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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.

Toni: Currently, we’ve somehow ended up in this niche of building a lot of internal tools for startups and teams. But this is not the only thing we want to do. What I like about it is that we’re starting projects from scratch and we have full control over them. 

Martin: The first project we worked on was a tool for a large scale real estate development company. What they needed was a tool for their Sales people - to be able to mark their different spots and locations at different stages of the sales funnel. So we created a tool that helps them in this process.

Toni: And this one actually served as a starting point for the tool we’ve developed for  betahaus, which aims to allow the Sales and Management team to see which team rooms are occupied right now, which ones are free or will be occupied in a few weeks or months, so no double bookings appear. 

Alex: These two projects were more focused on real estate, let’s say, but we’ve also done more design-heavy projects like the one we did for Artique which is an online artists agency. For them, we built a whole website and an online system to present their artists starting only from their logo. It had to be very flexible, because the artists needed to be able to edit their own profiles, putting their resume, changing colours.



Toni: Honestly, we have skillsets that you don’t usually find in developers. Because we've had lives that were not just about computer science. I think to some extent this is what makes us different. 

Martin: I believe one of the reasons why people pick us over other studios is because it can be very hard working with developers. If you’re not understanding their work, if the communication is not flowing, you, as a client can feel lost. We're easy to communicate with and we’re always open to feedback and we're open to discuss anything. In the end, after all iterations, if you say we need to start the website from scratch and that you don’t like the idea, we won’t take it personally. 

Alex: Also, I think, since we all work as coding teachers, we are officially qualified to explain what coding is to people who don't code, which is actually really rare because a lot of developers, as Martin says, don't want to, or literally just don't know how to articulate what they're doing. Whereas we are trained in articulating what it is that we're doing, why it's meaningful and why it takes a certain amount of time.

Photo by Lea GK


Alex: Zimt & Mehl - the Turkish bakery around the corner. It’s just soo good.

Martin: Oh, there is this Italian restaurant called Ristorante del Arte

Tony: Oh, my God, this place is so funny. It looks like a pretty average Italian restaurant, but the whole interior design inside is just decorated in such a weird way. The entire place is covered in frescoes. They have crystal chandeliers and Easter bunnies. Some Greek columns. It has a different name on the menu, on the side and on the Internet. And it was an ex-shoe-store.

Want to get in touch with Obst Digital? Come around betahaus | Neukölln and meet them here or send them an email to contact@obst.digital !

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