• Burn Rate

  • Launching a Startup and Losing My Mind
  • By: Andy Dunn
  • Narrated by: Andy Dunn
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (184 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this “gripping” (TechCrunch), “eye-opening” (Gayle King, Oprah Daily) memoir of mental illness and entrepreneurship, the co-founder of the menswear startup Bonobos opens up about the struggle with bipolar disorder that nearly cost him everything. 

“Arrestingly candid . . . the most powerful book I’ve read on manic depression since An Unquiet Mind.”—Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Again and host of WorkLife

ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022—Forbes

At twenty-eight, fresh from Stanford’s MBA program and steeped in the move-fast-and-break-things ethos of Silicon Valley, Andy Dunn was on top of the world. He was building a new kind of startup—a digitally native, direct-to-consumer brand—out of his Manhattan apartment. Bonobos was a new-school approach to selling an old-school product: men’s pants. Against all odds, business was booming.

Hustling to scale the fledgling venture, Dunn raised tens of millions of dollars while boundaries between work and life evaporated. As he struggled to keep the startup afloat, Dunn was haunted by a ghost: a diagnosis of bipolar disorder he received after a frightening manic episode in college, one that had punctured the idyllic veneer of his midwestern upbringing. He had understood his diagnosis as an unspeakable shame that—according to the taciturn codes of his fraternity, the business world, and even his family—should be locked away.

As Dunn’s business began to take off, however, some of the very traits that powered his success as a founder—relentless drive, confidence bordering on hubris, and ambition verging on delusion—were now threatening to undo him. A collision course was set in motion, and it would culminate in a night of mayhem—one poised to unravel all that he had built.

Burn Rate is an unconventional entrepreneurial memoir, a parable for the twenty-first-century economy, and a revelatory look at the prevalence of mental illness in the startup community. With intimate prose, Andy Dunn fearlessly shines a light on the dark side of success and challenges us all to take part in the deepening conversation around creativity, performance, and disorder.

©2022 Andy Dunn (P)2022 Random House Audio

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Honest, reflective, and one heck of a ride..

This memoir intersects business and mental health. I knew of Bonobos as a customer, but I was unaware of its rise and the toll it took on the founders both emotionally and from a relationship perspective. There were many inflection points in Andy’s life and career that he unpacked for us, reflected upon, and allowed us to learn from. I highly recommend this book on Audible also because he reads it.

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Grateful.

Honestly this is the first time I’ve ever read a positive depiction of the devastating rollercoaster of bipolar disorder.

Positive in that there can be a life for someone whom has bipolar.

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Re-record with someone who does this for a living

Everyone (including the author) will be better off. Was entirely too dry to continue with.

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phenomenal and candid

Holy shizzle! This guy does not hold back when telling and sharing the darkest moments of his incredible startup journey. He has walked through the valley of the shadow of death and came out the other side wiser and victorious. A must listen/read!

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Written with vulnerable courage

Anyone that has lived with or been in a relationship with another that has suffered, conquered and accepted bipolar diagnosis should listen and learn from this incredible journey.

Bravo Andy. Bravo.

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Gives you a whole new perspective

The book was absolutely amazing and it really speaks to the ups and down that entrepreneurs and business owners go through and gives the team an insight see their bosses and executives in a different light.

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phenomenal and Candid book!

so honest and inspiring for someone with bp I ! I loved his performance and honest discussion of the more negative and positive parts!

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Open and honest

An inspiring story through the shame, stigma and challenge surrounding mental illness. Gives me hope that others will learn from this Board's example on how to accept, support and navigate another human's mental health.

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Finished in a day

Incredibly raw and real depiction of bipolar disorder. So relevant to todays conversation and a must read.

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Candid. Authentic. Moving

Andy is a bschool classmate . If truth be told, I didn't know him that well. Just finished his book which I couldn't stop listening to.

To say it was deeply meaningful would be an understatement. Because I know the ghost he speaks of. Experimenting with medication to cage mental illness, leaning on wise counsel, building a personal toolkit to mitigate fallout on relationships/work/health alongside a uniquely personal journey of self discovery, was viscerally familiar.

I am grateful to him for the courage and discipline it must have taken to pen his experiences down.

Highly highly recommend a read 👍🏽👍🏽

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a new perspective

Really interesting perspective on mental health. as someone currently starting a startup I recognized parts of myself and many people I know in this book. I was a sensitive, "gifted" child myself and I often wonder what the cause and effect is. I felt like this book offered a voice I don't usually hear in the mental health world and was a refreshing and honest perspective