Getting in Bed with Entrepreneurs

What happens when two entrepreneurs fall in love?

  • By Rachel Bellow and Suzanne Muchin, The Big Payoff
  • October 13, 2016

When you’re on the steep, uphill climb of growing a new business, it can feel like there is barely enough air in the bedroom for your own deep breathing. You might even fantasize about being able to engage in work-related pillow talk with a partner or spouse who could relate to what you’re going through. But what if both of you need support and attention at the same time? Would that fantasy turn into a nightmare? As long time business partners who have launched and sold six companies together and are STILL best friends, we wondered: what would it be like to date a fellow entrepreneur?

We set out to find a couple who might tell us the dirty truth, and we hit the jackpot when we decided to interview “it” couple Miki Agrawal, founder of Thinx, and Andrew Horn, founder of Tribute. They joined us in the studio and agreed to give us their honest and raw take on their relationship, including the struggles, the wins, and the insights they’ve gained, in a Newlywed Game-style conversation that will make you stop and think about yourself and your own relationship goals.

In this episode of "The Big Payoff," Andrew, the younger of the couple, shares his perspective on how to fully support your partner, even when your own success feels less secure. His wise advice on "appreciating beauty without questioning your own" is something we can all strive to follow, in business as well as in our personal lives. Miki's insight about needing a partner who is willing to be an active champion of your efforts, not just a supporter, took our breath away with its clarity. Both entrepreneurs agree that the secret to any successful relationship is about being in it with your partner, side by side, rather than simply being a passive listener (or worse, a "fixer").

Join us for an illuminating conversation full of great relationship and business advice, as well as an important reminder about the benefits of morning sex. (Amen to that!)

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