Maverick1000 is an invitation only, global network of industry transforming entrepreneurs connecting in bold new ways to challenge and collectively support each other's biggest business goals, engage in reinvigorating experiences and co-create a worldwide multiplier impact.

Previous participating icons include, Sir Richard Branson, Tony Hawk, Jesse James, renegade VC-investor, Morten Lund,Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, 2-time Super Bowl Champion Carl Banks, X-Prize creator, Dr. Peter Diamandis, Patron Tequila co-founder John Paul DeJoria, Zappos.com CEO, Tony Hsieh, 4-Hour Workweek author Tim Ferriss, Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, and many others.

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Maverick1000© 2014 • Disclaimer

Maverick1000 is an invitation only, global network of industry transforming entrepreneurs connecting in bold new ways to challenge and collectively support each other's biggest business goals, engage in reinvigorating experiences and co-create a worldwide multiplier impact.

Previous participating icons include, Sir Richard Branson, Tony Hawk, Jesse James, renegade VC-investor, Morten Lund, 2-time Super Bowl Champion Carl Banks, X-Prize creator, Dr. Peter Diamandis, Patron Tequila co-founder John Paul DeJoria, Zappos.com CEO, Tony Hsieh, 4-Hour Workweek author Tim Ferriss, Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, and many others.

10319 Westlake Drive #182
Bethesda, MD 20817
240-744-0165
Fax 1-240-220-4426

Maverick1000© 2014 • Disclaimer
  • Thank You

    Hi,

    Thank you for your interest in Maverick1000 Membership.

    I believe a small group of 1,000 extraordinary individuals and leaders can (dare I say it?) change the world. Fact is, my faith is in the power of entrepreneurship to create value, innovation and change. And this invitation-only group of game-changers is designed to support and celebrate your business, personal and philanthropic achievements & goals...all while having a hell of a lot of fun in the process!

    Your application is the first step toward becoming part of this select group of extraordinary entrepreneurs. We will contact you shortly with the next steps in becoming a Maverick1000 member.

    Membership is not for everyone. And not everyone who applies is accepted.

    Members are selected for their business accomplishments, their commitment and the knowledge they bring to the Maverick1000 network.

    We'll be in touch shortly about your application.

    Best regards,

    Yanik Silver, Founder & CEO

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    Maverick1000 Qualifications

    For each member to get maximum benefit you will need to meet these 3 important initial qualifications:

    Qualification #1: You must be a successful business owner, entrepreneur, founder or CEO. This membership is strictly for distinguished achievers with a minimum business gross revenue of $1 million. (Verification required) On average, members run industry-dominating firms from $5 million - $100 million+.

    Qualification #2: You are willing to share your business successes openly and candidly with other members. (Each member will sign a confidentiality agreement so you do not need to worry about competitors.) Qualified members will also be selected for what they 'bring to the table' and it's important that you're willing to share your unique skills, resources and knowledge.

    Qualification #3: You cannot have a huge ego! This is a pretty simple qualification and you know if this is you. You cannot simply stroke a check to get in.

    The members of Maverick1000 are selected by an independent group of industry leaders and members. Positions are available for a distinguished group of high-caliber entrepreneurs, business owners and CEOs selected for their business achievements, contributions, skills, and resources.

    A small, limited number of openings are made available each admission period in order to fully integrate new members into the Maverick network. By activating your invitation you will receive a priority date for the application review.

  • About

  • Welcome To Maverick1000

    Maverick1000 is an invitation only, global network of exceptional entrepreneurs connecting in bold new ways to challenge and collectively support each other’s biggest business goals, engage in exclusive experiences and co-create a significant, worldwide multiplier impact. Members periodically assemble to collaborate on, develop and share breakthrough ideas on the most critical issues facing 21st century innovators and leaders. It’s a remarkable combination of invigorating conversations, rejuvenating retreats and ‘giving forward’ opportunities to authentically build high-level connections and profitable relationships that only occur outside typical business settings.
  • Business Growth

