I have trouble imagining anyone (ever, but especially in an article about a product or business they’ve launched) referring to three male business partners as “a trio of fathers.”
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Joanna Petrone

I think the emojis are just fine. Introducing vocabulary which makes it simple to communicate more difficult topics and emotions is the way to go.

However, I can easily imagine a trio of male business founders, if focused on a product specific to fatherhood, and having children of their own, to be referred to as a trio of fathers in an article.

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