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I built two companies I love, and the business didn’t provide the meaning I thought it would when my family separated
Travis Bockenstedt I quit my job as a college professor and started a production company with my students and I have bipolar disorder.
Our organization was collaborating on facilitating events on behalf of the US State Department, Clinton Global Initiative, World Trade Center and state chambers of commerce, and I was learning at the same time what it meant to be single father.
"I ended up in the hospital from stress and exhaustion AND that was the catalyst for understanding that my physical and mental well being are critical to running a successful business."
Our business was thriving with 35 million users, a million a month in revenue, 140 employees, and we were being sued for 17 billion dollars.
Early this year my business partner left when I was not expecting it and I was pretty upset. After that I had a chance to start working with my best friend from college and since then we're having a great time together.
"My company tripled its annual sales goals and I still find myself concerned about whether or not I'll be able to pay my rent and utilities every single month."
"I finally launched a successful company and I wake up most nights, because I still have no salary and a baby on the way."
My business is scaling faster than I could have predicted and I have constant stomach pain from the stress of it all.
This year I left my job to build my own business and I underestimated what it would take to do that while pregnant and with a new baby.
My sales are doubling each month and I wake up at 2 o’clock in the morning with anxiety attacks.
I helped find an enormous amount of funding for a company that is going to change the world by ending starvation in third world countries using intention and global consciousness and I don't feel like I'm making enough of an impact.
I’ve dedicated my entire life to helping people reach their potential and constantly worry that I’ll never reach mine.
I run a successful business and I’m fearful of taking the next step to invest in the company’s future growth
I have my own Ted Talk and I still wake up every morning feeling like I'm failing.
I survived a combat tour in Iraq and I've raised 1.35 million dollars in funding.
"At 47 my business was performing well and I had a significant depressive episode that lasted for more than 6 months. "
"I lost the business to bankruptcy, swallowed my pride, and now I have a successful model to help real estate investors avoid the same traps that had forced my prior business into bankruptcy."
Following my dreams to jump into becoming an entrepreneur has been the most fulfilling thing I’ve done in my life and oftentimes I feel alone and misunderstood.
My business was experiencing exponential growth and I felt lost, hopeless and empty.
I was faced with my second failed startup at 32 years old and that was the happiest time of my life.
I sold my real estate company to invest in my next startup and we're still not making profit two years in.
Jeff Casimir shares his experiences with starting up his business, the Turing school of Software and Design
I fear daily when I have to stand at the front of the room when I’d rather be hidden in the back and my life’s purpose is fully aligned with my business
I raised a quarter million dollars and struggled with chronic illness where I barely met my basic human needs.
"Imagine having to wake up every day and put on a facade in the public square. Every single day. It drives people to suicide. It was the best thing I could've done for myself (coming out of the closet) mentally, spiritually and for my mission in life. Living authentically in everything is that you do is a game changer."
Mike Biselli (@mikebiselli), is the President of CatalystHTI, he’s a former football player, turned entrepreneur who is developing the industry integrator concept, an entirely new feature of the innovation economy that would allow the healthcare industry to be integrated at the point of innovation by housing an entire health-tech ecosystem in a single location. Now, in partnership with governmental, academic, non-profit, and commercial organizations, Mike Biselli is developing Catalyst HTI, a first-of-its-kind industry integrator in Denver’s River North District (RiNo) that will bring together health-tech startups and Fortune 20s alike in the race to fix American healthcare.