Dec 1, 2021 #givethanks100
Today I’m giving thanks for my wife, Kate. HomeSpotter would not be where it is today if not for her.
I had a running joke on big decisions that I needed to talk to our largest shareholder or to our board chair - and I was implicitly referring to her. The thing is- it wasn’t really a joke. While Kate never held an official position at HomeSpotter, her blood, sweat, and tears were very much part of our successes and failures.
I worked for the first three years with no salary, and then for the next five years at a salary well below market rate. How many times did Kate complain about that or question why we were on this crazy journey? ZERO.
While we raised money multiple times from a great set of investors you’ll soon hear more about, we also invested a significant amount of our own money into the business. Though I was fortunate to sell another business previously and have some profitable side hustles along the way that helped, we simply could not have invested what we did without Kate’s job or moral support to ensure our family was covered.
The journey of a solo founder is a uniquely lonely one in way that I don’t think people can fully understand unless they’ve walked in the same shoes. Kate was often my only sounding board in working through things I didn’t have anyone else to go to. She didn’t complain about that either. And in exceptionally trying times, she leaned in when the obvious move would have been to run away.
Kate exhibits unrelenting grace and support in a way I continue to learn from.
I could write so much more, but I’ll stop and simply say- thanks, sweetie! I love you and am so grateful I get to do life with you.
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I’m giving thanks for 100+ days to individuals that positively impacted me or HomeSpotter’s trajectory.