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Burn rate : launching a startup and losing my mind

Summary: "The co-founder of the menswear startup Bonobos opens up about the struggle with bipolar disorder that nearly cost him everything in this gripping, radically honest memoir of mental illness and entrepreneurship. At twenty-eight, fresh from Stanford's MBA program and steeped in the move-fast-and-break-things ethos of Silicon Valley, Andy Dunn was on top of the world. He was building a new kind of startup-a digitally native, direct-to-consumer brand-out of his Manhattan apartment. Bonobos was a new-school approach to selling an old-school product: men's pants. Against all odds, business was booming. Hustling to scale the fledgling venture, Dunn raised tens of millions of dollars while boundaries between work and life evaporated. As he struggled to keep the startup afloat, Dunn was haunted by a ghost: a diagnosis of bipolar disorder he received after a frightening manic episode in college, one that had punctured the idyllic veneer of his midwestern upbringing. He had understood his diagnosis as an unspeakable shame that-according to the taciturn codes of his fraternity, the business world, and even his family-should be locked away. As Dunn's business began to take off, however, some of the very traits that powered his success as a founder-relentless drive, confidence bordering on hubris, and ambition verging on delusion-were now threatening to undo him. A collision course was set in motion, and it would culminate in a night of mayhem-one poised to unravel all that he had built. Burn Rate is an unconventional entrepreneurial memoir, a parable for the twenty-first-century economy, and a revelatory look at the prevalence of mental illness in the startup community. With intimate prose, Andy Dunn fearlessly shines a light on the dark side of success and challenges us all to take part in the deepening conversation around creativity, performance, and disorder"--

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  • ISBN: 0593238281
  • ISBN: 9780593238288
  • Physical Description: xii, 297 pages ; 21 cm
  • Edition: Currency Trade Paperback edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Currency, 2023.

Contents / Notes

General Note: Originally published: New York : Currency, 2022. This edition with a new afterword.
"With a new afterword by the author" -- Back cover.
Formatted Contents Note: Origin of the species. Windu ; Insane ingredients ; God is a woman ; Wantrepreneur ; Birth of Bonobos ; Pants on fire -- Pants labyrinth. Shadowboxing ; Sine curve ; Absolute minimum ; Imagine your enemy ; Hypomagic ; Lightspeed, at last ; A diagnosis deferred ; 911 -- Ghost rider. Life is a dream ; The opposite house ; King Arthur's tavern ; Inside the aquarium ; Noose to the sky ; Blame game -- Epilogue, 2020: Here's to the "crazy" ones -- Afterword.
Subject: Dunn, Andy (Entrepreneur) Mental health
Bonobos (Firm)
People with bipolar disorder United States Biography
Businessmen United States Biography
Burn out (Psychology) United States
Entrepreneurship Psychological aspects
Bipolaires États-Unis Biographies
Hommes d'affaires États-Unis Biographies
Épuisement professionnel États-Unis
Entrepreneuriat Aspect psychologique
Burn out (Psychology)
Entrepreneurship Psychological aspects
People with bipolar disorder
Mental health
United States
Genre: Autobiographies.

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