What defines a brand is often the little things. I like it when nothing is a fixed and ready structure and to visit the companies and talk to different employees - internal communication is more important than external communication.
One startup under the umbrella of Rocket Internet developed a new innovative tool for their payment process. I thought this was worth a story but all journalists made a copycat debate out of this. So I found this editor in New York who wrote for her niche payment magazine about new payment methods. We talked all night about the company, the Berlin startup scene - things she had never written about before. At the end of the day, she wrote a 100% honest article that was tweeted and blogged many times and a few days later the story about the product made it here, too. Same with the Africa Internet Group (AIG) where we made it to the front page of WSJ in the US and then the story came to Germany, the UK and France.
Many things, but surely not leading an agency - I probably didn’t even know what that was. But now I couldn’t think of anything better.
It used to be sports like running, soccer or similar. But this year I broke my ankle so now it is swimming at the workout studio around the corner from our office.
When people believe in something and build up passion and momentum for it. You have to bring it to the agenda and make it a topic. I have met many colleagues, where you feel from the first day that they are 100% dedicated and ready to build up a topic on its own. And you feel the day when it becomes news and people on the street are talking about it.
YouTube - nothing is better than YouTube.
More school and university education on stories, media and content. Everyone loves to watch movies or listen to music, but mostly we keep this to private conversations or networks. I think analysing what we love to spend our time on helps to educate us, learn from each other and find better solutions in all areas.
No guts, no glory - I watched the Galaxy Rangers when I was a kid.
One of the most exciting projects for betahausX this year (which is also continuing in 2020) is their new startup challenge called The Werder Lab - a global startup competition that aims to reimagine the way clubs like Werder work with athletes, fans and partners.
This year couldn’t end without us having our favourite events - the end-of-the-year holiday party and the BETAPITCH Global Finals. On the 6th of December we saw the 9 finalists of the regional BETAPITCH competitions pitching in front of our jury. Congrats to Troy from Hamburg for winning the big prize.
We finished the year at our Holiday Party celebrating anything and everything at betahaus | Neukölln together with our members, friends of friends and our favourite artists from Passiflora LIVE, Tapete and Kotoe.
Thank you for being with us in 2019. It's been a crazy big year for us and it wouldn't been possible without your support, trust and the hard work of our amazing team. Have an amazing holiday time and we'll see you again in 2020.