Christoph Fahle
June 26, 2013

Fly or Die - Support Our Startup (OFFTIME) in Crowdfunding!

How does the crowdfunding marathon feel like? Or is it rather a crowdfunding 100m? Check out the story of (OFFTIME), a startup in our residence.

These guys just went online with a crowdfunding campaign and you can support them now: http://offtime.co/startnext. Every little bit helps them to make their dream come true, get this thing out into the world and get it rolling!

What is ( OFFTIME )?

A young post-tech start-up located here at betahaus - you can visit them on the first floor, where they landed months ago with the hub:raum accelerator. With ( OFFTIME ) you can decide what matters to you, every moment. Keep distracting apps, calls, and texts away from you and focus on your work, a good talk with a friend or just peace of mind. ( OFFTIME ) will take care of everything else for you. This way you can be productive and relax, every single day.

And what Alex, one of the co-founder says about the crowdfunding? Read on!

Why Crowdfunding?

For us it’s a good test if our idea flies or should rather die! Of course we hope that our idea will take off and we get enough people backing it! But if not, we have to think about if this world really needs a product like we developed in the last weeks. We got loads of feedback in the last months and everybody seems to likes it -- but are people also willing to pay for it and can you build a sustainable business from it? That’s what we test with the crowdfunding campaign. Additionally, it is a great way to reach out and build up a community around us. People having the same need as we, seeing an opportunity in supporting us, will also get early and priority access to what we develop!

Up to now it was all our own time and money that we put at stake. Which is fine and we will also do it in future. However, we would like to balance our bank account again before we take the next steps. With 13.000 Euro we will be able to pay everything up to now, with 25.000 Euro we will have a buffer for the next three months, and with 40.000 Euro plus will be able to get going until end of the year and speed up a bit. We are also now at a stage where we could take money from investors, but being close to the community makes much more sense to us.

How to do Crowdfunding?

That’s a really good question. We've read quite a lot about it and talked to many people - but somehow, I think, we still have no idea. Guess the secret is to just do it! Do, fail, learn and then do it again... at least that is what we do now. And fun is important! We had loads of fun while making the video! We try to have more fun along the way! We are happy to share our insights with others from betahaus -- or give us a hand and learn with us along the way! Just contact me!

PS: Don’t get distracted: support (OFFTIME) now and go to http://offtime.co/startnext ! 

Click here to find out more about being a member.

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

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