Startup Life
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Startup Life

Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur
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ISBN-13:
9781118443644
Einband:
Buch
Erscheinungsdatum:
05.02.2013
Seiten:
224
Autor:
Brad Feld
Gewicht:
432 g
Format:
236x159x30 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

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-distant and stressed because of extended periods apart.
Praise for Startup Life "Many startup entrepreneurs know a strong network is key to success and happiness. But not all realize that the most important relationship of all is the one you have with your significant other. In his latest book, Brad Feld and his wife, Amy, draw upon their rich experience as entrepreneurs and investors--and most important, as a happily married couple--to show how to keep your romantic relationship strong while on the startup rollercoaster. Finally: a practical relationship book written by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs." Reid Hoffman, cofounder and chairman, LinkedIn, and coauthor, The StartUp of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career "Few people understand both the emotional and intellectual challenges of the entrepreneurial life better than Brad Feld and Amy Batchelor. Their collaboration is a gift as it lays out, with characteristic humor, intelligence, pragmatism, and--dare I say it--love, some of the most coherent and relevant survival strategies for entrepreneurs and those who have the guts to love them." Jerry Colonna, executive coach "During my career, I've been involved in two rapidly growing companies--Google and Facebook. The challenge of balancing life and work that entrepreneurial couples face in the context of extremely fast growing companies is intense. Brad and Amy explore different aspects of this in detail and provide broad perspective and advice from over twenty-five years of living the startup life." Emily White, Senior Director, Facebook Mobile Business Development and Partnerships "Brad and Amy have contributed a book like no other. practical, loving, and hard-won advice for focused entrepreneurs." Seth Godin, author and entrepreneur "As an entrepreneur who has started and built a company and someone who often writes about other entrepreneurs, I've seen firsthand how challenging it can be to sustain the intense pace required to create a successful company and at the same time have a full and healthy life. I have struggled, and whenever I have, I have turned to Brad for guidance and wisdom. This book by Brad and Amy Batchelor brings you many of their tips, along with a deep perspective on the experience of being in a relationship with an entrepreneur." Om Malik, founder, GigaOM, and a technology writer "Brad Feld and Amy Batchelor courageously draw back the curtain on life in entrepreneurship with rare honesty. If you're an entrepreneur or in a relationship with an entrepreneur, you'll be glad to know you're not alone. This book is loaded with stories of struggles and triumphs as well tons of practical tips for dealing with the high-octane high-uncertainty life that is entrepreneurship." Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
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
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-distant 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 addresses 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 business life.