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Lessons from a Thriving Power Couple, With Stephanie & Eric Venn-Watson of Seraphina Therapeutics

Leverage your differences. We had to recognize each other’s strengths and weaknesses, which allowed us to maximize our different talents, divy up the responsibilities, be efficient and ensure that the gaps were covered. For our companies, Eric is an operational master and Steph is a visionary inventor. Both are leaders.

  1. Walk, dance and/or laugh every day. Some of our most productive business strategy discussions have been during our daily walks, which also give us a dose of sunshine, fresh air, and exercise. We also play Just Dance, which offers us as a family a healthy, laugh-filled fitness hour nearly every night. Watching Eric dance to ‘U Can’t Touch This’ also keeps our lives from getting too serious after a busy day of work.
  2. Don’t fight it — make your company a family affair. As husband-wife co-founders, it can be difficult to parse out business from personal time, so we have wonderfully embraced our companies as family affairs. Our 12-year old son helps to make animated videos for our emails and social media posts, while our parents and siblings provide helpful feedback on our products and messaging from a consumer’s perspective. We’re an all-in family!
  3. Have each other’s backs (also a military thing). You never want to go into the field with troops that don’t have each other’s backs. Same with couples and start ups. At the same time we support and trust each other, we are also really good at putting our egos aside and growing teams with smart and passionate people who are better skilled than us in nearly every aspect of our businesses — science, finance, manufacturing, marketing, etc. Then we make sure they know we have their backs, too.
  4. Enjoy the adventure and shared purpose to do something good together. There is no question that we have been able to do more together than we would have as individuals. The extra gifts are choosing to do things that can improve the world, and enjoying doing so. We have been very fortunate to do all three of these things.

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Candice Georgiadis

Candice Georgiadis is an active mother of three as well as a designer, founder, social media expert, and philanthropist.