"Following decades spent starting and growing successful companies, it was time to do something irresponsible and completely absurd from an objective business point of view: go into the vintage motorcycle business. "
A former juvenile delinquent from the Jersey "riviera", Larry at 18 years old avoided a career as a (subject of) law enforcement, choosing instead, a 4 year enlistment defending freedom as a solder in the United States Army. (As opposed to a potentially longer commitment in a New Jersey State Corrections facility.) As it turns out, a very good call. By the end of his four year hitch to Uncle Sam, Larry was a hitched husband and dad...and needed to put food on the table. After his (honorable!) discharge and following a headhunter referring Larry for a series of important but unsuccessful job interviews for positions as varied as file clerk to assistant manager of a Rite Aid store, the owner of the employment agency offered Larry a job...as a headhunter.
It didn't take long to realize that the bigger the salary paid to the candidates Larry placed, the bigger the fee. And the bigger the commission. For the next seven years Larry recruited and placed lawyers.
Among the many relationships he formed with mainly corporate lawyers around the country and overseas, a close friend (and dad to Yelp's future founder and CEO Jeremy Stoppelman) was a lawyer by practice but an entrepreneur in spirit. He plucked Larry from obscurity to help him "work on deals" with companies instead of people looking for jobs. Following rigorous training in Washington DC, Larry's mentor "placed" him in a senior role as a principal in a start-up that had recently been funded. It was to be the industry in which Larry would go on to spend the next nearly 20 years: legal outsourcing. Just a few years after joining the start-up, Larry was part of the team that took the company public, becoming a NASDAQ-traded stock.
In 1999 a major industry competitor in the United States announced plans to set up operations in the United Kingdom. And they were looking for a leader. It would be the only time in Larry's life he was the best-qualified candidate for the position. (this was due to Larry having deep industry experience at a senior level, along British passport, which permitted him the legal right to live and work in London; since there was no prior industry in England, Larry won the job over all the legally-permitted to work candidates). For the next 5 years while rising to become a European division director overseeing operations across the EU, Larry's early start helped establish his company as a leading outsourcing provider in Europe in what was to become an enormous marketplace worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Next came Larry's biggest (and final) achievement in corporate life: Founder, chairman and CEO of LDSI. Legal Document Services International, headquartered in London began in 2003. It was the world's first genuinely global provider of a complete range of legal document services. Operating 24 hours per day, seven days per week - from photocopying tens of thousands of pages on overnight deadlines, to harvesting data from live servers and capturing forensically-sound images of harddrives on personal computers...By 2007, LDSI employed over 300 staff in five countries, including Australia. When he retired in 2009, the company had revenues of over $20 million and completed a $7 million investment from Silicon Valley.
After returning to the same rent-stabilized apartment in Greenwich Village after 10 years in London, Larry segued to motorcycles after becoming one of the top 100 hosts (by booked revenue) on Airbnb in New York City: hosting as many as 12 substantial lofts comprising over 35,000 square feet, in SoHo and the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Separately, he consulted for start-ups and coached CEO's as a Group Chair of Vistage, the world's largest CEO member organization helping equip leaders to make better decisions and achieve better results for their businesses.