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In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about Startup babies.

These are certain life moments that happen to people on your team, moments like when team members have babies, get married or less joyous moments like a death in the family. Moments like these impact everyone on the team and how you manage it is crucial.

Tune in to this week’s episode to hear Steli and Hiten thoughts on how to manage life-changing moments when they occur in a team and much more.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

00:00 About today’s topic.

01:00 Hiten gives examples of life moments that can affect a team.

0:30 Why this topic was chosen.

02:20 Why teams are not one dimensional.

02:33 Why being mindful when you manage these kinds of situation is crucial.

03:15 The emotional support you can give to team members when they have a life-changing event.

03:36 Why it’s important to communicate openly and freely.

05:50 Why your company should be supportive and help team members manage these situations.

06:48 The importance of out of office messages.

10:37 Why planning ahead is super important when managing these kinds of situations.

3 Key Points:

We’re not just launching products and features. We’re launching babies like there’s no tomorrow.

Teams are not one dimensional.

Being mindful as a company is super crucial when it comes to how you approach these events.


Steli Efti: Hey everybody, this is Steli Efti.



Hiten Shah: And this is Hiten Shah. Today we're going to talk about startup babies. Not your baby as a startup, so don't get it twisted.



Steli Efti: Don't get it twisted.



Hiten Shah: We're not talking about treating your baby, or your startup as your baby, we're actually talking about something, I think, really important, which is, there are certain life moments. We're going to call it startup babies, because I think that's a good way to think about it. But there's certain life moments that happen to people on your team, when you're on a team. I think babies are one, when people start having babies, and I know Stanley, you have some stories around this. Another one is when people get married, right? And, there's a number of other ones that happen that are even less joyous, and more about, like, when there's a death in the family, or there's some news of something more negative. These are the things that we want to talk about because as an organization, as a team, as a company, that stuff impacts everybody one way or another, especially when it happens to somebody, a positive, negative, whatever. And so we wanted to dig into that and give our thoughts on.



Steli Efti: Yeah, absolutely. One of the reasons why this episode or this topic prompted up is that in our team, it seems like it's baby season, right? We're not just launching features and new products, we're launching babies like there's no tomorrow, I think. We literally just this morning had somebody on the team have their firstborn son being launched. But this year, I think we already had, I don't know, like, I'm losing track. Four kids that were born? And we have another two or three coming up? It seems like everybody is launching a baby at . This is a topic that's really top of mind for me, and I think it's an important topic as you said, because it shines a light on like, people are not one dimensional, teams are not one dimensional. There's a lot of growth and challenges that we all work together as a team in the company and in the startup, but people have personal lives, private lives, and there's big changing events happening in their personal lives. These events impact their life, and therefore also their work. I think being mindful, as an organization, as a team, as a company ... Excuse me,

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