10. Juni 2015 Co-working Spaces sind in den letzten Jahren wie Pilze aus dem Boden geschossen, so auch in Wien. In Rahmen des neuen Arbeitens werden nach dem Prinzip der Shared Economy durch das Teilen von Ressourcen optimale Arbeitsbedingungen geschaffen. Wie funktionieren diese Brutplätze für kreative UnternehmerInnen, worin unterscheiden sich die Angebote verschiedener Co-working Spaces und wie sieht der Mehrwert aus? Welche Kooperationen scheinen sinnvoll und wo liegt die Grenze zwischen Unterstützung und Selbständigkeit?
In Kooperation mit WTZost: Workshop & Dinnerconversation mit Betreibern und Co-Workern, u.a. von Impact Hub Vienna (Kai Wichmann), Rochuspark (Michael Pöll), sektor5 (Yves Schultz), CO SPACE (Georg Demmer und Pascale Rasinger), Shared Space (Bernhard Hauser und David Pichsenmeister) und PACKHAUS.
Ort: PACKHAUS, Marxergasse 24/2, 1030 Wien
Gestaltung: Margot Deerenberg / Paradocks
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Stadt-up ist Teil des ThinkTanks von Paradocks. Jeden Mittwoch bekommt eine Person, Initiative, Gruppe oder ein Projekt die Möglichkeit sich zu präsentieren und das Publikum zu überzeugen.
Mit einem unorthodoxem Blick oder einer unüblichen Herangehensweise für eine bessere Stadt erobert man das Stadt-up Podium. Die Projekte sollten sich in der Anfangsphase befinden und einzelartig sein.
Anhand kurzer Fragen wird im Interview das Projekt vermittelt. Die Fragen stellt das Publikum oder andere "Städter", die wiederumneue "Städter" für das Podium auswählen. Stadt-up orientiert sich international, der Fokus auf Wien ist jedoch wichtig. Einmal im Monat findet ein Stadt-up Abend im PACKHAUS statt wobei ein "Städter" durch einen Workshop, eine Dinnerconversation, einen Dialog, etc. sein Projekt bestmöglich präsentiert.
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10.10.2014 IGNITE VIENNA #1: Neglected design strategies, mobile architecture and other great ideas and passions
Ignite ist ein geek Event in mehr als hundert Ländern weltweit. Bei den Veranstaltungen teilen die Ignite Präsentatoren ihre persönliche und professionelle Leidenschaft, in 5 Minuten durch 20 slides mit. Im Rahmen von Gründen in Wien organisiert Paradocks die Ignite Vienna. Acht Studios aus dem DAS PACKHAUS präsentieren sich und ihre Tätigkeit dem Publikum in Wien. Das Format lädt Denker und Macher aus verschiedensten Disziplinen ein sich vorzustellen oder sich vorstellen zu lassen.
12.6.2015 IGNITE VIENNA #2
2. Gleam technologies (www.gleamproducts.com)
3. Fluxguide (www.fluxguide.com)
4. Bloodmountain (www.bloodmountain.org)
5. on site art projects
6. AWEAR Clothing
7. buero.rihl / Editio Artis et Theoriae (www.rihl.at)
6/15 Paradocks wurde für das Idea Camp 2015 "Build the City" in Schweden ausgewählt, zusammen mit 49 anderen Organisationen aus über 400 Anmeldungen europaweit. Das Idea Camp mit dem diesjährigen Thema "Build the City" wurde entwickelt, um international sektorübergreifende Zusammenarbeit und Austausch zu ermöglichen und um eine Plattform für Forschung und Entwicklung von individuellen Ideen zu bieten.
GB 10. Impulsreferat Workshop „Zwischennutzung Favoritenstraße 51“
Margot Deerenberg, Initiatorin Paradocks presentiert Vision Paradocks und 5 Leerstandsprojekte
Urban designer Veronika Kovascsova's two projects look to build a bridge between the cities of Vienna and Bratislava, and also try to reimagine the unused spaces in the city, giving them a new lease on life, and engaging and contributing to the growth of communities.
"Presentation of the Day" on June 21, 2014.
Paradocks - the team behind DAS PACKHAUS - is looking for new interns as of October 2016! With the project ‘DAS PACKHAUS, Paradocks initiated a place, where ideas and prototypes are produced and experimented with and where new start-ups create their micro-economies. Paradocks is an international think-tank for re-use of urban resources, which handles the topic in a multi-dimensional way, combining practice with theory. We connect knowledge, creativity, new solution models and people.
Our team is looking for support in various fields, such as Commnication & PR or Graphic Design and hosting.
- Publication design / layout for DAS PACKHAUS book
- Design (and if possible an implementation) of a mobile workshop / storage for various hardware tools shared in DAS PACKHAUS
- Hosting in our news 175m2 open flexible working space (as a contact and information point with the users of DAS PACKHAUS and visitors)
What we offer:
- Accomodation during the whole internship period (optional)
- 4 working days a week
- Coffee, tea and lunch during the working days
- Friendly working atmosphere
- Lots of space to bring in new ideas
We look forward to receive your CV and motivation on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our first presenting interview is with young enthusiastic student Clara Billroth from Nevos, who is one of the users of flex-desk in Das Packhaus. With other three colleges - Veronika, Luisa and Christina, they want to develop a way to make blood analysis more efficient and easier, especially for chronic patients. The project is still at very beginning, so we're sure that we're going to make another interview later when they will already be a big, successful medicine stars.
P: What is your start-up developing and when did it stated?
CB: We started our idea in July with a wish to help chronic patients (two of the women in our team are affected themselves and know how time-consuming the whole procedure can be). The main idea is to help chronic patients by getting their test results faster and making the whole process more efficient. We want to make these tests easier, by making it possible to do the test (blood sample) by yourself at home or where you feel most comfortable and then send it to the lab. Usually chronic patients know "how to read" their test results, so our idea would also lead to faster treatment. Instead of waiting for a doctor in the waiting room, we are thinking about communicating using Skype or other apps that provide video chat. Today we have great technology, which would be smart to use it in the best way we can.
P: What is your overall experience with flexible working places? What do you like and what do you miss in this concept?
CB: Our team is very pleased with using flexible working places in Das Packhaus. Most of the time, we come here one by one. We started using these places in the beginning of November, so we haven't got that much experience. But so far it has been very comfortable. I really like the whole concept of the house, it's really unique. I noticed that in the ground floor where the flex-desks are, there aren't really a lot of visitors. Perhaps it would be a good idea to have "more action", social events for different types of start-ups, so we could get to know each other and perhaps share some advice.
P: Why did you choose to come to Das Packhaus?
CB: Well, I was at the birthday-party of “Das Packhaus” – we met the guys from ChillBill at a different Start-Up Event and they invited us. There I met one of the managers of the project who explained to me what this project is about. Plus, I live really nearby, so I thought that it would be a good idea to present this working space to my team.
"It's really great that we have a good, high quality space where we can work more effectively. We all study pretty hard subjects, such as: medicine, molecular biology, law and political sciences, so working and studying must be really efficient and serious."
P: What does "new way of working" means for you and your team?
CB: It means great support of flexible working places and hours. We come here and use the flex desks one by one, but from time to time we also use a meeting room. It's really great that we have a good, high quality space where we can work more effectively. We all study pretty hard subjects, such as: medicine, molecular biology, law and political sciences, so working and studying must be really efficient and serious.
P: As a young entrepreneur you sure have some good advice for young start-uppers. Could you give young start-up entrepreneur good advice for their future business?
