secretleaders | Overcoming crippling anxiety and how to get work/life balance right, with Mathilde Collin, Co-Founder and CEO of Front

Overcoming crippling anxiety and how to get work/life balance right, with Mathilde Collin, Co-Founder and CEO of Front

Overcoming crippling anxiety and how to get work/life balance right, with Mathilde Collin, Co-Founder and CEO of Front

Mathilde Collin is the co-founder and CEO of Front, a communications platform that has developed a cult following – despite having to stop working at one point because her anxiety had become so debilitating. Find out how Mathilde learned to overcome burnout, an incapacitated co-founder, and a serious case of competitiveness that almost let work take over her whole life.
Front has grown quickly since its founding in 2013, amassing a cult following, and recently announced a huge series C round with some investors including Eric Yuan – the founder of Zoom.
In this candid conversation, Mathilde shares why she was so unhappy as an intern before starting Front, meeting her co-founder, her Y Combinator experience, meeting Patrick Collison – CEO of Stripe, why dealing with anxiety has been so challenging, and why she considers discipline and transparency to be important skills for happiness and success.
“For me, what matters is when I’m not working, I want to make sure that I’m not working. I think the biggest thing that prevents people from having a good work life balance isn’t obviously the number of hours, but the fact that when they’re off, they’re on.”

We chat about:

Make something people want

How YC gave her the confidence that Front would be a great company

Transparency and discipline at Front

Her super power

Links:
Mathilde Collin – Medium

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