The Dark and Light Sides of Founder Mental Health


This post is by David Poole from Georgian


This blog post is based on a presentation Jessica Carson, Author of Wired This Way and Director of Innovation at the American Psychological Association, gave at our annual Scaletech Conference. Scaletech gathers the brightest minds in product and tech to share hard-won secrets on startup growth, product direction and business strategy. Thank you to BMO Innovation Banking Group for being the presenting presenter of Scaletech. For more information on the Scaletech Conference visit www.scaletechconf.com.

The Dark and Light Sides of Founder Mental Health

We see founders and management teams facing brutally-long workweeks, constant pressure to manage a company while raising funding and the stress of always making decisions. Add to this the uncertainty COVID-19 has brought, and perhaps unsurprisingly, 72% of entrepreneurs self-report mental health concerns.

At Scaletech Conference 2020, we delved deeper into founder mental health with Jessica Carson  (site, LinkedIn), author of Wired This Way and Director of Innovation at the American Psychological Association.

The Light and Dark Sides of Entrepreneurs

Given her background in psychology and neuroscience, Jessica was naturally curious about the unique wiring of entrepreneurs when she first began working in startups and venture capital. “I started to pick up on patterns and trends in their thinking, emoting, relating and interacting.”

“What very quickly became evident to me was the extraordinary, bright light qualities these creators were wired with,” Jessica related. “I was amazed by the extraordinary, almost extreme ambition and conscientiousness and risk tolerance and other amazing qualities. But on the (Read more…)