Do you know that moment when you see something, hear a song or when you are at a certain locationand instantly think of someone? With Thought of You, an iPhone app (Android coming soon), you sendthese spontaneous thoughts to friends & family, by sending a photo, iTunes song preview, YouTubevideo or text. A thought really can be anything. The underlying message is always: “Check this out,this made me think of you…” A nice detail is that when you receive a thought, the push notificationon your phone screen reads - e.g. “Sally Thought of You”. The same way you show your friends whatmade you think of them, you discover what they associate with you. Over time, a truly uniquecollection of what connects you with friends & family emerges.
We want to trigger fun and meaningful communication and avoid that the “Thought of You moments”, as we call them, drown in our busy everyday lives. Also, we aim to offer the best solution to let you see at a glance what really connects you with friends & family - so you can also think of Thought of You as a diary, scrapbook or a photo album which automatically grows over time.
Being in beta stage, the next step is a first proof of concept. To achieve that, we are working ongrowing the user base and to offer the Android version as quickly as we can. Meanwhile we arecontinuously improving the product and see how we can evolve. We therefore invite everyone to giveit a try and see if Thought of You works for him/her.
Setting up a powerful team certainly has been the biggest obstacle. People are the main asset whenyou build something new. But also deciding on how to make best use of your resources (mainly timeand money) has been very challenging.
At first, we were two people working on Thought of You full time, having external consultants andprogrammers. The team then grew step by step and in our case, betahaus has been proving to be theideal place for that process. We believe it to be also to be the right fit for the next steps tocome. It is a great place to work as it combines all necessary features of a modern workplace. Youcan focus on your job, meet like-minded people and have fun.
" 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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.