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

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Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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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"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.” 
—Forbes

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118443644
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/14/2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 638,834
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Batchelor is a Managing Director of the Anchor Point Fund, which makes grants to nonprofit organizations in the arts, education, entrepreneurship, conservation and the environment, health and human services, women’s and human rights, international development, capacity building, and progressive public policy. She is a cofounder and partner of Social Venture Partners Boulder County and currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Wellesley College. She blogs at http://anchorpoint.blogs.com/ and can be found on Twitter (@abatchelor) and Facebook (amy.batchelor). She is working on two novels, The North Side of Trees and Epicenter, about the 1964 Alaska earthquake. Batchelor graduated from Wellesley College in 1988 with a BA in political philosophy. She lives in Boulder, Colorado, and has homes in Keystone, Colorado, and Homer, Alaska, where she was born. Batchelor travels extensively and has spent time on every continent except Antarctica.
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Table of Contents

PREFACE xi

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xv

CHAPTER ONE

Introduction 1

CHAPTER TWO Philosophy 7

CHAPTER THREE Communication 23

CHAPTER FOUR Startup Company Life 41

CHAPTER FIVE Personality 49

CHAPTER SIX Values 63

CHAPTER SEVEN Skills, Tactics, and Tools 73

CHAPTER EIGHT Common Issues and Conflicts 89

CHAPTER NINE Big Issues: Illness, Relationship Failure, and Divorce 109

CHAPTER TEN Money 123

CHAPTER ELEVEN Children 143

CHAPTER TWELVE Family 155

CHAPTER THIRTEEN Sex and Romance 171

CHAPTER FOURTEEN Enough 179

BIBLIOGRAPHY 185

ABOUT THE AUTHORS 189

INDEX 191

EXCERPT FROM STARTUP COMMUNITIES 195

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  • Posted February 2, 2013

    Buying this book for my technical co-founder & his GF! Great

    Buying this book for my technical co-founder & his GF! Great investment- don't you agree?

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    Being an entrepreneur is the is the 2nd the hardest jobs in the

    Being an entrepreneur is the is the 2nd the hardest jobs in the world. Staying happily married is the 1st. Brad and Amy show you how to successfully do both. My wife and I loved this book.

    Mandatory reading for any entrepreneur who doesn't want to live alone... Forever.

    Dr. Sean Wise, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Ryerson University & Mrs. Marisa Atlas Wise, Asst. Manager, Corporate Traveller

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