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."
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.
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.
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!!
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?
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.