Sheena Lindahl and Michael Simmons

Sheena Lindahl and Michael Simmons, co-founders of Extreme Entrepreneurship Education and authors of The Student Success Manifesto and All or Nothing, Now or Never, have been keynote speakers on the topics of student success and youth entrepreneurship at events and conferences from Washington state to Washington D.C. As 2005 graduates of New York University, authors, teachers, speakers, and award-winning entrepreneurs, they are able to deliver a unique perspective that connects with audiences. Recently, Michael and Sheena were named by Business Week as one of the country's top 25 entrepreneurs under 25.

Using creative financing strategies, Sheena became financially independent of her parents at the age of 17 and has been able to completely pay her way through NYU’s $30,000+ yearly tuition, excel in school, work full-time at jobs she loves, co-found a business, and write a book.

Michael co-founded his first business, Princeton WebSolutions (PWS), when he was sixteen years old. PWS was later rated the #1 youth-run web development company in the nation by Youngbiz Magazine. In addition, Michael has been the winner of three entrepreneur of the year awards from the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Fleet, and the National Coalition for Empowering Youth Entrepreneurship.

More about Sheena

Biggest obstacle overcome...

Becoming financially independent from my parents at 17 years old, paying for NYU’s $35,000+ tuition on my own, and coming to NYU with only $30 to my name.

Biggest business mistake...

The biggest mistake I’ve made is not trusting my instincts because I really wanted something to happen. This has happened a number of times in the past, but the worst was with an individual who ended up wasting a lot of our money and time.

Biggest vice...

I know it’s corny, but working too hard is my biggest vice. With entrepreneurship there is ALWAYS something more you could be doing, and it is hard for me to let go.

Biggest advice for others...

You can have anything if you want it badly enough and you’re willing to work for it

What I do for fun...

Cafes and walking

Most embarrassing business moment...

I once had the opportunity to meet the prime minister of Canada. By accident I called him by his first name.

More about Michael

Biggest obstacle overcome...

There was a time when my partner and I had $25,000 in credit card debt and didn’t really see how we were going to get ourselves out of it. We overcame it, by staying on course and constantly going out of our comfort zone to make sales calls, which we hadn’t been doing previously.

Biggest business mistake...

The biggest mistake I’ve made is not being more disciplined earlier in my career to do what was most rather than what I enjoyed the most.

Biggest vice...

Sometimes when I’m giving a presentation or talking with someone I get very self-conscious and over-analyze what I’m saying rather than just being in the flow of my presentation.

Biggest advice for others...

There is NO excuse for not pursuing your dreams, a.k.a. - what's most important to you in life. We only live once afterall.

What I do for fun...

Spend time with friends. Read and watch movies that make me think.

Most embarrassing business moment...

Sheena and I got seriously lost on the way to a presentation, which had over 1,000 attendees. We were speeding, making illegal turns, and getting freaked out. Fortunately, we made it to the presentation on time and jumped right into our talk, still slightly out of breath!