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Team Room
Christoph Fahle
October 15, 2012

••• dotdotdot is an independent social reading platform designed to help you get the most out of digital reading. Manage all your texts in one place, read and collaborate with others, and create your own digital archive – your virtual reading memory. Thomas Weyres is one of the four founders of and he is part of the betahaus community since the beginning!

How did you come up with the idea of

Thomas Schinabeck, at that time a marketing manager at MTV and writing an PhD about the impact of digitalization on music industry, and me, at that time one of the four managing directors of Zentrale Intelligenz Agentur, were really interested in the full potential of digital reading – all those posibilities of reading together, sharing your thoughts, opinion and knowledge directly within a text and taking profit of the knowledge of your friends, your network, your social graph. We were kind of disappointed of the solutions for digital reading out there, so we started to think about the product, we would love to use. A solution for reading and working with all kinds of texts together, like ebooks, any text from the web, your RSS-feeds on any devise. Later Christian Beer, a great iOS developer and Christian Klingler, who is building amazing backend code since years joined us and together we founded the company.

How did the coworking environment at betahaus affect your work? And why did you decide to become a member of it?

I knew Christoph and Tonia (two of the six betahaus founders) from living in the same house before betahaus was founded. Working in an coworking environment was very familiar to me, as at Zentrale Intelligenz Agentur we were working for big clients without having a corporate office using digital solutions to collaborate and that always worked out best for us. So working in betahaus for some time, felt just right. I always liked the social part of coworking, meeting new people, sharing ideas, collaborating on projects.

What is the biggest challenge you find so far?

Building a great team is a challenge, every company has to face, I think. We’re four people now, and still looking for some great developers for JavaScript and a product-manager to fit to the team. Becoming funded was a challenge aswell, as it took a lot of time, which you will loose spending on developing your product. For us as a small team, the biggest challenge is to ship fast, deliver great code and design, and still get some hours of sleep

What are the future goals for the company?

Developing a great product which helps users to experience the full potential of digital reading and building a great platform of readers and authors. We're just started to be in private beta, still very early, but we start to send some invites out now. (If you're interested, please sign up at

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From 8pm on, we'll open The Club where the DJ booth and the dance floor will turn into our playground. We've invited hip hop and pole dancers to open the dance floor and have a friends-only crazy-cool lineup planned for the night. We'll be mixing botanical cocktails with Fritz Cola and inviting you into our Photo Booth Room so you can take home some silly photos from the night. In The Club, you will also find The Balloon Room and The Zen Zone which will be our chill spot for the night. Check out the timeline in The Club and learn more about The Zen Zone below.

The Club
20:00 - 22:00 Dj Niggo
21:00 - 22:00 Hip-Hop Dancers
22:00 - 22.30 AinTheMachine
23:00 - 01:00: Michal Vagner
01:00 - 03:00: Asia

The Zen Zone
(to be announced): Cacao Experience with Moruga Cacao
19:00 - 21:00: Tea Ceremony with Thirsty Moon

Make sure to join our Facebook Event and RSVP on Eventbrite, so we can put your name into our Happiness Jar. This birthday bash is all about our community, and together with our partners we've prepared a special Prize Draw.

Throughout the whole night, you will find the rooms of The Basement filled with art pieces from our favorite Berlin-based creatives. From illustrations to paintings to wooden sculptures and installations - we've made sure to host an inclusive Berlin-like mix of all things art. Let us introduce to you to some of the artists, who you will meet down in The Basement:

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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