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Christoph Fahle
September 16, 2013

Startup of the week: deMIFI

Jeremy, Moji and Ali just moved to betahaus. The international or “multikulti” team, as Germans would put it is working on their startup “deMIFI”. They have travelled a long way just to help us out of a misery. We present to you: The saviors of German WIFI. Let’s thank them in advance.

Hi Jeremy, what’s your product deMIFI all about?

We provide portable WIFI hotspots that you can just carry around in your pocket. Everyone who comes to Germany to visit knows the WIFI problem over here. It is always such a mess trying to find the right SIM card or even cafés with WIFI connection. Due to unrealistic pricing, using data roaming is no option; you end up paying more on that than on the whole stay. Seeing that there is this need we decided to look for a solution. That’s what our portable internet devices are: they’re actually smaller than your mobile phone and they always provide you with an internet connection.


How can people get them?

Right now we provide them on the web but that isn’t the ideal way for people to get them. The whole beauty of it for travellers would be getting them in vending machines at the airport / train station or elsewhere and you only need to put in your EC card and decide about the capacity you need for how many days. That is exactly what we are bringing to life at the moment. At the end of your stay you can just give the devices back. It’s as simple as that.

Does something like this already exist?

Yes, there are a few providers that offer a product like this but not in the practical way that we are aiming at. For example, some offer a device like this for more than 250 Euros and you have to pay a monthly fee to keep it going and a daily fee when you want to use it. That’ is not what you call practical, right? Ours are rented for 2,99€ per 100MB and 3,99€ for 200MB and for 500MB it’s 6,99€ (a day). In addition, nobody is renting them out at those places as we want to.

Why did you start it in Germany as you are all not from here, right?

Yes, that’s right. I am from the US and the two co-founders are both from Iran. Germany is one of the hardest markets for any new telecom startup to enter so we thought that this is a good place to start because if we can make it in Germany we can make it anywhere. Also, every traveller coming to Germany has the same internet issues and there is no practical and cheap solution to it. (So far)

Where are you in the process right now?

 We just opened our online store for customers a week and a half ago. We weren’t able to do any advertising yet due to our move to betahaus but we already have quite a few orders. People were probably googling the problem and therefore found our website; this shows us that we are in the right timing with this. So our next steps will be getting the vending machines rolling to make it easier for everyone to have access to these awesome devices.

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Probably the biggest benefit of coworking is community and events. Now we know it may not be the first thing you’re looking for as you seek out your next office space, but bear with us.

Imagine using your lunch breaks to chat with someone in your industry. Meeting freelance developers at after-work beers. Networking with investors at BETAPITCH. Pitching at our weekly betabreakfast and getting support and feedback on your new ideas.

betahaus has spent the last 10 years cultivating a community of people who we genuinely like working with. And when you join, your team will become a part of it, too.

" 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,


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