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We’re tackling the mental health of entrepreneurs straight on – the good, the bad and the ugly – and laying bare the realities. Our goal is to offer shared experiences and the best practices to have you operating at an optimal level, emotionally, mentally, and physically.

New Content at Forbes

New Content at Forbes

We’ve published some insightful new content at Forbes, from a piece on two entrepreneurs at Y Combinator to a piece on whether you learn more from failure or success. Please consider following us there! Here’s the link. Thank you! Read More ->

You Can Also Find Us At Forbes

You Can Also Find Us At Forbes

We’re real excited to be contributors at Forbes – it’s another step to expanding the conversation around the emotional and mental rollercoaster entrepreneurs face. The first 3 pieces are posted and we intend to publish weekly so please considering following us, which you can do at our author’s page. Thanks for joining us on the […] Read More ->

Riding a Meta-Rollercoaster: An Interview with hotelicopter Co-founder Charles Seilheimer

Riding a Meta-Rollercoaster: An Interview with hotelicopter Co-founder Charles Seilheimer

“Entrepreneurs like to feel action all of the time. You want to feel like you’ve moved the needle in a measurable way – you want to feel like you’ve moved it that day,” said Charles Seilheimer, co-founder of hotelicopter and serial entrepreneur. “But generally you don’t feel that way, which can be frustrating. You feel […] Read More ->

Avoiding Awkward Conversations and Friction: An Interview with Prodoh Co-founder Stacey Doherty

Avoiding Awkward Conversations and Friction: An Interview with Prodoh Co-founder Stacey Doherty

“I truly feel like that was a big hurdle for us. It was something we should’ve addressed in the beginning, and we could’ve alleviated some of these awkward conversations,” reflected Stacey Doherty, co-founder of Prodoh, a South Carolina-based children’s apparel company. She was talking about her and her co-founder, who happens to be a best […] Read More ->

What It Means to Be an EQ Guy: An Interview with Ed Warren of Zippity Cars

What It Means to Be an EQ Guy: An Interview with Ed Warren of Zippity Cars

Ed Warren considers himself an EQ guy versus an IQ guy. Not that he isn’t smart, but because he’s relied more on the former for his successes. “Things that drive success are rarely the person who has the raw IQ power to solve your problem the fastest,” he explained, “but the person who has sufficient […] Read More ->

The Passion and the Grind: Who Needs Balance?

The Passion and the Grind: Who Needs Balance?

“In college I wasn’t aware of the realities. You have no context for what it takes to run a business, what kind of pressures and responsibilities there are dealing with customers,” recalled Scott Andrus, founder of ON3P Skis. “In college I had no context for what it takes but I knew it was something I […] Read More ->

Prepare for Uncertainty and Conflict: Part Two of Our Interview with Jim Twining

Prepare for Uncertainty and Conflict: Part Two of Our Interview with Jim Twining

“You have a strategy you agree on. You’re in alignment. You adjust it regularly. You revisit it, you adjust it, you revisit it. It just never ends. The planning is very fluid, it’s very dynamic. ... If there is a person holding you back from meeting goals, you need to decide whether they should step aside. If it’s you, the founder ... Read More ->

A Talk at IVY The Social University: What we learned from the audience about stress and pressure points

A Talk at IVY The Social University: What we learned from the audience about stress and pressure points

As audience members arrived at the Boston venue this past Monday, we asked the first 50+ who walked through the door to fill out a simple half page form. We wanted to better understand who we were talking to, and what their pressure points or stressors are. Even though the talk was billed as how […] Read More ->

Strategies Young Entrepreneurs Are Using to Build a Barrier Between Work and Personal Life

Strategies Young Entrepreneurs Are Using to Build a Barrier Between Work and Personal Life

You wake up at 3 a.m. Stare at the ceiling. Overwhelmed. Anxious … and then the running monologue starts like a bad song stuck in your head. Oh shit, it’s “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae with those lyrics repeating in a virtual loop: Hey I just met you – And this is crazy – […] Read More ->

Who Makes a Good Entrepreneur? Part One of Our Interview with Jim Twining, formerly of Southern Tide

Who Makes a Good Entrepreneur? Part One of Our Interview with Jim Twining, formerly of Southern Tide

