When Families Grow Startups

April 12, 2017

Building a business is complex and can be stressful enough on its own, so what happens when your work family really IS family? This Father/Son duo at the Village show us that while it isn't always easy, working with family can make success that much sweeter, and the journey just that more special. Meet Andy and Kyle Williams, of Zypp Technologies, a Father/Son team and some of the nicest people in the Village. You may just want to add working with family to your relationship goals.

Kyle and Andy Williams - Zypp Technologies

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Kyle (son) and Andy (father) Williams of Zypp Technologies[/caption]

Why did you decide to work together?

Kyle: We have both played sports our whole lives and have been through many a rehab session. Based on past experiences, we identified a vulnerability in the way Physical Therapy clinics were tracking the results of their patients' workouts, particularly with resistance band use. We sensed there was an opportunity to provide PTs with more evidence-based feedback which would lead to smarter programming and improved outcomes, as well as a lower likelihood of re-injury. Thus was born Zypp Technologies. We both saw an opportunity in the marketplace and with a common vision we set out on another journey together.

What’s it like being all-in with a startup AND your family?

Kyle: Nerve-racking at times. Fun all the time. It's encouraging to know you have someone so close in it every day with you. We don’t want to let each other down. Communication is the key to making it work. We are able to say things about challenges and direction that others may not want to say or want to address so quickly or in such a direct manner. It can also be stressful as the deadlines, customer requirements/demands and financial requirements may not all be aligned at the time.

What is your Biggest Challenge?

Kyle: Remembering to call him Andy instead of Dad! And, the balance of trying to leave work at the office and personal at home.

What is the best thing about working with your Dad?

Kyle: Being able to work everyday to build a company with and learn from someone who has experienced so much success. The fact that that person also happens to be my dad is a great bonus.

What is the best thing about working with your son in a startup?

Andy: One of the greatest things about working with my son is being able to see the amazing professional growth that he is experiencing. It is so gratifying when clients pull me aside to tell me how much they enjoy working with him and have full confidence in him managing their projects and account - and I get to experience this daily!ALL THE FEELS, am I right? So next time you are looking to make a hire, consider making your startup family, family.

April 12, 2017
Karen Houghton