My Mutti  acts as a startup incubator, letting me rent a 14sqm room for 15 euros a day. She also gives me access to wifi, bathroom, shower, toilet, and kitchen so I can build my startups. Electricity, water and GEZ (a general fee for Germany’s public broadcasting institutions) are included in the price, whereas food, doctor visits, and daily necessities are not.
I use the room as an office, bedroom, sports room and production studio for audiovisual creations.
At the age of 35, I still live „with my mum“. You can think about it what you want, but that’s a reality, my reality and the price I’m willing to pay as a startup founder.
It has always been clear to me that this is a special kind of support because it allows me to focus on what matters most to me. My startups are bootstrapped, which is why I depend on such help and appreciate it.
Important bonus: When I’m not in Berlin, for example when I’m on the road for my search engine startup (https://studiolist.org), I do not pay room rental, but I can leave all things in the room. That’s how I finance my business trips (recently six weeks in the US, from New York City to LA on the land route).
P.S. Living in my mum’s house with 30+ years burdened me for months and years. I didn’t want to go public with that because I was afraid of the reactions, the ridicule, the malice - also regarding the dating of women. Not very sexy and independent, right? I hear you. But in the last few years, I’ve learned to ignore these sounds and voices and only follow my own sound(track).
This was my outing. I encourage you to out yourself too.
Have courage and share „I Don’t Care“ #idc on your favorite social network:
 in Berlin, Germany, we say „Mutti“ when we mean mum or mummy.
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