“My opinion is pretty steadfast that you are born with what your natural personality is. Of course experience can bring about different behavior without changing the underlying personality, and I do think intellect can help a person because to me the ability to assess, understand and process cause and effect can contribute to self-awareness. ..." Read More ->

A Brief Dissection of Fear

A Brief Dissection of Fear

The other day we were talking entrepreneurship with a business school professor, when he somewhat veered from our topic to say, “Fear of failure is unbelievably powerful!” So earnest was the professor in saying this, it was actually surprising. His conviction suggested a power from the netherworld – really. Something that could take hold of us, possess us, and make us do unexplainable things. Sometimes fear can be so incapacitating and debilitating that you can’t cope ... Read More ->

Getting Out of the Hole and Meaningful Solutions, Part II of Our Interview with Andy Chan

Getting Out of the Hole and Meaningful Solutions, Part II of Our Interview with Andy Chan

“In 2017 I realized I was not okay. I needed to change the way I think about things and get myself out of the hole I had dug myself into,” Andy Chan said, as he reflected on hitting rock bottom. It was then he finally talked openly to his parents about his tendencies, and he […] Read More ->

A Downward Spiral into Dangerous Territory, Part I of Our Interview with Andy Chan

A Downward Spiral into Dangerous Territory, Part I of Our Interview with Andy Chan

“I distinctly remember there was this one night, it was midnight. I was walking home alone … and looking down from a bridge. I don’t know why, but I thought to myself, I wonder what it would be like to just jump over.” Then a student at Carnegie Mellon University, Andy Chan didn’t make the jump, but his thoughts continued to darken. Read More ->

Getting Out of Your Own Way

Getting Out of Your Own Way

“As an entrepreneur bootstrapping my business, I constantly have to manage myself to stay on track. I’ve learned that I have a tendency to hold myself back because taking risks is scary… Sometimes, I even find that I make obstacles and excuses for myself. In other words, sometimes I need to work on getting out of my own way,” stated Betsy Nesbitt, who's spent some time contemplating both mental and physical health in the pursuit of success. Read More ->

Reengineering a Framework for Existence Despite Business Success

Reengineering a Framework for Existence Despite Business Success

A couple successful start ups under his belt. Money to back them. An entrepreneur in residence at an elite U.S. business school. A seemingly charmed life. And yet, Yuki Aoyama felt compelled to seek mental health counseling for a deepening depression. “I had to think deeply about life,” Aoyama explained. Read More ->

Risk, Parenting and Co-founding with Your Significant Other

Risk, Parenting and Co-founding with Your Significant Other

When we spoke with Weiss, we were hoping for some perspective on being an entrepreneur while raising a young family; more specifically, co-founding a company with her husband, along with a 7-year old and a 5-year old in tow. We got it! She was forthright about their journey, the challenges ... Read More ->

A Brief Understanding of Emotional Intelligence

A Brief Understanding of Emotional Intelligence

A Brief Understanding of Emotional Intelligence Emotional intelligence. Self-awareness. Leading with empathy. Cliché? Or legit mainstays? Guess we’ll find out. But we do wonder if entrepreneurs by nature struggle with leadership and the underlying emotional framework for good leadership. After all, entrepreneurs tend to be of singular vision and headstrong. And how well adjusted are […] Read More ->

Equity, Pivots, and Difficult Discussions

Equity, Pivots, and Difficult Discussions

“The accelerator wanted to know how we were dividing up the equity so we said, Let’s talk about it. The conversation was very interesting because we didn’t have a framework in which to talk about it, so a lot of it was subliminal attacking of each other. There were communication issues because we didn’t have experience talking about things like this.” Read More ->

Stretching the Rubberband

Stretching the Rubberband

“Life is risky in general,” she concluded. But for entrepreneurs the risk factors and propensity for risk are very much different. “It’s a big jump on outlooks on how to live life, and some people just don’t understand this kind of approach.” From her experiences, Gardell has some interesting observations ... Read More ->

Touched with Fire

Touched with Fire

In our interview with psychiatrist, researcher, and entrepreneur, Michael Freeman, he mentioned that his research paper on mental health and entrepreneurs borrowed its title from Touched with Fire, a prize-winning book by the renowned clinical psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison. Her book has been called a “remarkable achievement” by people who hopefully know what they’re talking […] Read More ->

