David is a former member of NextSpace Los Angeles (NsLA), where he met his two cofounders/advisors and started this journey from freelancer to founder (and father)! David was eager to share his story, which truly highlights the potency of The NextSpace Effect™ and the idea that people can create better when together.
Q: Let’s start with an icebreaker! Looking to your immediate left, would the closest item within arms reach help save you from a zombie attack?
David: Yes, I think so. It’s a desk, so I suppose that I could flip it over and hide from the zombie? I could also hurl it at the zombie, I guess. I’m going to say yes.
Q: Okay, so we’ll move forward then! We’ll get to the story of meeting your cofounders/advisors, but what originally brought you to the NextSpace?
D: Well, I live in the neighborhood, and I was basically a freelancer working from home. Sometimes when I would walk to lunch I would stroll down that street, and one day I noticed the sign outside. I was like, “huh! I’m going to walk inside andcheck this place out!” I met [the Senior Community Manager at that time] and he toured me around.
Q: How did you then meet your cofounders/advisors? Was it one specific event, or were you sitting across from them?
D: Yeah, it was definitely sitting across from them in both cases. I met the first one when I overheard him talking to someone else, and I jumped into the conversation. With the second, it was about a year and a half later when I looked across the table and just said, “hi!” He said, “hi!” back, and we end up talking for almost two hours!
Q: Was this just an organic friendship, or did you just happen to see each other at networking events after that?
D: Yeah, it was just a natural, organic friendship from the start.
I live by an idea in general in life, and that is to follow your highest excitement to the best of your ability with zero expectations. I could have never dreamed that I would meet my future cofounders/advisors at NextSpace, but it was exciting to me that I would meet really intelligent people and get to talk to them. I would offer this advice to people starting out.
Q: Where was the spark where you all decided to just start your own business?
D: I met the first cofounder/advisor so much earlier [about a year and a half before], and had been helping him with his pitch deck, UX support, etc., while we were at NextSpace. We had a good working relationship, and that led to us talking startup ideas together. Then, suddenly we’re coming up with a business plan for another startup idea. A couple of months later, we had the idea for Bestr. I brought in another friend, because we needed someone more technical and business savvy.
The three of us hammered on this idea here and there, until I brought in the second cofounder/advisor, who really brought the whole project together. I started booking the conference room a lot at [NsLA], and we would have one or two hour-long meetings once per week for a couple months. Everyone had interest in making this a real business, so I went out and raised us some angel capital. That was one year ago!
Q: What is the greatest tip you can give to someone who is just walking through the door? Say they're new to coworking and aren't sure how to get started?
D: I live by an idea in general in life, and that is to follow your highest excitement to the best of your ability with zero expectations. I could have never dreamed that I would meet my future cofounders/advisors at NextSpace, but it was exciting to me that I would meet really intelligent people and get to talk to them. I would offer this advice to people starting out.
Q: Tell me more about the company! How was it born?
D: It’s best said on the website, Bestr.co. Reading the blog post on the website explains the story of how the business came to life. I’m a New Yorker, and have only been in LA for a little bit. I asked my friends about a good place for tacos, and she passionately told me about her favorite place! Later on, I needed a waterproof phone case, so I Googled it, and bought the top result, only to find that it wasn’t really the best waterproof phone case. I realized that the right answer to these questions isn’t always something that you can Google; you need to get recommendations. This app allows to you get the best suggestions to best answer your question, and later ranks them based on popularity.
Q: Epic interview. We’ll end on something equally as fun! Something Halloween-themed. What is your greatest fear?
D: Being buried alive. Wait, no. If I’m to be honest, my greatest fear is harm coming to my child. I would rather be buried alive ten times before seeing any harm come to my baby.
After the conclusion of the interview, I took some time to sit back and digest what David had told me. The story of his chance meetings with his cofounder/advisors, and how it came from just being a part of random conversations while coworking at NextSpace truly highlights the potency of the NextSpace Effect™! Each space has so many stories of these encounters, and David is one of many great stories to come from years of people choosing to make a living on their own terms.