Alice Nell
October 22, 2015

Team building in Albania

A couple of weeks ago we were in Tirana, the capital of Albania, for our betahaus camp. The two questions we got upon arrival back home were: ‘Why Tirana?’ and ‘I saw lots of fun-photos, what did you actually do there?’ Let our CEO's Max, Madeleine and Christoph answer them for you.


Why we went to Albania (and not to something more obvious, like Barcelona)?

Max says that "Albania is the country in Europe with the youngest population. It has an inspiring cultural heritage, which is a unique combination of Orient and Occident. In Tirana there’s a good vibe and there’s a spirit all around that gives you the feeling something big could happen soon."


Also, we will probably be opening a new betahaus in this beautiful space!


Madeleine explains that we “Usually meet once a year with all the local teams for a "betahaus | Summit" where we work on our global milestones. Such summits are always very intense and packed with work sessions. In 2015 our Berlin team grew in highspeed and betahaus | Hamburg welcomed two new CEO’s. For both reasons we felt the need for some off-time. Time for everyone to get to know each other a bit better on a personal level. So we decided to spend three days of doing fun things and add a few inspiring talks on the side!”


And Christoph tops it:

“Whenever we do those getaways with our betahaus teams I realise that spending quality time with each other is one of the most important things we have to do as company and as a team. We need it to work together well and to be good hosts to our members. Of course we do some formal things, like workshops and keynotes, but the things that happen before and after have much more impact. Getting to know each other, having meaningful conversations and learning of each other’s dreams and fears is what’s making us a good team. Then when we get back home, there is a slight increase in smiles and heaps of new stories to refer to in our day-to-day jobs. It makes things much more easygoing and joyful. Ultimately I believe we should take on tour the whole betahaus community with us.”


Long story short: We had a blast and can't wait for next year's betahaus camp. Want to share your team building experiences and beliefs with the betahaus community? Let us know! We'd love to hear from you.

Want to get to know your betahaus coworkers and our betahaus | Berlin team a bit better? Let's meet at our betabeer upcoming Thursday, October 29th, 6 to 9 pm (members only). We'll all be there, because we're planning to celebrate the opening of our 2nd floor! Ideas for an afterparty are very welcome (shoot us an e-mail). Hope to see you there!


Don’t forget to check our Event page for more events coming up.

Claudius: Design is the core of what we do and what we’re all passionate about, but hardly our only focus. Design, at LAUDO, stands more for designing a whole strategy, often very close connected with marketing. We’re developing websites and apps for our clients, but also help them reach their target audience through SEO, Google ranking developing newsletter systems, print brochures etc.

Claudius: A lot of other companies are seeing themselves as a service provider and don’t really question what their client wants and why. We pay very close attention if the work we provide for a client is in line with our personal values and vision. It’s not just delivering a product to the client, getting the paycheck and leaving, but also building relationships with clients and collaborating. Because they are often our doors to new opportunities

We see LAUDO as an airport, where the clients are our gates to new guests, new perspectives and new potential clients. It happens all the time that whoever we’re working for, from there we get a new project, which wasn’t planned before. So we open up a new gate. That’s how we were able to grow and why good connection with our clients is so crucial for us.’

‘’We see LAUDO as an airport, where the clients are our gates to new guests, new perspectives and new potential clients. It happens all the time that whoever we’re working for, from there we get a new project, which wasn’t planned before. So we open up a new gate. That’s how we were able to grow and why good connection with our clients is so crucial for us.’’
Photos by Lea GK

Orietta: I think one thing that makes us stand out on the market and our number one strength is the team. We’re a small team and we all look in the same direction and have the same approach and vision. That makes the communication go smoothly.

Joey: Another thing is that we have a very hands-on approach. We are the guys, who say: ‘’Okay, let’s do it’’. That’s our culture.

Orietta: When we started looking for a place I was already involved in the betahaus community. Working from previous betahaus locations and attending the community events, I already knew a lot of people in the 'haus ...

Joey: Yes, I remember on the first day we came to betahaus Orietta was like ‘’Oh, hey! Hi! Hey, how are you doing? Hi!'' giving high-fives to everybody and we were like: What is going on, why does she know everybody?!

Orietta: Well, the vibe in betahaus is just super easy going. You directly feel that you can meet people easily. If you go to the kitchen for example and just ask ''Hey how are you, what are you working on?''. We made many new contacts too.

Claudius: What makes it nice here is that people are enjoying being here and working on their projects.

Photos by Lea GK

Claudius: The truth is, we could probably afford an office for the same price, but that would put us between these four walls, which put you into a box, much harder to exit and to connect with new people. We went for a Team Desk because here we have so much more space and everything seems much more connected. You can easily meet people.

Orietta: And it’s just so spacious here. We have this super nice garden.

Claudius: I like being focused on my work but I also like if someone disturbs me from time to time. It helps when the door opens. In an office we would work in a whole different way. Here Gillord (Coworking Manager) is coming in everyday, giving me a hug, telling me about his workout .. that’s the main reason - the personal connection.

The day in betahaus starts with a hug and ends with a hug. The time in between is pretty much spent on doing what you love.
Photos by Lea GK

After you’ve taken care of your paperwork and you’ve signed up both in Bürger- and Finanzamt, you are all set up to start working. One of the best ways to get integrated into the city fast, meet like-minded people, and even find clients is by working from a coworking space. There are tons of benefits for freelancers and luckily Berlin has a lot to offer in this way. A coworking space is a physically collaborative shared workspace, which brings all kinds of creatives and entrepreneurs together. It’s a perfect place for startups, freelancers, digital nomads and even corporates searching for innovation. And it’s the biggest advantage towards the typical office space is that it pushes a collaborative exchange between its members and facilitates the creative process and networking.

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