    There is a considerable leveraged multiplier effect for your business with the trusted network of increased distribution, breakthrough ideas, high-level connections, key partnerships, channels for growth, relevant expertise, business models re-invention, access to new markets and so much more. Leverage the power of the Maverick1000 Network:
    • Series of “3X Multiplier Retreats” (3x per year in different regions):
      • [Re-Think] Day 1: Business and Growth Multiplier - workshop experience with unique conversations and discussions with members, business icons and thought leaders.
      • [Re-Purpose] Day 2: Impact Multiplier – Each month, the Maverick Impact Fund automatically accumulates by $333 per member, with tens of thousands available, for disbursement to entrepreneurial non-profit cause partners and new startups.
      • [Re-Invent] Day 3: Experience Multiplier – Mavericks get to partake in an optional unique adventure, excursion or experience to help reenergize and rejuvenate yourself and your thinking.
    • Annual Maverick M3 Summit held in sacred locations around the world with a line-up of exceptional business luminaries and experiences.
    • Underground® pre-day Future Trends Briefing provides members with the latest insight to stay ahead of the curve of accelerated technology, online trends or mobile applications.
    • Monthly virtual Maverick Roundtable with an intimate group of 6-8 Maverick members contributing insight on each individuals biggest challenges or opportunities, sharing new ideas and keeping each other accountable for what's most important.
    • Private members site with exclusive content and resources. Plus online collaboration and connection tools.
    • Invitations to remarkable gatherings and events including the Dangerous Dinner Series and annual party on Necker Island with Sir Richard Branson.
  • Experience

    The 3x Multiplier Retreats also give you a scheduled refuge from your usual day-to-day and will become something to look forward to throughout the year. There’s no doubt the synchronicities from putting together some of the brightest minds in different and unusual experiences will develop new resources, capabilities and connections you didn’t even know about.
    • Series of "3X Multiplier Days" (3x per year in different regions):
      • Business and Growth Multiplier Day
      • Impact Multiplier Day
      • Experience Multiplier Day – Mavericks get to partake in an optional unique adventure, excursion or experience to help reenergize and rejuvenate yourself and your thinking.
    • Beach Party on Necker Island with Sir Richard Branson - Perhaps the ultimate entrepreneurial paradise is Sir Richard Branson’s private island, Necker hosted by Richard himself.
    • Access to Epic Experiences
    Maverick1000 members have privileged access to truly EPIC experiences. Imagine blasting 80mph through the Baja...experiencing a Zero-gravity flight (like NASA astronauts do to prepare for space travel)...flying MiG jets in Russia...going on an African Safari, swimming with Great Whites & attending the World Cup finals... driving a super exotic sports car 200 mph+ or scuba diving in between tectonic plates in Iceland. These are just a few of the experiences Mavericks have been privileged to take part in and there even bigger ones coming up in the future.
  • Impact

    We named the group Maverick1000 because we believe a small group of 1,000 extraordinary individuals and leaders can truly change the world starting with the Maverick Multiplier Retreats:
    • Series of "3X Multiplier Retreats" (3x per year in different regions):
      • Business and Growth Multiplier Day
      • Experience Multiplier Day
    • Impact Multiplier Day - Each month, the Maverick Impact Fund automatically accumulates $333 per member. During the Impact Multiplier day Maverick members help invited non-profit and cause partners brainstorm and develop real-world solutions to their pressing problems. Then part of this fund is allocated to actually implement the solution we’ve jointly created. The second part of the Impact Fund distributed that day is provided to new startups competing for capital and mentorship. The exciting thing is as membership increases this Maverick Impact Fund will continue growing to tens of thousands even hundreds of thousands per year automatically invested into self-sustaining, entrepreneurial causes, non-profits and new innovative startups. (i.e. with 100 members contributing that’s $33,300.00 per month being funneling here.)
    • Platform for Legacy In addition to the Maverick Impact Fund, members are provided an opportunity to help the next generation of entrepreneurs and emerging leaders through virtual mentor relationships, sharing knowledge, skills and insights inside the Maverick MBA online education portal and co-creating new startup ventures with Maverick MBA grads.
    • Maverick Impact Trips: Working in partnership with non-profits, Mavericks can participate in fund raising trips that aren’t just about donating money but also about providing mentorship and shared idea exchanges to tackle some of the globes most pressing problems. Previous Impact trips have already raised over $750,000.00+ to date and have ranged from working with micro entrepreneurs in Haiti building self-sustaining villages to mentoring at the Branson School of Entrepreneurship in South Africa.
  • Disclaimer

    IMPORTANT -THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY:
    Initial deposits are Non-Refundable. Final payment of the balance due must be received 60 days prior to departure date.  If the final payment is not received by this date, Maverick Business Adventures reserves the right to forfeit your reservation and retain 100% of deposits paid.