CB: My advice would be:" Just do it!" In Austria, there is so much going on, you have so many free events for everybody who has an idea and there are so many great people who're willing to help you. For example, the AWS programme, which can help you with finding financial support, finding a suitable mentor or just help you with researching. We had some questions about the law process, so we turned to a lawyer, which was ready to help us for free. Most people are really nice and want to help. You have nothing to lose, so just ask.
P: How did you get your team, business partners? Were you colleges, friends before?
CB: We found each other on Facebook. The leader of the team, Christina, contacted us via Facebook and I suggested one my friends to join us and so we become a powerful female team. At the beginning of setting up our team, choosing colleges, we were determined to find other women to join our team.
"We believe that there are not enough women teams, leaders who can make some difference. Female teams are extraordinary and we think that communication is better, more relaxed. As I study science, I am mostly surrounded by men and it’s the same in the start-up scene, so we thought that it would be nice for a change to be just in a female group, team."
P: And, why's that? Women power?
CB: That too. We believe that there are not enough women teams, leaders who can make some difference. Female teams are extraordinary and we think that communication is better, more relaxed. As I study science, I am mostly surrounded by men and it’s the same in the start-up scene, so we thought that it would be nice for a change to be just in a female group, team. And, so far it has been extremely beneficial for us and it makes a lot of things more comfortable.
P: What are some of the characteristics of people that have been successful at your start-up?
CB: Well we are actually mix of very diverse personalities and characteristics, I think this is one reason why we are a good team. One of the common features is definitely that we're really hard-working and that we all wish to help people. We're a good mix, because a bad feature with help of one good feature can be cancelled out easily. Perhaps I could describe us as solidarity group, which is also strong-headed, mature and super motivated.
P: Do you think that entrepreneurialism is something that is in your blood? Or is it something that can be learned?
CB: I think that everybody can do it, you don't need any extra skills. Plus, skills can be learned. For successful entrepreneurialism you need a good team, great spirit and a lot of motivation. You can probably make a start-up work by yourself, but I don't think they would succeed as well as if they had a supportive team. For great project developing you need a good mix of all different skills, features. It is important that even if you fail, you know how to get up on your feet and be willing to start all over again, and again and that is a lot easier with a great team behind you.
The following is an interview with young entrepreneur Andreas Mahringer, initiator of Record Bird. Record Bird is a young start-up company with really inspiriting team members. About two years ago the ex high school mates got back together with great idea, which they successfully accomplished. The platform is based on a free app, which delivers fresh, just released music work from music artists - what a great idea!
So the first question would be; Das Packhaus forms a basis for "the new work" - how do you feel here, in new work atmosphere?
First - two years ago, we moved to a smaller office and after the company has grown, we have moved to a bigger one, which at the moment is in construction (yep, we're the one who are making noise). I really enjoy having an office in Das Packhaus. You can see that people engage with one and other, which is really good, especially for us entrepreneurs. Every time I invite someone on meeting in our office, I always enjoy explaining them where that is and what is the project about. Our team is truly grateful that we can stay here and be part of this pretty cool, innovative story. I think that what you (Das Packhaus) did and how nice you're with users, it's just fantastic. It' really nice that you care about us as company. Plus I live really nearby, so that's pretty handy.
So, I checked out your app and it looks like you and your team build a lot of really unique services for unique market places. How did you get an idea for this app? Was it just "the moment of great idea" or was it long term researching, planning...?
Well, it was just one thing - that me and my friends needed it. We were (still are) all big music fans and we were all downloading music, but we always missed fresh, first released musician work, so we decided to do something about is. And yea, we were wondering why there isn't an app for that - first relived music, so we decided to do something about it. At first it was just a solution for ourselves and later we realised that a lot more people are dealing with this problem.
How did you chose the logo of company?
Logo is a design from our designer Alex. If you look closely, you can see a bird in logo.
How much do you think finding the right business partner has played a role in your success so far for the last two years?
I think that finding the right business partner, team played the biggest role. Without a good team, there is no great product. There is no easy way to do it, you just got to do it and if you have a great team in the back, it's way easier, manageable. We know each other from high school, so we know each other for some time.
Do you think that entrepreneurialism is something that is in your blood? Or is it something that can be learned?
It would be very sad if it couldn't be learned. I think you need to be that person who really what to change something, or at least trying to make some difference. Of course, it is easier if you "have it", but I don't think it is the matter of you, our personality. It's like are you going to do it or you won't, the details can be in your personality.
So if you could give an advice to your start ups, what it would be?
I think I got this one in the beginning of starting a business: "If you think that this could change something or you're really wishing to do it, then you have to dedicate your entire time."
Once you make a decision, than you have to stick with it and tried to make it work. The sooner, the better. At the beginning there are always some financial trouble, or something is not working as you planned. Well, opportunities cost, but you have to try it and dedicate all your time.
Are planning to charge an app in future or will it stay for free?
Not for consumers. For consumers it will always be free. Perhaps we will make it payable in future, but only some extra service. The basic app will stay free.
If you could go back to the time when you were just getting started, what would you do differently? And what advice would you have given to yourself if you could only relay one piece of advice to your former self?
If I could go back in time, than I would definitely quit my previous job way earlier. At the very beginning of creating, inventing this app I was still working in other job and I wasn't dedicating as much effort and time, that I should. Perhaps things would begin to developing much faster.
Do you have some advice for Das Packhaus? Any suggested changes?
Everything is just great, I am grateful to be part of this story. Perhaps I do miss a bit more BBQ gathering in summer.
Some while ago, I interviewed really inspired and motivated entrepreneur - Clemens Helm, inventor of ChillBill. ChillBill is a start-up company, which invented a software which automates accounting and your company finances. I call it great online accounting secretary. So, if you're a start-up, small or large company and perhaps you're not really an expert of organizing business finances, then for sure you have to check out ChillBill. If this intro text didn't convince you, then just keep reading and I am sure you will be fascinated how things are going at ChillBill.
P: Driven by the enthusiasm for this field of business, you and your team already won two awards: Best Pitch at Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien and the Central European Startup Award. ChillBill was one of the contestants in the competition for winning the Forbes Austria Start-up Academy. Your team made it into the top 5, congratulations for that! You were invited to present your start-up company to the judges. How was that?
CH: Well yes, we made it into the top five, so we could pitch our idea to the judges and visitors of the Forbes Start-up Late Night. It was a 5 min presentation in front of about 300 people who attended this presentation. We didn't win after all, but still made it pretty far. The best of all was that in the audience there were a lot interesting people, who were tax advisors, potential investors or potential partners for cooperations. So actually this was also a good promotion of our work.
The winning start-up company was a company which invented a toothbrush app for kids. The toothbrush is "connected" to a mobile app that lets you, as a kid, play an entertaining game by brushing your teeth. This is a pretty good idea, which makes it even harder to beat.
P: How did you get an idea for ChillBill? And how long did it take you to come from idea to the product?
CH: I think I got the idea like most start-up founders: The problem effected me personally. I was self-employed for 10 years and I was looking for a tax advisor. In the end I got help, but it still felt like I had double job to do. Beside doing the job that you love, you still have to do so much boring and stressful stuff, which takes far too much of your time. So I came up with the idea of developing an automated accounting service, which would do most of the accounting work for me.
I had a chance to do my master theses on invoice recognition and developed an iPad app which could recognize data from photographed invoices. It was similar to ChillBill, just that the program was running on an iPad and ChillBill works in the Cloud.
P: Why the name, ChillBill?
