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As part of the Founder Institute’s new series of free online startup events for entrepreneurs practicing social distancing, we were pleased to welcome Gabe Zichermann  on Tuesday, May 19th, 2020 (11am PDT) for a live, interactive webinar event on the topic of founder depression and well being.

According to a 2015 study by UCSF, 72% of entrepreneurs report mental health concerns, and founders are 30% more likely to experience depression than non-founders. With the long hours, astronomical expectations, and rollercoasters of emotion many entrepreneurs encounter, this will come as no surprise to many founders (but still not offer much solace). On this live and interactive webinar, we discussed these issues with Gabe Zichermann, a 6X tech entrepreneur and author who has succumbed to these stresses himself, and believes most founders he has met have displayed mental or other extreme behavioral issues. This was a a candid and open discussion where vulnerability, honesty, and openness around founder wellness was encouraged. 

This event was co-hosted by Gabe Zichermann and the Founder Institute.

Listen to the full discussion on founder mental health below:


Focusing on successes and not failures

What not to ask founders

2 kinds of depression

Discussing your mental health and responses to anticipate

Selecting the right therapist

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