Saving lives one text at a time with Cope Notes Founder Johnny Crowder

From the Corner Office

May 30 2024 • 29 mins

Johnny Crowder likes to say that, in short, he’s a suicide/abuse survivor, TEDx speaker, Billboard-charting heavy metal musician and a Certified Recovery Peer Specialist. He’s also the founder of Cope Notes, a Tampa-based mental health platform that provides daily support to users in nearly 100 countries around the world. Now Johnny, who has  “YOU MATTER" tattooed across the back of his neck and "SAVE THEM" tattooed on his knuckles, is a sought-after speaker on mental health issues. And the ultimate accidental entrepreneur.

Together, we speak about the unique and unusual circumstances in Johnny’s life that led to Cope Notes, and how he has sustained the organization. (He constantly focuses on his north star — helping people.) We also talk about why cereal is important to Johnny — and which one is his favorite.

3 Takeaways:

  1. (06:00) You have skills that will transfer to entrepreneurship
  2. (08:00) Ask for help
  3. (17:00) The “3-year period of guaranteed loss”


(00:00) Subscribe to the Business Observer

(00:31) Introducing Johnny Crowder and Cope Notes

(03:40) How did the Cope Notes come to be?

(06:00) Steps you took to grow Cope Notes

(09:55) Being curious

(11:25) Where is Cope Notes currently?

(13:00) What impact has Cope Notes had on its community?

(16:35) Advice to young entrepreneurs

(20:00) Johnny’s music career

(22:20) What can we expect in 2024 from Cope Notes?

(23:30) Rapid fire questions

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