Summary of Startup Life

Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur

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Two married, successful entrepreneurs advise other start-up company owners how to manage their work-life balance.


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Starting your own company while maintaining a romantic relationship can be difficult. Entrepreneurs Brad Feld and Amy Batchelor, who are husband and wife, show business-owning couples how to manage their work-life balance. Although many couples struggle with work-life balance, entrepreneurial couples face unique challenges, whether they run a start-up together or one partner is involved and the other is not. (The book uses “partnership” or “relationship” to refer to all committed couples, regardless of gender orientation or marital status). Feld and Batchelor discuss how entrepreneurs and their romantic partners can communicate openly about kids and family, money, romance and sex, and how to handle success as well as hard times. getAbstract recommends this advice from the frontlines to current and aspiring entrepreneurs, their significant others, their relatives and anyone seeking work-life balance.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why starting your own company can be challenging,
  • How to balance your entrepreneurial and personal lives, and
  • How to manage relationship conflicts.


Starting Up
You and your start-up company will be better off if you make time for your personal life. Entrepreneurial couples must communicate openly and share the same values. Shared values “initially brought you together as a couple” and sustain your relationship. To nurture it, define...
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About the Authors

Brad Feld and Amy Batchelor are married entrepreneurs. Feld runs the Foundry Group, a venture capital fund in Boulder, Colorado. Batchelor is a director at the Anchor Point Fund, which provides grants to nonprofit organizations.

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