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ABC's Shark Tank
ABC’s Shark Tank
Madrona Venture Group
From his basement, Kevin launched SoftKey Software Products. As sales took off, Kevin went on an industry consolidating acquisition binge. From 1995 to 1999 he bought out almost every one of his software competitors, including Mindscape, Broderbund and the Learning Company in the industry’s first vicious public hostile battle. In 1999 Kevin sold his company to the Mattel Toy Company for a staggering 3.7 billion dollars, one of the largest deals ever done in the consumer software industry. Kevin took control of his wealth from his lackluster money managers and founded his own mutual fund company, O’Leary Funds. He raised hundreds of millions of dollars from investors who share his “get paid while you wait” yield oriented, value investing philosophy. He is a founding investor and director of Stream Global, an international business outsourcing company.
Robin Chase is a transportation entrepreneur. In addition to Zipcar, which is the largest car sharing company in the world, she is also co-founder and former CEO of Buzzcar, a peer to peer car sharing service in France (now merged with Drivy) and GoLoco, an online ride sharing community. She is also co-founder and executive chairman of Veniam, a vehicle communications company building the networking fabric for the Internet of Moving Things. She serves on the boards of Veniam, the World Resources Institute, and Tucows. Chase has received many accolades and awards in the areas of innovation, design, and environment, including Time’s “100 Most Influential People.”
Chinedu Echeruo is the Founder and CEO of Gigameet.com, a cause-based fundraising and networking platform. Prior to starting Gigameet, Mr. Echeruo founded two U.S-based internet companies; HopStop.com and Tripology.com. Tripology.com was acquired in 2010 by Rand McNally and is now owned by USA Today. HopStop was acquired by Apple in 2013. He was also named Black Enterprise Magazine’s Small Business Innovator of the Year and listed in the magazine’s Top 40 under 40. Before his entrepreneurial career, Mr. Echeruo was with AM Investment Partners, a USD $500 million volatility-driven convertible bond arbitrage hedge fund. Prior to completing his M.B.A., he spent several years in the Mergers and Acquisitions and Leveraged Finance groups of J.P Morgan Chase.
John Paul DeJoria’s inspirational rags-to-riches success story exemplifies the American Dream. He has struggled against the odds not only to achieve success, but to share his success with others. After high school and service with honors in the U.S. Navy, John Paul did whatever it took to make ends meet—from selling encyclopedias and working as a janitor to pumping gasoline. He was even homeless at one time. Eventually, John Paul took his talents to several hair care and cosmetic companies before becoming an independent consultant. That’s when he teamed up with his friend Paul Mitchell to launch John Paul Mitchell Systems. In 1980, with just $700 in their pockets, the two friends created a company for hairdressers, salons and the beauty industry as a whole. Instead of selling to a public corporation, John Paul vowed to keep the company family-owned and privately held, ensuring that Paul Mitchell products are only sold in professional salons.
Greg Glassman is the founder and CEO of CrossFit, a strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, moms, dads, grandmothers and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide. Glassman was an elite level gymnast and athlete all his life. In 1995, he began training officers at the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Department. In 2001 Glassman started crossfit.com and began affiliating gyms under the CrossFit name. Today there are over 13,000 independently-owned CrossFit affiliates in over 130 countries, and the annual CrossFit Games, which attracted 273,000 participants in 2015, are televised on ESPN.
As Indiegogo’s Chief Development Officer, Danae is focused on driving total customer satisfaction and steering the company’s employee culture and value initiatives. Prior to Indiegogo, Danae was a securities analyst at Cowen & Co. where she covered publicly traded entertainment companies. Danae also focused on cable network, NFL, newspaper and hedge fund clientele while at JPMorgan’s Investment Bank and Private Bank. In September 2013, Danae was named one of Fortune’s “40 Under 40.” She recently testified before the United States House Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations on “Financing America’s Small Businesses: Innovative Ideas for Raising Capital.”
