Big Omaha Veteran, David Hauser’s New Book on Sale This Week
In 2010, David Hauser, the founder of Grasshopper, joined Jeff Slobotski and Dusty Davidson on the stage at Big Omaha. He introduced the now ubiquitous standing ovation before the talk that made Big Omaha and many other Silicon Prairie experiences special for speakers. Today, he announced that he has published a new book about his…
In 2010, David Hauser, the founder of Grasshopper, joined Jeff Slobotski and Dusty Davidson on the stage at Big Omaha. He introduced the now ubiquitous standing ovation before the talk that made Big Omaha and many other Silicon Prairie experiences special for speakers. Today, he announced that he has published a new book about his journey.
Unstoppable: 4 Steps to Transform Your Life is a book about Hauser’s journey as both an entrepreneur but also in his attempt to lose weight. Losing weight is not a one size fits all exercise. Instead, Hauser leverages his knowledge and skill as an entrepreneur to create a framework for the personal journey that leads to sustained weight loss and better health.
If you have never heard of David Hauser or Grasshopper, his story is fascinating. He started a number of companies in high school and attended Babson College in Massachusetts – the top entrepreneurship college in America. At Babson, he met Siamak Taghaddos, and they formed a company called GotVMail. This company ultimately became Grasshopper. During their expansion, the company also created Chargify.
The premise of Grasshopper was to provide a new type of telephone service. This service gave its clients a toll-free or local number to use for phone service. They focused most of their advertising on emerging types of marketing – particularly Google AdWords. And grew the business organically without ever raising outside money. The company was sold in 2015 for $170 million to Citrix.
In numerous conversations and interviews, Hauser discusses the importance of places like the Silicon Prairie and decries the Silicon Valley mindset. For example, in a 2011 company blog entry David states: “What’s funny is that TechCrunch hates writing about Grasshopper. We’re not raising money and we don’t really fit their narrative, so they don’t write about us. I think marketing is about focusing on where your target market actually is, and not the stuff that makes you feel good.”
This worldview is one of the reasons that Hauser asked Silicon Prairie News to introduce Unstoppable to our readership. He knows that his message is important to many entrepreneurs because it is from his own personal experience as an entrepreneur.
His book is available from a variety of sources including Amazon where it is for sale for $1 this week.
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