Importance of Founders’ Mental Health with Patrick Riley, CEO GAN

Wed, Sep 15, 2021, 11:30 AM (PDT)

About this event

“I’m feeling so burnt”

“I’m feeling exhausted”

“I don’t know how long I can continue sprinting at this pace”

“I can't turn off my mind, all I think about is work”

Sound familiar?

Being a founder is fast-paced with exhilarating wins and a driving desire to succeed and always be better. Yet, it is also a tremendously humbling experience full of crushing blows, multiple failures, and consistent stress. In 2017, the GAN (Global Accelerator Network) family was forced to face a sobering tragedy: suicide. Patrick Riley is the CEO of GAN and Managing Partner & Co-Founder of GAN Ventures he'll be speaking on how GAN now does things different and how founders can too.

Patrick will share the steps he and his companies have taken to support the mental wellbeing of their founders and tips for founders and founding team members can benefit from as well.

Depression and suicide are not exclusive to the startup world, according to the World Health Organization, approximately 700,000 people commit suicide every year, which can be equated to one person every 40 seconds, and is the 17th leading cause of death in 2019. If you know of a founder who has a crisis situation, they should immediately call the Suicide Prevention Hotline if you’re in the States. That number is: +1.800.273.8255 and you can also chat with them online here. If you’re outside the States, you can find your country’s Suicide Hotline here.



Wednesday, Sep 15
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (PDT)

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  • Jessica Acosta

    Jessica Acosta

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    Atlás Blake

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