    Trip cancellation insurance is NOT included in the trip cost.
    We strongly recommend purchasing trip protection insurance and would be happy to assist you in doing so. Insurance through our provider must be purchased within 15 days of making your initial deposit.
    *Should you need to cancel without the benefit of an insurance policy, an approved replacement will be allowed. Should you choose not to send an replacement or your suggested replacement is not approved, the following cancellation terms will apply:

    180 days in advance of event – 20% cancellation fee will apply
    90-180 days in advance of event – 40% cancellation fee will apply
    60 – 90 days or less – 75% cancellation fee will apply
    60 days or less – 100% cancellation fee will apply

    *Notice of cancellation must be received in writing.

    Thank You for contacting us!
    We will be in touch soon.




  • Contributing Icons

    Sir Richard Branson

    Tony Hawk

    Jesse James

    Tony Hsieh

    Tim Ferriss

    John Paul Dejoria

    Dr. Peter Diamandis

    Morten Lund

    Carl Banks

    Frank McKinney

    Joe Sugarman

    Chip Conley

  • 3X Multiplier Showcase Registration

    The next step in the application process is for every potential Maverick1000 member to step up and showcase some of their ‘Super Powers’. That means sharing 5-6 minutes (max) of your best thinking on one particular topic. Something your fellow successful entrepreneurs, founders and business owners on the line will find useful from your own in-the-trenches experience. Sample topics include:
    • Sales/Marketing
    • Creativity/Innovation/Big Ideas
    • Personal Productivity/Development
    • Leadership/Culture/Team
    • Online Marketing & Technology
    • Relationships Spouse/Family/Children
    • Adding impact/charity/philanthropy to increase the bottom line
    • Creating an ideal entrepreneurial lifestyle or work/life balance
    • Etc. etc. etc.
    You’ll have the capability to show your screen if you want to do a presentation or show any examples. Don’t worry, you don’t need to have a PowerPoint presentation or anything like that – but you should spend some time thinking through your presentation. As Phase III of the Maverick nomination process, we use this stage to determine what you bring to the table to help strengthen and grow the Maverick network. This hour will be incredibly worthwhile even if there is no additional step as you’ll be joined by several other, like-minded entrepreneurs with you on the line all sharing their best stuff too.'

    June Showcase

    Date/Time:
    Wednesday, June 11th at 12:00pm Eastern

    Register For June Showcase

    $50 Charity Donation

    To hold your spot, we simply ask for a $50, non-refundable donation to support NFTE, one of our charitable partners. The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship's mission is to provide programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures. To date, NFTE has worked with nearly 350,000 young people from low-income communities in programs across the U.S. and around the world. All $50 of this donation will go to NFTE.
    The next step in the application process is for every potential Maverick1000 member to step up and showcase some of their ‘Super Powers’. That means sharing 5-6 minutes (max) of your best thinking on one particular topic. Something your fellow successful entrepreneurs, founders and business owners on the line will find useful from your own in-the-trenches experience.Sample topics include:
    • Sales/Marketing
    • Creativity/Innovation/Big Ideas
    • Personal Productivity/Development
    • Leadership/Culture/Team
    • Online Marketing & Technology
    • Relationships Spouse/Family/Children
    • Adding impact/charity/philanthropy to increase the bottom line
    • Creating an ideal entrepreneurial lifestyle or work/life balance
    • Etc. etc. etc.
    You’ll have the capability to show your screen if you want to do a presentation or show any examples. Don’t worry, you don’t need to have a PowerPoint presentation or anything like that – but you should spend some time thinking through your presentation. As Phase III of the Maverick nomination process, we use this stage to determine what you bring to the table to help strengthen and grow the Maverick network. This hour will be incredibly worthwhile even if there is no additional step as you’ll be joined by several other, like-minded entrepreneurs with you on the line all sharing their best stuff too.'

    $50 Charity Donation

    To hold your spot, we simply ask for a $50, non-refundable donation to support NFTE, one of our charitable partners. The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship's mission is to provide programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures. To date, NFTE has worked with nearly 350,000 young people from low-income communities in programs across the U.S. and around the world. All $50 of this donation will go to NFTE.
  • Thanks

    Thank you and Congratulations on taking the first step towards Maverick1000 membership.

    Hi,

    I’m Ian Lingwood, ‘Maverick DNA Decoder’. My role is help curate the right mix of exceptional members and see if you have the Maverick DNA coursing through your veins in Phase II of the nomination process.

