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Co-founders podcast.

December 28, 2019

Co-founding a company with someone you love is no small feat. Every “Co-founder Friday,” we join Alex and Lisa as they, and their guests, get real about what it’s like being partners in both business and life. If you’ve decided to run a company with your spouse, your partner, your family member, or your friend, this show is for you. Think of it as your weekly therapy session and no-nonsense coaching call, all in one. When you Subscribe to Co-founders, you’re joining a community of listeners around the world who are committed to building something as meaningful to the world as they are to each other.



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How is social media affecting you? How is it affecting your kids? 

 

Press play to find out!

 

  • How to keep kids safe on social media— without depriving them of it entirely
  • Are younger kids raised on less strict rules than older kids within the family?
  • What about adults on social media— is it good for us?
  • How to not let social media affect your happiness— or self esteem

 

Optimizer Tip: A Massive opportunity to connect with your kid(s) is to optimize your dialogue. Go through social media with your children, have an honest conversation with them  and it opens up a huge opportunity to truly understand each other’s point of view.

 

You can find the video version of every Co-founders episode here on YouTube!

 

Connect with the Mont-Roses online:

Facebook @moncord, Twitter @moncordRE, Instagram @moncordRE, or on their website at http://moncord.com/about

 

Join the Co-founders Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/cofounderscast/

 

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Alex & Lisa’s business: Moncord Real Estate Professional Services

 

Find the full show notes for every episode at www.CofoundersCast.com.

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“What you do may work, but you will end up as an antiquated company if you don’t evolve with the times.” 

 

Alex and Lisa discuss the risks of starting a business or introducing a product to the market, and give key insights on how to grow your business and *stay* on top:

 

  • Vital tip *especially for business owners*: change doesn’t have to be forever 
  • Instead of saying “No” to someone, say, “How can we do this? How can we make this possible?”
  • What did Apple do to capture their market, and WHY it worked
  • Find out what else Alex and Lisa have Co-founded, besides their business!

 

Optimizer Tip: 

If you’re thinking about launching a new product or service, take the time to really understand what your customer wants, and then launch the service. And if you do “fail,” learn to “fail forward.”

 

Episode References:

MVP’s (minimum viable product) 

The Evolution of Apple's iPhone

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Alex and Lisa discuss some of the biggest problems blended families face today; and how to overcome them.

Is "The Brady Bunch Family" actually achievable?

 

  • Lisa tells us why it should be called a “Crockpot Family” instead of a “Blended Family”
  • Alex learns patience on another level, and gives tips on step parenting advice for blended (“a.k.a. crockpot!”) families
  • Learn how to build a lasting, effective system for managing a dynamic family

 

Episode References:

The Brady Bunch 

"But I'm Not A Wicked Stepmother"

 

Optimizer Tip: Having an effective meeting to validate your family’s schedule will help tremendously with expectations and future planning.

 

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Tracy and Kevin worked together for 9 years as restaurateurs before “breaking up the band” in 2019. So what tipped them over the edge?

 

Find out:

 

  • What drove Tracy to call it quits on their multiple restaurants
  • Why did Kevin close their final restaurant to transition into real estate?
  • How did Kevin and Tracy end up getting back into a *different* business together?
  • And, how many times can Kevin get teased in this episode?

 

Optimizer Tip: If you’re looking to open a restaurant or other business, it’s important to recognize that there’s so much you don’t know going in. And if you want to scale, there are certain sacrifices you might have to make.

 

Connect with Tracy and Kevin on Instagram @ericksonanderickson + @kme1017, Facebook @Erickson&Erickson, or their website at www.ericksonanderickson.com

 

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If you’re starting a new business venture in 2020, how do you find customers? And when it’s time, how do you hire team members or contractors for your startup?

Before you even approach customers, get really clear on 1) what you offer and 2) who your audience is
Refine your customer avatar, and use it to write your customer journey
How (and why) to implement a 90-day trial period with new hires
And… why Lisa is Rapunzel, and Alex is Gru

Optimizer Tip: No need to reinvent the wheel! Google “buyer persona” and “customer journey map” to walk through designing these step-by-step.

Episode References:
Gary Keller podcast

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With a whole new decade on the horizon, many of us are setting goals for this year and beyond. But is this really the best way to get the results we desire? 

 

Today Alex and Lisa share insights about:

  • The difference between a goal and a system 
  • How to turn a goal into a milestone with measurable systems
  • And, what happens when you take your progress for granted

 

Optimizer Tip: On paper, define the systems you can implement to achieve your milestone goals.