CH: Well, most accounting tools have names like Easybill or Fastbill. However, we don’t only want to make accounting “easy” and “fast” but we want our customers to relax while their accounting is done for them. So they can “chill” while ChillBill does all the boring work for them.
P: How long have you been here - in Das Packhaus? What has your overall experience been like?
CH: We moved in in August 2016 and we’ve had a great time so far. We love having a room just for us while still sharing a large office building with dozens of other companies. I especially enjoy the common areas. I have lunch there as often as possible because I always bump into exciting people I haven’t met before.
P: You probably know and are working with other start-ups, business inventors, investors and other entrepreneurs. Do you think that starting your own business in "these days" is difficult, but still manageable?
CH: I think it depends on what kind of a business you do or you want to do. If you provide a service like a doctor, a hairdresser or an accountant, the advantage is that very soon you’ll have some revenue that can you live on. But if you are building a product, it takes months or years of research and development until you can live on the revenue you make. The plus side in "these time" is that there are many different public grants, which can get you through this initial phase.
P: Being a young entrepreneur - what does your typical day looks like?
CH: I am not that typical entrepreneur - the classical picture of typical entrepreneur is being in the office until late at night and the weekend is perhaps just one day. I have a three year old son, so for me it is extremely important to balance work and family. I usually get up really early so I get some work done before my son gets up or I grab my computer late at night when he is already asleep. I also think the amount of time you invest is not directly related to the success of your company. You can spend a lot of working hours working on something, which in the end turns out to be completely unnecessary. For me it’s important to constantly reflect how I can spend my time most efficiently.
P: So you become good entrepreneur when you start to do more effective work in less time?
CH: Something like that. You can become really good when you know what to do and when to do it. When I began my own business, I was doing a lot of stuff I considered necessary as as company. It took me some time to figure out what is important and what is not that important. So yeah, I believe that you become a great entrepreneur when you work effectively by focussing on what really matters. The time you spend “working” is not the primary factor of success.
P: Looking at your successful story and great creativity skills, when do you think it's the best time to start a business?
CH: Well, that’s hard to tell, but I think that when you have an idea and you think that this idea is really, really good then you just have to go for it. But you also have to be realistic and you have to be aware of possible failure.
First you have to talk with some people about this idea, present it to someone from this business field and get information that you need for starting business. Also you need to watch your initial budget and costs closely. Ideally you come up with a really fast and cheap way of testing your business idea. This way you don’t lose much if it doesn’t work out.
P: Do you think that entrepreneurism is something that is in your blood? Or is it something that can be learned?
CH: I am not sure if it can be learned, I think you just have to be a person for entrepreneurship. But people do change in life and their way of thinking grows and changes from time to time. When I was in high school, I never planned to be an entrepreneur or to have my own company, but here we are. When I was a kid, I considered companies as something evil: Greedy organizations who just want your money. But this picture changed over the years significantly. Now I consider companies as instruments to change the world.
P: If you could go back to the time when you were just getting started, what would you do differently? And what advice would you have given to yourself if you could only relay one piece of advice to your former self?
CH: I would say: "Always watch your finances." If we would have been more careful about our finances, then we could have skipped the "depression zone of financial instability” of the company. Especially in the beginning it's extremely important to be aware of your finances and costs. You should always have some backup money for emergencies. We could have avoided this situation by applying for public grants earlier. But we've all learned a lot from these initial mistakes.
P: If you could give young start-up entrepreneur a good advice for their future business, what would it be?
CH: Focus on the stuff that really matters. And watch your finances. Always.
Where's a good doctor in my district? Can anyone water my flower, while I am on vacation? Does anyone have any ladder to borrow? I run out of sugar for cookies, does anyone have some? All these questions can be answered by your neighbours who are already using website of FragNebenan.
FragNebenan is a start-up company with fantastic idea, how we can help each other and make our busy life a bit more easier, helpful. This idea is one of my favourite star-up ideas, just because of the how big impact on community, the company does. I wouldn't call this meeting " and interview", but very pleasant coffee break with CEO of the company, Stefan who introduced me to the company business idea and their positive team.
P:How long have you been here, at Das Packhaus?
S: For a bit more than two years. At first we had an office at shared space, later at second floor and now we are at the ground floor. And we love it! It's really cool that we can see people on the street (outsite), people who're walking by. Also our neighbours :)
P: From where does the idea come from? Did you had that "lightbulb moment" or was it long term planning, developing the idea?
S: I wouldn't call it lightbulb moment, but also not long term planning. It was something between. I grow up at small village, where we all knew each other and we were all neighbours basically, so we were all helping each other. So when I moved to capital, I sort of missed that, those small talks I had with neighbours. About this situation I spoke with my family and friend and later I got idea about this platform. Of course, my friends helped me with developing the idea. I met different people, groups, with different opinions and ideas, so in the end I had invented this platform.
P: I registered at your website, some time ago and I was really positively surprised when I got postcard from you, FragNebenan. That means you really care for your new and old users, right?
S: Absolutely, customer care is extremely important for us. It is super important for us to connect with people, who really connect with our platform. And besides, postcard are warm surprise for users. And with this move, we insure us that the address given by new user is true.
P: How many users do you have? If that's no secret :)
S: Now, about fifty thousand (proud face).
P: How did you pick your team? or were you a team, friends already before?
S: Well, at beginning I was the only founder and later 3 more founders joined me. I met Valentin when we shared a flat. And like I mentioned before, I spoke to a lot of people who knew other people with skills that I was looking for. So we somehow got to know each other and that's how we become a team. At the moment we're a team of 8 employees and we're looking for intern (for 6 month).
P: If you could give an advice to your start ups, what it would be?
S: Try to get customer feedback as soon as possible. Customers feedbacks are extremely important. Be focus on MVP - minimum viable product, because it's less expensive than developing a product with more features. Between developing platform we realised that our website had a lot of un-useful features that weren't necessary.
P: You, your team looks like a really happy, satisfied team. What is the secret "power" of this? Perhaps quality spent time during lunch time? I notice that you are cooking way more than other users of Das Packhaus. Thumps up for that!
S: I think that we fit together quit well. We appreciate and respect each other and I think this is one of the keys of success. We don't go out together that often, but still we're very good colleges.
P: Do you think that entrepreneurism is something that is in your blood? Or is it something that can be learned?
S: Everything can be learned, even entrepreneurism. You just have to have a wish of doing something on your own, to be self-employed. For sure it can be learned, but perhaps in this field you have to risk a bit more and be brave a bit more than in others. Also you have to be prepared to expose yourself and to gain new way of confidence.
P: The website is really well organized and attractive. Was design, the look, your idea or of a web designer? It really is unique and very clear. Also the logo? Was is teams idea...?
S: The website look is work of our website designer Valentin, who really did a great job. The illustration idea was a team idea, we all agreed that with illustrations we would explained the idea of website the most clearly.
P: Did you had any rejections at the beginning of developing, creating the concept? Rejections from possible investors and from family, friends?
S: Of course, but this was just part of creating and developing the idea. There were actually a lot of family members and friends who thought that this idea wasn't that good or that people won't liked it, understood it. But there were also some other people, who believed in me and supported me from the very beginning. After team was gathered I knew that the idea isn't that bad, since I already had a team who supported the same idea. We had some bad moments, big challenges, but that didn't stopped us.
P: Any wishes, opinions about Das Packhaus?
S: I really miss more people, users of Das Packhaus at the ground floor. We use to have lunch break with more users, but now it's just us and from time to time someone else. Perhaps I miss a bit more of energy. But then again, we are all busy.
