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Monzo founder mental health struggles: UK tech founders share personal tips for coping with stress during pandemic

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Last week the UK tech world was brimming with the news of Monzo founder, Tom Blomfield’s announcement to leave the challenger bank amid increasing pressure on his mental wellbeing. “I don’t think I was any different, so I was really struggling,” Blomfield said reportedly. 

The coronavirus pandemic has caused exceptionally challenging and worrying times for each and every one of us. Where does that leave our tech entrepreneurs? UKTN decided to ask ‘one question’ to some of the most significant founders in the UK tech ecosystem: What are the most effective techniques they were following to manage stress during these COVID-times and what would they suggest to other founders? 


Rebekah Brown, founder, Mpowder: Be creative with virtual interactions 

The dynamic Rebekah Brown, CEO and founder, Mpowder the new e-commerce brand providing nutritional powders for women experiencing the menopause, says, “As a founder who launched their business during the pandemic, the heightened hyper vigilance and anxiety that we’ve all been feeling, was layered on top of startup pressure from the get-go. The most powerful habit we’ve introduced as a team, is a weekly ‘Wonder Walk’. It is the one meeting that is mandatory.”  ...