My Portfolio Company CEO Had a Baby (OMG)
Ben Wiener

This made me smile. I was pregnant twice during my VC-funded startup’s trajectory. What made it work for me? 1. Amazing co-founders and team (they took up the slack during my mat leave and helped to position my mat leave to our investors). 2. A support system: I didn’t pretend that having babies would have no impact on my time and work priorities, but I also had to acknowledge that I had a commitment to my co-founders, my investors, and myself to stay deeply engaged. My husband became a full-time stay-at-home-dad, which enabled me to keep up unavoidable travel. He says it was the most rewarding thing he’s ever done. I’m glad my investors understood that I and my co-founders would figure this out. Lives happen during building a startup.

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