 

Episode References: 

Atomic Habits book by James Clear

Scott Adams’ podcast, Coffee with Scott Adams 

 

You can find the video version of every Co-founders episode here on YouTube!

 

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So if bad employees don’t make good entrepreneurs (see Ep21 of Co-founders)… who do?

 

When Lisa met Alex, she was thrust into a whole new way of approaching things—a way that occasionally involves Alex taking apart toasters and scattering the pieces all over the counter while he talks excitedly about a business idea. 

 

Today, Lisa turns the table on Alex to ask him about what shaped him to be the natural entrepreneur he is.

 

  • Why you can’t be an entrepreneur without being a salesperson
  • The abundance mindset that Alex and Lisa take when it comes to making money
  • Why growing up as a latchkey kid gave Alex the inner resourcefulness to make a great life for himself now
  • If you came from adversity, don’t hold back from sharing your story to inspire others

 

Optimizer Tip: Don’t shy away from adversity, because that’s ultimately what will shape your success. And, don’t give into believing that your past will determine your future.

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“I just want to work for myself!” People say it all the time—but they don’t necessarily realize that just because they don’t like being an employee DOESN’T mean they should be an entrepreneur….

 

In this episode, Alex and Lisa offer real life perspective on the Entrepreneur.com article, “If You Suck as an Employee, You Will Probably Suck as an Entrepreneur.”

 

  • Even if you run your own business, you’re always accountable to someone — clients, partners, employees, etc.
  • The difference between challenging the status quo constructively, and being challenging for the sake of it
  • Entrepreneurship has been romanticized, and that can be a big problem for people considering it 
  • The qualities that make a good employee AND a good entrepreneur

 

Optimizer Tip: Check out these two books to optimize your business & life: Atomic Habits and Extreme Ownership

 

Episode References:

Video/Article from Carlos Gil on Entrepreneur.com: “If You Suck as an Employee, You Will Probably Suck as an Entrepreneur”

Book: Atomic Habits by James Clear

Book: Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Book: Profit First by Mike Michalowicz

 

You can find the video version of every Co-founders episode here on YouTube!

 

Connect with the Mont-Roses online:

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Alex & Lisa’s business: Moncord Real Estate Professional Services

 

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If you’re into shows like Black Mirror, this is your episode! Today, Alex and Lisa delve into why there are so many modern TV shows about technological advancements bringing about the downfall of society. And—is that really what the future holds?

 

This industry-spanning conversation includes:

  • At what point does a job become obsolete because of AI?
  • Which roles and industries will always require a human touch?
  • Will convenience take precedence over human connection?

 

Episode References: 

Moore’s Law

Wired article: “AI and the Future of Work”

MIT article: “Machine learning will redesign, not replace, work”

Shows: 4th Citizen, The Feed, The Island, The Great Hack, + Black Mirror

 

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Is it okay for a romantic relationship to start at work? And as a business owner, what rights and responsibilities do you have (or not have) to interfere in that relationship developing?

 

This juicy conversation includes:

  • The dangers of intimate relationships that start at work, especially if there’s a power imbalance involved
  • The priority should, first and foremost, be on protecting employees against sexual harassment and abuse
  • The potential positives of a couple forming within your business

 

Optimizer Tip: Seek HR guidance early on; you can use an outsourced firm, even as a small business.

 

Episode References: 

Roger Ailes (former Fox News CEO) #metoo

And, in recent news, the McDonald’s CEO was recently fired for having a relationship with an employee!

 

**Let us know what you think of this episode, and what rules business owners should or shouldn’t put in place!**

 

You can find the video version of every Co-founders episode here on YouTube!

 

Connect with the Mont-Roses online:

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Alex & Lisa’s business: Moncord Real Estate Professional Services

 

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Before Grace and Tarl came together as business partners, they were a couple who desperately wanted to spend more time together. Today, they’ve certainly gotten their wish! Together, the Yarbers run “Fixated On Real Estate,” a real estate community created for investors, by investors. 

Get ready for a top-notch episode; Grace and Tarl Yarber have insights galore about how to navigate the blurred lines between love and business.

 

This charming episode includes:

  • What it took for Grace and Tarl to join forces in business, including Grace quitting her job
  • The mind-blowing perspective shift that changed the structure of their working lives
  • Everyone on their team is allowed to openly disagree, even with Grace and Tarl
  • How they let each other know if they’re in business partner mode, or husband-and-wife mode

 

Optimizer Tip: Use “time blocks” to condense your time spent working, and help with procrastination tendencies! Try out the Pomodoro technique (also referenced in Ep16 of Co-founders).

