Interview with our CEO in Huffington Post
Yitzi: Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory”? (If you share an inspirational or aspirational backstory, we will be able to publish this interview in Thrive Global as well as Huffpost)
I was born into welfare raised by a single mom opportunity was an afterthought in this world. I was homeless briefly as a child and we lived in our car. At 18 I joined the military frankly because I had no clue how else to have a prayer of escaping poverty. After 4 years of honorable service I was horrified to discover that most companies only want veterans for inexpensive help or a tax break. I decided if no one wanted to give me a decent chance I would create my own future. I joined my first two startups to get a controlled taste of entrepreneurship and at Dynamictivity saw a 800,000 dollar buyout offer be presented. I felt like I had arrived, I had won the lottery I could do no wrong. Ah to be young and naive. I got sick, my wife got sick, the consulting practice I had started did not have lead generation systematized, leads dried up and my finances went off a cliff. I got defrauded, I went bankrupt and I decided I had nothing left to live for. I took our SUV I aimed it at the median made out of concrete on the interstate and I felt a brief moment of peace as I crashed into it. Whatever higher power you believe in had a different plan. I am still here. I woke up with the police at the passenger side door, pissed that I couldn’t even kill myself correctly. I spent 72 hours on suicide watch and now I will build my vision. I am still here and building has to be the reason why.
Yitzi: Can you share the funniest or most interesting story that happened to you since you started your company?
The most interesting is the day I decided to hire outside consulting help I learned the hard way not to trust everything at face value as the consultant took my money, never issued a refund and never did any work for me. Disappointing but lesson learned vet everything before you make a purchase.
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This post originally appeared at Huffington Post