Betahaus, Berlin, July 2013
I ended up working out of Betahaus twice. Why? IT’S FREAKING AWESOME. I’ve never seen a coworking space like this before. There are tons of different types of meeting rooms, open working spaces, wood working studios, there’s a 3-D printing room, conference space, startup offices, a cafe, outdoor benches for drinking beer, car parking, bike parking, and who knows what else. It’s the biggest coworking space I’ve seen and obvious core home of the Berlin tech scene. (I understand the high rollers are found in the private area of St Oberholtz)
The culture in this space is extremely mixed. You’ll hear people speaking all of the European languages and there are many Americans, Canadians, Brits and Australians walking around as well. Many are regulars, but many others were coworking tourists like I was.
The first time I went, I sat up in the individual coworking area and listened to a female-owned company talk about various fixes they needed to make in their pitch for the pitch competition that was happening the weekend after.
After a while, though, I got hungry so I wandered down to the cafe and sat there. This seems to be the liveliest area and the best place to meet new people. My lunch was an expertly prepared pasta and my first desk mate was a friendly Italian who was happy to share his corner with me (at least he seemed happy about it). Since I got such a good vibe off of this area, I sat here again the second time I came to the space when I was coworking with fellow-New Yorker, Jake (you can see him peaking behind his laptop and my Club Mate above).
I understand that this is where General Assembly Berlin is operating out of, so you can take many classes there. They are constantly organizing their own events for the Berlin Tech and Maker Community as well.
The drawback, though, is that you can only get a full tour of the space twice a week. (they seem to really work their front desk staff, so they just don’t have capacity to give more tours of this MASSIVE space). They do, however, give you paperwork explaining the space.
My suggestion: get there at around 10am, pick a space in the cafe, eat some breakfast, get some work done, chat with some folks at the next table, get some lunch, work some more, take a tour if it’s Tuesday, then grab a beer with your new friends at the front benches.
If I lived in Kreuzberg, I’d very likely be a member of this place.