From Being Unable to Cross the Road to Jumping Off Bridges: Spotlight on Dina Kaplan ’93

kaplan_dinaFrom WesConnect:

“I couldn’t even cross the road,” says entrepreneur Dina Kaplan ’93, commenting on the fear that permeates the start-up world. In this interview with Venture Village, the founder of talks about flying into freedom, being authentic, and how to conquer fear.

“My everything was the company, but my everything had to change.”

Kaplan describes the situation that was her turning point: “After seven years of working there, and eventually running six departments, the Founders Club, Calliope Group I started to feel a sense of panic. I was afraid to walk down the street. I would feel dizzy, afraid, like I was about to pass out. I lived in fear of passing out in the middle of a busy New York city intersection. So I started to take cabs. Everywhere.”


Jelisa Adair

I am the Civic Engagement Fellow for 2013-2014. While a student at Wesleyan I double majored in Psychology and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and completed a joint thesis during my senior year. I am interested in issues of social justice, mental health, media, and global welfare.