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Founder Mental Health Crisis

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All events will be online via Zoom.
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Aaron Houghton
Founders First System, Founder & President

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.

Dave Mayer
Technical Integrity, CEO

Technical Integrity's core mission is to build community, help great companies and candidates thrive, and to be a conduit to a better world.

We are a boutique placement firm focused on building executive, sales and engineering teams for technology companies that care about their employees and their communities.

We pride ourselves as being a truly honest and impartial partner, providing grounded options, based in data, to both candidates and clients. We always tell the truth- and we're respected for our honest, candid approach.

The cornerstone of what we do, and our mantra, is 'giving first' to our community. We are successful because we make others successful.

We believe that by selflessly building community and helping others achieve their goals, you contribute to making the world a better place. The rest will fall into place. This notion may be new as a core business practice, but it's amazing how well it works - and it feels great.

Since September of 2010, we've donated countless hours and nearly $70,000 to mission driven organizations and non-profits that are making a big difference.

Our depth of experience, our ethical approach, and the respect we command within our network allows us to positively impact clients and candidates in a way that few others can.

Kristin Darga
Impact Founder & Black Label Coaching, Founder & CEO

Kristin Darga, Founder of Impact Founder™ and Black Label Coaching, is a keynote speaker, award-winning author, performance and executive coach. She has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs, many teams in companies and as a four-time founder, she understands the highly satisfying yet distressing road of entrepreneurship. Leading up to owning a media company and executive performance coaching firm, she has experience from years as a management consultant, marketing specialist, journalist, and publicity with Sony Pictures Entertainment. Kristin’s clients include global CEOs/founders (& Teams) of venture-backed start-ups, leaders at companies like Visa, brick & mortar business owners, musician entrepreneurs and highly motivated leaders who are committed to making change through their profession. Kristin specializes in relationships/teamwork, and customized leadership assessments, to career transitions. During her training, she studied with some of the world’s top health experts; including Dr. Deepak Chopra, the leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University. She has also furthered her education by training with Landmark Worldwide.


Come hear about the mental health crisis plaguing startup founders and learn about the tools and techniques founders are using to fight back. Have a technique you rely on to stay healthy as a founder? Bring your ideas and share them with your peers. We’ll be polling the audience for contributions.