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Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur [Hardcover]

Brad Feld , Amy Batchelor

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Jan. 14 2013 Startup Revolution
Real life insights on what it takes to make it in a relationship with an entrepreneur

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-distant 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.

In Startup Life, Brad Feld—a Boulder, Colorado-based entrepreneur turned-venture capitalist—shares his own personal experiences with his wife Amy, offering a series of rich insights into successfully leading a balanced life as a human being who wants to play as hard as he works and who wants to be as fulfilled in life and in work. With this book, Feld distills his twenty years of experience in this field to addresses how the village of startup people can put aside their workaholic ways and lead rewarding lives in all respects.

  • Includes real-life examples of entrepreneurial couples who have had successful relationships and what works for them
  • Provides practical advice for adapting to change and overcoming the inevitable ups and downs associated with the entrepreneurial lifestyle
  • Written by Brad Feld, a thought-leader in this field who has been an early-stage investor and successful entrepreneur for more than twenty years

While there's no "secret formula" to relationship success in the world of the entrepreneur, there are ways to making navigation of this territory easier. Startup Life is a well-rounded guide that has the insights and advice you need to succeed in both your personal and business life.


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"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."
—Forbes, 1/23/2013

“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.” 
—Forbes

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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.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Filled with useful nuggets Aug. 27 2013
By C Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Having been through a couple of startups already, I wish I'd had this book before. Amy and Brad share a tremendous number of practical and useful techniques that they have developed over the years. From simple ideas like having four minutes in the morning to the life meeting once a month, these are practical suggestions that can help any relationship and not just startup relationships. My wife and I developed some similar techniques such as regular "business" meetings and time management buffer to compensate for lack of teleportation. The writing style is clear and easy to read which makes the book go by swiftly.

The book also has dozens of short vignettes from friends of Brad and Amy which provides some nice alternative points of view. After reading them you almost feel like you were dropped into the startup world of Boulder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Telling the whole story of being an entrepeneur Aug. 25 2013
By Eric Klein - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I like so many others am solidly in this book's target demographic. I've been lucky enough to be a serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and happily married for almost 20 years. Having said that, it hasn't all been easy. My wife and I were separated for almost a year as we difficultly learned many of the lessons in this book. If I could go back in time and hand this book to my younger self, it might have saved us much angst. I really appreciated the openness of all the contributors and will be recommending it within the founder community of my hardware accelerator.

It feels to me as if there are three life phases you can read this book in:

1 - As a younger entrepreneur with less relationship experience who absorbs some of this material but now has a permanent pointer for when they really need it in the future.
2 - As an entrepreneurial couple in the midst of relationship issues. So many of the things that were pointed out seem obvious now, but in apex of my marital challenges, this book would have been a godsend. Or a smack in the head!
3 - As more mature entrepreneurs who glean tips and reminders to stay on course, plus a desire to pass the book onto fellow entrepreneurs and couples in phases 1 and 2. I'm working hard, as an example, to incorporate shorter Qx vacations for my wife and I. In my limited experience with Qx, they really spur creativity and a remembrance of why life is awesome.

The one phrase from the book I can't get out of my head is "you can always make more money but you can't make more time"

It is ironic that I finished the book traveling on a business trip, but I couldn't wait to get home.

Brad and Amy did something brave in writing this book. They were open and honest. So many business books are smart but not honest or grounded. Most books tell only the part of the story that makes the book work, but not the whole story. This book tells much more of the honest story of being an entrepreneur, giving hands-on advice on how to protect the most important relationship in your life, the one with your partner.

Read this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read! July 31 2013
By Brent Cutcliffe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Super practical book filled with lots of advice with specific tactics tailored to common relationship hurdles. Each chapter addresses a separate topic so you can readily skip back and forth based on interest. After the intro it quickly became a page-turner as it touched on many situations I have personally experienced. I immediately recommended it to my co-founder who a few days later encouraged his spouse to read it too.

A much needed reference that spells out potential pitfalls and provides realistic approaches to deal with some of the most difficult issues in an entrepreneur's personal life.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, July 6 2013
By Adam J. Briggs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It gives a lot of general advice for keeping couples together while owning a business or extremely busy at work.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading for Entrepreneurs! Jan. 20 2013
By Bart Lorang - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I recently read Brad and Amy's book.

This is a no-nonsense, practical approach for Startup Entrepreneurs and their significant others. It should be required reading for all entrepreneurs - and for that matter, anyone who struggles with Work-Life Balance.

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