In 1999, He was thirteen years old and using the internet to talk to boys over the newly released MSN Messenger. Michael Cammarata used the internet to make his first million. Introduced to the world of StarCraft by a neighbor, Cammarata began building related websites and programming software – before convincing his older brother to give him two thousand dollars so he could purchase a dedicated server and start a hosting business. Over the next few years, Cammarata moved from hosting to online advertising and had created $85 million in revenue by his mid-twenties. He ultimately settled in the natural space as the cofounder and CEO of Schmidt’s Naturals, one of the world’s fastest growing wellness brands.
Based on his career trajectory, the serial entrepreneur and angel investor isn’t someone you’d imagine others would’ve doubted. However, Cammarata recalls his mom crying after being advised by one of his teachers to “start saving” as he would likely never be independent.
Michael Cammarata shares how after being diagnosed with dyslexia, he was repeatedly told he’d “never amount to anything.”
Michael Cammarata used others’ discouragement as ammunition for his success
My family Encouragement. He was lucky to have a strong support system growing up. As you can imagine, having a learning challenge makes everything even harder than it already is as a kid – particularly making friends and fitting in. His family motivated him to do things differently: they encouraged him to reject the traditional way of learning and to be innovative. His Mom never stopped looking for different schools and the right teachers that would help him learn in the way that he needed to excel. Having that unwavering support set the foundation for his confidence to ultimately overcome dyslexia and thrive in the business world.