How These Cofounding Couples Make Their Companies (and Relationships) Work

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Two heads are better than one.

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Two’s company, especially when it comes to these cofounding couples. Some of the world’s biggest businesses were built by two people at its core but how do they keep both their brand and their relationships alive? Here’s how:

Disconnecting from tech and making family a priority – Alon Cohen and Adi Tatarko, Houzz
“We have special times with the kids, and we just put aside computers, phones – we’re asking the kids to do it too,” Adi, who is a mother of three, says. “For both of us to completely disconnect, we need to make sure that many other people are on top of it. But from time to time, you do need to do that.”

Stick to your boundaries – Amber Venz Box and Baxter Box, RewardStyle
“If I was to give advice to anybody, it would be: set boundaries. Work in separate rooms. We also started setting boundaries around our relationship and time at work,” Amber has said of working with her husband. “For example, in the car on the way to and from work, you can talk about business, but once you get out of the car at home, you can’t anymore. That’s been a good thing. We’ve done some other stuff, too, like now we are taking off one Friday a month to have a date day, to spend time together and go do something that’s not focused on work.”

Appreciating your differences (and not jumping in the deep end) – Julia Hartz and Kevin Hartz, Eventbrite
“We have complementary skill sets, which helps us in work and home life,” Julia says. “We [also] treated it as a trial – a run through. My advice to other couples who want to become entrepreneurs is to test it out first.”

Rupert Noffs and Matty Bennett – The Lucky Bee
“It kind of makes sense, if we collaborate,” Matt says of their unique strengths. “I’m in the kitchen, Rupert does the design — we can do a restaurant together.”

Letting each other shine – Kate McKenzie-McHarg and Cameron McKenzie-McHarg, 776BC
 “There’s no doubt the same rules apply as with any successful relationship; open communication, trust and mutual respect,” Kate tells us. “There’s going to be plenty of times you’ll have different opinions, which is actually a real positive, but what’s important is to understand and respect each other’s strengths, and know when’s the right time to dig your heels in or take a step back.”

Appreciate your partnership (in business and in life) – Ida Tin and Hans Raffauf, Clue
“We both share a big vision for Clue and a deep wish to be present for our kids. Together we can juggle everyday life and try to make it all come together,” Ida tell us. “Running a start-up is obviously very time consuming, but it’s also very mind consuming. It takes a lot of attention and that’s more difficult to explain to a partner who is not going through the same experience and may find it harder to relate. It’s really nice to go through it together and fully understand what the other one is happy or unhappy about.”

 

 

 

amutha saravanan

My husband and I run a start-up called Da Vinci Group (www.davincisg.com). We are in the education space operating out of Singapore. I cannot agree with you more about the suggestions. I think if we are doing this together, the most important thing to have is discipline and that is a work in progress. 🙂

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