There Is Life After Entrepreneurship

There Is Life After Entrepreneurship

When he stopped thinking about his business in the shower, he knew it might be time to pull the plug. “I feel like I had thrown everything against the wall but nothing was sticking,” recounted Jason Shuman, founder of Category 5, a custom shoe company. “I was starting to feel really burnt out.” Read More ->

Sex, Drugs & Entrepreneurship

Sex, Drugs & Entrepreneurship

Yeah I know, the whole Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll cliché thing has been overused. So what. Here’s the thing, entrepreneurship is like a drug. It’s easy to get addicted. Just takes one dopamine rush. To switch analogies to something more sexual ... Read More ->

Interview: Rachel Renock

Interview: Rachel Renock

“I think for my own mental health, reigning in my inner voice and that constant dialogue is critical,” explained Rachel Renock, the 27-year old co-founder and CEO of Wethos, a tech company on the Lower Eastside of Manhattan. That running dialogue makes sleep very difficult and beats her up mentally, but has also driven early successes that includes ... Read More ->

Interview: Dr. Michael Freeman

Interview: Dr. Michael Freeman

Psychiatrist, entrepreneur, researcher and lead author of Are Entrepreneurs "Touched with Fire"? One of his patients suffers from deep, dark depressions. He’s also a very successful serial entrepreneur on his fifth business. It took a while, but psychiatrist Dr. Michael Freeman figured out the guy has a family history of bi-polar disorder that probably affects him. Read More ->

Interview: Lance Stokes

Interview: Lance Stokes

Thick Skin and All In. Consider the situation. She’s pregnant. It isn’t going well. The docs restrict her to bed rest for 10 weeks. ... Fast forward to 2017. The company has blown up to over $13 million in sales and some 100 full-time and part-time employees. In September they landed #53 on Inc. 5000 list with a three-year growth of 6,010%. Not too shabby. Read More ->

Let the Numbers do the Talking

Let the Numbers do the Talking

Interview: Robert Langer (Part II)

Interview: Robert Langer (Part II)

You hear over and over how important a good team is, well, as you can imagine, Langer doesn’t want just good people, he wants great people. But you’ll see what’s more important is how he treats his people. “I am probably nit picky about who comes into the lab,” he said. “But once in lab, while not quite like a son or family but not that far from it, I’d do anything for them.” Read More ->

Interview: Robert Langer (Part I)

Interview: Robert Langer (Part I)

He Didn’t Fit the Mold, So He Broke It. The guy holds over 1,000 patents; has published over 1,000 articles; oversees an MIT lab that has served as an incubator for 40 companies; and he is the most quoted engineer in the world, ever. Ever in history. Read More ->

Failing Forward

Failing Forward

Falling Forward Is Not a Sex Position, Nor Sexy. Ok, it’s a stretch to make that connection but sex positions have been given odder, sillier names than Falling Forward. The whole sadomasochistic notion that it’s OK to fail is part of the hype and hyperbole that needs kept in perspective too. Read More ->

Interview: Greg Kotzbauer

Interview: Greg Kotzbauer

Homeless, Bootstrapping, and Living on the Outer Edge. As we sat at a local coffee shop, he described how bootstrapping is a way of life, and I munched on a solid egg sandwich. Then he told me how he is effectively homeless, all of his personal belongings in storage, him living out of hotel rooms and crashing with friends or family. Like an entrepreneurial vagabond. I set aside the sandwich. Read More ->

Interview: Jeremiah Prummer

Interview: Jeremiah Prummer

Seeing the Good Things Through Polarized Sunglasses. “I’m really good at forgetting the bad things.” That’s what gets Colorado Glasses founder Jeremiah Prummer through tough times. As he admitted, he doesn’t have a particular strategy yet for handling the down times but thinks it’s a “personality thing” that helps him fight through ... Read More ->

The Existential Entrepreneur

The Existential Entrepreneur

The Existential Entrepreneur: Welcome to the Unfathomable Universe. Ever since man emerged from his caves, witnessed a magical bolt of lightning strike the earth, and learned to use the resulting heavenly gift of fire, there’s been a need for some kind of framework for explaining life. Religion, economics, politics, sports, drugs, whatever your fancy. ... Otherwise it’s full-on chaos and anarchy. This I know: We entrepreneurs are facing chaos and anarchy everyday, so we definitely need a framework to live by Read More ->