Dylan Sidoo is the President and Co-Founder of his technology company, Disappears, Inc., and work in Business Development at BMEX Gold, Inc. He has always had an entrepreneurial spirit, whether it be co-founding a film and acquisitions company in 2014 where him and his partner distributed two films, securing an output deal with Netflix, to founding his technology company to solve a unique problem in the marketspace. Over the last few years, Dylan has been working in the venture space, first starting in investor relations at Advantage Lithium as a founding shareholder, and transitioning to Business Development at BMEX Gold, Inc, after the lithium explorer’s acquisition. He is extremely dynamic, and can handle multiple work flows which he would say is one of his greatest assets besides his resilient and tough mindset. Back in 2014 Dylan’s partner and him had a vision of creating a heightened secure solution for consumers who care about data privacy. Which is a topic that only has been getting increasing threatening. He has not given up on their vision since 2014, and has an innate responsibility to produce shareholder value. Whether that be through an acquisition, or a public offering; subsequently this highlights Dylan’s resilient mindset and attitude as a person and a businessman.
Where did the idea for your career come from?
I was interning at William Morris Endeavor in Los Angeles when some of the company’s departments had their information hacked. I started looking into the space for secure commination solutions. Even prior to this in 2014 the Sony hack had altered my attention. With this all in mind, and seeing the solution in the market that still were not full proof, I decided to team up with my partner and I create a fully private and secure solutions for users, where they could 100% trust the secureness of the product.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
I wake up and immediately and return any emails in my inbox on my mobile device. Because of the nature of venture capital, not being a typical 9-5, I spend the majority of my mornings working on BMEX Gold related work (i.e. during market hours), if I have calls/meetings scheduled in between for my tech. company I will take those. Late afternoon, and evenings are devoted to work as well, and any other administrative work such as filings, scanning docs, etc.
How do you bring ideas to life?
– I bring the deal to one of my mentors in the venture space who can assist with allocating resources because of his strong relationships and deal flow
– Put the team together
– Create the investor pitch deck
– Raise capital to fund the business at its early-stage juncture
What’s one trend that excites you?
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
I use the technique of visualization, whether that be visualizing in business my end goal or how I want to impact my community through philanthropic endeavors.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Take things easier, don’t be so serious.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
I can’t think of anything at the moment.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
Networking (As it has brought key assets onboard for my business and has allowed me to expand my horizon as an individual. The more people I meet the more I can learn not only professionally but about life).
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
Torn rotator cuff that I was living with for years from improper lifting form, which prevented me from being fully functional in the gym. After years of trial and error therapy, I went under the knife and received labrum repair surgery. Now with full function, after rehab, I am pain free.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
A non-profit for Men’s mental heath. There are various initiatives and foundations in place but still there is a generalized stigma about the issue, and many men still hold certain generational ideals close to the chest; for example, being the strong silent type.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
On a large set of flowers for my mother.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
Clubhouse (Tracking software for our product team of developers. Not only does it track the progress but it includes business development information such as our timeline (i.e. GHANNT Chart) and also a breakdown of the current bugs/issues in a more simplified format for management to look at.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
Sun Tzu, The Art of War. I believe in parallels. For example, sports teaches great lessons that carry over into the professional realm/life (never giving up, pushing yourself, working as a team towards a tangible goal). I feel the same is with this book. You can take many of the teachings and apply them to business, and your personal life.
What is your favorite quote?
Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!… – Sylvester Stallone, Rocky Balboa
- Being self aware is a tremendous asset to an individuals growth and mental health.
- Working on something that an individual is passionate about will keep him/her engaged vs. something an individual works on just for the sake of compensation.
- Negative energy can be harnessed and used to push and excel in all aspects of life.
Steve (Stefan) Junge hails from Germany and helps with the day-to-day publishing of interviews on IdeaMensch. While he and Mario don’t share a favorite soccer club, their enthusiasm to help entrepreneurs is a shared passion.