It's Platonic, really.
January 1, 2011 10:10 PM Subscribe
My sister is starting a technology company with a male friend. People keep thinking they are dating. How does she make it clear that it's totally platonic and will stay that way?
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They have a business plan, possible investors, possible employees, etc. and are moving forward quickly. Both of them are single, and around the same age (he's mid-20s, she's early 30s). It's theoretically possible they could get together (I guess), but he's sowing his wild oats and she doesn't want to be another conquest. Besides, she's very excited about the company and doesn't want romantic things to mess it up. She has plenty of other romantic interest and so does he, so why let this get in the way?
They have very good rapport and get along socially as well as in business (they were acquaintances before starting the company and are now better friends). They have very complementary skills (and very different personalities) and make a good team.
- What should she say or do to make it clear that they're not involved? To business associates? To his girlfriends (so they don't get weird and jealous) and her prospective boyfriends (ditto)?
- Have you been in this situation before?
- Any suggestions?