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Katka Nagyová
December 2, 2014

Meet Betabook

Early February 2010. It was a typical grey-skied winter afternoon in Berlin. A group of designers, makers and tinkerers gathered together in the betahaus | café for a workshop on Open Design.

Among the participants was Jay Cousins – a recent transplant to Berlin from Sheffield, UK. Jay was leading a workshop on creating self-made plastics. Jay's enthusiasm caught the eye of two other participants: Patrizia Kommerell and Gabriel Shalom. As the video production company KS12, Patrizia and Gabriel became the workshop's storytellers. When Jay sat for KS12's video camera for an interview, he uttered a one-liner which would set the tone for their friendship. "Basically," Jay said, "everything should be delivered in beta".

Fast forward to the Spring of 2012. Jay was cleaning up his apartment when he came across some old notebooks. After reviewing the contents and salvaging only a couple pages in each book, the waste created struck Jay as a problem to solve. Then inspiration hit. Jay took the empty notebook binding and affixed a piece of whiteboard plastic inside: the first Betabook was born.

Betabook Kickstarter

Jay approached KS12 about helping him to make a Kickstarter video to get the Betabook out into the world. After using prototypes for a couple months, it became clear to the group of friends that this product had a bigger future. And so they founded a company, developed a supply chain, and built and tested dozens of prototypes. They improved the design from a rough proof of concept to a refined and beautiful object. Which brings us to the present day: the launch of Betabook on Kickstarter.

Berliners reinvent themselves, always on the lookout for new possibilities, embracing creativity and change. In this way, Betabook embodies the spirit of Berlin: it's a creative tool in which everything you use it for stays unfinished – in beta. And in a manner of speaking, the Betabook is a child of the betahaus. This dynamic community provided the setting for team Betabook to discover their mutual passions.

earlybear

The Betabook Kickstarter has a limited number of "Betahaus Early Bear Special" rewards. These rewards allow Berliners to save on the cost of shipping by picking up their books at the betahaus. Join team Betabook tonight at us for their Kickstarter launch party at 7pm.

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The new space is six stories spread out across 2800 sqm. We’ll be renovating the building with our members in mind, so here’s what we can promise:

  • 5 Floors of Coworking Areas
  • Event Spaces
  • More Meeting Rooms
  • More Team Rooms
  • More Call Boxes
  • A Rooftop Terrace
  • A Café

We'll be updating The Move landing page with photos as we have them, so watch out for that!

when do you need a notary?

We’ll open the doors of our new space between mid-August and mid-September 2018. We plan to begin moving in July to ensure that the space is functional and comfortable by the time you get there. Bottom line, we’ll do everything we can to make the move as seamless as possible.

The move is our third big announcement of 2018 following the news that we’re be expanding our operations with betahaus | Tirana and managing coworking for Berlin’s new blockchain space, Full Node

The idea behind betahaus was never to be just a coworking space. We wanted to create a platform where people of our generation could thrive personally and professionally. We’ve always thought we could do this on a much bigger scale and we’re thrilled to see it happening. We’re excited about what we’re able to learn from this move, not just for betahaus, but for the future of coworking in Europe.

We’re sure you have a lot of questions about what’s coming next. 

We want to hear from you! Email us at themove@betahaus.com or join us for a closed Town Hall where we’ll answer all of your questions and talk through any concerns. We’ve also started members-only page for FAQs, resources, and important dates about the move (check your inbox!). 

We've got some big changes ahead of us, but one thing's for sure: we're so glad to have you with us for the ride!

We're looking forward to this new challenge, and will keep you updated along the way. Get in touch with any questions you might have about Full Node!

Not a blockchain startup but looking for a coworking space? Be sure to check out the flexible membership options at betahaus!

Finally, You describe your target group as LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability), which is a very niche market. Can you tell us more about what type of people they ARE and what theY value? What's some advice you can share to other startups targeting this market?

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