P: Start-up scene in Vienna is pretty good developed, you get a lot of support from different institutions, but still, it is always hard to start your own company. If you could change something at past, right in the middle of developing the idea/concept, would you change anything or would you do it the same way?
S: I would probably change some functionality elements that were not that useful a bit before. From time to time small details in concept of platform were changed, so perhaps if we would notice this before, we could focus on other things. But then again we learned so much from mistakes and exactly this gave us the knowledge that we have today.
P: Do you perhaps have any role models? Or did you have them before, perhaps as a kid? Some superhero? :)
S: Actually yes, character Anton from cartoon and book "Anton und der kleine Vampir".
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It was a January day, one of those days which turn into grey afternoon or early night very quickly. Weather changes people, people's habits, feelings. So the ground floor of Das Packhaus was already empty. It was just me, Cloed, some radio sound and a cup of tea. At first I called her a sustainable designer, employee of the fashion industry, but quickly I got the very clear picture that her job is "not about fashion", it is much more.
Cloed Priscilla Baumgartner is our new user of Das Packhaus and she is also our first interviewed innovative manager in the industry of entrepreneurship and design. She is a mother, a partner, by education a teacher of German and French language plus she also has a Master of Science. She is an entrepreneur, crowdfunding representative, sustainable fashion designer and a truly motivated person with a huge amount of creativity. As I told her, I truly wish she would take over the guest speaker position at our university and motivate us students, with her wisdom and inspiring perspective of the business world.
P: Since you are one of the first sustainable designers in Vienna, my first question would be; where did the idea of sustainable fashion come from? And what sparked your interest in designing?
C: First, I wouldn't call myself a designer, I prefer the word innovation manager as I notice an opportunity and I take it, use it, make something from it. So that was the same with sustainable fashion. I moved to Vienna in 1999 and at that time people, fashion lovers, eco-friendly citizens started to show interest in this field of design. So basically, the trend was just "born", and I somehow grabbed an opportunity. At first I didn't have that "red line" what I should be focused on. I went with the flow, with a very open mind of what I can do and how I can handle any given situation. It didn't take much time until the opening of my first mobile boutique. I was also really lucky to be one of the very first innovators in this field, so there wasn't a lot of competition around. Consequently, we organized fairs, where a lot of diverse designers and artists gathered and worked and so more knowledge was successfully shared.
Your biggest obligation, when you move to another city or state, is to hang out, to mingle and to socialize. And that's how we create this network where local fashion grows. I always try to think and organise my life to the point where I am satisfied and I basically have a cool life. I prefer to have life life balance, than work life balance. I generally consider myself to be a creative person with a desire to build different business projects.
P: On your website, I read that you learned to sew by yourself. When did the passion for sewing and designing started? Any story behind that?
C: I was and still am interested in different things and they really vary. My mother had a sewing machine at home, so I thought it would be a cool idea to sew something from what there was: bed sheets. After a while, when I got bored of white and grey colour I started with dying fabric, any kind of colour! It's just the way you look at things, you should always look at things from different perspectives. So did I, and I saw buttons on a bed sheet and a big piece of fabric and in the end I created a shirt from that bed sheet. I know how to sew, but I'm not a professional, so if there is something, some part that I don't know how to sew, I ask for help. This is how entrepreneurs work; they ask for help and they offer help. Sharing knowledge is extremely important for a successful business.
P: Do you also use eco-friendly products that are needed for completing some dress, for example glue? Perhaps iron zip instead of plastic zip?
C: I try to make a pattern without glue, plastic bottoms or zipper. Eco-friendly materials can be really expensive, so I try to avoid the extra costs. Fashion has its own impact on people, so all we can do is make the best out of it.
P: I visited your website, where you're presenting and selling your work, products. To design, you also have to have a good knowledge of entrepreneurship. And since you're also selling your truly beautiful work online, what do you think about online sales? Or is the face to face selling still better?
C: Nowadays it is extremely important to be "online", this is a big chance to communicate with people, your consumers, business partners, competitors etc. Even if you just sit at home, you can be informed about what is going on and you can build your network even if it's just online. The good side of being online is that you can also be "offline".
P: What sort of advice could you have used as a young woman to help you along your path?
C: Always look what's good and convenient for you. Change the world around you in little steps. Perhaps it's not a very profitable advice, but still. I am rich in time, unfortunately not in money, but I'm satisfied with what I do, who I am. There are so many people in the world who are just like me with the same needs. If something is good and convenient for me, it is surely for others around me too, so we start to create a network and share ideas and goods.
P: Do you think that entrepreneurship is something that is in your blood? Or is it something that can be learned?
C: It can be learned, it has to be learned. As a person it is very important that you can take care of yourself, be responsible for yourself and think of the consequences of every action you take. As a kid, you have to learn how to be responsible and what responsibilities means.
P: If you could give a young start-up entrepreneur a good advice for their future business, what would it be?
C: Quick prototyping. Make a platform for something that you think is a good idea and get feedback for it as soon as possible. Then you can adapt to the environment.
P: Tell me about a project you've completed that has made you the proudest?
C: Hmm, there's actually a few projects that I'm super proud of Milch, which present me the most, it is me. It started small, now it's quite professional. We've done some changes since the beginning, but we have what we desired. We successfully carried out only because we were focused on all elements of a good business; from PR, marketing, to good finance. It's a company that does not focus on fashion; it's not about fashion at all. It about creating something new, networking and participating in the local community...
P: If I compare your job as a designer or shall I say now innovation manager with a job of an insurance agent, it's probably (not necessarily) a bit harder to find your clients. Everyone needs an insurance, but not everyone needs designer clothes. How do you find your customers? Or do most of the time customers contact you directly?
C: At some point it's the same. You always have to talk about your ideas and project, you need to communicate and be determined that your idea is the best. People talk, people network and this is the key of how to sell your product.
P: From your website I noticed that you're also offering some crowdfunding service and assistance. Could you explain something more about what crowdfunding is and how it works?
Crowdfunding is a very simple way to get a valid reaction of your friends, customers and audience, if you want to start a project. Your crowd will help you to finance your ideas. This is also a smart proof of concept. I'm happy to work for the best reward-based platform Startnext a few hours a week. Every Monday from 4-6 pm I provide all interested starters a 30 minute feedback on their ideas and how to crowdfund them. The mentoring takes place in DAS PACKHAUS! Everybody can book a free 30 minutes guidance on this link.
P: What is the biggest lesson that you learned since you started your company?
C: My best friend once gave me a truly good advice. I used to tell her all my ideas about the projects that I would do and changes that I would make. She told me: "Relax. You can do one project after the other. Focus on one, finish that and then start with another one.."
It is spring and also almost three years that DAS PACKHAUS has been crowded with people. Paradocks team has started this project with a bit over 2000m2 of space, and now we are managing 4200 m2 of office, meeting, movement, co-working, flex-desk and event spaces.
Many people are passing through, some of them are staying, some others are leaving. Being temporary has a lot of benefits, but also some disadvantages indeed. On one hand, Das Packhaus is a good point where to establish ones first office, flexibility is challenging and stimulating for young start-uppers. On the other side, at a certain point young entrepreneurs need to settle down and to find a balance.
However, what has happened in Das Packhaus in the last three years?
People are using the spaces more than in a temporary way. Movement space has been hosting many yoga classes and theatre rehearsals, various artist and designer worked there. Moreover, DAS PACKHAUS offers a multi-functional ground floor with meeting spaces, a common space, canteen, it hosts events and houses a bicycle kitchen (Flickerei) open every Tuesday afternoon. Since September 2017, the ground floor is also used as a flex-desk area and new users are arriving every week. Some of them are just waiting for a proper office space, others enjoy the lightly atmosphere on the common space.
