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Dave and I spent many nights post-work (while I was at Google and he was at Sequoia Capital) mulling over many business ideas, most of which we deemed to be terrible after analyzing them a bit more. But with ThirdLove, it was different. The opportunity presented itself in an industry where there is truly a monopoly (Victoria's Secret owns over 50% of a $15 billion market in the U.S.), and that was compelling to us. And, we felt strongly that we could leverage technology to really create a different type of bra & underwear company. So after a few months of research and creating an initial business plan, we realized that we both wanted to take the plunge.
When people I meet find out I work with my spouse, they immediately say, "I could never work with my husband/wife - we'd kill each other". Note to people who feel this way - don't do it. No, seriously, starting a company with your partner is not for everyone, or for most people. But Dave and I had met at business school at MIT and had worked on a few projects in the past together, so knew each other's working styles and felt confident we could have fun and would complement each other's strengths.
We actually don't interact as much during the day as you'd think. We're each on various calls and meetings and are generally focusing on very different things. The biggest benefit is you don't have to do the nightly recap with your spouse -- about what went on that day -- the drama or the update or the successes. And we're so lucky that we get to share the awesome moments, the "highs" together. But the "lows" are extra low in our household since we're both going through them at the exact same time. Luckily for us, there have been a lot more highs than lows, especially as the company has really taken off over the past 2 years.
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