Alice Nell
April 4, 2014

HURRAY betahaus | Hamburg has a new home! Get involved and support them!

Ten months after its biggest crisis, betahaus Hamburg is all set for expansion – and crowdfunding its way there. Join their efforts on and help injecting even more awesome into Hamburg!

When the news of betahaus Hamburg’s insolvency hit us last June, we were not only worried about the future of the second betahaus in Germany – a lot of people began questioning the viability of coworking as a business model in general, and we had to face quite a few skeptical comments on the future of all the betahaus | spaces.

Alas, reality proved them wrong betahaus | Berlin, Sofia and Barcelona are growing each day and Hamburg faced a series of miracles:

Beginning right with betahaus | Hamburg’s insolvency, all of the cities’ forces seemed to join in an effort to save the betahaus | Hamburg – the coworking and startup community, established companies, and city officials all alike did what was in their power to keep the betahaus | Hamburg running.

And betahaus | Hamburg’s team did their part, too: They completely changed their pricing model, reformed their organization, and bundled efforts to move to a larger space (the lack of which we had identified as a main reason for failure). And in a matter of weeks rather than months, betahaus| Hamburg was thriving again – and more than ever. We are very proud of the Hamburg team!!

To keep betahaus | Hamburg on this trajectory, only one thing was missing at the beginning of 2014: the larger space! Eifflerwerk to the rescue: In mid-January, the building once planned as the future home of betahaus | Hamburg (and long since become unavailable) appeared back on the market. And once again, all forces joined, planets aligned, and betahaus Hamburg made the leap from under 300 to over 1,300 sqm, to be set up in only three months’ time.

Which brings us to the present: betahaus | Hamburg is moving (estimated date of arrival at the new space: 12th of April), and they need our (read: your) help! They are fundraising on, and you can help by becoming a fan, spreading the word, and/or donating to get one of the fabulous perks they set up!

Rock n Roll! Oh and save the date: huge opening party in the new betahaus will be on June, 6th! See you all there!

Make sure you don’t miss more upcoming events! Click here to check our calendar! 


Cost is a big one here. In regards to total transportation costs, the last mile comprises up to 53% of those - making it the least efficient part of the supply chain. Expectations of free shipping and next day deliveries add up to this.

Due to increasing digitalization and convenience services in every area of people's lives, the smooth and flawless process of getting the delivery to one's doorstep is exceedingly becoming what customers care most about. On top of that, for companies that package being delivered is an extension of their brand. The consumer is basically coming face-to-face with the brand, which makes it the biggest opportunity to heighten customer satisfaction.

If you live in a city and have even slightly observed your urban surroundings you’ve probably witnessed it first hand - urban congestion and crowded cities make it pretty tough to satisfy the growing demand and rising expectations of super quick deliveries. Add unpredictability in transit (like weather conditions), an incorrect address or remote locations, just to name a few, and you can see where this is going.

The worst part is, all those delivery trucks and vans that also produce a fair bit of emissions, are often only half full when they roll out for deliveries. This is mostly due to low drop sizes and stops along the route that are far and few between.

It’s not all hopeless though - Where there is a problem, there are solutions.

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

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