They say no pain, no gain. Well, I've gained a lot over the past 5 years. Much greater a gain than the experience of starting a company was the blessing of starting a family. Something I don't recommend by the way - starting a family and a company at the same time. I won't ever do that again :)
But that is the only way I believe I would've met Andrea Perry, my partner in crime, an angel who could be from both Heaven and Hell who is full of fire and passion. I found a beautifully stunning intellect who hasn't stopped stimulating me since the moment we've met. I now understand the quote from the Bible "iron sharpens iron". She is a true force of nature who has given me the most miraculous of all gifts, my children.
Sometimes it's hard to believe that I have a family now, at the same time I can't imagine life without them. If I had to lose my business for my family I would do it without question. In some way, that is what happened. I had to close down the company I started with my dear friend, Ken Anderson, nearly 7 years after taking the audacious leap.
I didn't realize the sacrifices that would have to be made to launch a company and run it. There were numerous birthday celebrations, weddings, memorials, and many other special events I missed over the years for my closest friends that still pains me today. But that pain was going to be sweeter after the company took off. It would've all been worth it wehne Ken and I invited all our friends to our mega IPO party telling hilarious stories from our neighboring yachts making up for all the lost time.
Instead, we had to deal with the financial collapse of the company that had the potential to improve an industry, science, and all of humanity, basically. We stepped into a pressure cooker those many years ago. Running a startup without capital is like moving boulders underwater on a single breath hold. There was no coming up for air for many years.
Under that tremendous pressure you will become a diamond or dust. In the end we are just dust in the wind. It's been a fun (horrific) ride. At this time I'd like to apologize for all those who were pulled into the vortex of One World Lab. We probably did improve the industry, but at a tremendous personal cost. I couldn't keep fighting the battle when I knew I was going to be responsible for 3 little humans.
I'm fortunate to have a magnificent healthy family to come home, too. I am trying to get balance back into my life. I have landed on my feet in a new role to help save lives in another capacity. I'm blessed to have the opportunity to continue growing as husband, father, and human being. I hope all these pictures make up for some of the lost time.