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Science, technology, startups, and suicide

Orion Blastar (457579) writes | about a year and a half ago

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Orion Blastar writes "The startup community needs to address the apparent mental illness issues that some have faced and others might face. There have been too many suicides of late in the startup community. Does anyone have any ideas how to prevent it?"
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Taco Cowboy (5327) | about a year and a half ago | (#42775291)

In places like the Silicon Valley where there were hi-tech startups since the, oh, 1939, when Mr. David Packard and Mr. William Hewlett first started their business.

I and many others were in the Silicon Valley in the 70's, many more came in the 80's and 90's.

Yes, there _were_ occassional suicides among the entrepreneurs, but that was rare.

If there is a jump on the suicide rate on the current crop of startup entrepreneurs, the problem may be that those who commit suicide were not cut from the same fabric as the rest of us.

Yes, the pressure is always there. It was there for Mr. Hewlett and Mr. Packard as well. But whatever pressure that we faced did not push us into taking our own lives.

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