He moved to Berlin from Bielefeld to attend university - majoring in hospitality. During those two years he was gaining a lot of experience as a bartender in many locations in Berlin. After finishing university he decided to have a life experience and improve his english; therefore, he moved to Australia - in the east coast, for one year. He said that it was one of the most important experience of his life. After moving back to Berlin, he started working in casual jobs until he became a member of our team at betahaus last September.
For my experience so far, I really enjoy working at betahaus, especially because of the people around me. Everyone in betahaus, from our team to all the members, is very open minded, and relax. In addition, most of the people here have an international background, whom I enjoy talking with.
At betahaus, we try to help each other as much as we can, at the end, this is the idea behind the haus. However, my main responsibility is barmanager, which I enjoy the most. In addition, since we have a events department, I help Peer in organizing all the upfront decisions for each event.
Working as a barmanager and in the event team makes my day very busy. This is not a real challenge, but when it comes to organize events in the cafe, and events with the event team, it might become one. Only with a very clear mental organization you are able to overcome this problem. Regarding only my bar-related job, of course sometimes you will find people complaining, but I try to take the best out of it in order to improve our processes and offerings.
I really like working at betahaus, and my future goal is try to promote the café as much as possible and consequently betahaus’ coworking and events departments.
Interview by alessandro.
Toni: Currently, we’ve somehow ended up in this niche of building a lot of internal tools for startups and teams. But this is not the only thing we want to do. What I like about it is that we’re starting projects from scratch and we have full control over them.
Martin: The first project we worked on was a tool for a large scale real estate development company. What they needed was a tool for their Sales people - to be able to mark their different spots and locations at different stages of the sales funnel. So we created a tool that helps them in this process.
Toni: And this one actually served as a starting point for the tool we’ve developed for betahaus, which aims to allow the Sales and Management team to see which team rooms are occupied right now, which ones are free or will be occupied in a few weeks or months, so no double bookings appear.
Alex: These two projects were more focused on real estate, let’s say, but we’ve also done more design-heavy projects like the one we did for Artique which is an online artists agency. For them, we built a whole website and an online system to present their artists starting only from their logo. It had to be very flexible, because the artists needed to be able to edit their own profiles, putting their resume, changing colours.
Toni: Honestly, we have skillsets that you don’t usually find in developers. Because we've had lives that were not just about computer science. I think to some extent this is what makes us different.
Martin: I believe one of the reasons why people pick us over other studios is because it can be very hard working with developers. If you’re not understanding their work, if the communication is not flowing, you, as a client can feel lost. We're easy to communicate with and we’re always open to feedback and we're open to discuss anything. In the end, after all iterations, if you say we need to start the website from scratch and that you don’t like the idea, we won’t take it personally.
Alex: Also, I think, since we all work as coding teachers, we are officially qualified to explain what coding is to people who don't code, which is actually really rare because a lot of developers, as Martin says, don't want to, or literally just don't know how to articulate what they're doing. Whereas we are trained in articulating what it is that we're doing, why it's meaningful and why it takes a certain amount of time.
Alex: Zimt & Mehl - the Turkish bakery around the corner. It’s just soo good.
Martin: Oh, there is this Italian restaurant called Ristorante del Arte
Tony: Oh, my God, this place is so funny. It looks like a pretty average Italian restaurant, but the whole interior design inside is just decorated in such a weird way. The entire place is covered in frescoes. They have crystal chandeliers and Easter bunnies. Some Greek columns. It has a different name on the menu, on the side and on the Internet. And it was an ex-shoe-store.
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