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How it started

When I was a freelancer, I had trouble with traditional banks who did not understand me because I was not a traditional employee.

– Chris, CEO

Kontist is not one of those flash in the pan ideas...Kontist is the solution to a very tangible problem: there are no banking products specifically tailored to the needs of freelancers in Germany.

Our team is made up of current and former freelancers who have experienced first-hand how badly prepared traditional banks are to help the self-employed. As freelancers, we want banking products that focus on our needs and help us better organize our finances.

This was exactly the feedback our CEO Chris heard from the growing freelance community in Germany at his last company Debitoor, an accounting software for SMEs and freelancers.

However, Chris' subsequent attempts to convince traditional banks to develop products for the self-employed fell on deaf ears. Inspired and motivated by the idea, he assembled a team of current and former freelancers from all over the world to create the first banking solution exclusively for the self-employed.

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