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

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

Brad Feld, Amy Batchelor

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 1118443640

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


"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-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.
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 address 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 professional life.

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my phone to work.” “How about we take a nap?” At this point I vigorously shook my head, which resulted in the very loose screw holding the earpiece on my glasses finally coming out, which resulted in my glasses falling off my face, which resulted in my not being able to see anything. “F%^$ it. I’m going to go take a nap.” As I got into bed, Amy appeared next to me, snuggled up to me, and made nice soothing sounds as I fell asleep. You’ll notice a consistent pattern in each meltdown story.

have to start all over again and re-create myself? Or that, maybe, my husband should start working instead of staying home? Cut to the present—I mean it’s a whole book of what went right and wrong and a very jagged path full of switchbacks and crevices and ravines that I am still trying to navigate and climb fully out of. Anyway, cut to the present. I didn’t move to Boulder—my kids meant too much to me. My husband refused to work again because his stay-at-home status was payback for all the

relatively new, you won’t have a shared history and track record of successful communication with positive outcomes to rely on. But you also have the excitement and chemistry of newness to offset that. We believe that getting to really know your partner is a lifelong journey, and that you can always learn something new about each other, whether you’ve been together for months, years, or decades. A fairly obvious but vital part of communication is humor. A lot of anger or built-up frustration can

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inquiries of our time. Why do some places flourish with innovation while others wither? What are the determinants that help a startup community achieve critical startup mass? Once under way, how does a startup community sustain and expand entrepreneurship? Why do startup communities persist, despite often having higher real estate costs and wages than other areas? At stake is nothing less than the continued economic vitality, and even the very existence of towns, cities, and regions. Studies

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