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I stepped down as CEO of my company after battling fertility issues, brain cancer, and depression. I want other founders and CEOs to know that sometimes letting go is the best option.

Ryan Caldbeck recently stepped down as the CEO of CircleUp after leading the fintech company for almost nine years. On October 13, 2020 I stepped down as CEO of CircleUp, the company I started in 2011 with my cofounder, Rory Eakin. But I tried to put on a brave face to make sure the board felt comfortable. We also had to go through a round of layoffs, the first I'd ever had to navigate as a CEO. These agonizing decisions kept me up at night for weeks, and I know it was much harder on those affected.

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