Q: What is betahaus?
A: betahaus is a coworking space. Providing desk space designed and equipped for freelancers, entrepreneurs and small businesses in the creative sector, we are much more affordable than conventional offices because you only pay for the days you actually use the desk. The space is a part of an international network with hubs in Berlin, Hamburg, Barcelona and Tirana.
Q: What is coworking?
A: Wikipedia gives a comprehensive definition:
Coworking is an emerging trend for a new pattern for working. Typically work-at-home professionals or independent contractors or people who travel frequently end up working in relative isolation. Coworking is the social gathering of a group of people, who are still working independently, but who share values and who are interested in the synergy that can happen from working with talented people in the same space.
Some coworking spaces were developed by nomadic internet entrepreneurs seeking an alternative to working in coffee shops and cafes, or to isolation in independent or home offices.
Business accelerators, business incubators and executive suites do not seem to fit into the coworking model, because they often miss the social, collaborative, and informal aspects of the process, with management practices closer to that of a Cooperative, including a focus on community rather than profit.
Q: What kind of people work at betahaus?
A: All kinds of people work at betahaus – from journalists, photographers, translators, graphic designers, designers, programmers, architects, artists, non-governmental organisations and clubs to startups, small and grown companies – a creative mix, for sure.
Q: Why choosing betahaus?
A: The primary advantages of choosing betahaus instead of a own, home office or café, are the availability of basic office resources, services and materials included in the membership tax, the sharing of knowledge, skills and contacts with new people and of course, the best coffee in town. Not to mention the chances of finding new partners and projects, or visiting the events you don’t want to miss.
Q: Why the name ‘betahaus’?
A: To express our idea of a new workplace, we first came up with terms from the area of software development, such as “beta version” or “beta phase”. They best describe the way we’d like to design and develop the betahaus: as an open-ended process. We constantly develop the concept further with our users. This is the only possible way, as this kind of space is based on a completely new concept. At the same time we are convinced that the presence of each new user enriches the betahaus. „Perpetual beta”: the betahaus is never really complete, but keeps on evolving. During our research, we stumbled across the history of the Greek letter „betha”. Its predecessor originates from Aramaic, and describes the symbol of a rectangular floor plan of a yard or house with an open door. Finally the word „betahaus” was created from this symbol: a real place in the digital world; a fixed point and physical home for creative professionals and other “digital Bohemians”.
Q: Are the acoustics good?
A: The betahaus operates similarly to a library: everyone knows to keep the noise down in the working area. For chats and conversations, people go to the café. Apart from that, there are 3 meeting rooms available for extended discussions and meetings. Aslo 7 phone boots for calls and chats. Partitions, shelves and plants facilitate soft acoustics.
Q: Is a conference room available?
A: Yes, there are three conference rooms available for members. Seven phone boots for 2 people, calls and chats.
Q: Is there a kitchen?
A: Yes, we have fully equipped kitchen with great coffee taste and cool dining area.
Q: Are printers, scanners, etc. available?
A: We have a printer and copier on the second floor, which all members are allowed to use.
Q: Can I safely store my valuables at betahaus?
A: Yes, lockers are available.
Q: Is there a parking lot?
A: Around betahaus is a green paid zone. We have a parking close to the building. Parking places are on demand.
Q: Is smoking allowed at betahaus?
A: betahaus is a non-smoking environment. You can smoke outside of the building.
Q: Can I just give it a try?
A: Yes, a one day “test drive” is provided for those who are still uncertain whether the betahaus environment would suit them.
Q: Can I also work at night or during the weekend?
A: Yes, each member have 24/7 access.
Q: How much is a desk at betahaus?
A: Check the pricing page.
Q: What are the contract terms (incl. ceasing contract)?
Our contract for the shared space memberships are with one month notice, the offices are with three months notice. We need a deposit for each membership – the amount for one month membership.