I’m a successful CEO and mother of 6. Here’s how parenting made me a better leader

I cofounded a (now) successful and publicly traded software company. But it wasn’t always that way.

The early days were a slog that lasted far longer than any of us expected. As the company hit its stride, I had children (five of them at that time) and took time off when they were young.

During that time, as most entrepreneurs do, I was building a following for the company on Twitter, launching our product as one of the first 50 in Google’s App Marketplace, and working with customers. I did whatever was needed, whenever I could find the time. Any task, big or small, was accomplished during the kids’ nap time, after bedtime, or sandwiched somewhere in between.

But my official full-time job was the physical and emotional development of tiny but rapidly growing humans.

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