These Founders (Really) Fight

Alex Tehrani
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The Future of Michael the Boxer

While Onello says he doesn't think of himself as an entrepreneur, so much as a daily boxer, he says he held plenty of jobs as a teenager, but quit or got fired from every one. "I started my own business because, who the hell would hire me? They'd have to be insane."

Today, thanks to prodding and programming help from a student, Onello's gym has a vibrant website, a brand, an app, and he's the author of two books. He's looking to expand the gym into a social club, with a cafe, bar, locker rooms, and multiple rings for sparring.