I believe entrepreneurs can be healthy, and happy, and at the same time build great companies and change the world.
Since starting my first business at age 17, I've built and launched more than ten tech startups, scaling one from just an idea to first revenue to 350 employees and $50M in annual subscription revenue. I've sold two companies to private buyers and one to a publicly traded company for $169M before my 30th birthday.
I was selected as an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008 and was listed to Inc Magazine's 30 Under 30 list in 2010. I've shared my story and my thoughts on personal growth, digital marketing, and startup leadership with hundreds of audiences including Harvard University, the Entrepreneurs Organization Summit in Montreal, and StartupNation.
Along the way I've learned to push myself to the absolute limit. Trading sleep to hit deadlines, trading nutrition to save pennies, and enduring chronic stress year after year so I could chase my dreams. Looking back I can see my success came with the hidden costs of long term stress including panic attacks, debilitating anxiety, and a cancer diagnosis in 2009.
I've spent the last five years studying how entrepreneurs manage stress and building my own techniques for achieving high performance while maintaining mental and physical health.
Now I'm writing a book to help all entrepreneurs do the same. After all, our businesses will come and go, but we are always entrepreneurs.
I also mentor a select list of tech founders, helping them navigate the challenges that come from building a popular product.