Green Rush Entrepreneurship: A Contrast Between Street Knowledge and Academic Learning

They say that the mentality of an entrepreneur is unique, often stupendous, and similar to the mentality of a champion. David Dinenberg, who is the CEO of KIND Financial, vows to push the ‘green rush’ forward by initiating a precedent that many can follow in the coming generations.

David had understood from the inception of his journey that risks were an unavoidable part of what he aspired to do. From taking the risk of establishing KIND Financial, to packing up and moving out with his family to Los Angeles, David took calculated risks at various points of his journey.

The process is a new one for David, which is why he is constantly learning and implementing his knowledge to garner a competitive edge over other competitors. His ability to plan in hindsight and to be realistically optimistic is replicated in his personal life as well, where he is already planning for retirement.

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Having entered into the sphere of entrepreneurship after formal education, the greatest difference that David feels between academic literacy and entrepreneurship is the contrast between book learning and street learning. He summarized this disconnect in the following words:

“We learn in school how to do particular things and how to solve problems following specific guidelines, methods, and theories. However, in the real world, and especially in business, there are usually a lot more outside variables you need to take into consideration such as balancing personalities, dealing with pressures, and politics. Personally, I think the best way to learn how to balance everything is through practice and practical experience. I encourage teenagers and college students to work as much as they can, not for the money necessarily but to gain all the real-world knowledge they’re not going to learn in a classroom.”


Although he enjoys what he does and has a knack for managing things, David voices that being an entrepreneur is the most difficult job. He positions honesty and trust as the top most factors for influencing your life as an entrepreneur.

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KIND Financial, CEO

Sustainability of the Environment

The sustainability of the environment and the world that all of us live in is a major priority behind what David is aspiring to achieve through KIND Financial.

“As cliché as it sounds, we only have one planet and we need to take care of it. I’m proud to be involved in an industry that I feel takes this issue seriously.”


KIND Financial hopes to achieve a sustainable environment by providing financial services, without the presence of any carbon footprint. Everyone associated with KIND Financial aims to make decisions with the benefit and sustainability of the environment in their mind.

According to David, education is the key to unlocking an end to all environmental issues. Educating our youth about the impact of environmental degradation is important and will reap its benefits in the future. As the waves of the future  foresee us, it is expected that the next generation can think of better ways to put an end to this hassle.

David Dinenberg also comprehends the value of hemp as a sustainable alternative to numerous other materials that fail to break down. Due to legalization issues, the plant is hard to find. While understanding the role of Hemp as a sustainable option, David also places emphasis on how we just can’t overuse one resource and will have to think of other resources once legalization for hemp is achieved.

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Most Valuable Lesson

Through his endeavors as a student and an entrepreneur, David learned that it is always better to listen more and speak less. You may not want to be the smartest person in the room, but you may definitely want to be the most passionate!

Surrounding yourself with experienced people is the key, and it is always beneficial to listen when someone else knows more than you do. By doing so, you’re just setting yourself up for success similar to what David has accomplished, and is determined to achieve in the future.

“To Infinity and Beyond!”



About the Author: Carlo Desierto is a serial entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in business startups. He has founded, built intrinsic value, and sold several companies in which he sits as an adviser for the Board of Directors. Carlo has interviewed over 200+ entrepreneurs and published mini-biographies for new digital media channels relating to entrepreneurship, health, self-help, futurology, and the green industry.


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