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Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur Hardcover – Jan 14 2013

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (Jan. 14 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118443640
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118443644
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.1 x 23.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #131,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"There have been many thousands of pages dedicated to successfulentrepreneurship, but rarely a word spoken about leading asuccessful entrepreneurial life until the release of “StartupLife.” In what I consider to be the first must-read book ofthe year, Amy Batchelor and Brad Feld artfully tackle the subjectwith an astonishing level of transparency and authenticity. Nosubject is off-limits, including emotional struggles, sexualintimacy, financial decision-making, and family planning."
—Forbes, 1/23/2013

“One of the most appealing aspects of StartupLife is that Brad and Amy are not dogmatic. They offervarious suggestions from their own lives, as well as vignettesprovided by other startup couples, which Brad believes make thebook more impactful and balanced…Although the book’sideal audience is an entrepreneurial couple on the front-end oftheir relationship, even veteran entrepreneurs can learn somethingfrom Startup Life.” 

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Entrepreneurs are always on the go, looking for the nextstartup challenge. And while they lead very intensely rewardinglives, time is always short and relationships are oftenlong-distance and stressed because of extended periods apart.Coping with these, and other, obstacles are critical if anentrepreneur and their partner intend on staying together—andstaying happy.

Nobody understands this situation better than Boulder,Colorado–based entrepreneur turned venture capitalist BradFeld. And now, with Startup Life—the second book in theStartup Revolution series—Feld and his wife, Amy Batchelor,share their personal experiences with you, and reveal what it takesto survive and thrive in an entrepreneurial relationship.

Engaging and accessible, this book offers a series of richinsights into leading a balanced life as a human being who wants toplay as hard as he/she works, and who wants to be as fulfilled inlife and in work. Based on the ups and downs of the authors—aswell as what has worked, and not worked, for other entrepreneurialcouples—Startup Life skillfully addresses how thevillage of startup people can have their workaholic ways whileleading rewarding lives in all respects.

Along the way, you'll discover some very useful strategies forbalancing entrepreneurship with relationships, including waitingfor a good time for real conversation (hint: it's not right afteryou get home from work), life dinners, quarterly vacations off thegrid, no TV in the bedroom, always answering your phone when yourbeloved calls, and much more.

While there's no secret formula to relationship success in theworld of the entrepreneur, Brad and Amy have found ways to makenavigating this territory easier during their over twenty yearstogether. Startup Life is a well-rounded guide filled withexamples and advice that can help you avoid the missteps that manypeople in this situation make, and succeed in both your personaland business life.

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I found this a great read, for the non- entrepreneur of the relationship and see the benefits to having both people involved go through it as it not only brought to the surface situations and conversations, but the reality as a result. Great information and stories that can be taken from during any stage of the surviving and thriving a relationship with an entrepreneur. Definitely recommend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Telling the whole story of being an entrepeneur Aug. 25 2013
By Eric Klein - Published on
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
Not what I expected, but somewhat interesting July 8 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Interesting. I bought it when my husband opened his third business and I was living through the inception. The downside is that it discusses living with an entrepreneur mostly if you don't already have kids or as if you are just deciding to marry/partner with an entrepreneur. I would've appreciated some insight into those relationships already established with entrepreneurs when the business didn't run their life and are now trying to cope with a new business that does.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Filled with useful nuggets Aug. 27 2013
By C Lee - Published on
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great read! July 31 2013
By Brent Cutcliffe - Published on
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Pretty good, July 6 2013
By Adam J. Briggs - Published on
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It gives a lot of general advice for keeping couples together while owning a business or extremely busy at work.