Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur Hardcover – Jan 14 2013
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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."
“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 togetherand staying happy.
Nobody understands this situation better than Boulder, Coloradobased entrepreneur turned venture capitalist Brad Feld. And now, with Startup Lifethe second book in the Startup Revolution seriesFeld 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 authorsas well as what has worked, and not worked, for other entrepreneurial couplesStartup 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.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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