|As if being a founder spouse wasn’t difficult enough, Melia has the bonus of covering the space as a reporter.
Imagine spending a good chunk of your workday researching and writing about all the things that can go wrong in an industry the person you love is endlessly pursuing. It’s like an emergency-room doctor marrying a stunt performer.
(To be sure, everything Melia writes isn’t doom and gloom.)
When I asked Melia about the piece, she said it was the hardest thing she’s ever written. But she found the process cathartic.
Working on the story forced her to have difficult but important conversations with Kyle, and address issues head-on she’s long fostered but rarely communicated.
That, in a nutshell, is one of the biggest takeaways Melia said she hopes other founders’ partners will get from the piece: communication is critical. And while that’s true of any relationship, it’s especially pertinent in the volatile startup ecosystem.
Bottling up those emotions to be a spouse’s “relentlessly positive cheerleader” can weigh on a person, Melia told me.
She also recommends finding people in similar situations. Being a founders’ partner is the type of thing that can only be understood by being a founders’ partner.
Never one to miss an opportunity, Melia told me she’s happy to chat. You can ping her here.