We can say something about our users indeed. 40% of the users that are now working in the house have been here since 2014. Being in Das Packhaus is almost as being at home for them, they know all the spaces, each other and are always curious and interested in the new users. They have lived the changes; they have seen the improvements. A good percentage (27%) has been working here for 2 years and the same number of start-ups has arrived in 2016. In 2017, 4 users out of 63 have enjoyed our community, but are already well-integrated in the ecosystem.
What kind of people are working in DAS PACKHAUS?
Today, there are around 60 entrepreneurs or start-ups in the building. Hard to group them into categories, each one is working on something special and unique that can be integrated in different sectors. Naturally, there are some typical and traditional jobs: we do have photographers, architects, fashion designers. However, the majority of them are working on service-based projects: ChillBill developed a software not to get annoyed by accounting and finances, FragNebenan is helping neighbours to be more collaborative, RecordBird supports people in being up-to-date about their favourite music, Gleam Technologies believes in a less polluted world and built up a delivery bike for Billa and Mimo created an application that teaches computer science in an interactive way. How to divided them into classes? There is a theme that is common to all of them: they are making our lives easier and progressing for a better future.
Anyway we have tried to figure it out and created four generic groups, just to understand if a subject is more popular than the others. Visual art includes photographers, illustrators and film producers and it involves about 10% of the users; tech group (15%) includes programming and coding, invents new games or new online platforms, to supporting people in developing their ideas. Design stands for creative users from fields such as architecture and fashion, and it concerns 31% of users, while the majority of users (44%) are dealing with services, as translation, marketing consulting or wellness and health support.
Throughout the analyses it seems even clearer that DAS PACKHAUS is an inexorable resource. Thanks to the sector variety, we can say that any kind of business you are looking for, can be found here. The created value is not just functional, but also social and emotional. DAS PACKHAUS is more than a working space indeed: it is up to users to decide when it’s time to socialize and when it’s time to work. Paradocks team is continuously creating occasions to bland all the people who are working here: either though free expert sessions from the field of bookkeeping, office organisation or business law, or bi-weekly community lunches.
Moreover, we did a demographic analysis of our users: 160 people are working in DAS PACKHAUS and 64% of them are male. Even if the majority of the users are men, it has to be said that Paradocks team is made up 100% by women at the moment. Take it as an invitation for joining us, young female entrepreneurs: it would be great to reach equality! Speaking about average age, according to the data we have, the youngest user is 23 and the oldest is 73, average age is 36,03. Users make the environment young and vibrant, being friendly and collaborative.
Anyway, to understand properly what DAS PACKHAUS is and how it works, you should drop by whenever you are in the area. Our great hosts will explain you everything you need to know about services offered and you will perceive directly the dynamic atmosphere. DAS PACKHAUS reflects the needs our current society, made by young and resourceful entrepreneurs.
Monday morning has begun with a lovely chat between me and Gosia Foremna. Gosia is our first interviewed Das Packhaus member who's been here from the very beginning. Our little chat was a mixture of topics such as working in Das Packhaus, being a mummy, creating art and a mixture of random anecdotes that happened in our life. Her role models are mostly strong, independent women with a great passion for art and feelings. After the interview, I must say I would describe her as one of her role models - truly strong lady with great passion for her work and independents. I enjoyed her company and her open mind, creativity, which is seen from her work and from the way she looks at things, the world.
"Painting have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul" - Vincent Van Gogh
P: As "one of the first" who has been here from the very beginning, what are some of the major developments you have seen in Das Packhaus over time?
G: For me, it's hard to say. The last two years my private life has changed dramatically, so I don't really have time to "focus on Das Packhaus". I work only 4 times a week and I immediately go straight to my office to work. (I have a little daughter so I don't have much time to participate in different events.) If I have those 5 hours per day, I just want to focus on my work.
P: What do you like the most or what is your favourite thing about Das Packhaus?
G: I like the people, the atmosphere is really nice. Today, on my way to work, I noticed a free space/office on the ground floor and I started to think about what it would be like to have my own studio. But then I thought that I really like the fact that I can meet the people at Das Packhaus. It’s motivating to see the people who are single-minded, young entrepreneurs who pursue their own goals. That makes the space more alive. This is the thing I really like about Das Packhaus. And getting a space is not that complicated compared to renting your own studio.
P: True! People are truly interested in working, having a space in Das Packhaus. We do have a long waiting list for new users... We're big, but at the same so small. But that's what makes up unique :)
P: How would you describe Das Packhaus, with few words?
G: Space for those who want to take control of their own life.
P: Did you change space office since you came here or are you at the same office from the beginning?
G: Yes, actually at first I was in a shared office and later I moved to my own office. I really enjoy being on my own. I can decide when I want to see other people, and I can close my door when I need to focus on my work.
P: What does coworking, sharing knowledge, new way of working means to you? Did you perhaps have a chance to get to know some interesting people?
G: Yes, for sure. I met a lot of people from different fields, such as photographers, designers... With my neighbours I speak a lot, we share a kitchen so we chat a lot about different things.
But a lot of people went away and new members came, so basically a lot of people are here that I still haven't met yet.
P: When did you start with painting, doing art?
G: It's not so easy to say when I started. Actually, I never stopped to paint. It’s a different thing if we spoke about art. I couldn’t say when I started to make art exactly. Most of the kids like to paint and then when they become adults, they start to think they can’t paint. Most people paint only at school and then they end the adventure with colours and pens. When I was young I liked to paint. Since I was 13, we didn’t have any art classes at school, so I went to art- and youth-centre, where I visited an art class. I went there a few times a week. I think it was the most helpful thing to continue my artistic study. It was really inspiring, because I was with all these people which had the same interest as I did. We were there by our own choice and we had a lot of fun! We talked a lot about art, drawing, boyfriends and all those teenage problems we had at that time. Only one boy did participate in this class. Female groups have their own dynamic, which I enjoyed very much!
P: What does “being creative” means to you? Perhaps it's a bit cheesy question, but still :)
G: At first I think, that this is a very good question. Being creative means to me that we try to think about things, situations and problems in different ways than we used to do. During the time we learn how to manage our life, we acquire different techniques and approaches so we don’t get hurt. And then we use these methods automatically. At this point, when we discard all of our “it-has-to-be-that-way”, creativity begins. I think that creativity starts with creating solutions which possibly surprise ourselves. This way you can see other important points you didn't see until now. Put simply: to break through old/own patterns.
It's not about having an idea what picture I want to paint, but to make a picture that is exciting. If I’m not sure why something doesn’t work out, I try solutions that seem weird to me. Something that I wouldn’t have thought to make, like to take a huge brush even when, at the beginning, I wanted to paint a subtle picture. You also have to know how to react to things that are happening afterwards, which also requires being creative.
P: What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
G: I did many different things, including working in a kitchen, at a school, and I was also selling jewellery.
P: How did you like this job, or dislike?
G: It was interesting, I worked with different people. I learned different things that everybody needs in adult life. It was pretty exciting to obtain relevant life-experience. But I didn’t do it for fun, I had to earn my livelihood.
P: What do you like and dislike about your work?
G: I like to connect with other people, and I love to paint. I don’t like it when other responsibilities and activities, such as updating the homepage or making photographs of my works, require too much attention.
P: Could you tell me something more about your self-portraits that you painted last year? By the way, they are just beautiful! I would call it the pure masterpiece! You had an exhibition here at Das Packhaus. Where did the idea come from?
