What is Routenguru and what does it offer?
Routenguru is an online travel platform that helps users to create their own trip. Users only need to know where they want to go and when they are planning their trip. Then Routenguru helps them to create an individual travel plan through the using of filers (for example: attractions, nature, wellness, or sport). If, for example, a group of friends want to travel around Germany, leaving from Berlin and arriving in Munich, Routenguru suggests interesting places that might be catch their interest throughout the journey. In addition, once the users decides where they want to go and what they want to do, Routenguru, thanks to partnerships with travel agencies, finds the best solutions for them. To summarize, users can find information and advices about the trip they are planning, and book it though the website.
How did you come up with the idea?
The two co-founders, Markus Moosbrugger and his wife, came up with the idea end 2010-beginning 2011 when they went on a trip in South Africa. After having planned everything with a itravel agency, they realized that their trip was not flexible enough. They wanted to be able to change it through the journey, and visit some “less” known places. Therefore, when they came back from their travel, they thought that there was a need of a platform that helps users to create more individual trips.
How were you able to find all the information needed for the website?
Of course, the two co-founders do not know all the important/most interesting places around the world. Therefore, they ask locals, especially students, for their advices. This is because, the main market target of Routengroup is young man and woman that do not want to plan a trip in detail by themselves, but they only want to decide the main destinations, and then, having someone else that can suggest what to do and how to travel. Another important tool provided by the website is the possibility to share your trip with others. It is very helpful for new users because they can see where other travellers went, read their reviews, and see pictures of their trip.
What are the biggest difficulties that you faced?
The biggest difficult that the two co-founders faced and are currently facing are expanding the team (in fact, they are currently looking for new developers), and marketing campaign.
Why did you decide to become a member of betahaus?
The decision of working at betahaus was made primarily for the opportunity of coworking. As most of our startups, Routenguru enjoys the possibility to talk to other startups and been able help each other. In addition, at betahaus, startups can find a very innovative and creative environment, which is what a startup needs. Lastly, but not the least important, everyone has the possibility to network without even realize it.
What are your future goals?
The main future goals of Routenguru are expanding the team, which is now composed by the two co-founders and other four people, expand the countries where you can find information on the website, and a smartphone App that allows users to transfer their travel plan from the PC to their smartphone in order to keep track of it and have the possibility to change it through their travel.
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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.