der Open Design City.
  • Die Gewinner des Startup Weekends Berlin ziehen bei uns ein. Wir schauen mal, was wir tun können
  • Im Juni eröffne das betalab Hamburg in St. Pauli
  • Große bevorstehende Events: DMY Berlin, betahaus WM Studio, Wordcamp Deutschland 2010 , Coworking Week 2010,
  • Late Autumn: Geeks on a plane Tour ins SV
  • Und der ganze Rest, der sich spontan so ergibt.

Well then. Markiert euch erstmal den 10. April und glaubt an gutes Wetter. Sincerely yours Team betahaus

Weitere Information auf unserem Kalendar!

Let’s start with the big one. Anyone who has ever moved houses before knows there are tons of tiny expenses that suddenly add up to a very expensive relocation. And that’s just for you and your stuff.

When you start an office from scratch, you’ll have to invest in everything from new furniture to office amenities. You’ll need to outfit meeting rooms and stock the kitchen. Sign a monthly contract with the internet provider. Decorate. Even if you have a lot of these things from your old office, you’ll have to hire someone to help you move it and use up hours of your time getting everything set up.

One of the best parts of moving your team into a coworking space is that most of these costs are already covered in your monthly membership. You’ll move into a fully-furnished space with everything you need to get to work, AND you’ll know exactly how much you have to pay from the time you move in. 

Read More: Everything you wanted to know about Team Spaces at betahaus

Commitment. Oof. 

In a traditional office, you’ll typically have to sign a year lease (or longer). You’ll be committing to a fixed space that won’t grow with your team or give you flexibility if things change. Unless your contract goes month-to-month, you might just find yourself in a lifelong cycle of “let's figure it out next year”.

We believe that your office should help you grow, not hold you back. That’s why our Team Spaces come with leases as short as two months. Your rates are on a per-member basis, so you can easily expand your team or take over new rooms without having to break your lease. We work beside you rather than against you to find an arrangement that gives you the comfort of a home base with flexibility.

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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