Nothing makes us feel more human than realizing we all share the same fears, doubts, and experiences. Hear stories from incredible founders whose businesses are experiencing an extreme change in the midst of the COVID pandemic. Come just to listen. Or bring your favorite story of startup crisis, or COVID crisis, and share it to help others feel more human too.
Founder Health: COVID Confessionals
Aaron Houghton believes it is possible for entrepreneurs to be healthy and happy while they build great companies that change the world. Since starting his first business at age 17, he’s built and launched more than eleven tech startups, scaling one from conception to 350 employees and $50M in annual subscription revenue. Aaron sold two companies to private buyers and one to a publicly traded company for $169M before his 30th birthday.
Aaron was selected as an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008 and was listed to Inc Magazine's 30 Under 30 list in 2010. He’s shared his story and his thoughts on personal growth, digital marketing, and startup leadership with hundreds of audiences, including Harvard University, Entrepreneurs Organization, and StartupNation.
Looking back, Aaron can see his success came with the hidden costs of long term stress; including panic attacks, debilitating anxiety, and a cancer diagnosis in 2009. He had a habit, like many of us, of pushing himself to the absolute limit. He was trading sleep to hit deadlines, trading nutrition to save pennies, and enduring chronic stress year after year so he could chase his dreams.
Aaron knew there must be a better way. He spent five years studying how entrepreneurs manage stress, and personally tested techniques for achieving high performance while maintaining mental and physical health. Aaron then created the Founders First System, manifesting two decades of experience and years of research into a simple set of processes, disciplines, and metrics designed to improve the experience of founders and business leaders around the world.
A multi-time entrepreneur, David was an Entrepreneur in Residence for Techstars, Co-founder and CEO of PivotDesk, CEO of Ignighter, co-founder of OneRiot. Having served as a TechStars mentor since the start, he has entrepreneurial experience that runs the spectrum from small, start-up organizations to large multi-national corporations. At Venture Voodoo Partners, I help early- and mid-stage CEOs deal with the overwhelming decisions involved in running and growing companies.
Niko is the President & Co-Founder of Redox, a leading healthcare data platform powering digital health innovation at more than 700 healthcare organizations. They've grown to 180 employees and have raised $50M in venture capital. He also cofounded of 100state, Wisconsin's largest co-working space and was a on Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2017. He has degrees in Economics from Arizona State and Boston University and lives in Boulder, CO with his partner, toddler, and collection of mountain bikes.