Startup Parents: You Are Not Alone
If you think most startup founders are single, kidless, and in their 20s, you would be wrong. In fact, the majority of new entrepreneurs already have kids and are married when they start their first company. It’s just that nobody talks about it.
The Kauffman foundation for entrepreneurship found that the average age of company founders was 40 with over 69% being married and over 59% having at least one kid when they started their first business.
To the startup parents out there, I know this may have come as a shock.
I used to think I was a member of a secret group of super hero startup parents. I launched my first SaaS web-app in 2007, when my son was barely a year old, and struggled to build a business while at the same time supporting my young family. Nobody talked about business and family life and there were no obvious examples of successful startup mommies and daddies out there. Maybe it just wasn’t that cool, I don’t know. Well maybe not to mainstream startup culture anyway.
As I tweet about startups/family stuff and engage with more parent entrepreneurs, I’ve discovered that… our breed of entrepreneur is actually the majority.
Finding the Kauffman foundation’s research was icing on the cake and validated my gut-feeling that there are more people out there just like me.
While the stereotype of the 20-something ramen profitable college dormroom startup continues I believe the tides are changing. You can build profitable businesses and maintain a happy family at the same time. The two are not mutually exclusive.
Posts I’ve written on startups/family:
- Best Place To Start A Company (If You Have Kids)
- Superhero Tricks For Startup Parents
- Working From Home Again: 2 Years Later
- Hacker News Parents Have An Average Of 1.7 “Little Startups”
- 20 Inspirational Articles For Startup Parents
Other related resources for startup parents:
- Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur (book by Brad Feld and Amy Batchelor)
- 12 Facts About Entrepreneurs That Will Likely Surprise You
- Teaching My Sons to Take Risks
- Fathers In Tech Articles — Wall Street Journal
- Startuphood And Parenthood: Not For The Faint Of Heart
- Bootstrapped With Kids Podcast
- Single People Should NOT Do Startups
PS. I tweet everything I find on the topic of startups/family (mostly using ContentGems). You should follow me on twitter here.