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Berlin Green – talking hardware

Berlin Green

“We wanted to do a physical product that everyone can have in their home. It is cool to have
something that you created yourself and can show to the people.”

In todays TALKING HARDWARE episode, we are featuring BerlinGreen, one of our newest community members. 

I am happy that Olga and Filip had the time to answer our questions. 

Have fun reading and leave a comment if you have feedback or questions. 

Give us your 30 seconds elevator pitch. What is it that you are working on? And who are the masterminds behind your company?

We bring nature indoors. We develop products that make gardening clean, effortless, and
possible even in the smallest and darkest apartments. The sophisticated control and the use
of efficient LEDs and sensors make the care of plants a very easy and unique experience.
The products are characterized by high quality and good design. All IoT and App Connected.
Filip and Olga are the founders of BerlinGreen.

Berlin Green
How did the two of you find each other and what was the final moment, when you decided you’re going to found a company together?

We know each other for more than 10 years. We met on an English language course in our
hometown Poznan, Poland. Already for a long time we wanted to do a business together.

Olga und Filip
Why did you decide to start working on a hardware idea?

We wanted to do a physical product that everyone can have in their home. It is cool to have
something that you created yourself and can show to the people.

Why did you choose the city of Berlin to found a company? Do you think the city has an impact of how successful your project will be?

Berlin is a perfect city for our product – it fits the lifestyle and gloomy winters here. 🙂 Besides
that, it is a vibrant city, full of young people and the funding opportunities are quite good.

If you could have one additional skill in your team, who would get it, what would it be and why?

Full Stack Developer – these guys are very expensive 😉

What do you want to achieve with your startup apart from getting money and fame? 😉

We want to achieve Green Indoor Architecture revolution – one GreenBox in every home,
one GreenWall in every office 🙂

Berlin Green
What was your biggest fuck up during your startup career?

Not checking the notary cost before taking his service 😉 we literally took the most expensive
one in the city.

Which is the part of running a startup, that scares you the most and which is most fun?

Pressure to find investors is one of the most difficult things – especially in a hardware
startup. Most fun is when we got messages from customers and fans, like the picture of a
GreenBox Cake, that one lady from Berlin baked for her husband 🙂

Berlin Green
Would you rather have one real get out of jail free card or a key that opens any door?

Key that opens any door 🙂

When was the last time you really celebrated a success and what was it about?

Few days ago, when we finally found a good local manufacturer to produce our first
series in Berlin.

If you could change your life with every person in the world right now - would you do it? And if yes, with whom?

No, we like our lives 🙂

Why are you at MotionLab.Berlin?

With MotionLab.Berlin we have access to a wonderful prototyping and working space in a top
location. We enjoy a strong community of great people “making things”, facing similar
challenges to us, and being on the same journey to build physical products.

Would you rather have the skills to see 10 minutes into your future or to reset what happened in the last 10 minutes?

Definitely reset what happened in the last 10 minutes. It’s better to enjoy the moment
and what should happen, will happen anyway 😉

What is your favorite song, that motivates you and brings you through a tough working day?

Miles Davies, Kind of Blue

What is the current status quo of your company?

The product is production-ready (we have about 10 prototypes and Golden Sample for
manufacturing). The logistics is also set up. We have generated first sales already (200+
GreenBoxes sold) and want to deliver the first series of the product before Christmas this
year.

Berlin Green
Are you currently looking for something specific? Investors, specific knowledge or positions?

Currently investors to be able to set up a serial production process.

If the 14 year old you would read this interview, what is the one thing you want him/her to know?

Don’t care so much about what others say, if you want to make everyone happy – sell
ice-cream.

Who is probably the proudest person in your circle of what you have achieved in the last years?

Probably Filip’s Mom 😉

When was the last time you got really sick of what you are doing and why?

Due to Corona we had some doubts (cancelled trade-fairs, bad investment situation).
Fortunately, the situation is getting better.

Berlin Green
If someone invested 1 million euro in your startup tomorrow, what would you use the money for?

Setting up a serial production and building a network of distribution partners around the
world.

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