I've spent most of my career working in technology in the Bay Area. Ranging from corporate development roles at companies like Facebook, Dropbox and Airbnb to starting a venture firm (Wave Capital), I've seen firsthand how meaningful technology has been in shaping the future. As it relates to mental health issues though, the stigma both in our industry and in my community, hasn't changed as much as I would hope.
Mental health issues hit close to home for me. A few of my family members have suffered from different forms of mental health disorders and as a result, I've seen how challenging and lonely the affects were on both them and their loved ones. That's why I'm so focused on helping bring awareness and dollars to the problem.
Change can't happen unless we're comfortable with talking about the issues. The local organizations I'm supporting are helping address this.