G: I came back to work two months after I got a baby girl and I was totally disconnected with my artistic work. I just started to paint and created a few spontaneous works on paper. I picked up the earlier subject of portraits and painted my face again. It was important to me to concentrate on myself. These works are an attempt to experience myself as an artist. I have little interest in physiognomy and I didn’t want to paint myself recognisable. My focus was on the various shapes which a face can acquire. I was interested in the exploration of self-observation.
P: What is your dream project? or was it already achieved?
G: It's not that easy to say because I am really satisfied with all my pieces and process of my work. Currently, I am working on completely different pieces, so basically I find the artistic process always exciting. Now I'm really into water colouring.
P: What role does an artist have in society?
G: It’s a good question. And I think there are many possible answers. I would say in art it’s evidently that opposites can exist at once. Actually like in life anyway. But this is not so easy to accept because humans need to feel secure. The fact that nothing is either black or white and that everything is changing all the time may give a feeling of uncertainty and anxiety.
Maybe artists should try to get this point across to the society. I mean that we should accept it and try to live with that, without pretending everything is either good or bad.
P: How has your style changed over the years?
G: This is really hard to say. Just to define style is not easy. Through different materials which I use, my works look differently (oil, watercolours, paper, canvas, etc.). But just because right now I am working on something completely different doesn't mean I changed my style. It depends on many factors. I paint different things, sometimes items, other times people. I have different questions that I am trying to answer on different paintings.
P: You're a mum of 19 months old daughter. Is it difficult to make a balance between work and family?
G: It's manageable, now she will go to kindergarten, so things will get a bit easier. It is hard, just because you're not that flexible anymore, but it is also truly beautiful. I don't have so much free time, but on the other hand, I learned to manage my time better :)
Now I understand why companies desire to hire mothers; it's because they think many things at once. They (we) see things. But it's also true that people are very different from each other...
P: If you could give an advice to young artists, entrepreneurs, who are creating something new, what would it be?
G: Don’t give up, accept the present situation, don’t hold on to things which you can’t change and take responsibility for your own life.
P: If you could go back to the time when you were just getting started, what would you do differently? And what advice would you have given to yourself if you could only relay one piece of advice to your former self?
G: I wouldn't do anything differently. If I wouldn't do all those things, projects, decisions that I did, I wouldn't be here now.
P: Tell me about a project you've completed that has made you the proudest?
G: I don’t know. I like every step that brought me here right now. Maybe if I had an exhibition at MOMA, I could say that this is what I’m most proud about. (laugh)
P: Do you have any role models or did you had some in past?
G: Yes, I actually still have! Vincent van Gogh and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec were the first painters I was in love with. I saw their pictures and I could feel their emotions. It was a really strong feeling! Later I read some books about them and their work and it proved to me that this fight which emanates from their paintings was real. They both had a really tough life. I often felt attracted to such complicated things J
The woman who was teaching me art at those workshops trough all those years was truly my role model. She was also a strong, independent woman, who doesn’t need a man on her side to make great things!
Now I am a huge fan of Maria Lassnig, Francis Bacon, Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun or Alice Neel.
You can find out more about Gosia and more of her artwork here: www.foremka.at
These guys... don’t know even where to begin! But, let me start with quote from Anthony Albanese (the author of 'Change' ): “Labor believes in sustainability. We believe in acting on climate change, not just talking about it.“ And yes, the guys at ANCIENTGAME are not just talking about it and hoping for things to get better, they are one of those inspiring Viennese who are actually doing it. Users, the members of Das Packhaus are inspiring me each time we have a small coffee chat or I meet them while doing these interviews - or extended coffee break, as I like to call them.
But for real, thumps up for having guts, nerves and power to get what you want and what you believe in. And this goes to all family member of Das Packhaus and to all other bad-ass folks.
Alex and Stefanie from ANCIENTGAME joined me on a Thursday afternoon interview at our green garden. We talked about sustainability, games, trees, community, environmentally friendly shops, how fucked up the world can be and challenges that they, and we, are dealing with just by being youngsters in the business world.
Now, just keep reading. Get inspired. And make a change.
P: Right, so how did all this start? So, I googled you, facebooked you, just stuff that some (weird) people do before they go on a date, but what’s the story behind it?
A: Well, Stefanie and I are working on our ideas for two years. We were always thinking that we should, we COULD change something. We always had an idea that we have to find a team of our age and with the same vision as we do. So we found our other two colleagues, who are also co-founders and were working on their self-employment in the field of gaming for quite some time.
S: So we were all kind of in the same boat because we shared the vision „creating games with a positive output for the world". Since the day we first met, we all immediately connected on a very good level.
P: So, how did everything start?
A: By building our team we fulfilled all the important skills from graphic design and technical support, over to marketing and sales. Together we created the vision to combine mobile technology with funny learning mechanics for everybody - doesn’t matter where you're from or how old you are. Since the beginning of the human age, playing has always had positive effects on our behaviour and evolution. That's why we named our start-up company ANCIENTGAME GmbH.
S: So after tonnes of brainstormings and a lot of coffee, we had the idea to develop the first app that offers every person on this planet an opportunity to do something good, simply by playing a mobile game. This game is called Value, from valuables.
The focus is on sustainability. It’s a mix between gaming and sustainable lifestyle.
P: What’s the app Value about?
S: People can play Value to explore their personal environment in a sustainable way, with the amazing outcome that you’re actually planting a real tree. The app offers a magical map, where users can find all the good stuff they need: vegan/bio restaurants, cafes and bistros, organic fashion shops, local urban clothing brands, natural cosmetics and much more. There are so many different companies out there that people can explore. The users of Value will also get coupons and discounts for a lot of products.
We wanna support local and green companies and at the same time give users a funny and effortless way to plant trees for our planet. The fun part about is that you walk with your personal avatar, collect coins and items and find magic chests. This adds the feeling of adventure and excitement to your path towards the goal. Sustainability packed into a one fun game.
P: No way! And who will plant those real trees?
S: Way, way! :D We are cooperating with our official partner: Plant For The Planet. They’re the biggest tree planting organisation in the world, and they are also cooperating with the UN. They have a plan to plant 3 trillion trees till 2020, so that we would have enough of air to breathe, in the way that we won't need those Japanese masks. Right now they are reforesting the rainforests in South America because of its close location to the Equator. So plants will grow 5 times faster than in Europe and bind 5 times more CO2 for the whole planet. The idea is that users don't need to spend money for charity. It's simple and funny, you just have to play Value and virtual trees will be evolved to real trees with Plant For The Planet.
P: Who is your target group? Or are there more than one?
A: We address two main target groups. First is the so called LOHAS - the lifestyle focused on health and sustainability. The LOHAS are open-minded urban folks who take care of their health and are interested to make a change within global problems. They love to experience new sustainable innovation and products and to share and connect with each other via social media. The other target group we want to reach are gamers and mobile gamers. There are millions of gamers out there and usually, they spend a lot of time in virtual worlds. Some of them might not think about sustainability yet in their everyday life but they will get an insight into the topic while playing Value.
S: The key is to put these two groups in to one and spread a message: „let's make sustainability fun by playing a game"... It goes like a chain, one in one.“ #playfortheplanet
P: So what’s the business model behind the idea?
A: Well, there are so many sustainable and environmentally friendly companies, who do such a great job for their customers and nature. The most common problem is that they don't have much money for marketing or for developing their own mobile applications. So Value supports them, by integrating the companies in the app and making them a part of all the functions. Through this, they will have a new range of innovative and target oriented mobile marketing strategies. Another point is that they will have an effective tool to spread their discounts and special offers. Also, eco-friendly online shops will be visible for the users, so people don't have to spend hours on Google looking for cool brands and online shop offerings.
