Entrepreneur, Stage 1: Bootstrapping, Burnout, and Babies

Burnout Strikes

I distinctly remember realizing I was burned out. I was standing next to my wife, at the doctor’s office, looking at an ultrasound. We just learned we’re going to have twins, and I get a sudden flash of insight: My life is unsustainable.

Getting Help

I had tried to hire people in the past. Both of them were misses.

What it all means

The birth of our kids was more than a turning point for our family. It transformed Puppet. It forced me to acknowledge I could not do it alone. I brought in help before they were born, and by the time they turned one I’d raised a funding round and moved to Portland.

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Luke Kanies

Luke Kanies

Founder, adviser, and strategist. Writing at lukekanies.com and second-publishing here.