Have any founders tried to actively date while growing their companies? I'm struggling a lot with this, especially when I'm in the early dating stages using apps and doing a lot of messaging and first dates. Unlike my last career, this job seems to be really attractive to men that I meet. The problem is they always ask what my startup does and seem to want to drill down a bit with follow-up questions - it feels like I have to pitch my startup whenever I'm on a date!
Of course it's much easier when I'm in a relationship and the person has the full context (at that point they are like any of my other friends who keep up with my life/career). But unfortunately early dating can be a loop where you go out with someone for a few weeks or months and then you're back at square one again re-introducing yourself to a bunch of strangers on dating apps.
Has anyone come up with successful strategies for dating to not get emotionally drained from dates? Are you able to easily change the subject to other topics that aren't work, or do you lean into explaining your work at the beginning to get it out of the way? I understand because I usually also want to know about the careers and ambitions of the person I'm trying to date, but I'm trying to figure out how to make it less exhausting.
I would just put dating off altogether and say, "I'm going to be heads down on my company for a while and take a break from dating." However, that's basically how I got into this mess in the first place (there's always an excuse to ignore dating to focus on career and only existing friendships). I don't really foresee a time in my future when I'll be less busy, so I'm going to continue dating. Any tips would be appreciated!