TMBA 423: It's a Boy!

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Today’s show is a special one.

Dan and Ian are taking some time this week to celebrate the birth of Ian’s new baby.

In this episode, you’ll hear all about how Ian is transitioning to his new role as a parent.

And he isn’t alone in this adventure. Many listeners, and members of our entrepreneurial community, are now moms and dads too.

Balancing parenting with entrepreneurship can be quite the challenge, which today’s guest understands as well as anyone.

Martijn Reintjes is the CEO of a company called Team Croco, which provides done-for-you split testing services. Martijn and his wife Rian have a two-year-old son named Maro, who they have brought along with them to several Dynamite Circle events.

Tune in to hear Martijn share great advice about what it means to be a parent and an entrepreneur.

Transcript

Listen to this week’s show and learn:

  • Why it’s important to understand the way your baby communicates with you. (4:28)
  • How becoming a parent can actually make you more productive. (13:15)
  • How Martijn managed to grow his business while being a parent. (19:17)
  • Why location independence can open up more opportunities for parents. (24:35)
  • Ways to maintain a healthy relationship with your significant other after your child is born. (33:37)

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Published on 01.11.18
  • Congrats Ian! And good luck too. :)

    Excellent tips Martijn, thanks! I became much more motivated when my daughter was born, and less likely to waste time on unimportant busy-work. The downside was not enough sleep for a long time, but my businesses were still OK.

  • What’s the link to the “shitty parent” thing mentioned?

  • Congrats Ian! And Martijn on #2!

    Well, this episode is timely for me :-) I really like the point about not blindly accepting the default negative belief of “your life is over.” (The other thing people keep saying to us is “now you need a minivan” – uhh, we’re having ONE kid right now, not five!)

    I absolutely love the fact that as entrepreneurs, we have the time flexibility that most parents wish for, plus the opportunity to give our kids a very global/multi-cultural upbringing.

    And I’ve definitely felt the effects of the sharpened focus already – the past few months have been SUPER productive as I push a bunch of projects through to completion and prep my business to run mostly on autopilot for the first four months or so.

    One topic I’d like to hear more about is division of labor / caring for the baby between partners, especially when mom is an entrepreneur as well. I know every couple works out their own balance, but it’d be cool to hear some tips and what’s worked well for people.

  • Great ep…Martijns DC thread was a big help to me before our daughter was born especially navigating the huge amount of negativity I felt like I was getting from people with a more traditional western world life – as per @ShaynaOliveira:disqus comment above, I heard so much nonsense she was born about how my life was over etc etc but it’s turned out to be none of that

    Big discussion point for us was what to do with social media so made the decision to have zero baby pics online on FB, instagram etc as we both agreed that it’s her decision as to when/if she has an online profile. The screens thing too was a big one and agree with Martijn’s thoughts…..its crazy when you see little kids at the mall walking around glued to an iphone bumping into people – brain rewiring aside, that’s got to be completely screwing up their posture and will likely have lifelong implications

  • Congrats Shayna!!

  • Ian

    Sorry, but don’t have it :(

  • Love love love this episode! Enjoying the comments too!

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