#54: Successfully Work With Your Spouse with Nellie Akalp

by | May 4, 2021 | Podcast

Today’s Guest

Welcome back to another episode of the We Live to Build podcast.
Often times entrepreneurs choose co-founders to help them build their idea, knowing that this person (or these people) have complementary skill sets.
Some of us even dream of starting a company with our significant other because we assume our goals are aligned and we understand each other better than if it were a friend or stranger.
While everyone can gain something from this episode, it’s really tailored for people who either currently work with their spouse, or are thinking about starting a company with their spouse.
It’s important that you learn how to understand how to make it work, because it’s certainly not easy and can result in a failed business or a failed romantic relationship.
So thanks to Nellie Akalp, CEO and Founder of NetCorp, who started a business with her husband, grew it for 9 years, sold it to a publicly listed company, and then started NetCorp with him a few years later and they still run it together after 11 years, for peeling back the curtain on what it’s like to work with your spouse and how to keep it all from going sideways.

Let’s give a warm welcome to Nellie!
We talked about: – When did you know you wanted to work with your spouse? – How did you decide what kind of company to start? – Were there any boundaries or splitting of roles from day 1 to help? – Did that ever blur? – Was it possible to prevent the blurring of work and romance? – Why you should seek a couple’s therapist? – Why you should set boundaries? – Why saying no is okay. – What did you do to not get on each others nerves by spending so much time together? – What did you learn from this experience?
And remember, Entrepreneurship is a Marathon, not a Sprint, so take care of yourself every day, so that you can live and love, and have the energy and the passion to run your business, and to invest in your team, and to find a way to appreciate those moments of happiness.

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On the podcast, Sean talks with entrepreneurs about the reality of their struggle to succeed, as well as answering questions from the community, and sharing nuggets of wisdom from his own life.


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Sean Weisbrot

Sean Weisbrot

Sean is an entrepreneur, investor, and advisor based in SE Asia for over 12 years. He is passionate about Psychology and helping others improve themselves.

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