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Alice Nell
February 12, 2016

Lisa is pursuing a new dream

Today is a little sad for the betahaus team. Our very first employee Lisa is leaving us to pursue a new dream: she's going to be a Surgical Technology Assistant. Lisa had many jobs at betahaus, but in the last years she was our back office manager, taking care of accounting, contracts, Human Resource, Team building, and many more things. She worked with us for 6 years and 12 days.

We asked Lisa about her years at betahaus and what she's going to do next. Before that however, CEO & Co-founder Madeleine has some good words to share: 

 

"Lisa was our first employee, I still remember that I was way more nervous during the interview than she was. She started working a few hours at the bar in the café, then she helped us building up the back office, and finally, she became the one person who knows everything about betahaus. She was there when we suffered from a defeat and needed a shoulder to cry on, but she was also the one with whom we enjoyed every victory, even the smallest ones. We're all very sad to lose her as a member of the team, but we think it's great that she's going to pursue a new dream, a new adventure. The new job she'll start fits her well - she wants to make a difference."

Hey Lisa, what were you doing in betahaus?

When I moved to Berlin in 2009, I was a veterinary assistant looking for a new challenge. A friend of mine, Geertje, told me about betahaus. She had just started working at betahaus as a bar manager, and once in a while I would go to visit her.  Back then, betahaus was only the ground floor and 3rd floor. I immediately liked the people and atmosphere of the place, so I started working a job in the café as well.

 

Some months later, Madeleine, Christoph and Max offered me to get more involved in the betahaus organisation. My job would become to support the founding team and to be in touch with members; hear them out, work on the feedback they had for us, and make sure everyone felt welcome.

 

betahaus grew so fast, and with every new step, there were new tasks and challenges; for the whole team, and for me too. I was learning about event planning, accounting, contracts, running a café, introducing new team members, opening new floors, and so much more. It's been a great experience, and especially because everyone always put faith in me 'getting it done', and everyone around supporting what I did, it taught me so many new things.

What new adventure are you going to devote yourself to?

I'm going to be a Surgical Technology Assistant. I'm fascinated by medical science and medical engineering. Additionally it means I'll be able to help people, and that's what I love doing. As a Surgical Technology Assistant, you take care of patients before, during and after surgery. You assist the doctor performing surgery, and you have the responsibility to make sure everything runs quick and smoothly.

What are you gonna miss most about working at betahaus?

There are too many things to mention. I'm sure sometimes it'll be the smallest things I'll miss the most. Being silly with my team mates here, laughing with them when I'm having a bad day.. But if there's one thing that has always been very special, it's that coming to work always felt like coming home. That's something very special to me. I'm so thankful for being a part of the awesome betahaus community! I'll miss you all! Thank you so much for the last six years!!

 

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Some office spaces have a one-size-fits-all approach, but that's not really our style. The reason no two betahaus locations look the same is because they’re locally designed. And we give our Team Space members this same opportunity to customize their space.

Choose a room with a view of the city or one on the ground floor with easy access to the garden. Change the lighting fixture or bring your own bookshelf. We want teams to be able to white label, decorate, and really make the space their own if they want to.

And if you’re really looking to customize, Team HQs allow teams to collaborate with our architects and coworking team to create a space that is completely bespoke. Whether it’s additional meeting rooms, unconventional seating, or a yoga room, we apply our 10 years of experience in building functional workspace to your creative vision to create something that’s just right.


Probably the biggest benefit of coworking is community and events. Now we know it may not be the first thing you’re looking for as you seek out your next office space, but bear with us.

Imagine using your lunch breaks to chat with someone in your industry. Meeting freelance developers at after-work beers. Networking with investors at BETAPITCH. Pitching at our weekly betabreakfast and getting support and feedback on your new ideas.

betahaus has spent the last 10 years cultivating a community of people who we genuinely like working with. And when you join, your team will become a part of it, too.

" People matter! Community was always what we were all about. ‘’

In June we launched #PeopleInbeta - our monthly blog post series in which our Content Manager - Vihra interviewed teams and freelancers from the betahaus community to present the variety of creatives we have in ‘haus, to understand their missions and get some useful advice for our audience. We talked on topics such as sustainability (with PlanA) , decentralized digital identity (with JOLOCOM), curated music experiences (with Bespoke Sounds), freelance photography (with Sara Herrlander), full-stack development (with Obst Digital), design (with LAUDO) and much more.

