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!!
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.
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.
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