Entrepreneurs Open Up About Depression

Thanks to bold self-revelations from some top names in the industry, greater media coverage (such as this award-winning story from Inc. Magazine by Jessica Bruder) and, sadly, the tragic loss of several members of the startup community to suicide, the curtain that once completely walled off founder’s mental health struggles is starting to crack open.

The bravery of A-list investor Brad Feld has a lot to do with this. Having battled throughout his life with depressive episodes, the Foundry Group managing director publically owned up to his struggles last year on his blog. “Then came the emails. Hundreds of them,” Bruder reports. “Many were from entrepreneurs who had also wrestled with anxiety and despair.

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