August 21, 2013
Your cofounder serves many roles as you grow your startup: friend, supporter, lesser, and better. When you think about it, co-founding a company is a lot like entering into a romantic relationship with somebody. No surprise, then, that there are droves of married cofounders out there.
While mixing love and business can spell disaster sometimes, it is not impossible to achieve success with a married cofounder. The lows you experience when losing a client are very low, but the high of closing a major deal is unparalleled. If you do it right, your personal and work relationship can be elevated to a whole new level.
These five awesome, married co-founders, when examined, provide a clue as to how the business and marriage mixing works for them: always make time for your relationship. Perhaps the most important thing to remember is never to let your startup overshadow that which brought you together in the first place: love.
Caroline Hu Flexer and Michael Flexer
After noticing how obsessed their two-year-old daughter was with their iPhone, the Flexers decided to team up with a friend and launch Duck Duck Moose in 2012. With Caroline as the product manager and Michael as the software architect, Duck Duck Moose features 14 popular apps tailored specifically for children, 2.4 million paid downloads, and $7 million in VC investments.
Julia and Kevin Hartz
Julia and Kevin started Eventbrite in 2006, where she acts as President and he serves as CEO. Their platform gives users an opportunity to create personalized events, sell tickets, and promote their event across social media channels. To date, they have an impressive track record with over $140 million in total funding.
Genevieve Thiers and Dan Ratner
Former CEO Thiers and former Chairman Ratner have relinquished control of Sittercity, but not because it was a failure. Founded in 2001, the wildly successful platform was developed to connect people from all walks of life with local, in-home care. With over 1 million registered caregivers, users can get a trusted professional for whatever they might need.
Erika Trautman and Cameron McCaddon
In 2011, Trautman and McCaddon left the Bay Area for Boulder, CO, where they enrolled in TechStars. They emerged from the incubator with FlixMaster, an easy and inexpensive Web-based video editing suite. With Trautman as COO and McCaddon as CEO, FlixMaster has made some big waves with over 6,000 users and partnerships with top industry leaders like Sony.
Moira Haynes and Marco Krapels
Krapels had experience with renewable energy in 2009, and his wife got on board in 2010. In 2011 the couple received a solar-powered LED bulb from a friend and decided to take action in rural Africa. Empowered by Light, their nonprofit, was founded to bring solar-powered lights to third world countries, like Zambia. They take routine trips to Africa and host multiple events a year to raise awareness for their cause.
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