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March 5, 2013

Studying Arts and Selling Copy Machines - Ralph Riecke and His Office Hour

Business analyst Ralph Riecke came back to betahaus and is offering an Office Hours to share his experience and help startups to deal with the problems they usually don’t even think about or don't expect to come up.

Who are you?

I am a business analyst at hub:raum, the incubator program of Deutsche Telekom. Prior to that I worked as a strategic consultant and have many years of marketing and sales experience. I spend two years in San Francisco working as an consultant on ICT innovation projects and scouting for potential businesses. Before flying over to the US, I worked for a mobile, location based, social community  startup here in Berlin, Germany where I practiced my startup and business skills.

After coming back to Berlin from Silicon Valley I joined the hub:raum, the incubator & accelerator program of Deutche Telekom. I really enjoy working together with people who are passionate and excited about the work that they’re doing here. For me it is a perfect way how to apply my knowledge and experience on the new businesses which apply at hub:raum and bring it together with the resources of Deutche Telekom (DT).

What are you working on at hub:raum?

My field of work ranges from application-inflow analysis, deal negotiation and also consulting with the startups that are in the incubation program. It is important to estimate the fit of the startup into DT in the very beginning and also vice verser, see if we fit to the team.

During the acceleration program I provided consulting to the startups that we had here and gave them some insights and advices on the VC business. The program provided the startups with networking and mentoring from highly experienced people and programs like from GA., whichmakes the accelerator unique.

Why do you come back to the betahaus?

I appreciate to stay in touch with the betahaus community and try to give back, what betahaus provides to the Berlin Start-up scene. There are always many people  with different backgrounds perspectives which provide new insights and perspective on given processes and structures. I will offer my knowledge to the betahaus members – how to form their idea, structure it and consequently sell it to their customers and possible VC’s.

Which fields are you able to help out with?

During the office hours I’d like to share some of my experience that I gained throughout all my career and help the startups to deal with the problems they usually don’t even think about or the ones that will come up.

It includes investment perspectives, all business relevant topics and also the project management of the businesses, e.g. which milestones to set, which steps will lead them there and so one. I try to provide advice on a wide range of topics, reflecting my background where I’ve –studied at the University of Arts, was selling copy machines, worked in the Silicon Valley – I’m really looking forward meeting you...

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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,
betahaus

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