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October 24, 2018

We're Opening a Second Location in Berlin! Introducing betahaus | Neukölln

We’ve never been ones for small changes. We'd rather pull off the unimaginable, the impractical, and the things that sound pretty crazy to everyone around us. So at the start of 2019, we’re doing just that. How do two houses in Berlin sound?

Our Newest Space

We spent most of 2018 reimagining what betahaus could be. Without the limitations of our original building, we had the chance to envision an entirely new space that still feels like ours. 

We went to viewings all across Berlin trying to find a flexible location that was big enough for our community and cool enough to replace the house where we got our start. Rudi-Dutschke-Straße 23 looked like home from the minute we walked inside, with hidden hallways and a rooftop terrace; what we didn’t quite expect was that we’d find two spaces that we really loved.

Our chance came up to open a second space in Berlin, so we're taking it! At the beginning of 2019, we'll open betahaus | Neukölln for coworking and events and we're pretty damn excited about it.

betahaus | Neukölln will be located at Harzer Straße 39 in the Geyer-Werke building. The space is spread across six floors and will be divided up into coworking areas, makers workshops, studios, event spaces, and tons of team rooms. You’ll have access to a courtyard with a garden and a pond where you can take a break during the workday. And in case you’re wondering, we're working on a membership perk where you could work from either of our locations with just one membership.

Inside Harzer Straße 39

“Rudi-Dutschke-Straße 23 will continue to be our HQ, while our space at Harzer Straße 39 will be about reconnecting with the makers and freelancers that made Berlin awesome in the first place,” says betahaus Co-Founder Christoph Fahle. “We chose the building in Neukölln because it is a super awesome historical site in an up-and-coming neighborhood. There is not much coworking in Neukölln yet, so we hope to contribute to the general infrastructure and build a space where there is nothing else so far.”

What do you think of our newest location? We're hosting a dedicated betabreakfast on 1 November where we’ll be looking at plans for the space (9:30am) before we head over to the new building for a tour (11:30am).

In the meantime, you can always email us at themove@betahaus.de or stop by our Front Desk with questions. We can't wait to share our ideas and get your input on this new location while everything is still in progress. Until then!

Same old, same old - isn’t always all that bad. Sometimes, all that’s needed are some new perspectives! The city of Utrecht, for‌ ‌example, implemented a zero-emissions electric barge nicknamed the “Beer Boat”. 

Since 2010 it’s carrying beer and food to the city’s downtown restaurants by using waterways. Other electric barges in Amsterdam not only deliver but even collect organic waste, which is then turned into biofuel in processing plants! Isn’t that cool?

It becomes clear that cities, logistics, as‌ ‌well‌ ‌as‌ ‌urban‌ ‌planners, are equally part of solving the inefficiency of the last-mile. Tackling this mountain of issues calls for teamwork!

A centralized platform, hub or network for similar companies, could do the trick to fill up the delivery vans & trucks that are barely loaded. Parcels could be distributed more efficiently between different companies and their delivery vehicles.

Like a big pool of parcels from different companies with every single parcel going into that one van with the same route!

Delivery Driver Experience and Smart Delivery Vehicles are also areas with huge potential for improvement and innovation.

Ellie: Two years ago we adopted a new legal structure for Jolocom GmbH according to the purpose model of ownership, manifesting our commitment and dedication to building a self-sovereign organization. That means we can’t take VC funding or sell public shares of the company. 

Volker: Jolocom is a community driven organisation – both in a tech sense but also much further beyond. We’re hugely involved in the DWeb community where we organize and attend events for the decentralized community. Every year we also help organize and attend the DWeb Camp in San Francisco, which brings together all kinds of creatives so this technology of tomorrow is built in a collaborative way.

Next to that on-demand experiences have become firmly embedded into people’s everyday lives - be it a mobile app to book a ride, send flowers to your loved ones or order lunch to your office. It’s all possible and has made premium features like real-time tracking a standard.  The online consumer expects nothing less and certainly doesn’t like to wait.

Making that quick and instant gratification happen is another story though. Groundbreaking ideas and innovations are needed to tackle all these factors. Does your startup have one? 

Then head over to our Future Logistics Challenge! Applications are still open until September 23rd.

Volker: There is this really nice place, called Green Rabbit with salads and baked potatoes where I like to go to. Sometimes I just keep it simple and go to Lidl.

Ellie: I eat a lot in west.berlin cafe which is here around the corner and I love the Matcha Lattes from Starbucks.

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