He began working in project-finance and merchant acquisition, negotiating with private individuals as well as legislative powers. Dealing with exploratory negotiations and investment banking for large firms provided the challenge he had been looking for, but it lacked a sense of purpose. He finally decided to concentrate his efforts on a worthier cause: Renewable Energy. 4 Years ago, he moved to Berlin and is now working on several Internet-based projects as well as financial advising. He is currently involved in counseling betahaus members in Berlin and Köln, concerning expansion financing and businessplan related subjects.
Interview by Lisa Hillers
There is a great deal of variables a fledgling startup has to deal with. Uncertainties, like timing and relevance of the business idea, the appeal of the solution to the customer, market awareness, availability of cash, the ability to make sufficient sales and a good many others can cause quite a headache sometimes-successfully launching a startup, whilst planning and managing all these challenges carefully, can prove to be a daunting task. Having someone by your side that helps you to keep track of the financial structuring can be invaluable at times.
What are the most important aspects you are trying to communicate in a counseling-session ? Is there something specific you would like to equip your client with?
There are three integral components of a start-up. The revenue-model, the organisational structure and the financial forecast. The business world is marked with uncertainties, so, realistically, these components are subjected to constant modification. In order to ensure that the business-plan can adjust to these changes, I created an Excel-Model that combines the three constituents and promptly adapts any transition. Thus, it is a lot easier to foresee potential financial outcomes and amend graphs.
At the same time, i wanted to create a user-friendly tool, that is easily understood, even without my guidance and intervention, I thereby hope to increase my clients flexibility. Also, my previous work experience gave me some valuable insight on what a certain investor might be looking for, so I try to give as much useful advice on how to approach potential investors, as possible.
What motivates you most about starting a new project?
What motivates me are the people and their ideas. I love the human component. Startups and their success are all about the people. It is important to understand their drives, what makes them tick and their ideas and visions on what they are doing. If you don´t get a feel for that, you will not be able to properly understand a startup.
What new developments do you see in the Co-working-world? How do you imagine bethaus in 2020?
Co-working will more and more be the standard for individuals and small startups. The real growth however might come if the corporate world embraces co-working. I guess that partially depends on the growth of employees working remote . That would be an exiting development.
Betahaus could be called an 'authentic' or 'unadjusted' early-stage co-working space. The challenge is to remain like that whilst still being profitable. That can only be done by maintaining but also improving its 'name' in the industry. Helpful would be some clear successes /stories that underline its value.
Speaking of co-working , how has the betahaus-experience been so far?
It has been very pleasant. The lack of hierarchy helps to create a very relaxed work environment and gives me space to breath. At the same time, it sometimes makes it harder to stay on top of things. That´s why, in order to remain determined, i try to maintain some sort of rhythm through creating a set, daily routine.
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From 8pm on, we'll open The Club where the DJ booth and the dance floor will turn into our playground. We've invited hip hop and pole dancers to open the dance floor and have a friends-only crazy-cool lineup planned for the night. We'll be mixing botanical cocktails with Fritz Cola and inviting you into our Photo Booth Room so you can take home some silly photos from the night. In The Club, you will also find The Balloon Room and The Zen Zone which will be our chill spot for the night. Check out the timeline in The Club and learn more about The Zen Zone below.
20:00 - 22:00 Dj Niggo
21:00 - 22:00 Hip-Hop Dancers
22:00 - 22.30 AinTheMachine
23:00 - 01:00: Michal Vagner
01:00 - 03:00: Asia
The Zen Zone
(to be announced): Cacao Experience with Moruga Cacao
19:00 - 21:00: Tea Ceremony with Thirsty Moon
Make sure to join our Facebook Event and RSVP on Eventbrite, so we can put your name into our Happiness Jar. This birthday bash is all about our community, and together with our partners we've prepared a special Prize Draw.
Throughout the whole night, you will find the rooms of The Basement filled with art pieces from our favorite Berlin-based creatives. From illustrations to paintings to wooden sculptures and installations - we've made sure to host an inclusive Berlin-like mix of all things art. Let us introduce to you to some of the artists, who you will meet down in The Basement:
Have you met .. the Softblobs? Since moving back to Berlin from the US, Gesine Krätzner has been making strange creatures out of fabric that she calls Softblobs. They are cute, random, and they'll be waiting in The Basement if you want to try playing around with them.
From toys made of fabric, we’re moving onto wooden sculptures. Matt Danko knows how to bring wood to life and does it amazingly in his free time. In The Basement, he’ll show his latest furniture pieces and sculptures.
In the same room as Matt, you’ll find Lisa Büscher, who has prepared for us a hyper realistic sculpture presentation that gives it the touch of the extreme, surrealistic and absurd. She de- and reconstructs and reorganizes human bodies like Utopia does society.
Colette is a Berlin-based creative working in photography, art direction and set design. Through her visuals she explores intimacy and anonymity. The space that falls somewhere in between.
Ocean. Now! is a collective that accelerates ocean protection. They work with different types of art to motivate our society to protect the Ocean -Now!
In the early afternoon, based in The Garden, you’ll meet Amaury BOUQUET. He’s a Berlin-based French artist from Saint Maur des Fossés, who has a background in social innovation and loves to play with symbols in his works. At 10 Years in beta, he’ll do his special Humanist Tarot readings from 4-6pm.
Parallel to him, also in The Garden, Sebastian Olivares will be painting live a special Mandala created for betahaus. Sebastian is a Berlin-based visual artist who specializes in painting mandala murals and has painted murals in Germany, Chile, Australia and Thailand.
Throughout the day ilan katin will be putting the party vibes onto a mural, specially created for betahaus. He's a Neukölln-based artist with experience in visual work, both static and performative, graphic design, illustration, comics, installations, animation and live video.
We think this one speaks for itself. If you need a little glitz or glitter to get you into the party spirit, come early and we'll do the rest.
Last, but not least, special thanks to our lovely partners who are helping us making this event happen.
Pilsner Urquell and Fritz Cola for the drinks, Emmy, Drivy, FrameRight, CoffeeCircle, Dream Facilitation, Moruga and BioWine for supporting our Prize Draw and our media partners from Silicon Allee, ASK HELMUT, Creative City Berlin and TechCode.