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Christoph Fahle
September 12, 2011

Startup of the week – #9: yourPainting

2019 was a big year for betahaus. Before wrapping up this year and heading towards our goals for 2020, it’s time to look back and take a minute to appreciate the lessons we learned.

betahaus: Stell euch doch mal vor, was ist yourPainting?

Andre Lutter: Wir sind die Auftragsmaler der Neuzeit - ein Online-Shop, der aus Deinem Lieblingsfoto individuelle Kunst macht. In weniger als 20 Tagen malen wir von der Fotovorlage ein echtes und einzigartiges Gemälde.

90 Prozent aller Bestellungen sind als Geschenke gedacht, meist Portraitmalerei. Ansonsten gern auch mal die zwei Meter breite Skyline von New York. Die Bilder kannst Du bei uns in Öl, Acryl, Bleistift oder Kohle anfertigen lassen. Zu den verschiedenen Maltechniken gibt es auch verschiedene Malstile, z.B. abstrakt, impressionistisch oder der Pop-Art-Stil. Unsere besondere Spezialität ist es, nur die Gesichter zu nehmen und in eine historische Vorlage einzuarbeiten. Besonders beliebt: Napoleon. Fragt sich nur, warum gerade er.

Die Bilder werden dann fertig auf Keilrahmen zum Kunden versendet. Oft auch mit einem schicken Bilderrahmen. Das ganze dauert in der Regel 10 bis maximal 20 Tage.

Und wie entsteht das Bild, wer sind die Maler?

In unserem Netzwerk arbeiten wir mit mehr als 150 professionellen Künstlern zusammen. Unsere Künstler stammen dabei vorwiegend aus Vietnam und China, aber auch aus Deutschland. Der persönliche Kontakt zu ihnen ist uns besonders wichtig, denn die Vorstellungen und Wünsche der Kunden sollen bestmöglich verwirklicht werden. Vor dem Versand bekommt der Kunde bereits die Gelegenheit einen Blick auf das Werk zu werfen und Veränderungswünsche anzugeben. Da fällt dann doch schon mal auf, dass die Nase optisch gerichtet oder das Doppelkinn entfernt werden soll. Diese chirurgischen Eingriffe sind im Service inbegriffen.

Woher kam die Idee, für yourPainting?

2007 war ich als Backpacker in Vietnam unterwegs und habe dort viele Künstler kennen gelernt von denen ich mich selbst als handgemaltes Ölgemälde hab malen lassen. Ich hielt zu ihnen einen engen Kontakt und habe so u.a. ihre Persönlichkeiten sowie ihre vietnamesische Kultur kennen gelernt. Irgendwann dachte ich mir, warum solche selbst gemalten Bilder nicht nach Deutschland bringen und sich die Urlaubserinnerungen als großes Gemälde malen lassen? Meine Motivation: Jeder sollte sein eigenes Gemälde haben!

Was sind eure nächsten Ziele oder Projekte?

Unser Fokus liegt auf handgefertigter Kunst und diese versuchen wir immer hochwertiger zu machen. Außerdem verbessern wir kontinuierlich den Kontakt zu Kunden und Künstlern. Wir lieben unsere Produkte und wollen deshalb weg vom Trend Drucken hin zum Malen bewegen.

Welcher war der bisher interessanteste Auftrag?

Ein junger Mann kam mit über 50 Fotos von Landschaft und Tieren zu uns, die er auf einer Safari geschossen hatte. Diese wollte er zu einem Gemälde in der Größe 3 x 4 Meter zusammengesetzt haben. Das bedeutete für uns: Ab vor den Computer, alle Bilder zu einer tollen Landschaft verschmelzen und ab damit nach China. Das Ergebnis war so überwältigend, dass der Kunde sich unzählige Mal bedankt, nach der Adresse des Künstlers gefragt und ihm schließlich eine Karte als Dankeschön geschickt hat.

