Sitting Around in the New York Times

Many people have a revered text, a writing that influences the way they view the world and live their lives. For some, this is the bible. For me, it’s the New York Times.

You can imagine my elation, then, at being quoted in an article on entrepreneurial fashion in last Sunday’s paper. (Imagine if you were quoted in the bible. It’s THAT awesome.) My words of wisdom to fellow entrepreneurs – don’t try too hard. No suits, no stockings. And nothing that requires ironing or dry cleaning…or god forbid, both. Your product should speak for itself. If you need to wear fancy clothes to impress someone, your product isn’t good enough.

Check out the full article here.

Erica Ever After?

So my mother sent me this text last night:

Just watched Bethenny Ever After. She reminds me of you!

At first, I recoiled. How could my mother think that? Based on the one show I’ve seen, it is clear that Bethenny is a stubborn, opinionated, loud Jew who likes fancy things and bossing boys around. (After I finished my recoiling, I proceeded to phone the kettle and call it black.) Sure, I have my bouts of superficiality. And yes, G is cute, but damn it, look at ME!

But comparing me to Bethenny?! Come on, Mom – I’m at least five years away from Botox.

Sitting Around has launched!

Want save money on babysitting AND make sure you’ll have a sitter available when you need someone? Then start a coop!

Sitting Around beta launched yesterday. As a thank you to beta users, all people who sign up during beta get free membership for life. We’re down to 71 30 spots left at the moment so go on over and sign up!

Something’s Gotta Give

My Type A personality doesn’t typically afford me the luxury of giving up on something I’ve committed to achieving. Winning is in my blood. It’s a trait that Charlie Sheen and I share. (Thankfully, it’s the ONLY trait that Charlie Sheen and I share).

So, when I decided to start a company, rather than quit my full-time job, I did what any overachieving masochist would do — both. I could put in 50 hour weeks while also launching a start up, raising a five year old, and running a household, couldn’t I? Of course I could.

Until I couldn’t.

This realization occurred earlier this morning. The day’s agenda looked something like this: wake at 6am, work until 8am, drop son at school, workout for an hour, work all day, meet with a local VC firm, pickup son from school, make dinner, go to an open house at my son’s new school, and then work until I go to sleep. I was frantically rushing G out the door so that I’d make my workout and had no time to spare. He was moving fairly quickly but got waylaid contemplating which color of finger paint he should bring to school.

“Just choose one,” I snapped. “We have to go NOW.”

He pouted down the stairs, no paint in hand, and started putting his sneakers on. “You’re mean,” he said.

He was right. I was mean. The stress of all the things I had to do was bubbling up. It was workout time on my schedule, not parenting time, and I was frantically trying to keep my day on track so I could get it all done. In making time for everything, I didn’t have enough time for anything. Each commitment was encroaching on the next leaving no buffer, no flexibility for things not going exactly according to plan. Worst of all, I was applying that rigidity to parenting. And my son was suffering.

It was a realization that I have to make some changes. I’m not yet sure what or how, but, as the title of this post says, something’s gotta give.

Sitting Around won CrowdPitch Seattle!

This week, the Ex and I had the pleasure of participating in CrowdPitch Seattle. CrowdPitch is an event put on by Funding Universe – they select a few start ups to pitch in front of an expert panel and an audience. At the end, everyone invests play money in whichever pitch they found most compelling. The company with the greatest investment is the winner.

And the winner, as I’m sure you’ve figured out, was Sitting Around! I am so humbled by the kind words and compliments on our company. The panel had terrific feedback for making our investor pitch even stronger. We also won $5,000 in business services — something a bootstrapped start up like ours will definitely appreciate.

Thanks to everyone who came out and supported us!

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