 

Connect with Tarl and Grace Yarber on Instagram @tarlyarber + @yarbergrace, and with Fixated On Real Estate on Instagram @fixatedre, Facebook @FixatedRE, or their websites at www.fixatedonrealestate.com and www.pnwrealestateexpo.com

If you want to learn more about real estate investing, watch Tarl’s videos on the Bigger Pockets Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/BiggerPockets/videos

 

You can find the video version of every Co-founders episode here on YouTube!

 

Connect with the Mont-Roses online:

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Alex & Lisa’s business: Moncord Real Estate Professional Services

 

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It’s almost Thanksgiving in the U.S., and we’re entering the beloved—and sometimes dreaded—holiday season. As a business owner, how do you carve out time for holidays and vacations? And for some of us, how do we convince ourselves we should?

 

Explore:

  • How to set up your systems in advance, as the business owner, to really take time 100% OFF for your holiday or vacation
  • The different types of freedom you have as an employee vs. an owner
  • The problem with wearing our “grind, hustle, 50-hour workDAY” as a badge of honor—especially if it’s done all year round
  • The addiction to checking email on vacation; Alex challenges Lisa to not check her email at all on their upcoming company getaway

 

Optimizer Tip: Structure your pre-vacation prep so that you can relax, knowing your work is covered, with a truly free mindspace when you’re away.

 

You can find the video version of every episode here on YouTube!

 

Connect with the Mont-Roses online:

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Alex & Lisa’s business: Moncord Real Estate Professional Services

 

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Episode Resources:

Check out the Business.Com article, “Can Small Business Owners Take Vacation?

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Could you implement a 5-hour workday in your company? It’s a radical idea that’s recently made waves in the business world. But it doesn’t just mean limiting your work hours to 5/day; it involves specific strategies to get even more bang for your buck in those hours. Alex and Lisa break down what this method can look like, and what to consider if you’re curious about implementing it yourself.

 

Hear about:

  • The German company that’s serving as a case study for a 5-hour workday
  • The interruptions that naturally happen throughout any given day at work need to be acknowledged; some benefit company culture, while others are just pure distraction
  • What are the pros and cons of a 5-hour workday? 
  • Would a 5-hour workday work for YOUR business or industry? What to consider

 

Optimizer Tip: Try implementing those same focus techniques you would use AS IF you’re going for a 5-hour workday. This means locking up your phone so you don’t waste time browsing social media, etc.

 

Episode References:

The Pomodoro Technique

Forbes article about the German company testing a five-hour workday

Original WSJ article about the same company (Lasse Rheingans)

James Clear’s book, Atomic Habits

 

You can find the video version of every episode here on YouTube!

 

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Alex & Lisa’s business: Moncord Real Estate Professional Services

 

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Kirill Zubovsky is the founder of Smash Notes, host of the Rad Dad podcast, and a former co-founder with his wife. That’s right: former. In this candid conversation, we hear about why Kirill and his wife went into business together… and why they got out.

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80% of businesses that spouses start together, end... in divorce. How have Troy and Karen successfully taken the leap more than 8 years ago, and stayed in love—and in business—with each other?

 

Today we meet the hilarious and insightful Troy and Karen Thiel, known as “The Thiel Team” in their work as real estate industry community leaders and advocates with Windermere Yarrow Bay.

 

This charming episode covers:

  • The Thiels’ commitment to making “missing middle” housing accessible to those who can’t afford the outlandish housing costs in the Seattle, Washington area
  • Are you a “platter” or a “buffet” in your work style?
  • Recognizing the household roles you own can help ease guilt around not taking on as many, or the same type of, work responsibilities as your partner
  • The importance of carving out just a little time to schedule your weekly goals and plan for execution
  • It all starts with your identity, and aligning your habits to the identity you want to step into 
  • How to decide who’ll take the lead role in managing a client (your differences are your strengths)

 

Optimizer Tip: Set aside a time to schedule the work you’re doing the following week, and the work you’re delegating to others

 

Episode References: 

“KW” is Keller Williams

 

Connect with The Thiel Team on Facebook @ThielTeam, Instagram @troy.thiel, Linkedin (Troy Thiel) (Karen Thiel), or on their website at https://www.ThielTeam.com.

