Last month, Max Shireson gave up his job running a billion-dollar startup to spend more time with his family. And he couldn’t be happier about it.
Schireson’s departure from Internet database company MongoDB Inc., which he announced in a blog post that quickly went viral, became a catalyst for a discussion that rarely takes place in the national media: the challenges faced by fathers as they attempt to balance work and family.I was thrilled by that. As a scholar, advocate and consultant in the area, Schireson’s story resonated with me. And the more we acknowledge the importance of these issues, the better off both families and businesses will be.
A month later, with the media scrum dying down, Schireson agreed to talk with me about his decision, the aftermath and the challenges faces by working fathers. Click here, or on the picture above, to go to my Wall Street Journal Q&A with Schireson.
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