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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

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I love the excitement behind startups, and how driven invested individuals can become. I also understand the failures involved in working for a startup. I lived it all - Whether it's negotiating hard for equity, understanding that 90% of startups fail and dealing with the stresses of startup work.

This week I answer audience feedback questions, based on failures that I have had at startups.  I want you to learn how to negotiate and win at a startup. I have been burned by startups before. Whether it was losing money on stock or getting no stock at all, I've been burned..

This week you will hear a question from my my audience and I'm trying something new. I will spend the entire episode sharing my experiences, wins and losses to help answer your questions..I want to help you since you have helped me so much.

This week you'll learn:
  1. How to negotiate equity at startup
  2. How much equity do you ask for 
  3. What happens if the company fails
  4. How much time should I allocate when I negotiate equity
  5. How to make money for products sold vs. a flat fee
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Patrick McGinnis, author of the 10% Entrepreneur asks the question: "Do you want to live your startup dream?" Patrick wrote the playbook on how to live your startup dream without quitting your day job. Entrepreneurship is overrated. In this episode Patrick teaches you how to invest just 10% of your time and resources, to become an entrepreneur you can keep a stable day job. And that is how the modern day startup founder finds a winning formula.

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The dot com era is over. Startups are dead. Hedge your bets and only invest 10% of your time with startup ideas. The startup entrepreneur version of the "American Dream," is a myth. Launching a side project, side hustle or side business is the new startup. What we'll teach you about on this podcast episode:


  1. The Five Types of 10% Entrepreneurs
  2. One Job Is Not Enough
  3. All the Benefits Without the Pitfalls
  4. Making the Most of Time and Money

More about Patrick: Patrick J. McGinnis is a venture capitalist and private equity investor who founded Dirigo Advisors, after a decade on Wall Street, to provide strategic advice to investors, entrepreneurs, and fast growing businesses. In this capacity, he has worked in a range of settings, from building startups from the ground up in Silicon Valley to acting as an expert consultant to the World Bank in Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East.

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