This is a great practical lesson that I obviously learned after the fact.

I was young and, like so many young people, thought I was invincible. As a result, I didn't structure my company in a way that it could be protected in case something happened that would impact my ability to work.

I like to think I wouldn't make the same mistake again. Hopefully my story helps other people realize they should put infrastructure in place to protect themselves and their companies from the same outcome.

Aaron Dinin, PhD

I teach entrepreneurship at Duke. Software Engineer. PhD in English. I write about the mistakes entrepreneurs make since I’ve made plenty. More @