We had the good fortune of connecting with Andy Dubin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andy, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Regarding risk, everyone has their own appetite, threshold, or pain tolerance if you will. It’s just a matter of where you fall on the spectrum and it’s a totally personal choice with no wrong answer.
My tolerance for risk… for entrepreneurial risk is very very high, almost non existent even and is certainly far greater than most. I’ve started companies, raised money, lost it all (twice), was in start up hell for 4 years and have been a hustler first and an entrepreneur second since childhood. I think the most important thing is to be aware of your risk tolerance, stay consistent with your strategy and not waver. I go for grand slams. You only have to be right once!
With Walls Are For Murals, there is absolutely zero risk. We set out to inspire people to work together to solve our problems through peace, love, unity and art and if we could get just 1 person to jump on the bandwagon then we’d feel accomplished. We are currently at over 400 members of the #WAFMFAM and growing. Maybe we will be a globally recognized brand that changes the world or maybe we fall a little short. Wherever we wind up, we guarantee that we will feel good about our efforts and that zero risk was taken.
What should our readers know about your business?
Around 8 years ago I raised money and launched a Tinder like app called Lio in Mexico and Spain. We launched the app at a music festival in the South of Spain in a city called Murcia. We were second to market after Tinder, which no one knows obviously. We did well with the marketing, app activity, and at our peak at 500k swipes a day and 50k messages but in the end the app died a slow and painful technical death and I was unable to raise more more. It sure was a helluva ride and experience though!
I’ve learned many hard lessons along the way in life and in business. Suffice to say, I’ve never taken anything as a failure but as a learning experience or failing forward if you will. There’s no easy path to achieve anything great in life. As the saying goes, get knocked down 7 times but back up 8. I live this motto.
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?
I take pride in being a good local tour guide. Los Angeles has a lot to offer so it really depends on the vibe and time of year. You can never go wrong sitting in the left field bleachers at Dodger Stadium crushing hotdogs, beer and nachos. That will never get old. Of course, we’d have to head to the Short Stop bar ahead of the game for a drink then walk on in to the stadium. This definitely makes for a one of a kind experience. GO BLUE
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Gotta go with my mother. Without my mother it’s tough to say where I’d be (some place far worse off), but I most certainly would not be where I am today. As I grow older, I am becoming increasingly more grateful, aware, appreciative, and frankly just so f’n lucky to have been given my mother. She is the quint essential definition of a great mother. I cannot really express it into words… I hit the lottery that’s for sure.