Today we're announcing publicly an internal team transition that has been going on behind the scenes at Kindara these past few months. The logistics took a while to sort out so we’re only announcing it now. Here’s the deal:
Last December, Kati and I realized that if we kept working together as a husband-and-wife-and-co-founder team, we were going to end up divorced. Building a startup is stressful and contentious, and over time the friction of working together bled over into our personal lives, slowly poisoning our romantic connection. Partly as a result of our difficulties at home, Kati's health began deteriorating, and this made the situation even scarier. We felt trapped in our lives, wanting to love each other but finding it hard while we were building a company together.
Things got worse through last fall and after multiple passionate conversations and tears on both sides, we realized in December that we had arrived at the breaking point. We saw clearly that we had to choose between being married and being business partners in the company we created together. And we had to choose quickly or put both at risk.
Having arrived at this crossroads, It didn't take us long to choose our romantic connection as our top priority. We’re lucky to have found each other, and once we realized our love wasn’t as invincible as we had previously thought, and was at risk of disappearing forever, we both wanted to save it.
Personally, it was difficult for me to come to terms with the fact that my dream of building a company with Kati wasn't going to happen. After all, she introduced me to fertility charting in the first place. It was the enlightening experience of charting her fertility that helped me better understand the feminine and inspired me to want to share that understanding with the world. Our love for each other was the engine that got Kindara started, and I dreamed this engine would sustain the business for many years. This dream blinded me to the reality that we didn’t make good business partners.
So in January, I finally accepted that it wasn’t to be, and we started working on a transition plan. We decided that since Kati didn't want to be CEO and I did, she would transition out of the company and we would hire a new designer and a new product person to fill her shoes. This was no small task. We both wanted to maintain the sophisticated elegance and simplicity of our design, and we wanted our product person to have Kati’s rock-solid commitment to helping women feel powerful in their bodies. Basically we wanted to transition Kati out of Kindara while leaving the soul and mission of the company intact.
After an exhaustive search, we were lucky to find Amanda Weaver and Simla Somturk. Amanda joined as our Head Designer this spring, and has been at the helm of our aesthetic every since. And Simla joined as our Head of Product & Marketing in June. I love working with both Simla and Amanda and I can confidently say that our product and design are in exceptionally capable hands.
Over the past few months we also brought Lauren Risberg and Molly Muranaka onto the team to help with customer support and engineering respectively. And we’re blessed with talented and passionate interns like Lakshmi Senthilnathan.
So today we’re announcing the beginning of a new chapter in the Kindara story. Kati has rested up and is feeling great. Our romantic connection is stronger than it has ever been. And our team at Kindara is kicking butt.
While many companies blow up after founders leave, I feel more optimistic than ever about Kati and my future, and Kindara’s future. We’ve got some big announcements planned for next month including our Android launch and our first device launch.
Now that this transition is wrapped up, I’d like to thank our amazing advisor and coach Lauren Bacon. Lauren was a rock through many heated and emotional conversations, and helped us wear multiple hats to make this transition a smooth one. Lauren along with our lawyer Heather Miles helped us craft a transition plan that preserved the interests of Kati and I, of our marriage, of Kindara, and of our investors. And thanks to our investors who overwhelmingly supported us in choosing love.
And finally thanks to all the women who use Kindara and tell their friends about us. Your reviews, rants, feature requests, ideas and bug reports keep us going, and steer us towards accomplishing our mission in the world.
For Kati and I, fertility charting helped us deepen our connection to our bodies and to each other. Ultimately it was the depth of this connection that got us through this scary rough patch together, and allowed us to reach the greener pastures on the other side. Whatever fertility challenge you’re dealing with, our commitment is that Kindara remains the best tool for you to deepen your connection with yourself and with your partner, and do the same.
(P.S. To read Kati's post on her transition click here)