P: Do people like online shops? Can you go more into details?
S: Sustainable online shops are currently hard to find, you need time to find urban and ecofriendly shops and even when you find them, most of them don't ship to your home country. On Value, you can personalise and categorise your search, in categories like fashion, health, lifestyle, beauty, interior and food. Users can also save all the shops they like and scroll through them anytime on their phone or on our website.
P: What’s your action plan?
A: First, we are going to start with the website (Value), where the users will get the function to find all the sustainable online stores and local stores in their environment. The website also contains user and B2B log-in's. The most important step will be the app release and we are super excited about that. Therefore we are planning our launch event and some cool actions to spread our message to the world. We are looking forward to work with new partners and to plant tonnes of trees with the Value community.
P: How would you describe Das Packhaus? What is your favourite “thing“ about it?
A+S: We love Das Packhaus! :)
It's really good and centrally located and has the perfect infrastructure. You can feel the spirit of the new generation and especially for creative brains and start-up's, this is the place to be. Das Packhaus is a very open-minded spot, it offers great shared work spaces, interesting workshops and self-cooked food for the members.
Meet Rhina from company called Yatta. Soon it’s going to be one year since they “moved“ to their office at Das Packhaus. And for now, they’re loving it. I had a lovely coffee chat whit Rhina, who truly inspired me in so many ways. She’s not typical woman in business world, so called man world. Most of the female entrepreneurs are more then less trying to change the anti-feminism, but Rhina as feminist is using this power; power of being a woman in men’s world.
Use your advantage of being a woman. Fight it, but also use it.
P: What is the meaning of company name? The same, meaning something good (I google it).
R: Yes, Yatta is actually Japanese saying for something good, or when you did something great than you say: „Yatta“- yes, we did it.
P: But why Yatta or „we did it“?
R: Because we wanted to help give people to achieve this feeling when it comes to their homes, a feeling of success. Short happiness, the valued moment.
P: Who did the logo?
R: Matthias is the master in that (smile).
P: Where did idea come from?
R: Matthias and I have been working together for a really long time, so we had our project called SYNArchitecture and there we were doing architecture projects, but at one point we slow down and now we are keeping the community and that’s quite a big global community of architects and designers. We both did the same studies so we have a similar background. At university, we had one great, genius teacher (Zaha Hadid) for who we worked in China. And while we were there we wanted to do something with that knowledge but in the different field. And that's how everything got started. Everything we do in architecture is about systems and similar to programming, so it's very close to IT. We wanted to experiment now with interior design.
P: And Cozyo?
R: This is our start-up name, Yatta is the company and it has two projects: Cozyo and CozyBanana. On the web: COZYbanana.com, we love blogging, make short videos (presentation one), we give people advice. Recently we did funny videos about celebrities home looks, inspired by their style.
P: Hahah, funny. So why Cozy Banana? It’s super catchy, but still.
R: Well, pretty simple; its fun, yellow. Basically we all work hard, but its important to have fun at work.
P: Word! It is super important to have fun at work and enjoy what you’re doing. Happy employees make happy customers.
How many of you are in the team?
R: So we are three founders and we have four more people, but they are not in Vienna. And we have a cooperation with technical university. And now we our looking for 2 new team members a marketer and a machine learning engineer!
P: How long have you been here, at Das Packhaus?
R: We have been now almost a year.
P: How do you like Packhaus?
R: I really like it, cuz it’s relaxed and you can be yourself. I like the people and the variety of other companies in the House. I also love the garden where I can bring my dog. I don’t think I can find a better place for me to work.
P: And we enjoy having you, your team and of curse the PawPaw (doggie). I think that whenever there is any dog at the ground floor, people become a bit more relaxed, just for a moment they forgot about stress. So, thumps up for puppies at the ground floor :)
I notice that you’re in one of the projects, teams of Women Entrepreneurs. Do you feel that it’s different, more difficult to be entrepreneur woman, architecture entrepreneur?
R: At university, there is 50/50 regarding the gender. But „outside“, the percentage is lost. I always tried to see the positive side, it can be an advantage because somehow your are noticed. So, women should take the advantage of this. In the entrepreneur's area, I am part of a community of Female Founders.They are offering mentoring programs and I got a really amazing mentor, which is Marie-Hélène Ametsreiter. She is experienced in business and with start-ups and also a woman! And I got this because I am a woman, but my co-founders don't have this opportunity as I had. So thanks to female founders I meet people who want to support you, people which you normally wouldn’t get the chance to meet.
Also, is known that investors invest in man founders way more often than in women, but I think that all starts because there are fewer women founders. We need more! It’s not that often to see start-ups where the leader is a woman so I really admire the ones who do it.
P: Your team looks pretty successful, also regarding the relationship. So how are you divided by tasks that you do?
R: Matthias is our creative director he is taking care of our strategy and external team of creative freelancers. Andrija is the leader in IT, he also has to lead a team and he is in charge of our academic cooperations. And I am working with customers developing the business. I could say I try to be close to our customer problems. I am also pitching our project and have the possibility to go out and connect with people.
P: If you could give one advice to young entrepreneurs, or just regular folk like me, who has some vision, dreams… who would you advice them/me?
R: Do volunteering or take a job at a start-up, that is just starting. Not in a big company, but be part of something that just begun and they still need to make it happened. If you work in start-up business you could learn so much. And if you have the desire to have some business to in future than having these experiences could save you a lot of time and energy. And the second advice would be to connect with another founder. They probably had the same problems as you are having, so just find those who are willing to help and ask.
P: So you and Mathias are married, right? How is that working for you, being business partner and life partner the same time?
R: Yes, soon we’ll have the second anniversary. We started to work with each other already in university, we already had many projects together, so we already experienced that part. We tested, it worked. We are very professional and in office, you would never assume that we are a couple. You can sense it because we have a dog :)
It’s actually really nice to work with your partner, you are consistently working on ideas, job, sharing knowledge…
Yatta! Polona L.
15 facts about Rhina:
Your name and surname: Rhina Portillo
Your profession: Digital Architect
Your hobby: home decoration
Your weirdest thing you do/like: eat fruits with a salty flavour sauce (salsa Lizano)
Your favourite dish: Tapas
about Vienna: coffee houses
about Vienna: extremes hot summer and cold winter
Coffee or Tea: both!
Ubhan or Straßenbahn: Straßenbahn
Summer or winter: winter
Favorite ’90s jam: don’t Speak -no doubt
Best feeling: walk with my dog
Favourite drink: Sangria
Random world: I come from Costa Rica but people always think I come from Philippines
Das Packhuas in one word: chill
There is one thing that great events have in common: awesome setting. As you know, picking the right place is one of the crucial factors for making a positive impression on your attendees. Let’s chceck 8 reasons why to organise an event right at DAS PACKHAUS!
1.We offer you a fair deal.
Are you an artist or a creative soul? Cool. Have a vernissage here! It is a fair deal – you show your masterpieces to the world and we give you an extraordinary looking place to do so. You are not an artist, but you know somebody whose work is worth showing? Just tell him/her about this. I bet, he/she will be thankful for that!
2. Just do it!
Maybe you always wanted to prepare a workshop of something you are passionate about. You know, some of the items on your bucket list. Don’t overthink it, just do it. Open-minded spirit of people here will inspire you.
3.Tell your ideas to the right people.
Giving a presentation of your great business ideas, to the right people, is sometimes the best opportunity to get things rolling. This place offers a very presentable area to do so.
