What We Learned From Don Brown About Starting 6 Companies (and Successfully Exiting 3)

Matt Preuss
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On episode 9 of the Founders Forward Podcast we welcome Don Brown, Founder and CEO of LifeOmic. Prior to starting LifeOmic, Don started 6 companies with his first being acquired by GM in 1986 and his most recent, Interactive Intelligence, being acquired for $1.4B in 2016. Since the acquisition Don has turned to his passion of medicine and the medical field by founding LifeOmic (and LIFE Apps). LifeOmic is a single platform that “activates precision health and wellness.”

About Don

Even though Don has started 6 companies he might actually have more knowledge in intermittent fasting and health. Through his studies at John Hopkins and the introduction of the LIFE Fasting Tracking, Don has become a true expert on all things fasting.

Our CEO, Mike Preuss, had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Don. You can give the full episode a listen below (or in any of your favorite podcast apps).

What You Can Expect to Learn from Don

  • What he learned from starting 6 companies
  • What he learned from navigating the dot-com bust, the Great Recession, and COVID-19.
  • The importance of knowing the job to be done
  • Why intermittent fasting isn’t just “another diet craze”
  • Why intermittent stresses are good for your body
  • The benefits of intermittent fasting
  • How you should think about setting up a fasting schedule

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