betahaus: How long are you in Berlin and since when do you work at the betahaus?
Ryan Jones: I actually live in Tübingen with my wife. She had a seminar here in Berlin and I took the opportunity to join her and work from the betahaus. After moving to Germany from Switzerland, I have worked in several coworking spaces: Augsburg, München, Stuttgart & Wankheim. Several people recommended that I stop by the betahaus while staying in Berlin. Betahaus seems to have built quite a coworking brand in Germany!
What are you working on right now?
I am currently a co-founder for We&Co and I do some consulting on the side. We&Co is an free App, that gives you the opportunity to thank people you meet in your everyday life. That can be your favorite waitress, hairdresser or the awesome guy from the shoe shop next door. The main idea is, that since we already have facebook or linkedIn, where we connect with family, friends or colleagues, there should be also a way to connect with the amazing people who go the extra mile to help you every day. If someone delivers great service, you can say thank you via We&Co and give something positive back. It's like a game, you can exchange information about outstanding service with your friends. But, at the same time, it empowers and motivates employees from the service sector (who are so often overlooked) via positive feedback. Personally, I love using We&Co because it helps me build more human relationships. We hope We&Co can build a movement around thankfulness and gratitude in a world that has grown increasingly transactional.
How did you come up with the idea?
My two co founders, Marc Mathieu and Jared Malan incubated the idea and I came on a little later to help drive it to fruition.
What kind of feedback did you get for We&Co so far?
We've been working on We&Co since fall 2010 and launched in mid July. So far we've been very encouraged by the great feedback we've received from the likes of GOOD, Fast Company, Mashable & PSFK. And, of course, we've received great feedback from our users. People love the idea of spreading positivity. Our next steps are now to tell people about the app and find unique ways to make it bigger.
What will you tell other people about your time in Berlin?
I actually just wrote a blogpost about my time in Berlin, you can find it here. Overall, I feel a tremendous pulse of creativity and openness here. Betahaus is more a creative than a business/office oriented co-working space. It is not like a "serious" office and you can feel more the creative type of spirit. I really enjoyed the betabreakfast and I felt that it was super easy to get in touch with other people at the betahaus.
Would you suggest any improvements for betahaus?
I think you guys are doing a great job & I totally felt at home here. It's not a brand new building and there could be some improvements in the infrastructure like the toilets, but on the other hand that's part of the specific charm of the betahaus. There could also be some more events, but maybe I was just unlucky as I arrived in August--not the busiest month of the year.
Für alle, die gerne mehr erfahren wollen, empfiehlt sich ein Blick auf:
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.