Early  Review  of  Startup  Life  by  Jonathan  Fields 

Jonathan Fields of the Good Life Project just put up an early review of Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship With An Entrepreneur. This is that second book in the Startup Revolution series, written by me (Brad Feld) and my wife Amy Batchelor with contributions from 20 other entrepreneurial couples.

An excerpt from Jonathan’s post, titled Drive-By Book Review: Godin, Pink and Feld. Oh My!, follows.

“What is it? I was sent an advance copy of this book and absolutely loved it. Brad is a legendary entrepreneur and venture-capitalist and Amy is his super-cool wife. Together, they’ve weathered a lot of storms grown out to the often warring tension between the desire to build a deep personal relationship with a life partner, while also being fully committed to building a powerful business. Not an easy dance and there’s a ton of mythology about it. Amy and Brad shoot straight and offer great insights, strategies and practices and better enable you to run the life-partner + startup gauntlet with more ease.

What makes it different? A few things. One, it’s real. Amy and Brad are unusually transparent and generous in sharing their experiences over many years and how they’ve evolved. Two, they’ve lived it. They’re not therapists or pundits, what they share comes from actually being in the game, stumbling, fumbling and making it through. Three, they bring in the insights and experiences of other couples who’ve built relationships while also building substantial businesses.

Why do you need it? If you’re trying to start any deeply meaningful venture and simultaneously build a committed, loving personal relationship, most people in the startup space will say it can’t be done. One’s gotta go. Amy and Brad are living proof that all the mythology is just that. It takes a lot of effort, but done right, investing seriously in both the relationship and biz magnifies the power of both. Notice – the book is officially published on Jan 22, but you can pre-order it now.”

Jonathan did a 45 minute interview with me during the summer. We had an awesome time together. If you want to get a sense of both my philosophy of life as well as how my maker summer went, enjoy!

  • Brad, thanks a lot for this post! This is one of the most inspirational and definitive talk on the subject of life and its choices. Just recently finished your books Burning Enterpreneur and Do More Faster, and this conversation add a lot to the philosophical layer of the broader subject. Love your T-Short, btw.

  • Awesome chat. My life & business partner Frank and I spend an exorbitant amount of time together, which has become the saving grace of our entrepreneurial journey. We are actually worried about the business taking off because of the impact it will have on the quality of our togetherness! Always in the back of our minds: how do we do this so that we can keep the best part of our lives intact..? We are introverts as well who put on our extrovert hats when we need to. But at the end of the day, we head back to the nest and recharge and feel so lucky to be with our favorite person in the whole wide world.

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  • Premjeet Singh

    I really love yr passion about start ups. Infact, being from the apparel industry i’ve taken up a challenge to transform the way we’ll shop thru e-commerce platform for clothing that fits us all. Most of us do not know our sizes when we shop so either we skip shopping fitted apparel or depend on tailoring to find solutions. I’ve been successfully servicing markets in Denmark & Sweden through a protoype which will soon be converted into a MobApp. i’ve been working on a project whereby customers can take their digitals through mobile & their body measures are automatically calculated. There’s no need for an individual’s picture to get transmitted anywhere so perfect security about customer’s privacy. The body measure are sent to a booking portal where one can shop for relevant garments of their size. Customer can also order clothes to be made thru tailoring without any trials thru

    this technology. This eliminates need for bulky & costly scanners & even eliminates tailor to take specs of an individual. Customer’s body measures are calculated using a 3D
    imaging & calibration techniques. This will change the way we shop.


    Premjeet Singh