Stories of The Influencer Economy with Ryan Williams

Brad Feld has had dark moments as an entrepreneur. He lives fast paced life as an entrepreneur and startup investor. Hailing from Boulder, Colorado, Brad has struggled with depression throughout his life. This episode he and I get real on the struggle that we go through when we're depressed. It's a truthful and honest chat into the world of depression and obsessive compulsive disorder OCD.

How common is the issue of depression in the world of entrepreneurs? Well, it's more common than you think. In fact, struggling with depression as a someone who is starting a company is more likely than you'd realize. Why? Because being a founder or entrepreneur is a lonely job. It's also very intense, with highs and lows that are un-common to those working more corporate and stable jobs.

Entrepreneurship is also a thrill. That's why we pursue the challenges involved. Brad Feld came on the podcast to chat about depression and his own bouts with it, and how he has fought through his own battles of obsessive compulsive disorder.

Brad is a world-class entrepreneur and investor. Having started Techstars, Foundry Group, he's invested in hundreds and hundreds of companies. He knows the hustle and flow that entrepreneurs go through and we dig in this episode on:

  • How to cope with depression
  • How to find support from loved ones when dealing with depression
  • The signs of depression and OCD
  • How Brad takes time off the grid to keep himself energized

Brad Feld's article on depression: http://www.feld.com/archives/2015/04/bringing-depression-shadows-startups.html

 

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