Interview with our CEO in Huffington Post
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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