Lynn Jurich at her Stinson
Beach, California, home
with Blythe, 3, and Pierce,
born in August.
Lynn Jurich h
Co-founder and CEO of Sunrun, the country’s largest provider of residential
solar power, which has a market valuation of about $1.5 billion.
We had raised $250 million in venture capital, and we were not yet cash-fow positive. It was 2015,
and the right time for the IPO. Unfortunately, that coincided with the birth of my frst baby.
Blythe was born on June 13. The IPO date was August 5. I didn’t consider waiting, because the
IPO market can be open one day and shut the next. We started the investor road show when
Blythe was 5 weeks old. I brought my mother and a baby nurse with me. All that support and
the ability to afford child care are not available to all women.
A road show is grueling, and I was nursing throughout the whole thing. I’d had a few advisers
caution me that doing a road show was one of the hardest experiences of their lives—and most
founders don’t have to wake up in the middle of the night to feed a baby. We went to 30 cities. The
investors didn’t know I had the baby with me. I traveled with a hospital-grade pump in a plastic case.
Sometimes, I’d have to peel away and pump in a hedge-fund conference room. I walked into one of
the frst meetings and the investor pointed at the case and said, “What do you have in there? A solar
panel?” I said, “No, a breast pump.” The look on his face was hilarious. —Astoldto Kimberly Weisul