1000 Families Project: Katrina, Michael & Family

Even without the aid of clones this (then) single mom juggled a tech startup and two boys with a little help from her parents.

It’s a little intense co-founding a technology start-up and also raising two boys.

In the early days of the startup, I was a single parent. The financial and time commitments that accompany an early-stage tech startup were extreme. I would wake up and get the boys to school, work like a crazy person throughout the day and then work again after they went to bed. I wanted to be present with the kids when they were home from school so there was never really any downtime in the first year and a half.

There were many days when I needed three clones, but unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your views about clones) they were not readily available. On the wildest days or the many days that I needed to travel, I could rely on my mom and dad to help me through the hardest scheduling challenges—and the most disheartening moments in start-up life. I have infinite gratitude for the time and support that they offered (and continue to offer to this day).

Between being a single parent of two active boys and also having an insane work schedule, I never expected to find someone that would fit into our life madness.

That’s when my partner, Michael, snuck into our lives and not only fit in—but made our home better. He keeps our days light with his great sense of humour and his unwavering support. He’s got my back and the kids say he is more funny that I am—I disagree.

Nine out of ten startups fail but that isn’t an option for me. I have two boys watching the highs and lows of startup life and they believe in their mother. I hope I am teaching them to celebrate when things are good and to weather tough days with grace.

This is #1000families post number 147. Do you have a family story of your own to contribute to the 1,000 Families Project? Or do you know a family that might want to do so? Learn more about how the series got started and how to get involved here. You can find all of the #1000families posts here.

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Katrina German

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Katrina German is the cofounder and CEO of OneStory, an easy way to collect beautiful video interviews from anywhere in the world, with no editing required. The technology takes the complexity out of video capturing, editing and sharing online videos for events and large scale social media campaigns.


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