For the rock aficionados reading this, the subject of this piece is not the hallowed guitarist of Pink Floyd. The legendary musician is much older and far more famous than my interviewee. “For now…” says David (who coincidentally also plays guitar) with a cheekily emphatic wink.
Whilst not serious about trying to challenge a rock and roll hall-of-famer for, erm, fame, the young entrepreneur does have big plans.
What aspect of your life has changed most since making the transition from student to young professional?
The big difference is that nobody tells you what to do. There are targets that need to be hit and the only one taking aim is you. That’s the difference between university and work.
How do you cope being 23 in an industry of 30, 40 and 50-somethings?
I’m young, but I try not to think about it. If I dwell on the fact that I’ve got far less experience than many of my colleagues, I’ll probably start showing it more.
That’s not to say I don’t make mistakes. I make many. But you learn far more from losing than you do from winning, so I think the idea for me is to take the right lessons from my experiences and improve every day.
Life as a young entrepreneur is about taking calculated risks, so I’m told. Have you taken any significant risks?
I’m in the process of putting together a small campaign that I can’t say too much about at this stage. Hopefully it’ll be pretty cool. But there’ll be more on that at a later stage.
What was the biggest lesson you took from 2015?
To accept responsibility. Goals are set with the people above me and I have to achieve them. No one tells you how to do it. You have to figure it out.
That realisation has made me more aware of my strengths and weaknesses, which is essential when running anything. I know what I can do and I know what I can’t. That helps me seek out the right kind of assistance and ask the right sort of questions.
Which brings me to the final point I’ve got to make in answering this question – I’m not completely alone. Sure, I’m the only one responsible for my decisions and actions. But I get advice from my closest confidents in order to make sure that those decisions and actions are educated ones.
I’m extremely grateful for the support I receive each and every day. The people I’m referring to know exactly who they are.
What is your overarching goal for the rest of 2016?
To turn LSB into a self-sustaining success by making it a recognisable brand that has a higher level of visibility.
Being a part of the Cartel House family will help in a major way. I hugely appreciate that they’ve given us a home at their Loop Street residence. Their facilities are world-class and they’ve been a fantastic accelerator in my journey so far.