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“You’re never going to survive”. Those were the words of encouragement I received at the young age of 20 years old. I was broke. Like broke, broke. I had just recently left my Dad’s company to strike out on my own. And things weren’t going well. I was on a job site early in the morning when a colleague of my Dad sidled up beside me.
“Tim,” he said. “You’re an idiot and you’re never going to survive.”
I’d like to tell you that I told him to shove it but I didn’t. I went back to my car and burst into tears. But looking back it was a good life lesson. It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there and you have to be tough to survive.
I’m joined this week by Adam Bartman, co-founder of ReedWater.io. The company is on the bleeding edge of water management technology. His products allow plumbers and building managers to be able to quickly identify leaks and other problems and shut them down. Together we talk about our respective origin stories and how we’ve survived the many hardships of running a business.