Dating business patners
While most husband and wife-run ventures are small businesses — genuine “mom and pop” shops — some, like Eventbrite, are household names.
Like political power couples and celebrity duos, husband and wife business partners are an object of fascination.
“The trust you have in [your spouse as co-manager] is greater than you are likely to have with any other business partner in your life….Part of [the reason that he is] such a good entrepreneur is that he has an eternal optimism that sometimes transcends common sense….I remember thinking: ‘Maybe it’s not a good idea to move in together, get engaged and start a company together all within three months.'” Six years later, however, Eventbrite is a powerful force in the online ticket industry.But for others, the prospect of a co-worker spouse is cringe-worthy.Regardless of which camp you fall in, it is natural to look at husband and wife business partners and wonder: How do they make it work?
They make an assumption because they think they already know and understand the other person, and they assume they already know his or her perspective.