Dina Kaplan of Blip on Conquering Fears [Video]

June 13, 2013

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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.

Find out what spurred this radical transformation by watching Kaplan’s talk at Tech Cocktail Week Sessions.

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When Zach Davis isn’t getting lost in the mountains, he is hustling from Boulder, CO as Tech Cocktail’s Director of Marketing. He is the author of Appalachian Trials, a book chronicling the mindset necessary for thru-hiking all 2,181 miles of the Appalachian Trail, a feat he accomplished in 2011. Zach is a green tea enthusiast, die-hard Chicago sports fan, and avid concert-goer. Follow Zach on Twitter: @zrdavis.

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