One entrepreneur I spoke with who requested anonymity for fear of being ostracized by the community said she felt the problem was that there weren’t more cathartic community events after the suicides. And this week’s layoffs were sprung on the team so suddenly.
“It’s been kept very, very quiet,” she said. “They need to open the doors. You can’t hide it. You can’t pretend it didn’t happen — everybody knows these people. There is a danger of happiness as a goal, it’s a byproduct of striving for that which you desire. Where’s the grownup? Barry from Venture for America is 22 years old. There was no check-in, no meetup for the community. I want someone who can talk to me about my life, not my business.”
“We have a lot of young people who may be business-brilliant, but the pressure is insane. It’s lonely. There’s a pressure to socialize and go out. There’s a pressure to party.”
As a response to the suicides, the Downtown Project’s clinic, Turntable Health, which is also a co-working space, is going to hire a full-time therapist.