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Christoph Fahle
June 25, 2012

Member of the week: Alexander Schachinger

Alexander Schachinger is the founder of He is also a consultant, researcher, speaker on health 2.0 innovation topics and E-Patients in Europe. He is just completing a PhD on digital health communications, at the Humboldt University of Berlin.This week we are presenting him as a member of the week, so if you would like to know more about him and his project read the interview below.

What inspired you to start working as a consultant and innovation speaker at Health 2.0 in Europe? How did you get involved in the field?

You can’t always plan life like a German career engineer. I got fired, I had the chance to write a PhD at the Humboldt University. I worked before in the healthcare industry and then in digital strategy agencies and thus knowing these two worlds then I somehow felt that something happens in the field of healthcare within the digital world (what happens if 40 million German healthcare surfers slowly start to use social media and crowdsourcing and coworking platforms?). As I did my first online survey with thousands of healthcare surfers the international healthcare congress crowds grabbed the results out of my hands like warm croissants. That was the start of my research and consulting activities. How I got on the stage of an internantional healthcare congress? Guys, be bold, direct, open.

You are the founder of What kind of services provides? Who are your clients?

Simply said I help the traditional healthcare system and market stakeholders (the big health industry sort of) to understand and react the evolving digital healthcare ecosystem, where doctors and patients help, exchange and collaborate on independent so called health 2.0 platforms and forums. Reaction here does not mean new forms of persuasive advertising but developing so call health-outcome focused digital services, for example a patient- and chronic-centric asthma app.

Your portfolio shows us, you have participated in many projects. Out of all those, which would you consider to be your most important challenge?

Honestly speaking you rather empty the Mediterranean sea with you mouth much easier than changing the mindset of a 40.000 people corporate tanker...

For how long have you been based at betahaus? What do you think of this kind of working environment, and what do you like about it?

I started working in betahaus at around late 2009. For young starters from all kinds of areas it is one of the greatest chances to connect, learn and open ones often reduced view of ones chances and possibilities.

Do you have any plans or ideas for the future?

The so called health 2.0 segment is just to evolve within Europe so I stay there as an innovation and strategy consultant but slowly have the feeling to look for an own patient-centric service product possibly maybe together with a big healthcare provider, because in this industry you still need the connection to them.

Join Alexander and other entrepreneurs at betahaus! Click here to see how to become a member!

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 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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