Christoph Fahle
January 8, 2013

Yeah!! General Assembly Offers 500€ Scholarship for betahaus Members

Learn Front End Web Development at GA Berlin! With a 500€ Scholarship for betahaus Members! We’ve all had days when we feel like a cog in the machine. We want bigger. We want better. And we want to do our own thing. We look at Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos or Marissa Mayer and think, “Hey, I could do that!” While the road is long and winding, there’s one very good place to start. If you want to leap into the world of technology and launch your own business, basic programming skills are essential.

To fuel your ambition, the new Berlin campus of General Assembly is offering a 10-week course on Front-end web development. The intensive introductory course will help you build fluency in HTML, CSS and Javascript so you can understand web development best practices, build your own prototypes, and launch websites that people love to use.

If you’re looking for a career switch, want to meet new people or just want to start out 2013 with a new skill in coding, General Assembly Berlin is here to help. Exclusively for betahaus members, GA is offering 2 €500 scholarship towards their upcoming front-end web development course.

To enter, write 200 words or less answering the questions: “What excites you? What inspires you? And what gets you out of bed in the morning?” and submit your response to Berlin@GeneralAssemb.ly.

Entries are due by Friday, 11th January. Entries must be submitted in conjunction with the GA application.

Hard facts: Dates: 22 January– 28 March 2013, Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, Tuition: €2,000 (if you get the scholarship it's 500€ less)

Find out more about the course at generalassemb.ly.

GA Instructor Timo Tuominen is a Freelance Developer and has been making software in various roles for over a decade. His most unique expertise lies in the versatility of his interests, which range from soldering to graphic design. For the last few years his main focus has been on web technologies, but he is actively reaching out to new dimensions.

About General Assembly: Founded in January 2011, General Assembly is a global network of campuses that helps individuals create opportunities through community and education in technology, entrepreneurship and design, through a wide variety of online and offline, formal and informal learning opportunities. General Assembly’s flagship campus is located in New York and has partnered with governments and local organizations internationally to bring educational programming in cities across the world including London, Berlin, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sydney, with outposts in Austin, Boston and Philadelphia.

Click here for more announcements and events at the 'haus! 

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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