Story In A Bottle Podcast

About the Guest(s):

Bea "B." Arthur is an innovative entrepreneur with a robust history in the tech and mental health sectors. She's the founder of two mental health startups that strive to make therapy more accessible. Her journey encompasses a variety of roles, including a domestic violence counselor, therapist, and founder. Her experiences extend to the media landscape with features on major platforms discussing failure, entrepreneurship, and mental health advocacy. Additionally, B. Arthur has been recognized by Bumble as one of their 100 most inspirational women.

Episode Summary:

In this captivating episode, host Dan McElroe sits down with B. Arthur, a trailblazer in the tech and mental health industries. Arthur delves into her personal and professional voyage, shedding light on the trials and triumphs along the way. With refreshing candor, Arthur recounts the challenges of starting her mental health-focused companies and how her appearance on Shark Tank played a vital role in her entrepreneurial journey.

Listeners are treated to a raw reflection on the realities of founding startups, with Arthur openly discussing the peaks and valleys that have marked her path to success. She emphasizes the importance of mental wellness, her commitment to democratizing therapy, and the transformative power of meaningful conversations. Insights into the dynamics of therapy, the stigma surrounding mental health, and the future aspects of her endeavors are thoroughly explored.

Key Takeaways:

  • B. Arthur's candid sharing of her struggles and the eventual closing of her first startup provides a real look at the founder's journey.
  • Transitioning from in-person to online therapy, Arthur was a pioneer in introducing therapy through video and later through voice and text.
  • Her experience on Shark Tank significantly impacted her business, establishing a broader audience.
  • Arthur emphasizes the value of therapy and coaching, highlighting her commitment to promoting accessible mental health care.
  • The episode touches on the evolving perception of mental health care and the challenges faced by founders in the tech space.

Notable Quotes:

  • "The right talk at the right time can make all the difference."
  • "Trouble is always temporary."
  • "It was my origin story. So for five years, I did Pretty Padded Room, which became In Your Corner."
  • "It's so good to me as a practitioner in the space, as somebody who has a therapist and a coach and an acupuncturist and two boyfriends, I really want to feel good."


Tune into the full episode to hear B. Arthur's inspiring narrative and gain invaluable insights into the intersection of mental health care and technology. Stay tuned for more engaging discussions and stories in future episodes.

Direct download: Bea_Arthur_Final.mp3
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