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Dave: Hi, my name is Dave Smith; the name of the company is "TekScape IT." I ran away from home at 15 years old, it was about 10PM, right before my sixteenth birthday. I broke into the boy scout house, I opened the window, and I went in the window, and I closed the window; that's called, "breaking in," unfortunately. I slept on a floor there, I eventually went back home. About a week or so later, I got a knock on the door, my mom's like, "Somebody's down here to see you." It's the police. They handcuffed me, and then drove me to the station. I cried my eyes out, I was terrified. I'm sixteen years old, and I'm sittin' in jail for five days. And I had these deliquent friends that I was hanging around with. And I'm like, "I'm done with them." (laughs) That's the end of that, I don't ever wanna go through that again. That was a changing point in my adolescence, and the other changing point is when I graduated high school, 'cause I barely passed. And then at the end of high school, as I'm getting my diploma, I say to my mom, "Top of the World, Ma!" And I was super excited about it, and two or three days later, I'm like, "Nobody cares, "nobody cares about me succeeding anymore." Because when you're going through school, the teacher's primary job is to make sure their students get the grades that they need to get; that's the goal. But as soon as I got out of it, nobody cared anymore. It was kind of like a shock, and I went to my mom after that, and I said, "Can I go to college?" She's like, "You're out of your mind, I'm not gonna "pay for you to go to college; "you got arrested, and you barely passed high school. "You think I'm gonna give you any money "to go to college?" Where it dawned on me, and I'm like, "Oh my god, I gotta do this "on my own; I gotta figure this out on my own. "How do I do this without having help?" So, that's where it began, and that's how it kind of started. I was doing data entry, I was a stock clerk, and then my stepfather passed away, that was kind of the final piece. I said, "Alright, I need to do something big now. "I'm gonna make bigger decisions in life, "I'm not gonna to be lackadaisical, and live "in small town Connecticut, "and grow from small town Connecticut. "I need to make much bigger decisions, "I need to take challenges. "I'm gonna move to Boston, "I'm gonna start a company, "I'm gonna move to New York City, "I'm gonna go there without any friends, "and live in a studio apartment, and just believe in it." My father used to have a saying, "Can't Never Did Nothing." And it's the most broken English, but what he was trying to get across, and I didn't realize it until after he passed away, is that, if you say that you can't do something, you've failed before you've begun. You have to continually push forward, past the point, and never say that you can't do something. So that value, that he instilled in me throughout my entire childhood, is what gave me the ability to know that I was gonna to be successful, and believe in myself. If you don't believe in yourself, you're not gonna be able to stick your neck out there, and say, "Okay, I need double the credit line that I need, "'cause I know then I'm gonna be able "to develop this business." You just have to believe, and you have to push through all the failures, and the people that say that they can't do it. Every aspect of your life creates a decision, and which pushes you on a certain path, then ultimately, gets you to where I am today, sitting in front of you. I'm happy to be here, but if I didn't have any of those life challenges beforehand, I wouldn't have perspective to sit here.