Frederic Kerrest is the COO and co-founder of Okta, the foundation for secure connections between people and technology. As techs execs, Frederic and Okta co-founder and CEO Todd McKinnon (who is also a regular contributor to Inc.com) have decades of experience and insights to share from building and scaling technology companies. Frederic currently serves as an advisor and mentor to early-stage software companies at the MIT Trust Center for Entrepreneurship and the Stanford StartX Accelerator program. He enjoys spending time with his family, reading historical biographies, playing ice hockey, and supporting the San Jose Sharks.
Fertitta Entertainment, Inc. owns both the restaurant giant Landry’s (which operates more than 500 properties in 36 states) and the iconic Golden Nugget Casinos (five locations throughout the U.S. as well as an online gaming website). Under Tilman Fertitta’s guidance and leadership, Fertitta Entertainment is recognized today as a world leader in the dining, hospitality, entertainment and gaming industries with total revenues of $3.4 billion and assets of more than $3.5 billion.
Evernote is a Redwood City, California-based, independent, privately-held software company that builds apps and products that are defining the way individuals and teams work today. Founded in 2007, Evernote products reach more than 100 million users worldwide. The organization boosts nearly with nearly 400 employees and growing. In 2011, Evernote was Inc.’s Company of the Year.
Spencer Rascoff is CEO of Zillow Group and oversees the company’s portfolio of real estate and home-related brands, including consumer brands Zillow, Trulia, StreetEasy, HotPads and Naked Apartments. Since becoming CEO, Rascoff has led Zillow through its 2011 IPO and 11 acquisitions. In 2015, he co-wrote and published his first book, the New York Times’ best-seller Zillow Talk: Rewriting the Rules of Real Estate.
Wexley School for Girls is a fan factory with a primary purpose to cultivate and ignite consumer’s love for brands. The advertising agency creates joy and laughter for engaged fanatics who deliver value – in the real world and on the wide web one. Wexley School for Girls make hearts race and voices scream as well as make it rain dead presidents.
CEO and co-founder, Oscar
Mario Schlosser is the CEO and co-founder of Oscar, a health-insurance start-up that is using technology, design, and data to help humanize and simplify healthcare. Previously, he co-founded the largest social gaming company in Latin America, where he led the company’s analytics and game design practices. At Bridgewater Associates, Mario developed analytical trading models as a Senior Investment Associate. Prior to Bridgewater, he worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Company in Europe, the U.S. and Brazil. As a visiting scholar at Stanford University, Mario wrote and co-authored 10 computer science publications, including one of the most-cited computer science papers published in the past decade, in which he developed an algorithm to securely compute trust in randomized networks.
Julie Sandler is a Principal at Madrona Venture Group, a venture capital firm that invests in early stage companies, where she leads new investments in technology startups. Julie is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Washington where she teaches an MBA course on Entrepreneurship. She was named Geekwire’s “Geek of the Year” in 2014 for her work with women entrepreneurs in the Seattle startup community, to the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2013, and was named a Presidential Leadership Scholar in 2016 by the Clinton Foundation and Presidential Center, LBJ Foundation, and the two Bush Presidential Centers
During the four years Eric Schurenberg has presided over Inc., the magazine has seen a 24 percent increase in ad pages and received numerous journalism awards and a National Magazine Nomination for general excellence. Prior to his tenure at Inc., he had leadership roles at Money, Fortune, Business 2.0, the CBS Interactive websites Bnet.com and MoneyWatch.com, and the Goldman Sachs Group’s personal wealth management website, Goldman.com. In addition to hosting Inc. live events, Schurenberg is an occasional contributor to CNBC, MSNBC, and the Today show.
Tyler Mathisen co-anchors CNBC’s “Power Lunch,” one of the network’s longest-running program franchises, as well as “Nightly Business Report,” an award-winning evening business news program. NBR was named Best Radio/TV Show in 2014 by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.
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Kate Rogers joined CNBC in September 2014 as a reporter based at the network’s global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Rogers covers small business and entrepreneurship for the network, appearing on its Business Day programming and providing daily stories and videos to CNBC.com.
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