Lindsay Beck was an outdoorsy 22 year old who had just run a marathon when she was diagnosed with tongue cancer. The typical procedure: removing your tongue and communicating via whiteboard for the rest of your life. But at 22? With a life ahead of her and dreams of finding love and starting a family? Furthermore, chemotherapy (not just for tongue cancer) had a 90% sterilization rate – a fact doctors withheld from their patients and then obviously insurance wouldn’t cover egg freezing. During her recovery, Lindsay started the non-profit Fertile Hope to fix both of these flaws. Her goal was for Fertile Hope to cease to exist in 10 years… and it took nine. For her second act, she co-founded NPX Advisors to change the way non-profits are funded, adding transparency and accountability while creating a new security, the Impact Security. Oh, and she and her husband have four young kids, and we discuss prioritization, saying no, and what “family first” means.
This will sound funny, but when you have a major diagnosis like that, everyone is focused on the temporary… ‘oh my gosh you’re gonna lose your hair, you’re going to be throwing up, (…) Everyone is worried about the immediate and the temporary, and Nancy and I were focused on the permanent and the long term…
I felt, and people often disagree with me on this, but I was of the mindset that (…) if I can’t live the life I wanted and the life I imagined and you are going to severely handicap me, I’m out(…) I’ll choose death (…) Nancy wouldn’t let me die (…) but there is some middle ground here.
On the challenges of being an entrepreneur and raising a family
There are so many little decisions that I can make and have control over to do it (…) control, flexibility and prioritization (…) Im not perfect (…) its a dozen experiments that fail to get to one system that works and it works for a short time frame, and we have to keep tweaking
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