“The most powerful book I’ve read on manic depression since An Unquiet Mind.” — Adam Grant
“Powerful account… An inspiring and important book.” — Kay Redfield Jamison
The Humbling of Andy Dunn: How the Bonobos Co-Founder's Struggles With Mental Health Almost Upended Him--and His Company
This is the story of a founder who hit it big and suffered a breakdown--and his efforts to win back trust and relationships, one day, one person at a time.
Bonobos cofounder Andy Dunn reveals his bipolar disorder
In his memoir, ‘Burn Rate,’ Bonobos founding CEO Andy Dunn shares how bipolar I disorder nearly derailed his personal and professional life. An exclusive excerpt.
The Haunting of Andy Dunn
On Andy Dunn’s left ring finger, framing his thick silver wedding band, is a scar. It is the smallest of blemishes, hardly noticeable to anyone but Dunn himself. But for him it is a reminder of a terrifying secret and the darkest momentof his life. Dunn has other scars as well—invisible, ...
Bonobos cofounder Andy Dunn describes how he changed his unstylish ways to run a top fashion brand: 'We needed a fashion-startup front man, not a neon orange liability'
In "Burn Rate," Andy Dunn says Brian Spaly, his more fashionable Bonobos cofounder, bought clothes for him and advised him on clothing choices.
Bonobos co-founder Andy Dunn is taking public his secret battle with bipolar disorder
Andy Dunn, the co-founder and former CEO of the men’s clothing company Bonobos, has something new to sell: his life story. It might just save another life. In “Burn Rate,” hitting bookshelves tomorrow, Dunn goes public with a secret he managed to hide from the public for decades despite being a high-profile founder for much […]
The Wall Street Journal
A Former CEO Comes to Terms With His Bipolar Disorder
Andy Dunn, co-founder of menswear brand Bonobos, talks about going public with his “ghost,” and destigmatizing mental illness in the workplace.
This book isn’t what you think it is.
It is not a self-aggrandizing tale of entrepreneurial success. It is not an insider’s guide to launching a startup, brimming with insights packaged for tech bros or corporate leaders looking for an edge.
This book is a ghost story.
My Ghost first arrived in the year 2000 and would haunt me for the next sixteen years. It was a secret, known only to a handful of my closest loved ones.
My Ghost is an illness—one that can amplify human potential and seek to destroy it at the same time. For some, a ghost like mine might even seem life-expanding—jet fuel for the entrepreneurial drive—before the liabilities rip it all apart.
Here is the tabloid-ready summary of my book: In 2016, on the precipice of selling Bonobos, the startup I’d been building for the previous nine years, I flew into a manic spiral and was hospitalized for a week in the psych ward at Bellevue in New York. When I was discharged, I was met by NYPD officers, who took me to jail, where I was charged with felony and misdemeanor assault.
Thanks to my Ghost, I came within an inch of losing the woman who is now my wife, the company, and everything I cared for in the world.
Here’s the thing: I still live with it—but the Ghost, my diagnosis of bipolar disorder, isn’t a secret anymore.
It has taken five years of therapy to be able to write those words.
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