For their work with affordable housing: Facebook @CommunityForAffordableHousing and “Livin’ Small

 

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When you’ve been in business together for over 10 years, you learn what is—and isn’t—a sustainable way of running things. This entertaining episode with David and Christi Pittiglio will have you laughing along between a-ha! Moments. 

(And, leave you with practical tips on managing your business and personal finances. It’s not always fun to address, but it always matters!)

 

Press Play for:

  • What David wishes he knew when he first started their bookkeeping business
  • The biggest challenges David and Christi faced as parents—and as a couple—when they went into business together 
  • What’s working: they present a united front (for the most part), and keep debates to themselves. That way, their team and their kids aren’t confused by the direction things are going
  • Having the same end goals is the simplest way to help your work flow together—and, staying in your own lane

  • Having a business coach as a 3rd-party mediator has been instrumental to their partnership

 

David’s Optimizer Tip: Once you know the numbers for your household expenses, you can more clearly determine what income you need to make with your business.

(Plus, he gives several great expensing tips!)

 

Connect with David and Christi on Instagram and Facebook @streamlinedSBS. And, check out Streamlined Business Solutions at www.streamlinedbusinesssolutions.com. They help service-based businesses and individuals with accounting, taxes and payroll services!

 

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The trilogy is completed. Hear about the biggest challenges—and lessons—Alex and Lisa experienced their third year running a business together.

 

In Year 3, Alex and Lisa learned:

  • How to separate their personal relationships with their team members from their professional relationships 
  • You can’t expect your team members to work as hard as you when you’re the business owners—it’s important to remember that, for them, in many ways it is “just a job”
  • A common frustration for business owners: when employees think you don’t care, despite clearly demonstrating that you do

  • When they were pushed to the brink, Alex & Lisa found their resilience. As long as there’s an end in sight, you can find your inner power to move through an intense season 

 

Optimizer Tip: Have a regular, structured family meeting, just like you do with your team at work.

 

Episode References:

Gary Vee on: realistic expectations for your employees

 

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Having a family and running a business together has its challenges, but this couple has found that connecting their work and family life actually has some key advantages. As partners in business and in parenting, Chad and Suria have insights to share about what’s allowed them to stay successful—and sane.

 

In this episode:


  • How did Chad and Suria know they'd work well together?

  • Why you must take time to realign yourselves and check in with each other when working with loved ones - make sure you're both following the same north star
  • Lisa talks about her very first job... at only 8 years old!
  • How living in a digitally connected world is contributing to major generational changes with the way we communicate; even within the digital space.

  • The couples discuss real-life, practical optimization tips (or “survival tips,” as Chad calls them!)

“Honesty, with a respectful delivery … often times will lead you towards success—even when it’s the most stressful.” - Suria

 

Optimizer Tips:

Suria: You never know what will pop up out of left field; be willing to honestly and openly ask for the help you need to cover what you’re both responsible for 

Chad: You can actually invite your team/partners/clients into your home for a weekend of work; it’s often the BEST way to get to know really know them, and for them to connect with you (and see your work ethic). 

 

Connect with Chad on LinkedIn or Twitter @ChadGleasonCCIM, and with Suria on LinkedIn

Connect with Pentavirate on Twitter @The_Pentavirate, on LinkedIn, or on their website at https://pentavirate.com/

 

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He’s the serial entrepreneur; she keeps getting roped in to make those ventures come to life through creative implementation. Despite the challenges of working together as siblings, today they wouldn’t have it any other way.

Tune in for:

  • The surprising first venture they worked on together: the medical—then recreational—marijuana business
  • As young 20-somethings when they first entered business together, they both had to develop mature communication skills from challenges they faced together (and the challenges in facing each other)
  • Lisa reveals Alex’s surprise birthday present in the middle of the show!
  • Focus on competing on the same team; not opposing ones

 

Justin’s Optimizer Tip: Start with clarity about your roles from the beginning. The idea of the business can be exciting, but when it comes to execution it can get too easy to step on each other’s toes.

 

Connect with Justin Sult on Facebook @justinsult, Instagram @nine2five.space, or Linkedin. You can also check out the website for Nichole and Justin’s current co-working space at www.nine2five.space.

 

You can find the video version of every episode here on YouTube!

 

Connect with the Mont-Roses online:

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Alex & Lisa’s business: Moncord Real Estate Professional Services

 

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He’s the serial entrepreneur; she keeps getting roped in to make those ventures come to life through creative implementation. Despite the challenges of working together as siblings, today they wouldn’t have it any other way.