    Calendar Schedule:

    Like most busy entrepreneurs interested in Maverick, I know you have a lot going on so instead of playing phone-tag or emailing back and forth, the easiest way to schedule our qualification interview automatically right here:

    https://www.timetrade.com/book/63TM1

    Important Notes: Most interviews are typically 30-45 minutes for us to get to know each other better, see if you’re a fit and determine what you bring to the global network. (Don’t worry there’s no ‘hard pitch’ – in fact, I cannot even take your credit card even if you insisted!)

    Your Preparation: Before your interview, it’s important to get a sense for the core Maverick philosophy of ‘Make More, Have More Fun and Give More’:

    Please download Yanik’s best-selling ’34 Rules for Maverick Entrepreneurs’ book here:

    Your homework assignment before your Interview is to have reviewed rules #29, #31, #33 and #34 at a minimum. They’re short pieces but important.

    These 34 rules were inspired by Yanik's first visit to Necker Island, Sir Richard Branson's private island retreat. (We now head up a trip every year to Richard’s island with Mavericks and even put on a unique beach party you could possibly be invited to!)

    Flying home from Necker he was so excited with his time spent brainstorming and being with the Virgin billionaire that he started scribbling his own rules for successful entrepreneurial endeavors - that helped him achieve financial independence before turning 31. Originally he thought it would be a top 10 list but Yanik kept writing in his journal and it came to 34 tenets.

    Countless entrepreneurs have been inspired by these 34 Rules and it had over 400+ comments when he posted on his blog so I think you’ll enjoy it. But you don’t need to read all of them just be prepped on those 4 rules when we talk.

    If you want to get a hold of me, I’m at ian@maverick1000.com or (240) 505-9783

    Talk soon,
    Ian

    P.S. We’ve never done any type of big launch or big promotion for membership and each enrollment period we only invite and add as many new members as we can fully integrate into the network.

  • Birthday

    Monday, Sept 23

    8:30pm - Dinner (Note: Yanik will not be there for this one)
    Price: $55 per person (drinks not included)


    Tuesday, Sept 24

    9:30am - 2:00pm - Group Activity (lunch and transportation included)
    Price: $170 per person


    6:45pm - Depart for Activity and Dinner
    Price: $165 per person


    Wednesday, Sept 25

    8:45pm - Group Dinner @ Katsuya Hollywood (Wear Silver and/or White)
    Price: $155 per person


    10:45ish - Depart for Da Club (which one is TBD, but there will be bottle service and booty shaking involved)
    Price: $100 per person

  • 3X Multiplier Showcase Registration for October

    The next step in the application process is for every potential Maverick1000 member to step up and showcase some of their ‘Super Powers’. That means sharing 5-6 minutes (max) of your best thinking on one particular topic. Something your fellow successful entrepreneurs, founders and business owners on the line will find useful from your own in-the-trenches experience. Sample topics include:
    • Sales/Marketing
    • Creativity/Innovation/Big Ideas
    • Personal Productivity/Development
    • Leadership/Culture/Team
    • Online Marketing & Technology
    • Relationships Spouse/Family/Children
    • Adding impact/charity/philanthropy to increase the bottom line
    • Creating an ideal entrepreneurial lifestyle or work/life balance
    • Etc. etc. etc.
    You’ll have the capability to show your screen if you want to do a presentation or show any examples. Don’t worry, you don’t need to have a PowerPoint presentation or anything like that – but you should spend some time thinking through your presentation. As Phase III of the Maverick nomination process, we use this stage to determine what you bring to the table to help strengthen and grow the Maverick network. This hour will be incredibly worthwhile even if there is no additional step as you’ll be joined by several other, like-minded entrepreneurs with you on the line all sharing their best stuff too.'

    Date/Time:

    The next 3X Multiplier is scheduled for Monday, October 21st at 2pm EST

    $50 Charity Donation

    To hold your spot, we simply ask for a $50, non-refundable donation to support NFTE, one of our charitable partners. The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship's mission is to provide programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures. To date, NFTE has worked with nearly 350,000 young people from low-income communities in programs across the U.S. and around the world. All $50 of this donation will go to NFTE.
  • Pre-Application

    Maverick1000 Pre-Application

    Maverick1000 Qualifications

    For each member to get maximum benefit you will need to meet these 3 important initial qualifications:

    Qualification #1: You must be a successful business owner, entrepreneur, founder or CEO. This membership is strictly for distinguished achievers with a minimum business gross revenue of $1 million. (Verification required) On average, members run industry-dominating firms from $5 million - $100 million+.

