ENTREPRENEURS ARE ALWAYS on the go, looking for the next startup challenge. And while they lead very intensely rewarding lives, time is always short and relationships are often long–distance and stressed because of extended periods apart. Coping with these, and other, obstacles are critical if an entrepreneur and their partner intend on staying together and staying happy.
Nobody understands this situation better than Boulder, Colorado based entrepreneur turned venture capitalist Brad Feld. And now, with Startup Life the second book in the Startup Revolution series Feld and his wife, Amy Batchelor, share their personal experiences with you, and reveal what it takes to survive and thrive in an entrepreneurial relationship.
Engaging and accessible, this book offers a series of rich insights into leading a balanced life as a human being who wants to play as hard as he/she works, and who wants to be as fulfilled in life and in work. Based on the ups and downs of the authors as well as what has worked, and not worked, for other entrepreneurial couples Startup Life skillfully addresses how the village of startup people can have their workaholic ways while leading rewarding lives in all respects.
Along the way, you′ll discover some very useful strategies for balancing entrepreneurship with relationships, including waiting for a good time for real conversation (hint: it′s not right after you get home from work), life dinners, quarterly vacations off the grid, no TV in the bedroom, always answering your phone when your beloved calls, and much more.
While there′s no secret formula to relationship success in the world of the entrepreneur, Brad and Amy have found ways to make navigating this territory easier during their over twenty years together. Startup Life is a well–rounded guide filled with examples and advice that can help you avoid the missteps that many people in this situation make, and succeed in both your personal and business life.
CHAPTER TWO Philosophy 7
CHAPTER THREE Communication 23
CHAPTER FOUR Startup Company Life 41
CHAPTER FIVE Personality 49
CHAPTER SIX Values 63
CHAPTER SEVEN Skills, Tactics, and Tools 73
CHAPTER EIGHT Common Issues and Conflicts 89
CHAPTER NINE Big Issues: Illness, Relationship Failure, and Divorce 109
CHAPTER TEN Money 123
CHAPTER ELEVEN Children 143
CHAPTER TWELVE Family 155
CHAPTER THIRTEEN Sex and Romance 171
CHAPTER FOURTEEN Enough 179
ABOUT THE AUTHORS 189
EXCERPT FROM STARTUP COMMUNITIES 195
"There have been many thousands of pages dedicated to successful entrepreneurship, but rarely a word spoken about leading a successful entrepreneurial life until the release of Startup Life. In what I consider to be the first must–read book of the year, Amy Batchelor and Brad Feld artfully tackle the subject with an astonishing level of transparency and authenticity. No subject is off–limits, including emotional struggles, sexual intimacy, financial decision–making, and family planning."
One of the most appealing aspects of Startup Life is that Brad and Amy are not dogmatic. They offer various suggestions from their own lives, as well as vignettes provided by other startup couples, which Brad believes make the book more impactful and balanced Although the book s ideal audience is an entrepreneurial couple on the front–end of their relationship, even veteran entrepreneurs can learn something from Startup Life.