Tune in for:

  • The surprising first venture they worked on together: the medical—then recreational—marijuana business
  • As young 20-somethings when they first entered business together, they both had to develop mature communication skills from challenges they faced together (and the challenges in facing each other)
  • Lisa reveals Alex’s surprise birthday present in the middle of the show!
  • Focus on competing on the same team; not opposing ones

 

Justin’s Optimizer Tip: Start with clarity about your roles from the beginning. The idea of the business can be exciting, but when it comes to execution it can get too easy to step on each other’s toes.

 

Connect with Justin Sult on Facebook @justinsult, Instagram @nine2five.space, or Linkedin. You can also check out the website for Nichole and Justin’s current co-working space at www.nine2five.space.

 

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“Everybody has a journey. And in that journey, there has to be patience. Everybody wants the quick dollar NOW, everybody wants it to work NOW. but it doesn’t work that way; you have to go through the journey.” - Alex Mont-Ros

 

In this mano-a-mano episode, Alex gets the scoop on how real estate investor, developer, and influencer Thach Nguyen has grown his business to become the force of nature it is today. Hint: it has a lot more to do with his wife’s hard work than most people know!

 

Thach Nguyen has been an inspirational thought leader on real estate for more than 27 years. His commitment to philanthropy in the greater Seattle area has earned him the CBS American Hero! And today, he and his wife Camie run a thriving business together, and he offers his wisdom to tens of thousands of followers online.

 

In this energizing episode, you’ll hear:

  • The story of how Thach’s family fled Vietnam when he was 5 years old
  • How his wife Camie got involved in the real estate business with Thatch (from the very beginning)
  • How founders—especially men—can be too possessive with their company’s operations, and how a manager helped Thatch release his need to “cook the fish” himself
  • Now, he and his wife have to use much higher standards about the deals they choose to invest their time in. Sometimes, that means saying no to a potential client

 

Optimizer Tip: You have to think 10 or 20 years out. Stop going after short-term goals and things, and start creating a lifestyle. What does your ideal lifestyle look 10, 20 years from now? Get emotionally connected to that vision; start from far in the future and work into the present. *Actually sit down and do it.*

 

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How do you start a meeting grounded in open-hearted honesty? Alex & Lisa walk through two concrete strategies you can use for your next group discussion—whether it be with your co-workers, your family, or even your friends!

 

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  • The “Circle of Gratitude” exercise you can implement to start any meeting (for your company or family) from a grounded, supportive space
  • How to take shared this shared gratitude method deeper; it’s all about the person who sets the tone 
  • The “Personal and Professional Check-in” exercise that can work as a helpful icebreaker at the beginning of a meeting or hangout (especially one-on-one)

 

Optimizer Tip: Alex shares best methods for using the Personal and Professional Check-in for a big team meeting

 

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“I didn’t have time to slow down to BE broken.”

The saga continues… we get an inside peek into what it was like for Alex and Lisa their second year in business together. Spoiler alert: it wasn’t easy.

 

Press play for:

  • The conversation that convinced Alex & Lisa they could choose daycare for their child
  • When Lisa was taking conference calls while pumping breastmilk in the closet 
  • They realized that, despite giving their clients tons of time back (to focus on the things that matter most), they were losing it themselves
  • The next business Alex is going to start: kids’ music with Jimmy Fallon (*wink wink*)


Optimizer Tip: Try Blinkist (https://www.blinkist.com/) for key-point summaries of the top nonfiction books.

 

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Jackie and Ryan Gibson are co-co-founders! Nope, that’s not a typo. Together, they and another co-founding couple run their rapidly growing real estate development company, Spartan Investment Group.

Today, they open up about:

  • How working together with your spouse is the best way to really get to know them
  • What it’s like running a business with another couple, and how that’s strengthened their friendships
  • With two go-getters, the challenge isn’t inspiring each other to work harder; it’s reminding each other to step away and enjoy family time 
  • The challenges of hiring well for their rapidly growing company

 

Jackie’s Optimizer Tip: When challenged or approaching something new, lean on experts (individuals and organizations) to establish a network and help with your optimization

Ryan’s Optimizer Tip: Our current business growth would not be possible without a strategic plan in place. This means breaking down your high-level goal into daily actionable items, and making sure your leadership team knows what they’re responsible for 

 

“Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat” - Sun Tzu

 

Connect with the Gibsons and Spartan Investment Group on Facebook, Twitter, IG, or LinkedIn. You can also find them on their website at www.spartan-investors.com

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What is it like to give birth to a new child — and a new business — in the same year? Spoiler alert: it ain’t sunshine and rainbows. But, the personal and professional growth that can come as a result are priceless.

