On the top of David Connor’s website is the quote “Ambition is the first step towards success.” To say that David Connor is ambitious would be an understatement. He started his first business at the age of 14, and left the United Kingdom for Miami to learn from some of the best business people in the world at the age of 16. Now, at the age of 27, he is already a successful businessman, music producer, and entrepreneur, and has offices operating worldwide.
“I am a 27 year old entrepreneur who left school at 16 after setting up my first business at the age of 15. By 21, I was living in Miami and had signed a music publishing deal with Nicki Minaj’s manager Manny Halley, and that’s really where I got my first insight into business and branding. I realized just how important it was to understand the business model of online, social, and the real world. After moving back to the UK, my next step was to look at the music industry as a whole, I was always a bigger picture type of person, and when I returned to the UK I signed a girl called Katie who later would become Katie London, Europe’s most popular unsigned singer. This gave me my first experience of the real “music business”. One thing I learned very quickly while setting up my business; brands and companies have absolutely no idea how to brand themselves online. This started my love/hate relationship for social media and here we are.” Recounts David.
From the music industry, David has tried numerous different kinds of business ventures. To name a few, David owns blckcrd music and sports: a record label and sports management company, Prank Technology: a gaming app that focuses on social media trends, and works with a Gin company to create handcrafted gin. For such an ambitious person, you would think that David is fearless, but it is quite the opposite. David says he embraces the fear and it helps him achieve his goals.
“The best way I can describe fear is like petrol in a car engine. I live on fear, I love the fear you have of uncertainty, fear is everything to me.” Says David.
Embracing fear has been one way that David stays ahead and has been able to be so successful. The other main reason is that David keeps a good mindset and surrounds himself with a good team. His achievements are based on these two factors, which he says are crucial when starting your own business.
“I have been involved in business for 13 years, there is not much I haven’t seen or done that along with the fact I’m still only 27 nothing shocks me anymore. Mindset is everything, 20% of businesses fail in the first year, but if you have the mindset to work 20 hour days, 7 days a week, you will get the most out of not just your business but your life. Dealing and finding the right team is huge. Having the correct team around you can make or break your dream business.” David explains.
Despite so many achievements, David has run into his fair share of problems, and business has not always been easy, especially since David started at 14. However, David has had many inspirations and motivators in his life. He advises those who want to start their own business to set goals and keep track of them.
“I started my first business at the age of 14. I saw a gap in the market to make money through media training in the community, however, it took me a while to figure out that money doesn’t equate to success with business. My mother is a business, economics, and politics teacher. She is my biggest motivation. When I was 5 years of age, she told me to never work for anybody but myself. Make sure to set short term and long term goals! Goals play a huge part in every business I run. Metrics and numbers are key so stay on top of this.” David advises.
For his next project, David hopes to develop an all natural antiseptic known as BioTize, which kills 99.99% of germs. In the wake of coronavirus, David has found the development of this product to be especially crucial.
“My next project is a company called BioTize: an all natural hand sanitizer. Covid 19 has opened my eyes to how vulnerable we all are to bacteria and viruses, so I will fight this cause with an FDA approved hand sanitizer that already is being touted as the biggest preventative for CoronaVirus product available on the market.” David reported.