Jul 12 • 43M

Raising kids without a support network and surprising aspects of fatherhood | Alex Cohen (father of 2, Carbon Health, Spendoso, Angel Investor)

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Adam Fishman
Adam Fishman interviews executives, entrepreneurs, and company leaders in technology companies who are also fathers. We discuss the tough aspects of work, parenting, family, the mistakes made and lessons learned along the way. It's heartwarming and hilarious.
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Alex Cohen is Sr. Director of Product at Carbon Health, a modern health clinic that provides urgent and primary care for easier everyday health. He is also a serial entrepreneur, investor, and one of the most prolific "shitposters" on Twitter. He's a loving husband and the father of 1 kid, born during the peak of the pandemic. In this episode we discuss:

  • Getting fired from Office Depot

  • Marrying his high school sweetheart and prom date

  • Being the youngest parent in your neighborhood

  • His wife's take on his internet celebrity

  • How "shitposting" has made her choice to not work outside the home easier

  • The difficulties of parenting without community, family, or friends

  • Bringing home a baby during the peak of the pandemic

Where to find Alex Cohen

- Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/anothercohen

- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-cohen/

Where to find Adam Fishman

- Newsletter: https://www.fishmanafnewsletter.com

- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamjfishman/

- Twitter: https://twitter.com/fishmanaf

In this episode, we cover

[1:30] Introductions
[2:02] Professional background
[5:16] Angel investing
[7:51] Marrying your high school sweetheart
[12:26] Leaving California for Texas
[17:51] His wife's decision to stay home
[18:32] Her take on his internet fame
[20:22] Starting a family
[21:46] Earliest fatherhood memory
[22:53] Lack of support network
[23:53] Instagram VS. real life
[25:56] Most surprising about being a new Dad
[27:38] Frameworks for parenting
[29:26] Having a Pandemic kid
[31:05] What his kid's reaction to an internet famous Dad will be
[33:33] Establishing strong partnership with his wife
[35:42] What did you give up to be a Dad?
[38:08] Rapid fire round

Production support for Startup Dad is provided by Tommy Harron at http://www.armaziproductions.com/

Episode art designed by Matt Sutherland at https://www.mspnw.com/