Michael  Dermer

Michael Dermer


Michael is an entrepreneur, speaker, lawyer and founder/author of The Lonely Entrepreneur. Michael is considered the founder of not only a company, but an industry – rewarding individuals for healthy behavior. Michael left a promising law career to start IncentOne, the first company to provide rewards for healthy behavior. After bootstrapping for a decade, his company received a large private ​equity investment in 2008. It should have been a time for celebration. Then the financial crisis hit. Ten years were gone in ten days. It would take two years of working 24 hours a day to save what took ten years to build. Today, health rewards are everywhere, he sold IncentOne to industry innovator Welltok and his company is credited with creating the health rewards industry. What resulted was not only a business success, but the discovery of a unique method on how to thrive under the pressure, chaos and burden of being the entrepreneur.