I remember starting my company in the last economic downturn after a tough (but necessary) exit from the brokerage house where I was working. I never thought I would leave that brokerage because my co-workers were family to me. Back then, all I did was work and work out. That was my life. My colleagues became my life. Making the choice to leave that family — a choice that appeared abrupt to some — was essential for me to keep my self-respect. Nonetheless, it left me depressed because I really had no one else in New York at the time. I had not built my network yet as I have now. It was a hard time, but I

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