I was talking with one of my managers about keeping calm during stressful times and he said “of all people at Embrace, you probably have the most stressful things going on behind the scenes, yet you would never know.”

His comment made me think back to when we were raising venture capital for Embrace. The timing was Oct 2008, right in the depths of the financial crisis, and Embrace was running out of money. If this deal wasn’t done, Embrace was done. Two weeks before the deal was due to close, and right when the deal was at its most fragile, my husband was laid off from his job. Oh well, I thought. If this all falls through, there’s one less encumbrance to worry about.

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