In this honest and intriguing journey through Alex & Lisa’s first year in business together, we’ll hear about the argument that made Lisa get out of the car on the way to a Kenny Chesney concert… and she was the one driving!

 

Plus:

  • The difficulty of serving customers who don’t really know - or care - what you’re going through 
  • When you don’t generally stop to rest, people assume you never will 
  • We all have a max capacity that gets stretched over time; when it’s almost to the point of snapping, that’s when to take a breath and let it relax
  • And, the sensitive event that added a whole other layer of confusion to Alex and Lisa’s first year spent as partners in business

 

Optimizer Tip: Use a planner to plan your day the night before. Alex is a fan of the “Intelligent Change” planner.

 

Episode References:

Intelligent Change Productivity Planner

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If you had asked Beth Johnson and Matt Flynn 5 years ago if they thought they’d own a business together, you would have gotten blanks stares or big laughs. But today, they’re the happy owners of Flynn Family Lending, a private money lending firm that brings a personal touch to financing solutions. They sat down with Alex and Lisa for an open (and quite funny) conversation about working from home, where they’re raising a family and growing their business together.

 

Tune in for:

  • How to find a manageable pace when your business is growing 200% every year, and know when enough is enough 
  • How Beth’s background in the corporate world (at Microsoft) helped her bring a solid process to the business
  • How do you decide which direction to go when you don’t agree? (Bring it to the team!)

 

Optimizer Tip: As your business scales, make sure to stay in your lane; divide and conquer to accomplish what you envision together.
And, if you’re a co-founder couple, agree before you enter into business together to never use intimacy as a bargaining tool. Keep it sacred as a part of your personal relationship only.

 

Episode References: 

EO Accelerator

 

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They’re @flynnfamilylending on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Or, check out their website at www.flynnfamilylending.com

 

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With a blended family of 5 kids, the Mont-Roses have learned what it takes to raise a big family (while running a business together at the same time!). It’s all about recognizing what matters, and what doesn’t.

 

Today’s insights:

  • What looks like “instant success” can be confusing for kids, because they don’t see the hard work that went into it
  • How Alex and Lisa navigate their kids always wanting more time with them
  • When you’re never “done” working, you have to decide when you’re “done enough”
  • Being able to work from anywhere is both a blessing and a curse, as a business owner and as a parent

  • And, what is true success?

 

The Optimizer Tip: Your kids don’t need a huge quantity of time with you; they need true quality time with you. Make that time intentional, and respond to your kids when they ask for it.

 

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When your co-founder isn’t just a partner in business, but also in life, how do you navigate both aspects of your relationship? When friends, family, or couples start a venture together, they don’t often know what to expect— or, they think they do, until they’re surprised by the reality of combining love and business. 

 

Today, you’ll learn:

  • The story of how Alex and Lisa met, joined families, and eventually began a business together
  • How they lost a good friend in the process of building their business
  • The defining moment for Lisa 3-4 months into starting the business that still brings tears to her eyes today
  • What happened when some of the people around them tried to place limits on their initial growth

 

Today’s Optimizer Tip: Leverage the gig economy. Delegate the administrative, transactional work your business (Alex gives the example of real estate transactions).

 

You can find the video version of every episode here on YouTube!

 

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After combining businesses just a few months ago, Shea and Lindsay have been quickly learning how to renegotiate their roles, both personally and professionally. And since they’re both ambitious, they have to set clear boundaries around when and where work ends. That way, they and their beautiful blended family can enjoy the fruits of their labor.

 

Today’s funny and honest conversation includes:

  • The unique aspects of parenting kids who have a big age gap between them
  • How raising a business together is like raising a child together
  • What Lindsay has had to learn as Shea’s new boss, and Shea as her new team member
  • Each couple has a mixed combo of one morning person and one night owl — so, how do they manage their combined energy levels?

 

Lindsay’s Optimizer Tip: Your business is always growing, or dying; the key to growing it is keeping a student-like growth mindset.

 

Connect with Shea and Lindsay on LinkedIn, and through their website, N2pub.com

Check out their publications, especially if you’re in any of the Medina, Hunts Point, Yarrow Point, Clyde Hill, or Mukilteo neighborhoods surrounding Seattle! 

 

The Points Living | Instagram @pointsliving

Mukilteo Monthly | Instagram @mukilteomonthly

Seattle Real Producers | Facebook @realproducersmag | Instagram @seattlerealproducers | Website

 

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