Recorded on 05/18/2022

How to Launch a Startup Without Losing Your Mind with Bonobos Co-Founder Andy Dunn

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Recorded on May 18, 2022.

Watch our program with Andy Dunn, Co-Founder of the menswear startup Bonobos. Hear about his unconventional entrepreneurial journey to success as he built a multimillion-dollar brand while battling bipolar disorder. His book, Burn Rate: Launching a Startup and Losing My Mind, was named by Forbes Magazine as “one of the most anticipated books of 2022.” Hear how Dunn, against all odds, created a digitally native, direct-to-consumer business when he was fresh out of Stanford’s MBA program. What he kept hidden from everyone was his relentless effort to raise tens of millions of dollars to keep his startup from sinking, while battling manic depression. He found himself overcome by ambition that bordered on delusion, over-confidence, and an incessant drive that threatened to unravel everything.

In acknowledgment of Mental Health Awareness month, we hope that this dynamic conversation illuminates the challenges that many entrepreneurs encounter as they pursue innovation and success.


About Andy Dunn

Andy Dunn co-founded the ecommerce-driven menswear brand Bonobos in 2007 and served as CEO through its 2017 acquisition by Walmart. As an angel investor and through his venture capital firm Red Swan, Dunn has backed more than eighty startups, including Warby Parker, Oscar, and Coinbase. Dunn serves on the boards of Monica + Andy, an organic baby apparel company founded by his sister, and the tech nonprofit Raised By Us. His upcoming book, <em>Burn Rate: Launching a Startup and Losing My Mind, </em>was named by Forbes Magazine as “one of the most anticipated books of 2022.” Named to <em>Fortune</em>'s 40 under 40 list in 2018, he is a graduate of Northwestern University and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He lives with his wife and their son in Chicago.

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