Wie kamt ihr eigentlich ins betahaus?

Im April 2010 habe ich in Nepal in einem NEON-Artikel vom betahaus gelesen. Daraufhin entschied ich mich von Thüringen nach Berlin zu kommen und dieses riesen Netzwerk zu nutzen, um yourPainting aufzubauen. Nachdem ich im Juni 2010 allein gestartet bin, folgte im November die Gründung von yourPainting im betahaus. Daraufhin ist unser, jetzt 6-köpfiges Team, entstanden.

Was fehlt euch im Betahaus, was gefällt euch noch nicht so gut?

Ein Blackboard, auf dem sich jeder vorstellen kann der hier arbeitet wäre toll. Das würde helfen um sich gegenseitig kennen zu lernen und zu wissen was jeder so macht. Für eine Zusammenarbeit wäre es dann einfacher, jemanden offline zu finden anstatt auf eine Antwort per Email warten zu müssen. Ansonsten gefällt’s uns hier sehr gut.

Mehr Infos zu yourPainting verstecken sich hinter dem Ölgemälde und hier.

‘’Moving into a new place takes time. Don’t rush!’’

January was the month we settled in our new ‘haus at Rudi-Dutschke-Straße. Just like moving into a new apartment, it was cold at the start. It felt a little new and different, but the moment the Club Lounge started filling and members were getting lunch together at the betahaus | Cafe, a new magic started to happen. The magic we call the betahaus community. It takes time to build, but the connections that blossom inside the ‘haus stay forever.

betabeer & Wine with BioWein Laden
FemGems Live Podcast @ Mother + Founder

’There are so many cool solutions to make Berlin a more accessible city’’

In February betahausX released The Accessible Transportation Challenge - a partnership with Toyota Mobility Foundation for the BETAPITCH challenge in Berlin. Devoted to making Berlin a more accessible city, this edition of BETAPITCH gathered many startups working on great new transportation solutions.

The Accessible Transportation Challenge @ betahaus | Neukölln


"The creative, back-to-the-roots vibe was always a part of us’’

In March, we announced a soon-to-be-open second location in Berlin in our favourite neighbourhood in the city. We took over the iconic Geyer Werke building in Neukölln and with the help of our architects from Kim Wang we turned the place into a four-floor coworking space. We shared with you some fun facts about the space before it’s opening and made a virtual map with our favourite businesses around the ‘haus.

betahaus | Neukölln


’We’re not getting older, we’re just growing up!’’

In April, we celebrated a decade of coworking with our biggest party in the last few years - ''10 Years in beta''. For this one we transformed the coworking area in betahaus | Neukölln into a party venue. An art exhibition took over The Basement underneath and The Garden was filled with activities like acro yoga, mandala painting, and a collage workshop.

10 Years in beta -The Garden

‘’One of my many favourite betahaus moments this year was when Christoph, Max and I stood nervously in the Garden to give a speech in front of all our friends and members at our 10th birthday party. We talked about our values, our future goals after this whirlwind of a change and our intention to make tech more human. There was just so much love and appreciation around us.’’ - Madeleine (Co-Founder, betahaus)


10 Years in beta -The Speech

 

"My favourite betahaus moment of the year is the woman who was gently putting beef and minced meat around our 10 years party installation. Until this day, no one knows exactly who she was and if this was a part of the installation, but out of all the things we saw on the 10 years in beta, she stays my highlight.’’ - Maria (Graphic Designer, betahaus) 

10 Years in beta - The Club


"Love is the secret ingredient to success’’

The 10 Years in beta party was also the official opening of betahaus | Neukölln. Spring was the perfect time for our new project to start growing. The Club Lounge started filling, amazing new teams joined the community such as LAUDO, Obst Digital, Wonderwerk, Trybe and The Zeitsprung Project. Our Gil became the Lord of the house, giving hugs to everybody, fixing all kinds of problems in the ‘haus and keeping it run smoothly with the rest of the Front Desk team. This was also the month when we launched our beloved weekly yoga classes guided by our dear Cynthia from Arrive Yoga.

Club Lounge in betahaus | Neukölln
Team Room in betahaus | Neukölln

" People matter! Community was always what we were all about. ‘’

In June we launched #PeopleInbeta - our monthly blog post series in which our Content Manager - Vihra interviewed teams and freelancers from the betahaus community to present the variety of creatives we have in ‘haus, to understand their missions and get some useful advice for our audience. We talked on topics such as sustainability (with PlanA) , decentralized digital identity (with JOLOCOM), curated music experiences (with Bespoke Sounds), freelance photography (with Sara Herrlander), full-stack development (with Obst Digital), design (with LAUDO) and much more.

Interview with LAUDO at betahaus | Neukölln
Interview with Obst.Digital at betahaus | Neukölln

"The Summer is the best time to host Backyard sessions and BBQ’s’’

In the summer, we launched a couple of new events in Neukölln like Freelancers, Unite!, The Backyard Sessions and My friend’s BBQ. 

Freelancers, Unite! developed as our productive coworking session with freelancers from in and outside the ‘haus. Once a month, we picked an important freelance topic (such as taxes, time-management, etc) and invited experts to give us insights on the topic. We saw so many new faces and had the chance to come back closer to where we started from - the freelance, grassroots culture. 

Freelancers, Unite! at betahaus | Neukölln

Another event, which started in July (and turned out to be our favourite events) were The Backyard Sessions. Organised by our queen of Neukölln - Robbin – the Backyard Sessions are our creative evenings with live music jams, movie screenings and cocktails. 

The Backyard Sessions at basement.berlin
Movie Screening at basement.berlin

This last event was hilarious because for quite some time, nobody knew exactly who organised it or invited them. The friend was throwing a BBQ for the community in the garden and this led to all our members joining and staying after for a beer or two with us.

‘’My favourite moment this year was the second friends bbq which was actually cancelled because of the rain forecast. But despite the bad weather, people show up and it turned into a super nice intimate evening with Elizaveta and Paul giving a garden concert.’’ - Robbin (Community Manager, betahaus)

''In July, it was great how the casual after-work BBQ turned into an impromptu acoustic blues jam session with Elizavetta Barsegova and Paul, who have the voice of an angel. Actually, all of the My Friend's BBQ's and Backyard Sessions were AWESOME.’’
- Paige (Head of Marketing, betahaus) 

The Garden at betahaus | Neukölln
My Friend's BBQ at betahaus | Neukölln



"As a coworking space, you have to give stage to important topics.’’

This year we released a new event format in Kreuzberg called ‘’The betaSalon’’. It's an open panel discussion which aims to give stage to important topics and give free speech on them. The fist one we did on the EU elections, last month we talked about changemakers, but our favourite one for this season stays ‘’Mother + Founder’’ where we partnered with FemGems podcast and recorded a live podcast episode for them having Madeleine Gummer von Mohl (betahaus co-founder), Kristine Zeller (co-creater of ooshi period underwear) and Luisa Hoffman on the stage.

betaSalon at betahaus | Kreuzberg

"We should fight for a more human-centered tech development’’

Every September, our co-founders take part in the Techfestival. in Copenhagen, spending a few days disconnecting from the daily life and focusing on creating a better, more human-centered tech future. This year the think tank which included our co-founders Madeleine and Max came up with the TechPledge. The Tech Pledge was made to emphasize the need for a new direction in tech. Similar to the Hippocratic oath for doctors, the Tech Pledge is a promise to make tech a force for good and ensure responsible and sustainable tech leadership. It’s a commitment to driving a new direction in technology.

Techfestival. 2019 in Copenhagen


"Startups are transforming European football as we know it.’’

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.



"You should leave time for the things you love most’’ 

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.

Love at The betahaus Holiday Party 2019


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.

With love,
betahaus

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