A startup is a baby, in a very real sense. And while some become insanely successful, lifting their founders to Zuckerberg or Musk status, others fail, and their “parents” pay a staggering price that can leave them depressed, unbalanced, and even suicidal.
That may be the case of one Montreal-based founder who recently messaged me on LinkedIn.
His startup was going broke, and he was planning to donate his kidney for exposure, hopefully leading to a $500,000 funding round. I have changed his name to protect his privacy: