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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 1 customer review
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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.” 

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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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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
HASH(0xa2035b34) out of 5 stars 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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1f92420) out of 5 stars Great attempt to outline an entrepreneurial relationships March 23 2014
By Lilsouljah - Published on
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The book is a good read about people currently in relationships with entrepreneurs, however I was looking for more general tips and techniques to helping you cope with the ups and downs of entrepreneurs. I wished Amy's perspective in the book was brought out more because she is the one who was almost ready to break up the relationship and then decided to stay with Brad.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa82b2180) out of 5 stars 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.
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HASH(0xa1ffdfcc) out of 5 stars 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.
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HASH(0xa1ffdfb4) out of 5 stars Honest, Kind, and Pragmatic. Must read for Entrepreneurs. March 3 2014
By dzs0605 - Published on
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This book is an amazing collection of insights about finding the balance between aspiration and love. It lays out a really wonderful framework for building communications. There are so many resources for Entrepreneurs about growing their company, but maintaining relationships seems to get lost completely. The underlying message seems to be that "balance does not exist", "deal with it", or "fix it after you exit". I had always felt that my family deserved better.

This book takes real life examples that apply specifically to those trying to build a company while maintaining their relationship. It is honest and pragmatic, but fundamentally supporting and kind. There is a difference between a company and a relationship, and Brad and Amy do an exceptional job of exploring that. Great to hear coming from folks that have done it!

What is truly unique about this work is the stories. Brad and Amy give an uncensored views into the function and disfunction in their relationship, and that honestly is really refreshing. They acknowledge the blemishes and work to smooth them out. Every story has a takeaway and a method to improve. They have found some really nice and simple ways to keep a couple in synch, and we have already tried a few.

What I loved is that the stories in the book are not only from Brad/Amy, but a number of great founders, and allow for everyone to make their own conclusion. Each entrepreneur talks direclty about personal stories, and what they have found that works for them. There is a nice buffet of approaches, and this advice from the front lines is invaluable. I come back to many of the stories in my mind constantly as things get busy.

This book has had a profoundly positive effect on my relationship already. it has brought about a new and deep understanding. I highly reccomend reading this with your partner, and taking on the conversations that spark.