Stressed victims of the start-up whirlwind | Business – The Times

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It all happened so fast for Dan Bedi. He co-founded Jafa, an app for football fans, three days after finishing business school in 2017. Less than two years later, the company has raised £270,000 and employs seven people in Islington, north London.

The whirlwind pace of the early days took its toll, however. As Jafa grew, the pressures of running a start-up sometimes left Bedi feeling “stressed, anxious and light-headed”. After particularly taxing days, he would snap at those closest to him just for asking about work.

“From a mental health perspective, it’s very tough,” said Bedi, 29. “Irrespective of how things are going behind the scenes, you always have to come back to the team you work with and put a face on for…

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