In 2007 Steve Chou’s wife, Jennifer, wanted to spend more time with their growing family. So she quit her job. The Chous launched Bumblebee Linens, an osCommerce-powered online store. Steve, a former microprocessor engineer, focused on the technology and marketing sides of the company. Jennifer managed the operations.
Fast forward to 2020, and Bumblebee Linens is a seven-figure ecommerce company selling handkerchiefs, napkins, and other cloth products. Steve is now an ecommerce celebrity, having launched the “My Wife Quit Her Job” blog, podcast, and YouTube channel, which collectively publishes educational content for current and aspiring entrepreneurs.
I spoke with Steve recently about the Chou’s ecommerce business, his “My Wife” content portals, and, yes, the realities of using osCommerce in 2020. What follows is our entire audio conversation and a transcript, edited for clarity and length.
Eric Bandholz: Tell us about you and your business.
Steve Chou: My wife and I started our ecommerce