“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”
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.
Patrick Riley is the CEO of GAN which is a highly-curated community of independent accelerators, corporates, and investors. GAN connects startups to the human and financial resources they need so that entrepreneurs and the cities they call home become increasingly whole. He's also Managing Partner of GAN Ventures, the VC fund associated with GAN.He started his career at the American Red Cross whe…