Entrepreneurial Inception: Generations of Business Owner Couples w/ Tony Banta & Suzanne Mattern
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Episode Brief Description
What happens when two children of entrepreneurs meet and decide to not only date, but also join forces in the business? Guests Tony Banta and Suzanne Mattern discuss this with us
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Key Insights & Timestamps
- [00:49] – Welcome
- [01:40] – Meet Tony and Suzanne
- [04:49] – The couple who came from a couple of couple entrepreneurs! (Say that 3 times fast!)
- [05:10] – The timeline of (backwards) events
- Business came only 6 months into dating
- Having those tough business minded conversations led to a stronger understanding of the personal relationship, which is now headed for a wedding!
- [11:00] – Growing up in entrepreneurial families
- [12:05] – “This was all I really knew. It became second nature.” – Suzanne
- [14:50] – “One of the differences is that my family didn’t really have many of those really healthy conversations.” – Tony
- [17:10] – Combining experiences and moving forward
- [18:43] – Creating roles by focusing on strengths and weaknesses
- [24:09] – Making mistakes and embracing change
- [26:50] – Separating life and business by removing expectations
- [34:50] – “I think actually being willing to have it not work and still being ok in your relationship, gives us that freedom that it really will work.” – Tony
- [37:48] – “We used to joke – now mind you, I NEVER used to cry in a meeting in any other company – ‘Oh! It’s been 30 days since Suzanne cried in a meeting!'” – Suzanne
- [38:00] – The importance of 90 day meetings
- [43:58] – Key takeaway
- Suzanne – Have realistic expectations, but know that you can have everything you want
- Tony – Find mentors and a community to connect with and support you
- [49:07] – Where to find Tony and Suzanne
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