We had the good fortune of connecting with Adam Dodge and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adam, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
Like a lot of business ideas, it was a matter of necessity. I work in the field of gender-based violence, primarily helping victims live lives free of abuse. A challenge in our field is being able to provide effective assistance when abuse goes digital. As more and more victims reported they we were being harmed online and on their devices, I began to search for training and resources that would empower me to assist them. Only I couldn’t find any. So, I began to tinker with and test ideas that would be practical and effective in preventing and addressing online abuse. Word got out and soon other organizations began asking me to train them. Before I knew it, I had become the resource that I needed!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
At EndTAB, we focus on making ‘Digital Safety’ accessible for everyone. The field of technology can be daunting, especially when that very technology is used to harm us. The good news is that people and organizations do not need to be tech experts to prevent and respond to online harm. We empower non-experts to keep themselves – and those they care about – safe in a digital world. We are particularly excited about our work with with youth and parents. Parents are constantly telling us how the feel overwhelmed and ill equipped to keep their children safe online. As a parent, there’s nothing worse than feeling like you can’t protect your children. The internet and social media do a really good job amplifying that feeling. As a result, some of our most impactful and rewarding work is helping those same parents parent in a digital age. It’s not easy! Technology is constantly evolving and presenting new challenges – from deepfakes to OnlyFans – and it can be hard to keep up.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Let’s be honest, it would mostly revolve around food. Dim Sum at Lunasia in Pasadena and then back to the West Side for drinks at Rose Cafe and De Buena Planta in Venice. Also, Satdha on Lincoln blvd. has AMAZING vegan Thai food, so that’s also a must. Breakfast at Superba Food and Bread is a homerun (their massive pancake comes with sea salt and a pat of butter the size of your hand). Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
How much time do we have?? There are so many people who have had a hand in this journey – too many to include here so I’ll focus on one. The survivors of domestic violence I’ve worked with during my career inspire me every day. There are many – including the victims themselves- who view a victim who returns to an abusive relationship as weak. That couldn’t be more wrong. It takes so much strength and resilience to keep moving forward when your partner is harming you and those on the outside are judging you. And yet these victims keep fighting. It’s incredible.