    Qualification #2: You are willing to share your business successes openly and candidly with other members. (Each member will sign a confidentiality agreement so you do not need to worry about competitors.) Qualified members will also be selected for what they 'bring to the table' and it's important that you're willing to share your unique skills, resources and knowledge.

    Qualification #3: You cannot have a huge ego! This is a pretty simple qualification and you know if this is you. You cannot simply stroke a check to get in.

    The members of Maverick1000 are selected by an independent group of industry leaders and members. Positions are available for a distinguished group of high-caliber entrepreneurs, business owners and CEOs selected for their business achievements, contributions, skills, and resources.

    A small, limited number of openings are made available each admission period in order to fully integrate new members into the Maverick network. By activating your invitation you will receive a priority date for the application review.

    Contact Information

     

    The Bio, Background and/or accomplishments input field is limited to250 characters
    so if you would prefer to submit more information, please click this link.

    Please include 3 ideal times for the Maverick DNA Decoder to contact you for Phase II of the nomination process:

    1.         2.         3.
     

    We respect your privacy

  • Painted Picture

    2015 Maverick Mission and Painted Picture for how Maverick1000 members fit into the larger Maverick EcoVerse

  • Who Is A Maverick?

    Maverick 1000 members are growth-oriented 21st century business leaders who collide at the intersection of ambitious business innovation, greater happiness and meaning in what they do. They believe their future is bigger than their past (regardless of what they’ve already achieved).

    These select individuals are recognized at the top of their respective industry and high impact fields from Internet pioneers to eCommerce, publishers, importers, service, financial institutions, renowned experts, real estate developers, multinational manufacturers to venture capitalists and software & app developers. The majority of members significantly leverage new technology, digital media, mobile and online platforms.

    Maverick1000 Puts it All Together

    You can tap into other like-minded peers who really get where you’re going and where you’ve come from. No doubt about it, it’s lonely at the top...and the only people who truly understand successful entrepreneurs and what we go through are other successful, like-minded entrepreneurs. The right group of kindred spirits are eager to celebrate your wins, challenge you to greater accomplishments, share breakthrough ideas and re-invigorate you during the natural emotional roller coaster of breaking new ground.

    Quite frankly, the bigger the future you are working on creating – the more support, resources, trusted input, connections and energy renewal you’ll need beyond the ‘ordinary’.

    That’s why, Maverick1000 members engage in unique ways throughout the year to help you move the needle on just about every key part of your business (and personal life that’s all intermeshed in today’s world).

    Membership provides a unique combination of invigorating conversations, rejuvenating retreats and ‘giving forward’ opportunities to authentically build high-level connections and profitable relationships that only occur outside typical business settings

    “1 Maverick Entrepreneur Can Change an Industry...
    1,000 Together Can Change the World”

    (Are You One of Them?)

    Apply For Consideration
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    Sir Richard Branson ← back

    Overview

    Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson was born on July 18, 1950, is an English business magnate, best known for his Virgin Group of more than 400 companies.

    Branson was born in Blackheath, London, the son and eldest child of barrister Edward James Branson (10 March 1918 – 19 March 2011) and Eve Huntley Branson (née Flindt). His grandfather, the Right Honourable Sir George Arthur Harwin Branson, was a judge of the High Court of Justice and a Privy Councillor. Branson was educated at Scaitcliffe School (now Bishopsgate School) until the age of thirteen. He then attended Stowe School until the age of sixteen. Branson has dyslexia and had poor academic performance as a student, but later discovered his ability to connect with others. Branson started his record business from the crypt of a church where he ran The Student. Branson advertised popular records in The Student Magazine and it was an overnight success. Trading under the name “Virgin”, he sold records for considerably less than the “High Street” outlets, especially the chain W. H. Smith. Branson once said, “There is no point in starting your own business unless you do it out of a sense of frustration.” The name “Virgin” was suggested by one of Branson’s early employees because they were all new at business. At the time, many products were sold under restrictive marketing agreements that limited discounting, despite efforts in the 1950s and 1960s to limit so-called resale price maintenance. In effect, Branson began the series of changes that led to large-scale discounting of recorded music. Branson formed Virgin Atlantic Airways, launched Virgin Mobile, Virgin Blue in Australia (now named Virgin Australia), Virgin Trains to name a few.

