“In the country I get a lot more for the same money”

Many founders spent the Corona period in the country. This has advantages and disadvantages for those affected – but above all shows how privileged the scene is.

Work in the mountains? This is not a problem for Komoot founder Tobias Hallermann.

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When Tobias Hallermann gets too stressful in Munich, he moves to the countryside and works from there. The family man founded the successful startup Komoot, which creates routes for cyclists and hikers. During the first lockdown, Komoot was downloaded more often than Whatsapp at times, and millions of people use the app regularly. His own company offers Hallermann the decisive advantage: The team works completely remotely and did so even before the Corona crisis.

Hallermann is therefore flexible, he just needs fast internet. He regularly travels to the mountains with his family and works from there. He and his wife are currently considering whether they should move them permanently to the Bavarian foothills of the Alps. Sure, in some regions there is still no fast internet, as Hallermann notes. Sometimes there is also a lack of “good public transport” or the “organic supermarket”. But overall, for Hallermann, the advantages of working in the country outweigh the advantages. “I’m closer to nature and can get on my racing bike or go to the lake,” he enthuses. “I don’t have to look for a free spot in the full S-Bahn or on the lawn for that.”

Since the corona crisis, we have known that for many people, work does not necessarily have to take place in the company office. So will we all soon be sitting in small towns or even in the country with our laptops? In the next few days we will focus on the advantages, the possibilities but also the problems of working away from the metropolises.

With the zoom you can look into the green

Lots of space, peace and quiet, nature and less stress – this prospect attracts many founders to the country, especially in the Corona crisis. From the startup hotspot Berlin, they look for houses in the Uckermark (allegedly the Hamptons of Berlin), in the Ruppiner Land, in the Spreewald, on Rügen or Usedom. In the Munich area, the privileged part of the scene at Ammersee or Starnberger See has taken on a residence – often only for the weekend or the lockdown weeks. In interviews via zoom you can see the green in the background, e-mails end with sentences like “Greetings from the Uckermark”.

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