Christoph Fahle
May 8, 2013

Moneybird Germany

Let us introduce you the newest startup to join our haus. Dutch MoneyBird is an online platform for freelancers and small businesses, that helps them to get rid of the paperwork!

Hey, you interested in new startups from betahaus?

Check out a newest startup in the house, Dutch MoneyBird who helps out freelancers to get rid of the paperwork! Some of the freelancers in the house can tell... This is the interview with Niek, co-founder:

Who are you?

Hi, I’m Niek ten Hoopen, co-founder of MoneyBird Germany. MoneyBird offers an online platform for freelancers and small businesses that allows them to easily create and send their invoices. We believe that entrepreneurs should be able to focus on their core business, instead of worrying about sending their invoices and keeping track of the payments they need to receive.

How did you get to this?

We founded MoneyBird because we were struggling with creating invoices ourselves. When I worked as a freelancer, I created my own invoice template in a Word-document. Everytime I had to send an invoice, I had to look-up the client address, change the invoice number, invoice date, calculate the VAT, etc. After I sent the invoice to the client, I had to register the invoice in Excel and some difficult formulas would tell me how much revenue I made that year, quarter and month. Every quarter I had to rely on my own Excel-formulas when I had to do my VAT-declaration. Allthough I really liked my work, I really hated doing bookkeeping and creating invoices.

While traditional bookkeeping software and Excel are way too complicated or don't provide the overview that is required, we decided to create a solution for this and started MoneyBird in 2008. Over 40.000 Dutch entrepreneurs are currently using our online application. Since I moved to Berlin recently, we decided to launch MoneyBird in Germany.

 

What are your future plans with MoneyBird?

We recently launched our German website and the MoneyBird iPhone app is available in the German AppStore. Our next step is to expand our team in Berlin. Providing our customers with great support is important for us, therefore we are looking for a (native German) intern. Our focus lies currently on marketing, communication and customer services.

Any big challenges when entering foreign market?

The greatest challenge is to make sure our software is suitable for German entrepreneurs. With five years of experience in the Netherlands, we know what Dutch entrepreneurs need and how we can help them with their financial situation. We believe that German entrepreneurs are looking for the same control over their financial situation. Feedback from our German customers is very valuable as we are just starting here, therefore we closely listen to the comments and new ideas of our German customers.

Why are you here?

You can find me regularly in betahaus because I love the atmosphere here and it is a great place to interact with our customers. I would love to help betahaus| members with questions about invoicing. Also, I am happy to collect the feedback about MoneyBird anywhere where it is possible.

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Well, both. Currently we offer the following two options: shorter publicly available Brand Playlists and long-form private Soundtracks for spaces. For both of them we work closely with the client to understand how sound fits into their brand DNA and what their audience is like.

We believe that the guests’ experience with a particular space doesn’t have to begin and end with their stay. The idea of the Brand Playlist is to be a public brand playlists designed to engage the customers before, during, and after their visit at a space. It’s always accessible for them and serves as a new, dynamic marketing channel.

The Soundtrack is slightly different. It takes sometimes up to weeks of work and is designed by a world-class artist, DJ, or tastemaker. For it we first work with you to develop a deep understanding of your business and style. Then we match you with the perfect artist, DJ, or tastemaker to create unique, always fresh playlists, custom tailored to match your brand. 

In both cases, we update them regularly based on guest habits and clients’ needs. 

People in beta Clay Bassford Bespoke Sound



The way we engage with the music community is something really important for us and honestly, what makes us different than other background music providers. A lot of the background music providers out there have internal teams of maybe five or six DJs that do all of the music for their clients. We aim to connect with the local scene and always work with local DJs. There's some kind of magic in finding the exact right artists for the brand.

And on the flip side of it, when we hire artists, we make sure that the project is also inspiring for them and that they would be interested in participating. We always make sure to pay them well. The whole project creates for them a new income stream that they wouldn't have otherwise.

People in beta Clay Bassford Bespoke Sound

Yes! This was really fun. The objective with the betahaus "betabeer sounds" playlist was to showcase the community side of betahaus. There are so many cool, interesting people in the betahaus community and we thought a playlist could be a perfect way to not only help bring the community together but also show the diverse funkiness of the communities of Berlin and Neukölln, which is why Hazy Pockets, a longtime local Berlin DJ known for his eclectic mixes, was perfect for this project.

This playlist moves from bluesy 60s rock into surf and tropicalia, picking up momentum into Motown and onwards through some laid back disco tunes. Perfect for the betabeer events betahaus hosts monthly!


YOU’RE CURRENTLY ENJOYING THE SUN FAR FROM BERLIN. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE PLACES in berlin that YOU MISS THE MOST?

Oh, there are just so many! Like the Imren Grill for instance where you can find the best homemade Turkish food or Das Gift and Gordon which are both run by great music people. Kohelenquelle in Prenzleuer Berg is my favorite local bar (or rather kneipe). To satisfy my  techno / electronic records needs I always go to Hard Wax and one of my most special places is the Zions Kirche steeple, which has an awesome view of the city and a great Weinerei close by. 


You can see me around betahaus. Online, you can always check out my website and listen to our public playlists on Spotify. We’re also currently working on a collaboration with betahaus, so a special Playlist curated by is will very soon sound around the spaces in Kreuzberg and Neukölln. 

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