startup depression

After Suicide of Jody Sherman, A Call to Talk About the Emotional Strain of Life at Startups


This week, the startup community mourned the death of Jody Sherman, the Ecomom founder and CEO who was found dead on Monday. In the days that followed, Mr. Sherman’s friends and colleagues remembered his drive and generosity and sense of humor in a series of blog posts—posts that largely left out the cause of Mr. Sherman’s death, which the Clark County Coroner’s Office determined to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Read More


Diaspora Cofounder Ilya Zhitomirskiy’s Death Sparks Talk of Depression Among Founders

TechCrunch broke the sad news last night that one of the four cofounders of Diaspora, the open-source, pro-privacy social network that started at NYU as a Kickstarter campaign that was funded 20 times over, has died just after turning 22. The cause of death won’t be public record until the case is closed, according to the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s office, which will take at least two weeks. The office has to process a toxicology report, a clerk at the medical examiner told Betabeat, which will likely take until 2012. Read More