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Chief Instigator Dan Martell: From Rule Breaker to Serial Success

Patrick Campbell May 19 2020

To say "be more authentic" sounds like an inauthentic statement in and of itself. It can feel a bit frivolous, cliché even. 

My perception of "authenticity" completely shifted after speaking with Dan Martell, serial entrepreneur and founder of SaaS Academy. Dan's vivacious drive at first could seem like a facade, but after speaking with him and learning his life story, I learned that Dan embodies authenticity. 


Dan grew up in a challenging environment as a teenager. He landed in jail twice by the time he was 17 years old. After discovering a book on Java programming, Dan's life began to shift in the right direction. He said the power of people is a continuous influencer on his success, which is why he always works hard on giving back to his community. From a troubled beginning to now hosting more than 2,000 networking lunches/dinners, Dan shares it all in this episode of Protect the Hustle.

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Topics covered in this episode

    • You have to remain authentic. Much of authenticity stems from accepting vulnerability.
    • Surround yourself with the right people. Your tribe should support your future, not your past.
    • Find a way to constantly pay it forward and contribute to your community.

By Patrick Campbell

Founder & CEO of ProfitWell, the software for helping subscription companies with their monetization and retention strategies, as well as providing free turnkey subscription financial metrics for over 20,000 companies. Prior to ProfitWell Patrick led Strategic Initiatives for Boston-based Gemvara and was an Economist at Google and the US Intelligence community.

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