Most women who have taken any part in a wedding recently are aware of TheKnot.com. While the site is girly-central, the woman who runs it is anything but what you'd expect.
Carley Roney says she began the site to help today's businesswoman tackle getting married. "There's a lot of money in [the wedding] industry, particularly related to the Internet. And it is completely cluttered and disorganized. The Web was a low-barrier domain to aggregate everything a bride needed." [interview with LadiesWhoLaunch]
Roney and her husband, David Liu, founded TheKnot.com in 1996, it has grown to be able to boast 3.2 million unique visitors each month, as well as 3,000+ new members joining each day. And the growth didn't stop with the site:
2000 Interactive Wedding-Planning series with TODAY Show
Complete Guide to Weddings in the Real World is published
Ultimate Wedding Planner is published
2001 WEDDINGPAGES Magazine is launched
Guide to Wedding Vows and Traditions is published
2002 Partnership with May Department Stores
Book of Wedding Gowns is published
2003 Real Weddings From the Knot airs on The Oxygen Network
sister site PromSpot.com is launched for prom preparations
Book of Wedding Flowers is published
2004 The Knot Magazine is launched
2005 Guide for the Groom is published
Guide for the Mother of the Bride is published
2006 Partnership with WeddingChannel.com
sister site TheNest.com is launched for newly marrieds
The Nest Newlywed Handbook is published
Throughout it all Roney and Lui have also raised there two children, Cairo and Havana. Sadly, she said this to ModernMom.com on the subject of balance:
ModernMom.com: What is a typical day like for you?
Roney: Up at 7am. Give my babies breakfast. Babysitter arrives at 7:30. Jump in shower. All rush out the door at 8. Work is always a mad dash from meeting to meeting - while trying to steal time away to make headway on more strategic projects. If I don't have some work event or dinner, I rush to get home before my babies have their bath - 7ish so I can wash them, read books, and put them to bed. Dinner always happens after.
ModernMom.com: If you had an extra hour each day how would you spend it?
Roney: No question, with my kids. I would take it in the middle of the day, bring salami sandwiches, and take them to the playground. I love the playground, I could stay there and play chase with them for hours.