Crash and Burn: the Pressures of Being an Entrepreneur

Listen to this Ann and Nancy song to feel better!
In commentary on the LATimes about the pressures of the startup world, friends of the late Jody Sherman were quoted as saying:

I know I can’t change the past, but this tragedy has truly consumed me. I hope that now (and with your support) we can begin an open dialogue about suicide and the pressures founders face. It’s time.

- Wittlebee CEO and Cofounder Sean Percival

Perhaps we owe it to these three amazing humans to examine if the pressures of being a founder, the pressure of our community’s relentless pursuit of greatness, in some way contributed to their deaths

- Entrepreneur Jason Calacanis, commenting on Aaron Swartz & Ilya Zhitomirskiy
Food for thought: EcoMom is a great domain, concept, and website. It had a following; it had investors. Maybe what is was lacking is celebrity endorsements. It seems like celebrity endorsements help a product or store get through the door, as noted with Cindy Crawford’s Meaningful Beauty skincare line, Alecia Silverstone’s skincare line, JuiceBeauty, and reality star Bethenny Frankel’s Skinny Girl marguarita. EcoMom needed Alecia Silverstone’s endorsement.
It’s hard, no matter what. Last night on Shark Tank, several good ideas pitched with confidence got swatted down, though the sharks are usually considerate not to completely trample them, saying, “One day, she’ll get it.” I had never heard of EcoMom until Sarah Lacey’s article in PandoDaily yesterday, asking, “What happened to all the money?” in behalf of investors.
Domainers remind me of entrepreneurs – most in the best sense, some in the shady sense. So, as shark tank proves, and the suicide of EcoMom CEO Jody Sherman, pressures are high, and even with all the RIGHT INGREDIENTS, it’s not enough necessarily to take off. Lest we forget, Amazon operated in the red FOR YEARS before its turnaround in the early 2000′s. The lesson is: Keep doing what you’re doing, but don’t feel weird to go back to your day job. It’s hard to make it as an entrepreneur!
Ref: After Jody Sherman death, tech community seeks dialogue on suicide, LA Times

Ecomom is liquidating and shutting down; investors are stunned, PandoDaily