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posted by LaminatorX on Saturday October 04 2014, @06:05PM   Printer-friendly
from the Need-help?-In-the-U.S.,-call-1-800-273-8255 dept.

Nellie Bowles writes in Recode that three of the most prominent high tech entrepreneurs involved with Tony Hsieh’s project to build a startup city in Downtown Las Vegas have recently committed suicide, sending the tight-knit community into a tailspin. In January 2013, Jody Sherman, the 48-year-old founder of Ecomom, one of the most prominent Vegas tech-funded startups, shot himself while in his car. His company had been going south. In January 2014, 24-year-old Ovik Banerjee, who was part of the first Venture for America group in Vegas and an integral member of the Downtown Project team, leapt from his Town Terrace apartment in downtown. In May 2014, Matt Berman, the 50-year-old founder of Bolt Barber, the flagship shop at the center of the Container Park, was found in his home in an apparent suicide by hanging. Whether or not the suicides are statistically significant, the deaths have clearly shaken the entrepreneurs.

According to Alyson Shontell, in a social media age where word of success and failure travels fast, entrepreneurs say it's harder than ever to run a company — and it's harder than ever to fail. "It was a hell of a lot of work for not a hell of a lot of return," says Dave McClure, an investor in Ecomom and the entrepreneur behind investment firm 500Startups. "And then there are days when you sit in a corner and cry. You can't really do anything else. You don't have a social life. You don't really want to interact with family and friends because there's just not much context for them. Your world revolves around your startup and it's all about trying to survive and not look like an idiot in front of employees." "In the past, failure was very contained," another entrepreneur says. "When you failed, you felt bad around your family, the people you raised money from, but it wasn't as public. Failure in an era of social media and social video and global events is a very public thing. Jody [Sherman] put himself out there this time and became very respected for what he was doing. That possibility of very public shame is something that didn't exist before." Brad Feld writes that if you are ever considering committing suicide, reach out to someone and ask for help. "It’s ok to fail. It’s ok to lose. It’s ok to be depressed. If you are contemplating suicide, get help. If you have an entrepreneurial friend contemplating suicide, do your best to get them help."

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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 04 2014, @07:17PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 04 2014, @07:17PM (#101736)

    is money, wealth.

    It is a feminist country.
    You cannot have/marry/etc young female children
    (who are often very pretty and nice and sweet).
    Unless you wished to be raped by homosexuals in prison.

    The only happiness to have comes from wealth.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 04 2014, @11:08PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 04 2014, @11:08PM (#101824)

    True. Not a troll.

  • (Score: 1) by art guerrilla on Sunday October 05 2014, @01:10PM

    by art guerrilla (3082) on Sunday October 05 2014, @01:10PM (#102009)

    okay, i'll take your comment semi-seriously...
    the first statement about wealth/money being the highest 'good' in amerika is indisputably true...
    (and irredeemably sad...)
    that this is a result of being a 'feminist country' is, um, weird...

    if *ANYTHING*, i would say rapacious unrestrained kapitalist imperialism is a MASCULINE 'trait'/outcome...
    PURE testosterone and 'might makes right'...

    the next part is some kind of new weird i'm not up on, so not sure how to respond... except there is a kernel of an idea which comports with reality: which is to say, that it *does* make it infinitely easier to meet/marry/mate and raise rugrats 'successfully' if you have more money than less...

    the last statement is not what naturally follows, but -again- has a certain degree of validity: economic stability and lack of want almost certainly correspond with a certain level of happiness, in terms of basic human wants/needs being easily met by means of more than adequate monetary resources, PLUS a degree of security and permanence...
    conversely, LACK of economic stability and monetary means ALMOST CERTAINLY promotes a great deal of UNhappiness...

    c'mon, that is simple common sense; regardless of what greedy 1%'ers would insist is true...