Today’s Notable Young Entrepreneur is Dr. Daryl Sherman, who used his knowledge as a healthcare practitioner with a specialty in biomechanics and combined it with a keen business sense to create a truly innovative company within the footwear industry…
Elevator Pitch: Describe your job in a nutshell.
As the founder and Chief Product Officer of Stable26, my job is to oversee sales, product development and education for the company. With my team of co- workers we are improving the performance and comfort of people and their feet around the world.
Why did you start working at your company? What was the inspiration for this career route?
I saw an opportunity to innovate in a very large market. I was a healthcare practitioner with a specialty in biomechanics, more specifically foot mechanics. To combine this knowledge with the business aspect of product creation, sales, and marketing was very intriguing to me.
What is the best part of what you do on a day-to-day basis? The most challenging part?
The creation of something that you believe in allows you to tell that story every day, which is the best part of what I do. The most challenging is having them not understand despite your best efforts.
What is one sign that you’ve seen over the years to suggest that your work/life balance is off?
Sleep deprivation becomes part of your life. It is one thing that I have become accustomed to!
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Being an integral part of a team that pioneered in the footwear industry.
What is one major challenge that you’ve had to overcome in your career? How did you overcome it?
Being an entrepreneur in the truest sense has been the biggest challenge I have faced. Leaving a lucrative career to follow a dream of creating something is difficult. Overcoming it was easy. It involved simply following through.
What does success look like to you? Does Money = Happiness?
Chasing money is always obvious. Success comes from defining a goal and reaching it. Money usually follows but is never the source of happiness in the end.
What is the most memorable milestone in your career?
After years of development, design, testing, fundraising, manufacturing, resigning and marketing a brand new product
Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
Doing what you love doesn’t feel like a job.
Where is your favourite place to wine/ dine in your city and why?
Variety is the spice of life when it comes to food and drink. My favourite place is the one I haven’t tried yet.
When you’re not working how do you love to spend your “Me” time?
Beyond time with my kids, my ME time is spent at the gym and playing hockey
Where is your favourite place to travel? Why?
After seeing a large part of the world over the last few years I have two favourites: 1. Australia – the people are amazing, and 2. Switzerland – the landscape is incredible.
If you had to choose a theme song, what would it be?
The songs that most describe my current job are either “On the Road Again” or “Crazy Train.” Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart.
If you weren’t doing what you’re doing, what would you be doing?
I would love to be back in school. I have always had a love of learning.
Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is that important to you? I have recently become involved with Stop Concussions. It is a non-profit that raises awareness about concussions, their diagnosis, and management. Concussions have become a significant problem in sport and beyond, and their effects can be devastating and long lasting.
What to you is notable?
Notable is something that makes me look twice or think twice. That can be many things. Usually, it is people that are notable more than things.
BlackBerry, iPhone, Android, or Other?
As a Waterloo resident, I have been a supporter of BlackBerry since the beginning.