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Phil Dumontet

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In 2009, Phil Dumontet started a restaurant delivery service with his Trek mountain bike and an insulated Rubbermaid container. After graduating from Boston College with a marketing and philosophy degree, the Dashed founder and CEO started making deliveries for an Italian restaurant called Maurizio’s. Discovering that the largest restaurant delivery service in Boston had recently folded, he saw an opportunity and decided to grasp it. Breaking a contract he’d signed before graduation with AT&T’s sales division, he began building Dashed in Boston, focusing on making rapid delivery times the company’s biggest priority. His speed-focused system proved a success. By 2014, five years after its founding as a one-man operation, Dashed was delivering food from more than 700 restaurants in six cities, expanding from Boston to Baltimore, Hoboken, New Haven, Philadelphia and Providence. The company’s rapid growth has earned it places on the Inc 500|5000 list of the fastest growing companies in the US for two years running, ranking #119 in 2013 and #1241 in 2014.

In addition to leading Dashed as it expands through the Northeast, Dumontet shares his experiences as a contributor to Forbes, Inc. Magazine, The Washington Poste, Huffington Post, and Fox Business, and through frequent speaking engagements at leading universities in the Northeast. His love for running has earned him a place among the top 20 runners in New York City in the 25-29 year old age group for 5k and 10k races. He also enjoys yoga, writing, and playing with his dogs in Central Park.

Companies and Investments

DASHED (Founder, CEO), RuleStream Corporation (Marketing Intern), NetApp (Demand Generation Intern)

Lessons Learned

Do what you do best as often as you can. Start by identifying your strengths, the things that you’re genuinely good at and give you passion. You should spend most of your time doing things that tap into these skills - not just because you’ll see positive results, but because you’ll enjoy them.

Your mental & physical health drives your productivity & output:  exercise your body as much as your mind.   And because your habits determine over half of the things you do every day, I make these 4 things a 5-day week routine: 

I do these 3 things 5 days/week. -Sweat often: The best exercise is one you’ll keep doing. For me, it’s running & yoga, and it’s a total mind-clearer and stress-buster. -Opposites energize: starting my day with a hot/cold contrast shower has been a habit of mine for over 10 years — and I find it, along with hot/cold water therapies & saunas, to be one of the best things you can do for you body, along with exercise. -You are what you eat: think about what you’re choosing to fuel your body with. It’s the difference between feeling drowsy or clear-headed. -Take a breath: Put a 10-minute pause on your crazy-busy day to rest the mind. Meditation & deep breathing doesn’t take long and will leave you refreshed.

You are the average of the people you spend time with, so spend as much time as possible with the people you admire. Arguably the single greatest influence on your life is your social circle. Make sure you spend time with the people you genuinely like, respect, or challenge you. These are the people who make you laugh, support you, and push you.

Keep things in perspective: life isn’t infinite. It’s only as fulfilling & enjoyable as you make it. So when you’re having a rough day or tough time with something, remember, when you think things couldn’t get any worse, so long as you can still think that, it could be far worse.

(Phil Dumontet)


Inspiring Quotes

But I also realize that winning doesn’t always mean getting first place; it means getting the best out of yourself.

Meb Keflezighi

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.

Jim Ryun

Every time I fail I assume I will be a stronger person for it.

Joan Benoit Samuelson

Either you run the day or the day runs you.

Jim Rohn

Phil Dumontet's Quotes

Train to Win. You determine both your success & happiness in life. Prepare yourself by putting yourself in the strongest position to succeed.

Phil Dumontet

Influential Books

Martin E. P. Seligman - Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being

Timothy Ferriss - The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

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