Tales from the Trenches: A 15-Year Serial Entrepreneur Shares His Three Biggest Lessons
David Harig is an active entrepreneur who currently is living, sleeping and breathing his fifth startup.
From a beginning cleaning swimming pools to founding two venture capital-funded companies, David’s
story spans 15 years of modest wins…and epic mistakes. And he wants to share it with you.
These aren’t campfire stories. They’ve yielded hard-earned lessons that are actively guiding David
today as he embarks on building his latest company. “If I could go back to 1999 and tell myself
anything,” he says, “there are the only three things I would teach that younger me.”
David will talk about these three lessons, which he believes you must learn now – not later – if you’re
going to turn your entrepreneurial vision a successful reality. “People think the most difficult part of
starting a business is just taking that first step,” David says. “They might tell you it’s the hard work, the
lack of pay, the uncertainty, or the long hours. I thought so, too. As it turns out, that’s the easy stuff.”
“The path less chosen” concisely summarizes David’s carrier. Admittedly, it’s a
path not for everyone; but he has dreamt, succeeded, and failed – enduring the life of
a start-up entrepreneur for 15 years.
Going on his fifth business started from conception, Change Lane is now the focus of
the experience gained from his uncommon path.
From engineering school, to cleaning swimming pools and telecommunications,
to fitness videos – it is a story and experience that can’t be made up – and is