4. Set a creative and fresh tone.
If your annual business or christmas party deserves a new and fresh face, let‘s give it to it! A creative spirit of the area can well reflect your company values.
5. A great location is the key.
Where can you find it us? The space is centrally located in 3. district, just about 5 minutes walking from Landraße-Ubahn. No struggling with the public transport. You will like that.
6. A lot of space for everything & everybody.
As you know, there must be in every „x-reasons-why“ one point about maybe little bit boring but still an important fact. This is that kind of point. The place has 165 m2.
7. You will get equipped.
We know, that there are more facts you need to know. So, what equipment to expect? The soundsystem, thingies which enable hanging pictures on the wall, tables & chairs, kitchen & bar corner, etc. Everything is for an affordable price.
8. A view matters.
Having a lot of windows in the Common space enables your event to get a lot of light from the outside and provides attendees with a great view, right? Check it out on the pictures below.
Does it sound great to you? Send us an email to email@example.com and arrange all the details.
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First photo under was taken during the Crowdfunders’ Hub. Mikro-Konference at DAS PACKHAUS. Photo credits: Marcella Ruiz Cruz
For everybody out there who doesn’t need a fixed office or traditional office culture, we have a perfect match for your desired work environment - Flex-desk space. What to expect of it? Check out these 10 points !
1. Expansion of your personal and business networks.
You get new networking opportunities. There are a lot of people ranging from start-ups developers, artists, freelancers, designers etc. Having creative and outgoing colleagues is very advantageous. You are welcome - got inspired and interact with them.
2. Silent & Spacious.
You remember it from university time – the most productive work is get done in a calm and silent environment. You can find here something like cool library-style place with no distractions. We know that sometimes you need to call or to have a important talk. Don’t worry, just use lobby space or one of our meeting spaces!
3. Opened nearly everytime. Also at weekends.
We try to keep our opening hours as friendly as possible – come to work here during the whole week (Monday-Sunday) from 8 am to 11 pm. You will be provided by a cental key and chip for early and late access to the building.
4. How much it costs?
It takes only 100 € per month. Affordable, right?
5. What do you pay for?
The price includes a bunch of things – wifi, use of 10 cost-free hours of meeting spaces for your appointments or workshops, drinks corner etc. What you utilize is only up to you.
6. Every day equals another (point of) view.
Do you want to have everyday possibility to sit down at a random table and enjoy another perspective? Here you go! No fixed office. No stereotype. Change of view on daily basis.
7. We foster workplace that rocks.
Here you will find great conditions for your workflow – large windows in Common space will enable your working place to get a lot of light (and you will appreciate the view during your creative moments, trust us), great hammock to chill, comfy couches & chairs, a green energy in form of a lot of plants.
8. Get a quick refreshment.
To boost your energy you can get a fresh coffee & tee. Both for voluntary fee.
9. Location matters.
Find us in the centre of Vienna (3rd district) with very good transport connections. Just walk 5 minutes from Mitte-Landstraße station and you are here.
10. Our garden.
Do you want to enjoy outside summer lunches? Or take a break in order to get some fresh air? Or talks over coffee? You will love it here.
Are you interested? Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and arrange all the details.
According to the latest Global Coworking Survey, it is estimated that 1.7 million users will work in around 19,000 co-working spaces by the end of 2018. These spaces boomed thanks to their positive model: they offer flexibility, networking opportunities and a good work-life balance to workers. But still, a vast amount of working parents don’t seem to have it all. Flexible working models don’t make it much easier for workers with children, who still have difficulties in finding suitable, cheap and close childcare facilities, not to mention the stress that running around circles and traffic can cause.
Despite their success, co-working spaces are lacking one important service: childcare. Considering the growing demand for childcare facilities, why aren’t co-working offering such services?
The answer is pretty straightforward: money. Such facilities require big investments and bring limited revenue, therefore aren't considered a good return on investment. Co-working spaces already have difficulties keeping up with financial issues related to their own business and childcare is considered to create further economic problems.
But a part from money, childcare imposes a lot of requirements and regulations, e.g. regulated locations, specialized staff and licenses just to name a few. It’s a risk that not everybody is willing to take.
At the same time and without any doubt childcare facilities provide added value to co-working spaces. If it is true that co-working spaces offer better work-life balance, childcare services are required and can consist in a variety of models - for all budget: from traditional onsite daycare facilities to temporary “popup” and share models. Going into details, childcare facilities offer several benefits, for both employers and for employees. Imagine your child playing safely with trained staff next door in your workplace: you will work harder and better. Why? Just because onsite childcare limits the stress and anxiety that having your own child away can cause, making workers focus on their job, improving productivity while reducing absenteeism and tardiness. In this way working parents feel like the company is caring for them, bringing more satisfaction and work engagement.
Several businesses run childcare in their co-working space in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Slovakia. Here just a few examples of co-working spaces that did it.
Nido in North Carolina, Coworking Cvernovka in Sovakia, Third Door in London, are just some of the spaces that offer on-site childcare facilities. But such facilities require costs that not every company can afford. That is why other spaces implemented different forms of childcare services. Free Range Office and Collide Coworking in Chicago for example offer experimental “popup” childcare services instead. The Village Works in Boston works with local childcare providers instead. The Workaround in Brooklyn offers babysitting swaps, kind of “co-op” models where members babysit each other's children - at parks, indoor play spaces, or in their homes -. In this way there is no designated childcare space and eventually it creates a sort of community feeling around children and working parents.
To sum up, childcare requires with no doubts a great cost, in terms of money, time and patience. But it is an opportunity and a good investment in the long-term. In the recent co-working space competitive landscape, childcare facilities represent an added value, capable of attract new clients. Maybe it is not just a matter of money. We still have to overcome some cultural barriers.
Are we ready?
Are you looking for a workspace, offering diverse and lively environment? Well, you have just found it! Here 10 reasons to set up your office in Das Packhaus:
1. The perfect location:
Located in the centre of Vienna, in the 3rd district, Das Packhaus is just 5 walking minutes from the U-Bahn station Mitte-Landstraße, surrounded by supermarkets, restaurants, cafés, shops and whatever you need.
2. Great value:
Inspiration, co-creation, networking. Das Packhaus is a Creative Space which offers you great value and the possibility to enrich yourself, encouraging motivation and productivity.
3. Space variety and possibilty to grow:
We provide office spaces in various sizes, from private to shared ones. You’ll have a shared kitchen and toilets in each floor and you’ll have the opportunity to use our meeting rooms and lobby in the ground floor.
We care about your work-life balance. That is why we offer you the best flexibility with a 24/7 access to your office!
5. Our garden:
Summer is approaching and our garden is perfect to enjoy a cup of coffee and a chat with our users under the sun!
6. Lunch together:
Our lobby and garden are perfect spots to have a meal and meet & see other Packhaus co-workers. Together is better!
Das Packhaus offers you the chance to work together with other users from the most varied sectors and learn something new, exchange ideas, discover projects. Are you looking for an app designer or a translator? A co-hybrid workspace is the best place to get the chance to find opportunities for collaboration!
Exchange and collaboration bring innovation. Being surrounded by open-minded entrepreneurs will help you cultivate your creative and innovative spirit.
Our strength: good vibes and nice people. You will find a good familiar atmosphere here at Das Packhaus and you can participate in our various public events.
10. Be part of our project!
Das Packhaus is the biggest temporary use project ran by Paradocks, with which we transformed a former vacant building into the biggest Startup-Hub in Vienna. Come and be part of our project, add your value to it!