EFP 132: Lessons In Startup Failure From A Harvard Grad

Justin Cooke

April 10, 2015

“Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future success.”

Dave started off in a much better position than most entrepreneurs. He’d been accepted to and graduated from Harvard, had a great job and trajectory into the business world, etc.

Still – he wasn’t happy. He needed some adventure in his life and so he took off to explore the lifestyle of a digital nomad. He had a TON of success to start…and then it all went away.

Introducing Dave – The Self Business Man

In today’s episode, I sit down with Dave from SelfBusinessMan.com to discuss his ups and downs with entrepreneurship. We look at the lessons he’s learned and discuss why his latest venture is the one he’s doubling down on.

Check Out This Week’s Episode Here:

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Topics Discussed This Week:

  • Intro/Backstory
  • Life As A Digital Nomad
  • From Successes To Failure (And More Failure)
  • Bouncing Back


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“If you don’t have a brand based on value then you don’t really have a long term business” – Dave – Tweet This!

“Mixing business and personal relationships is very difficult” – Dave – Tweet This!

“You have to will things to happen to be successful” – Justin – Tweet This!

What did you learn from this episode? Any particular thoughts on how to avoid some of the failures Dave ran into? Let us know in the comments – we’d love to hear from you!

8/23/2018 Update!


Hey everyone, Greg here!

I just wanted to update this post to reflect that Dave Schneider is no longer running Ninja Outreach and Self Made Business Man. However, he is still very much in the online business game. If you want to reach out to him, you can find him at his new projects lesschurn.io and daveschneider.me 

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  1. Doug says:

    Hey Guys, great interview.

    It hits close to home, of course. And I think you both explained the Mastery well – side projects have the deck stacked against them.

    In hindsight, I don’t know what we were thinking, Dave! It seemed like it was such a good idea at the time.

    Keep up the great work with Ninja Outreach! I see you got a shout out at the Neil Patel blog the other day.


  2. Awesome episode guys… I have just gone through a hacking nightmare myself.. It is an awful experience, that can be hugely costly.

    I can not stress this enough to anyone now that will listen. Take your site security seriously…

  3. Dave says:

    This turned out pretty well I think! Thanks again for the opportunity.

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