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Name: Steven Fage

Steven Fage is a robotics engineer turned entrepreneur. In 2010, he gave up a life as programming industrial robots, sold everything, and moved to Tampa to study Entrepreneurship at the University of South Florida. Since then, Fage has started two businesses, Five Nines and Kambine Marketplace, and a podcast centered around mental health and entrepreneurship - My Niche Is Human. Diagnosed with a mental illness in 11th grade, Fage has been on a constant mission to defy society's expectations and help others do the same.

Years in Tampa Bay

Since August 2010, a little over 8 years

Hustle (job)

Founder and President at Five Nines and Kambine Marketplace. Founder and Producer at My Niche is Human Podcast

What do you do?  

I own and run an equipment brokerage serving the manufacturing industry. In my spare time, I'm learning as much as I can about human behavior so I can better understand and manage myself and my mood. I am now working to share these insights and curiosities with the world through my podcast.

Why do you do it?

To show myself and the world that if you keep pushing your limits, you can change your stars. My family has been affected by mental illness and I've seen it take away their feeling of control. I work hard to show them that there is always another way, always another perspective or way to consider how their life can be.

What was your Catalyst? (How did you get started?)

I was diagnosed with a mental illness in 11th grade and have been on a mission ever since to show my family it does not have to control your life, you can still thrive. I am now hoping to share that same message with the world.

What’s a common misconception or unknown aspect of what you do?

I used to be a fancy robotics engineer and now most of my customers think I'm just a sales guy... Also until this past year, mostly everyone I've ever known never knew of my mental health diagnosis.

What’s the most challenging part of your Hustle?

Continuing to take risks on new ventures while running a business that has no leverage.

What’s the most valuable piece of business advice/insight that’s helped you?

Spend more time working "on" your business than "in" your business.

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