June 13, 2013
Dina Kaplan, founder of Blip, continued piling more onto her plate. In addition to running six departments within her startup- HR, finance, PR, marketing, biz dev, and investor relations- Kaplan took it upon herself to build a networking community for the New York startup scene with The Founders Club. Blip was flourishing, as was the Founders Club, but underneath all of her entrepreneurial successes the pressure mounted and the fear got worse.
Kaplan’s fear of fainting eventually caused her to cab to the office each day in lieu of “a beautiful ten minute walk to work”, costing her an additional $2,000 annually. This from the same frugal head of finance who couldn’t bring herself to hire support.
Later that year, Kaplan purchased a one-way flight to Indonesia, with no particular agenda. She thought she was taking a sabbatical; what she got was a life-changing transformation.
Today, Kaplan is a free-spirited, meditating, bungee-jumping chance-taker, who lives her life on the philosophy of conquering fears.
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