blueperiod. designs solutions for mental & emotional health in the startup and technology communities.

 

People talk a lot about building, growing and funding startups. What doesn't get talked about much are the mental and emotional challenges of startup life.

We're committed to starting a conversation that inspires action. As an almost-yearly, high-profile suicide reminds us, the risks of entrepreneurship can come with a heavy price. 

Let's work together to humanize startup life.

 

Staying sane in startupland is no easy task. Stress comes with the territory and is definitely a positive influence. But startups also come with a great deal of risk for everyone involved, both financial and emotional. Knowing how stress affects you and what to do about it helps you thrive.

Cutting-edge technology and business models may turn heads and raise valuations, but for now, human beings are the true engine of startups and innovation. Although it's not as visible as its tech counterpart, the human side of startups is just as crucial to the health of the ecosystem.

We believe entrepreneurship is an enormously important creative act - one that can create real, positive change for the world. Yet being creative is a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. It's a thrill for sure, but you'll have a better ride if you understand the creative process and know how to care for yourself.

about us

 

  Rick Bidgood  believes startups hold great promise to really change our lives for the better. While people in startupland work to disrupt the world, he's seen how their lives also get disrupted, sometimes for the worse. As a senior leader with Wells Fargo, Kaiser Permanente and U.C. Berkeley, he's started and managed organization-wide programs that have been recognized as models for employee health and well-being. As a licensed psychotherapist, organizational consultant and HR innovator, Rick uses his deep expertise to work with entrepreneurs in designing solutions which safeguard the promise of innovation while bringing fresh, holistic approaches to thriving with the many challenges of startup life.

Rick Bidgood believes startups hold great promise to really change our lives for the better. While people in startupland work to disrupt the world, he's seen how their lives also get disrupted, sometimes for the worse. As a senior leader with Wells Fargo, Kaiser Permanente and U.C. Berkeley, he's started and managed organization-wide programs that have been recognized as models for employee health and well-being. As a licensed psychotherapist, organizational consultant and HR innovator, Rick uses his deep expertise to work with entrepreneurs in designing solutions which safeguard the promise of innovation while bringing fresh, holistic approaches to thriving with the many challenges of startup life.

  Rob McFeeley  has nearly a decade of experience working in and around the startup and technology industries. He’s a Sales, Marketing & Creative professional who’s helped leading organizations like IDEO, TransferWise, 4.0 Schools, Boundless & NYC’s Department of Education grow and tell their stories more effectively. Rob’s personally dealt with Mental Health issues for most of his life and co-founded blueperiod. based on his experiences with the everyday stresses of startup life. He’s committed to helping others develop healthier relationships with themselves, their emotions, and equip them to better navigate the nuances and frustrations of the ever-evolving US Behavioral Health ecosystem.

Rob McFeeley has nearly a decade of experience working in and around the startup and technology industries. He’s a Sales, Marketing & Creative professional who’s helped leading organizations like IDEO, TransferWise, 4.0 Schools, Boundless & NYC’s Department of Education grow and tell their stories more effectively. Rob’s personally dealt with Mental Health issues for most of his life and co-founded blueperiod. based on his experiences with the everyday stresses of startup life. He’s committed to helping others develop healthier relationships with themselves, their emotions, and equip them to better navigate the nuances and frustrations of the ever-evolving US Behavioral Health ecosystem.