Christoph Fahle
February 4, 2013

Solve the Challenge!

Once upon a time.. we opened a coworking space.. But you know this story pretty well... Now we decided to make it one step further. We want to find out how the workspace of the future will look like! How will it be once all your coworking wishes will collide with design expertise and work out THE PERFECT COWORKING SPACE?! That`s what we`ll find out within the Coworking Challenge Project!

Together with DREISECHSNULL, awesome Deskmag and Jovoto we are launching a worldwide design competition on creating the perfect Coworking Space of the future. The best projects will obviously win financial prices, so.. if your friend is an architect, let him know! ;) We will weekly show you the coolest projects submitted, the best coworking ideas and, of course will loudly announce THE winner in the beginning of February.

You can just see how it develops but you could also actively join in! We ask all the coworking spaces and coworkers on the planet Earth to let each other & architects know, WHAT`S YOUR KEY TO COWORKING CHALLENGE?

We @ betahaus know it`s cool to have a bar instead of the reception desk, cool to have a board where coworkers post announcements for each other. `Zona Deistvia`, a coworking space it St. Petersburg (RU) knows it`s cool to have home shoes at the entrance to let everyone feel truly at home. What is your little key which makes it all work so much better? Share & Let each other know!

Sent a photo/video and a little description of YOUR KEY to katka@betahaus.com. We will proceed your applications and share them on all the social networks of betahaus, jovoto and Deskmag, letting the coolness of your coworking space become worldwide known!

E.g.

betahaus| Berlin _ KEY TO KOWORKING CHALLENGE:

Our `reception desk` is actually a bar. So when entering the betahaus one finds himself in a nice densely populated café. People get-together here, discuss projects, meet clients, have lunch or sip cappuccino. It gives a nice feeling of a truly open space, easy to enter and become a part of. 

Looking forward to your keys!

Your, betahaus team

Click here for more announcements and events at the 'haus! 

Claudius: Design is the core of what we do and what we’re all passionate about, but hardly our only focus. Design, at LAUDO, stands more for designing a whole strategy, often very close connected with marketing. We’re developing websites and apps for our clients, but also help them reach their target audience through SEO, Google ranking developing newsletter systems, print brochures etc.

Claudius: A lot of other companies are seeing themselves as a service provider and don’t really question what their client wants and why. We pay very close attention if the work we provide for a client is in line with our personal values and vision. It’s not just delivering a product to the client, getting the paycheck and leaving, but also building relationships with clients and collaborating. Because they are often our doors to new opportunities

We see LAUDO as an airport, where the clients are our gates to new guests, new perspectives and new potential clients. It happens all the time that whoever we’re working for, from there we get a new project, which wasn’t planned before. So we open up a new gate. That’s how we were able to grow and why good connection with our clients is so crucial for us.’

‘’We see LAUDO as an airport, where the clients are our gates to new guests, new perspectives and new potential clients. It happens all the time that whoever we’re working for, from there we get a new project, which wasn’t planned before. So we open up a new gate. That’s how we were able to grow and why good connection with our clients is so crucial for us.’’
Photos by Lea GK

Orietta: I think one thing that makes us stand out on the market and our number one strength is the team. We’re a small team and we all look in the same direction and have the same approach and vision. That makes the communication go smoothly.

Joey: Another thing is that we have a very hands-on approach. We are the guys, who say: ‘’Okay, let’s do it’’. That’s our culture.

Orietta: When we started looking for a place I was already involved in the betahaus community. Working from previous betahaus locations and attending the community events, I already knew a lot of people in the 'haus ...

Joey: Yes, I remember on the first day we came to betahaus Orietta was like ‘’Oh, hey! Hi! Hey, how are you doing? Hi!'' giving high-fives to everybody and we were like: What is going on, why does she know everybody?!

Orietta: Well, the vibe in betahaus is just super easy going. You directly feel that you can meet people easily. If you go to the kitchen for example and just ask ''Hey how are you, what are you working on?''. We made many new contacts too.

Claudius: What makes it nice here is that people are enjoying being here and working on their projects.

Photos by Lea GK

Claudius: The truth is, we could probably afford an office for the same price, but that would put us between these four walls, which put you into a box, much harder to exit and to connect with new people. We went for a Team Desk because here we have so much more space and everything seems much more connected. You can easily meet people.

Orietta: And it’s just so spacious here. We have this super nice garden.

Claudius: I like being focused on my work but I also like if someone disturbs me from time to time. It helps when the door opens. In an office we would work in a whole different way. Here Gillord (Coworking Manager) is coming in everyday, giving me a hug, telling me about his workout .. that’s the main reason - the personal connection.

The day in betahaus starts with a hug and ends with a hug. The time in between is pretty much spent on doing what you love.
Photos by Lea GK


After you’ve taken care of your paperwork and you’ve signed up both in Bürger- and Finanzamt, you are all set up to start working. One of the best ways to get integrated into the city fast, meet like-minded people, and even find clients is by working from a coworking space. There are tons of benefits for freelancers and luckily Berlin has a lot to offer in this way. A coworking space is a physically collaborative shared workspace, which brings all kinds of creatives and entrepreneurs together. It’s a perfect place for startups, freelancers, digital nomads and even corporates searching for innovation. And it’s the biggest advantage towards the typical office space is that it pushes a collaborative exchange between its members and facilitates the creative process and networking.

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