OPW -- Aug 11 -- Andrew Conru, the founder and former CEO of FriendFinder, is one the poster boys for a new film called 'Shine' about the pain and personal toll of being an entrepreneur. In the trailer he says.
"All business is pain, all businesses are challenges...If it was easy everyone would have a business, everyone…business is not easy to do....You give up kind of a lot of the human interactions that most people get when you’re not the entrepreneur. Of course you have entrepreneur friends but you do get separated from that. So I think one of the key things you give up being an entrepreneur is the sense of being among peers, the sense of being what most people consider being a normal person...It’s harder to be in relationships because if you date somebody or you’re married to somebody you’re really married to your business. It is hard to have multiple loves and be unconditional about it...One of the advantages of being an entrepreneur is you get the successes that come out of it but you also have to give up....I ran the world’s largest online dating company with over 250 million people registered on it and I’m single and its just a testament of you have to be single focused."
Mark Brooks: I chipped in to get a copy of the video. We'll review it as soon as we get it. You can chip in at https://biznik.com/shine. (Full Disclosure: I was a Senior Marketing Manager at FriendFinder in 2003 and worked directly with Dr Conru.)