About

Lyved (pronounced lived) began on January 1, 2008. It quickly grew, reaching hundreds of thousands of people in just a few months. Since then Lyved has become a blogzine that focuses on various aspects of life; from business to news, to the environment and personal growth; and even some politics once and awhile. Lyved provides quality content that prides itself on having a fresh and positive perspective on life and living it.

Andrew Galasetti – Founder

Welcome to Lyved.com! My name is Andrew; I’m the founder and the main writer. I’d just like to share a little but about my personal story so that you can get to know me better and understand why I started Lyved.

There are a million places I could start, but I’ll begin at age 14, work my way backwards and then forwards.

When I was 14 years old I decided to set out on the goal of being an entrepreneur. I wanted to achieve more freedom and a better life for myself, my mother, and my sister.

Throughout my entire life, my mother has been working hard to keep a roof over our heads and food on our plates. My father left when I was still in preschool. My mother and father had a terrible relationship. My father would beat her any chance he could get. I have vivid memories of him abusing her even though I was so young.

After my father and mother divorced, my sister and I would still visit him on the weekends, but eventually those visits would end.

One day, when I was about 10 years old my father packed up all his belongings and moved to another state. He gave us no warning and no “goodbye.”

It’s been over a decade since and in that time he never attempted to contact us, no phone call, not even with a birthday card.

As you know, it’s a struggle to be a single mother. My mother had to work multiple jobs and long hours. As I grew older I saw this taking a toll on her mentally and physically. This pushed me on a path to success and away from a road towards drugs and crime.

Over my teenage years I began creating inventions and launched numerous business ventures; everything from a search engine to a bottled water company. Most of my endeavors failed, but I didn’t fail to learn. Every stumble brought new knowledge. And when I was 19, it led me to start Lyved.

I’ve been through quite a bit:

- I grew up fatherless

- I was poor for many years

- I battled a learning disability

- I was sick on and off for 17 years and went to the hospital over a dozen times

- I was pulled down by depression

- And I failed at business numerous times

…but I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m very happy I experienced all of this and the other adversities I had to face. None of it has killed me, so it only made me stronger and taught me amazing lessons. It’s where I pull a lot of what I write about here on Lyved.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this page. I hope you enjoy Lyved!

Press & notable links

Lyved has been linked by some of the most popular websites on the internet. Below is a sampling of such links and a few interviews I did.

- Shreveport Times

- Dawn.com

- NJ Next magazine (page 14 & 16)

- Guest article at The Art of Manliness

Entrepreneur.com interview

Top 20 Young Internet Entrepreneurs Under 21

BNET.com (via CBSnews.com)

NJ.com interview

Portfolio.com

- ReadersDigest.com’s “The Daily Five” (no link available)

If you’d like to connect with me outside of this site, here are a few places to check out:

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