Entrepreneurship · Startups

What do entrepreneurs do on the weekends?


July 17th, 2015

I’m constantly challenged as an entrepreneur of a startup to take time to rejuvenate, take small breaks etc. Not just away from the office, but also mentally away. Obviously weekends are a natural time for that curious to hear how others spend their weekend - both how much time do you typically work on weekends and other things you do to “get away”?

Peter Baltaxe Consultant, product leader, serial entrepreneur

July 17th, 2015

When I was grinding it out as the co-founder CEO of RedEnvelope, I made sure I did the thing that I was most passionate about.  That was skiing in Tahoe in the winter or mountain biking in the summer.  It took an intense experience like that to feel that I had really had a break.  And it was engrossing enough that it caused me to really take my mind off work.  The times that I just relaxed around the house or town were usually accompanied by work items nagging in the back of my mind, mild guilt that I wasn't working on them, and less rejuvenation.  Just one man's opinion.

Leena MBA Content & Publication Manager at NetApp

July 17th, 2015

It's important to take breaks, but when I'm involved in something I love, like a startup, I just keep working on that on the weekends. Gets me to point B faster, but you have to be careful with your health. When I feel like I'm doing the same thing over and over again, that's when I take a break. I feel that getting out into nature and staring at anything green -- trees -- is just the refreshment and inspiration I need to go back to what I was working on. 

Julien Fruchier Founder at Republic of Change

July 17th, 2015


The weekend is a social construct.

That said, it is important to take breaks. Working 24/7 is a great way to be unproductive. My best ideas come to me when I'm not on task, generally in the shower, when I'm out for a walk or doing sports outdoors. 

"It's the silence between the notes that makes the music." One of my favorite quotes that certainly applies here. 

Brig A. Burton Founder, CEO of Rockline Equity

July 17th, 2015

I try to spend as much time on the weekends as I can with my wife and kids. I find this family time to be critical to keeping perspective on what's most important, and why I work as hard as I do.  No amount of success can compensate for failure in the home.  

Samuel Lavery Founder Consent2Health

July 17th, 2015

I love spending time with my family, but if I need full decompression, nothing beats going to the racetrack and going as fast as I can around it.

There's no room in your head for thinking about work, budgets, decks, architecture reviews, strategy, signaling or anything else but what is happening immediately around you.  If there is, you are not going fast enough.  You walk away at the end of the day with the volume turned way down on things that would normally stress you out.

A few times per year is enough to maintain sanity, for me anyway. 


July 18th, 2015

What you're basically asking about is work-life balance. Whenever I hear anyone talk about work-life balance it makes me want to vomit. There's no such thing. You are constantly living your life, so don't talk about it like it's a construct away from work or something you have to balance with it.

My grandfather was a West Kentucky farmer who kept his fields in order but somehow managed to have time to eat lunch with family and read his paper at night. Nothing pissed him off more than people saying "I'd love to [X], but I really don't have time." He'd respond, "You have the same amount of time we all do--24 hours a day. Don't say you don't have time. Say it's just not as important to me."

Work, "life," put it all together and figure out what's most important. Then do that first.

Axel Schultze Founder Society3 Accelerator & Fundraising market place

July 17th, 2015

Yeah - weekend. Let me try to remember.... ha ha ha 
Two things:

1) When I started a startup I barely needed any time off. For me it was and is never "work". So there is nothing I need to get off of. Most weekends were the same fun than during the week - craftsman's work to craft a new business.

2) But then there are times when the brain got exhausted. Just no more juice. Then I go sailing, here in the Bay Area we have always wind. Sailing down the "tube" from Angel Island to Alameda at around 4PM we get easily 30+ knots of wind. That is quite a ride. As soon as I get out of the slip - my entrepreneurs brain switches of like an electric switch. I'm part vessel, part water, part wind - just amazing :)

Steven Rahseparian Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Secured Universe

July 24th, 2015

I'm well known between my family and friends to be a workaholic.  Over the last few years I've had to stop the madness and take time to rest and quality time for the family.  Although I'm still working on balancing my life, I feel the tremendous benefit these days of having a sharper mind and emotional well being knowing that the most important relationships with my wife and kids are intact.  

Work like hell during the week.  Take the weekends and immerse yourself into your family and doing stuff for yourself.  It will make the long haul during the week much more enjoyable and productive.  


July 18th, 2015

Work -- or am I missing something?  I think you may fare better if you take a hour or two or three each day each day to do whatever you need to do for yourself -- work out, visit a museum, have lunch with an old friend, buy a hat, book a trip.  I don't care if your day extends to 10, 12 or 16 hours -- it will help you perform better if you learn to refresh en media res as they say.  Saving up all your fun for the weekend will only make you too exhausted to relax.  Certainly saving up all your personal chores for then will make you feel like you have 2 jobs!  My work is fully integrated into my life. I am working now and accomplishing quite a lot -- on a beach in Mexico with 2 of my favorite clients.   For entrepreneurs who are passionate folks, there is no work life balance.  That's for people who aren't lucky enough to do what they love!  Or who cannot create or innovate. 

Yulia Smirnova Digital Marketing, eCommerce, Product Marketing, Revenue Optimization | Author, Speaker | Love Startups

July 18th, 2015

Glad we started this talk, I feel normal :) I am not the only one, challenged by keeping balance. I too get so obsorbed into work, it is planned around the week schedule with the scheduled work outs and movie watching, but even that becomes routine and i start dreading what I got myself working on even if all those things are part of the master plan. Lately, I stumbled the book "Play" that shares the importance of it in our life. Tim Ferriss' former right hand guy wrote a good piece on how he burned out & dealt with that - play brought joy back to his life. So, play with your friends, family, new people you meet outside the work, self, your mind, body, whatever it is - we gotta have play daily to look forward to and reward self and bigger adventures - a road trip, a 4 hr session in a korean spa, a retreat in the nature where no cell or electronics allowed.