Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 about Entrepreneur and Startups in Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

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Sunday 11th March 2012

  • For Better or for Work: Married to an Entrepreneur

    by Meg Hirshberg and Gary Hirshberg

    How does someone who is obsessed live peacefully with someone who isn’t? That question—posed by an entrepreneur—elegantly summarizes the quandary faced by company founders and their spouses. In “Balancing Acts,” Meg's regular column in Inc. Magazine, she examines the impacts—for better and for worse—of entrepreneurial businesses on families.

    As the spouse of an entrepreneur--married for more than 25 years to both her husband, Gary Hirshberg, and his business, Stonyfield Yogurt--this topic is familiar terrain. Gary co-founded Stonyfield on a farm in 1983. In those days, the business was “seven cows and a dream,” as company literature describes it. At sales of over $370 million, Stonyfield is now the third largest yogurt company in the U.S.

    In this session, Gary and Meg will discuss lessons learned about how a marriage and family can survive the wild ride of an entrepreneurial business.

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Sunday 11th March

    In Rio Grande Ballroom, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center