Raising a young entrepreneur is challenging. Being a parent is challenging enough. Compounding that challenge by helping guide your teenage son as he builds a startup tech company takes those typical challenges to a whole new level. The lines get blurred trying to separate the parent/teen relationship from the CEO/mentor relationship. To add even more complication, now that the company has some funding, I serve as an underpaid consultant for my son’s company. He can fire me!!! But I can ground him. It’s a weird balance of power. Underlying all the complexity, the disagreements about business strategy, the questions about how much to push him, the constant balancing act between family, school and business, is a foundation of faith and love that we hope will help us make good decisions and keep us grounded.
We welcome you on this journey with us. We hope you learn some things along the way that will help you and the young entrepreneur wannabe in your family. We look forward to your feedback because we are definitely flying the plane while we are building it. One thing is for sure, this isn’t your ordinary plane ride and we aren’t exactly sure of our destination. Passengers, please buckle your seatbelts. Peanuts anyone?