Three weeks ago we moved into our new office in Downtown Hamburg, Altona as well as our flat in Winterhude. Since the company, our first employee and a number of meetings require us to be near the city center it was only logical to move. Before we went here however, we did something so terribly startup-clicheeish that it might come out of a very bad Startup 101.
Only last January, the three of us were scattered all over the Country. Robert worked at Porsche in Stuttgart, I studied Business Administration in Berlin whilst Simon had stayed in Hamburg working as product manager for a big Chemical trading company.
When we decided to join forces once again, we were presented with the issue of where to live. Housing prices all over Hamburg had gone through the roof and since we didn’t have a clear sense of direction with our new Startup, we were thinking mostly: It’s gotta be cheap – we need to save money!
Having nagged everyone in our friends and family circle with this (starting up you better get very good at convincing people to help you) my sister came up with a terrible, yet brilliant idea. My family still owned a small compound outside Hamburg with four 1940’s built wood houses on it. Now while that may sound romantic – Do’t be fooled! The houses were behind a parking lot, that still belongs to a huge factory-building. Whenever I was asked how to get there I described with: Leave the town, drive the long lonely road, pass the cemetery until you get to the industrial Park. If you have reached the Nuclear power plant you have gone too far. At night it looked like the hiding of Jack the Ripper and whenever we ordered a Taxi to pick us up, the driver wouldn’t come to our front door – he either didn’t find it or thought there was no way people were living in those barracks.
Then again – we lived eight months for free.
At this point, we have moved out only three weeks ago – But the memories already have that strange “back-in-the-days” feeling to them. It was a great time mixed with a cold wake-up call of startup-reality.
So now let’s see what the new apartment and office will bring for us.
– Panda out!