Interview with LAUDO at betahaus | Neukölln
Interview with Obst.Digital at betahaus | Neukölln

"The Summer is the best time to host Backyard sessions and BBQ’s’’

In the summer, we launched a couple of new events in Neukölln like Freelancers, Unite!, The Backyard Sessions and My friend’s BBQ. 

Freelancers, Unite! developed as our productive coworking session with freelancers from in and outside the ‘haus. Once a month, we picked an important freelance topic (such as taxes, time-management, etc) and invited experts to give us insights on the topic. We saw so many new faces and had the chance to come back closer to where we started from - the freelance, grassroots culture. 

Freelancers, Unite! at betahaus | Neukölln

Another event, which started in July (and turned out to be our favourite events) were The Backyard Sessions. Organised by our queen of Neukölln - Robbin – the Backyard Sessions are our creative evenings with live music jams, movie screenings and cocktails. 

The Backyard Sessions at basement.berlin
Movie Screening at basement.berlin

This last event was hilarious because for quite some time, nobody knew exactly who organised it or invited them. The friend was throwing a BBQ for the community in the garden and this led to all our members joining and staying after for a beer or two with us.

‘’My favourite moment this year was the second friends bbq which was actually cancelled because of the rain forecast. But despite the bad weather, people show up and it turned into a super nice intimate evening with Elizaveta and Paul giving a garden concert.’’ - Robbin (Community Manager, betahaus)

''In July, it was great how the casual after-work BBQ turned into an impromptu acoustic blues jam session with Elizavetta Barsegova and Paul, who have the voice of an angel. Actually, all of the My Friend's BBQ's and Backyard Sessions were AWESOME.’’
- Paige (Head of Marketing, betahaus) 

The Garden at betahaus | Neukölln
My Friend's BBQ at betahaus | Neukölln



"As a coworking space, you have to give stage to important topics.’’

This year we released a new event format in Kreuzberg called ‘’The betaSalon’’. It's an open panel discussion which aims to give stage to important topics and give free speech on them. The fist one we did on the EU elections, last month we talked about changemakers, but our favourite one for this season stays ‘’Mother + Founder’’ where we partnered with FemGems podcast and recorded a live podcast episode for them having Madeleine Gummer von Mohl (betahaus co-founder), Kristine Zeller (co-creater of ooshi period underwear) and Luisa Hoffman on the stage.

betaSalon at betahaus | Kreuzberg

"We should fight for a more human-centered tech development’’

Every September, our co-founders take part in the Techfestival. in Copenhagen, spending a few days disconnecting from the daily life and focusing on creating a better, more human-centered tech future. This year the think tank which included our co-founders Madeleine and Max came up with the TechPledge. The Tech Pledge was made to emphasize the need for a new direction in tech. Similar to the Hippocratic oath for doctors, the Tech Pledge is a promise to make tech a force for good and ensure responsible and sustainable tech leadership. It’s a commitment to driving a new direction in technology.

Techfestival. 2019 in Copenhagen


"Startups are transforming European football as we know it.’’

One of the most exciting projects for betahausX this year (which is also continuing in 2020) is their new startup challenge called The Werder Lab - a global startup competition that aims to reimagine the way clubs like Werder work with athletes, fans and partners.



"You should leave time for the things you love most’’ 

This year couldn’t end without us having our favourite events - the end-of-the-year holiday party and the BETAPITCH Global Finals. On the 6th of December we saw the 9 finalists of the regional BETAPITCH competitions pitching in front of our jury. Congrats to Troy from Hamburg for winning the big prize.

We finished the year at our Holiday Party celebrating anything and everything at betahaus | Neukölln together with our members, friends of friends and our favourite artists from Passiflora LIVE, Tapete and Kotoe.

Love at The betahaus Holiday Party 2019


Thank you for being with us in 2019. It's been a crazy big year for us and it wouldn't been possible without your support, trust and the hard work of our amazing team. Have an amazing holiday time and we'll see you again in 2020.

With love,
betahaus

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