Christoph Fahle
December 10, 2012

Eisenhower

Eisenhower is a task management solution based on the proven Eisenhower matrix.

What is Eisenhower and how did you come up with the idea?

Eisenhower is a task management solution based on the proven Eisenhower matrix, a time management principle by former US president Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The Eisenhower matrix helps you to prioritize both your business and personal tasks by urgency and importance, sorting out less urgent and important tasks which you should rather delegate or do not do at all. So in a way, this system helps people to figure out what they should be doing first, later and rather not themselves or ever at all.

We currently provide you with a suite of software applications and tools that enable you to focus and work on your most important tasks. To help you to prioritize and plan at anytime, EISENHOWER is currently available for iPhone, as a free web app and in the form of paper notepads you can order online.

Eisenhower is the first spin-off out of our mobile application factory Rheinfabrik, offering software development services while also serving as a playground for our own app ideas. My co-founder Tim and I started working on this project just after a time management training we had late last year—realizing that there was indeed no decent app available on the App Store that was incorporating the proven Eisenhower matrix task management principle.

Why did you decide to participate in the hub:raum program (which is taking place at betahaus)?

We have been applying to the no-equity hub:raum Accelerator through our participation at the HY Berlin startup competiton. The chance to get mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs like Jörg Rheinboldt, Niko Waesche and many, many others was a huge benefit we were striving for—aside from enjoying to co-work in the betahaus and meeting all kinds of interesting people from the startup scene right here in Berlin, far off from our home base Düsseldorf.

How does the coworking environment affect you?

In my opinion, all hub:raum participants have already started catching up bits and pieces here and there while very much learning from each other. For example out of spontaneous discussions around mobile app development and marketing we are now planning a recurring session on that topioc every week to dive deeper into all tips and tricks we could share between the startups.

What are the main challenges you faced so far?

Surely betahaus also includes a work environment that in itself grows and transforms every day, so within our first days some construction work on the first floor was still going on. But this had been completed after only a few days, now leaving us with a much quieter, productive working atmosphere. Christoph is now even working on getting us a fridge up here—I guess hereafter we are all pretty much settled and (if not already) super-happy with the joint efforts betahaus and hub:raum are putting into this place and program from day one and onwards.

What are your future goals?

We are planning to continue fine-tuning both our existing clients as well as building a solid foundation for making EISENHOWER available on the iPad and as a native Mac OS X application next year. Hereafter we might look into setting foot on the Android platform and in more desktop application markets. Aside from our core consumer business, we are currently working together with our first three corporate clients on rolling out EISENHOWER notepads as office supplies for their employees' benefits, accompanied by an introductory time management training for everyone interested.

Alessandro Vercesi took the interview.

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Working for Lufthansa back in 2002, Joachim (CEO & founder @ Jolocom) had the idea to develop a better system for companies to swap data internally and for people to share their data with companies. Back in 2002, the resistance to open networks and communication was strong. However, just a few years later, social media and blockchain changed the rules of the game, which led to the founding of Jolocom in 2014. (Read the whole story here


Photo by Lea GK

Ellie joined the Jolocom team in the fall last year. She’s part of the content team and is responsible for communications and online platforms maintenance. 

Volker is currently studying IT-Systems Engineering at HPI, working on his master thesis with Jolocom. He joined the software development team in March this year and has previously worked from betahaus for another startup company.

With two locations in the heart of the city, betahaus l Sofia is a home of some of the most successful Bulgarian startups and is one of the leading innovation hubs in Sofia. Their main space is located just two minutes on foot from Sofia University and the second one stands right at the central Slaveykov Sqaure and has a beautiful view over the city.

As all of our locations, its pet and bicycle friendly and offers the same comfy and relaxed atmosphere you've come to expect from betahaus. Identical to our space, betahaus | Sofia uses glass doors for its team rooms, to build transparency and inclusion.

betahaus | Sofia @ Shipka 6

betahaus | Sofia @ Shipka 6

betahaus | Sofia is spread across 1800 q.m. divided into 2 separate spaces. Shipka 6 is 1300qm and takes over the entire 3rd floor of the UBA – Union of the Bulgarian Artists. Slaveykov Square is placed on the roof top of another historical building in Sofia. There they have two balconies with 360 degrees view, a cafe/bar and a shared kitchen.

Membership plans start from 350,– BGN for Workspace and go up to 435,– BGN for Private Offices. Currently, the space has around 190 members and will soon implement also Club Memberships plan. Every member of the Club will have access to events, conference room and betahaus community.

betahaus | Sofia @ Slaveykov Square
betahaus | Sofia @ Slaveykov Square

Ellie: Currently we have around 5 active pilots and we effectively work B2B2C. So we build our application for businesses which have their own user bases.

Volker: One of our ongoing projects is a pilot with Telekom. With their team, and partners from Riddle & Code and Simple Mobility, we have created the Magenta Scooter — an innovation in e-mobility that allows users to ride share while using their decentralized digital IDs. That means users can rent the scooter with our app and our identity. The main advantage there is that you can store your drivers licence in your Jolocom SmartWallet and then share this license with the app of Telekom. This eliminates the long onboarding process of verifying your license. 

Ellie: Another example is our e-government collaboration with The City of Antwerp called Blockchain on the Move. Using the SmartWallet, municipal employees can issue and validate their own credentials and create eIDs for citizens – it’s a digital ID with which you can register at the university or go to a swimming pool, as two examples.

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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.


Ellie: I know that before joining betahaus Jolocom was in the Ethereum office – a collaborative blockchain space for companies also building on the same platform and the idea was always to stay within a coworking space. When they closed and we had to move, the next closest choice in terms of company culture was betahaus. 

Ellie: The people in the building and the spaces are just really cool. I personally don’t go to community events as much as i would like to but I still end up meeting a lot of people here. Mostly in the kitchen. One of my good friends is actually someone I met in betahaus. 

Volker: I once saw a friend of mine presenting at betabreakfast and I didn’t know that he would be here. It was so funny seeing him on the stage.

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

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