Investors are waking up to the emotional struggle of startup founders

Sam Altman, the former head of Y Combinator, quoted in TechCrunch:

… a lot of founders end up pretty depressed at one point or another, and they generally don’t talk to anyone about it.  Often companies don’t survive these dark times. Failing sucks—there is no way to sugarcoat that.  But startups are not life-and-death matters—it’s just work. Most of the founders I know have had seriously dark times, and usually felt like there was no one they could turn to.

For whatever it’s worth, you’re not alone, and you shouldn’t be ashamed. You’ll be surprised how much better you feel just by talking to people about the struggles you’re facing instead of saying “we’re crushing it”.  You’ll also be surprised how much you find other founders are willing to listen.

Founders in Leeds (and beyond) can tap into Mindwell for mental health support.