👨✈️ Matt Shobe. How a team of founders made millions while raising their kids at the same time.
Rad Dad, hosted by Kirill Zubovsky
Matt Shobe is a father of 3 boys, a serial entrepreneur, a private pilot and a rad dad, who came to the Rad Dad podcast to talk about startups and what it takes to have a happy family while you are busy building a rocket ship.
In this episode
- 00:17 - Who is Matt Shobe?
- 05:00 - How do you achieve work-life balance??
- 07:56 - Can you start a company while having children??
- 07:56 - What was company called SpyOnIt?
- 09:28 - Is there an instruction manual for having a new baby?
- 09:28 - What do I need to know about someone who just had a new kid?
- 01:07 - What does it feel like to have a brand new child?
- 14:50 - How did Shobe and Co start SpyOnIt and startup life in the 90s?
- 17:42 - How to delegate work between startup cofounders?
- 17:43 - Can you work hard on a startup while also being a good dad?
- 24:24 - Why are routine can greatly improve your life as a parent?
Smash Notes summary for this episode
Who is Matt Shobe?
Matt Shobe is a startup founder and entrepreneur. He was previously a co-founder of what Might AI, Feedburner, and Spyonit. He is an alum of Purdue University and is currently residing in Seattle, Washington.
Matt is an entrepreneur who successfully co-founded and sold a number of companies and throughout all of that time, he was a dad, raising children while also making waves in business.
How do you achieve work-life balance??
For the whole work-life balance to work you really just need to set your own barriers. Be 100% available to work when it is work time, and then be fully present and focused on the family when it is family time. Be the most present parent you can be and the most accountable and responsible co-worker.
Can you start a company while having children??
Most certainly it is possible to start a company while also being a parent. When Matt Shobe, Dick Costolo, Eric Lunt and
Steve Olechowski started their first company called SpyOnit, they had all already had kids, which allowed them to have similar mindsets and to be on the same page about working hard but also going home to their family. Co-founders all had empathy for each other and were willing and able to help each other when needed.
What was company called SpyOnIt?
SpyOnit was a software started by Matt Shobe, Dick Costolo, Eric Lunt and
Steve Olechowski. It was the first alerts platforms that could tell me when something I care about changes on the internet and in real life.
Is there an instruction manual for having a new baby?
There is no manual for having a child, but you will figure it out with trial and error.
What do I need to know about someone who just had a new kid?
People who do not have kids have no idea how much physical and emotional exhausting kids cause.
What does it feel like to have a brand new child?
Time is definitely less. All personal fun projects have to be put on a back burner so that family and work can take priority for a little while. It helps to put any priority tasks on a calendar, to at least keep yourself organized and focused.
How did Shobe and Co start SpyOnIt and startup life in the 90s?
The team was consulting to pay the bills while working on their startup. Meanwhile, startup bubble was growing. Napster just hit its prime, Webvan was going full speed, T1 internet line were the bomb.
How to delegate work between startup cofounders?
You can't get anywhere without working hard, but you can work smart and have overlapping skillsets. Care about each other's work, but focus on your own and do that well. Let each other do their part. CTO should be technical, CEO should be raising money, CPO can build a product and talk to users...etc.
Can you work hard on a startup while also being a good dad?
You can't get anywhere without you know. There's nowhere to hide and you either contributing and adding value or you hitting the bricks. But by being smarter about how you do work as a co-founding team can make a huge difference.
Why are routine can greatly improve your life as a parent?
According to Matt Shobe, having a predictable schedule can really help to separate work time and time with family, making it easier for all involved. The working parent would know when to stop and switch gears, and the family would know when to expect time with dad.