     
     
     

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    Tony Hawk ← back

    Overview

    Anthony Frank “Tony” Hawk (born May 12, 1968), nicknamed “The Birdman”, is an American professional skateboarder and actor. Hawk is well known for completing the first documented 900 (900 degree aerial spin) and his licensed video game titles, distributed by Activision. He is widely considered to be one of the most successful and influential pioneers of modern vertical skateboarding.

    Hawk was born in Carlsbad, California to Nancy and Frank Peter Rupert Hawk and was raised in San Diego, California. When Hawk was young, he was described as being “hyperactive,” and his mother says that he was “so hard on himself and expected himself to do so many things.” One time, Tony struck out in baseball and was so distraught that he hid in a ravine and had to be “physically coaxed out” by his father. His frustration with himself was so harsh that his parents had him psychologically evaluated at school. The results were that Tony was “gifted,” he tested with an I.Q. of 144,  and school advisors recommended placing him in advanced classes. His parents supported his skateboarding because it served as an outlet for his excessive energy, and as Hawk’s skills developed, he became a professional skateboarder at age fourteen. and was the National Skateboard Association world champion for twelve consecutive years.

    On July 27, 1999, Hawk was the first skater to land a “900″, a trick involving the completion of two-and-a-half mid-air revolutions on a skateboard; Hawk was successful on his eleventh attempt. After completing the trick, Hawk commented, “This is the best day of my life.” Nearly twelve years later, Hawk was still able to land the trick and posted a video on his Twitter account stating, “I’m 42 and I did a 900 today.”

     
     
     

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    Jesse James ← back

    Overview

    Jesse Gregory James was born April 19, 1969, is an American television personality and former CEO of now defunct West Coast Choppers, a manufacturer of custom-made motorcycles. James was the host of the reality TV shows Jesse James is a Dead Man on Spike TV and Monster Garage, on the Discovery Channel, and the focus of the documentary Motorcycle Mania, also on Discovery. Jesse James also appeared in theTony Hawk’s Underground 2 video game.

    After several years working as a bodyguard for Danzig, Slayer, and occasionally for other bands such as Oralia Ramirez, Andrea Ramirez and Soundgarden, James opened West Coast Choppers in his mother’s garage in 1992. The company grew quickly and soon moved to a larger facility for select customers and companies. About 200 bikes have been built at West Coast Choppers. West Coast Choppers is also sponsoring race teams in Top Fuel Drags and Super Late Model NASCAR. James recently bought custom car business Austin Speed Shop and has expanded into the custom car business. Jesse James has also built and is racing an off-road Trophy Truck and a Figure-8 race car. He played linebacker at the University of California Riverside  before a career ending knee injury prevented him from continuing his athletic career.

     
     
     

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    Tony Hsieh ← back

    Overview

    Tony Hsieh was born on December 12, 1973  is a Taiwanese American internet entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He is the founder and CEO of the online shoe and clothing shop Zappos.com. Prior to joining Zappos, Hsieh co-founded and sold the internet advertising network LinkExchange to Microsoft in 1999 for $265 million.

    Tony Hsieh grew up in the San Francisco Bay area of California. In 1995, he graduated from Harvard University with a degree in computer science. While at Harvard, he managed the Quincy House Grille selling burgers to the students in his dorm (his best customer, Alfred Lin, would later be Zappos’s CFO and COO). After college, Hsieh worked for Oracle Corporation. After five months, Hsieh found himself dissatisfied with the corporate environment and quit to found LinkExchange. After LinkExchange sold to Microsoft, Hsieh co-founded Venture Frogs, an incubator and investment firm, with his partner, Alfred Lin. The name originated from a dare. One of Hsieh’s friends said she would invest everything if they chose “Venture Frogs” as the name, and the pair took her up on the bet (although they have yet to see any money). They invested in a variety of tech and Internet startups, including Ask Jeeves, OpenTable and Zappos.

     
     
     

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    Tim Ferriss ← back

    Overview

    Timothy Ferriss (born July 20, 1977) is an American author and entrepreneur. Both of his books: The 4-Hour Workweek and The 4-Hour Bodymade the NY Times Best Seller list.

    Ferriss grew up in East Hampton, NY and graduated from St. Paul’s School. He received a degree in East Asian Studies from Princeton University in 2000  (after switching from Neuroscience in an effort to “avoid putting printer jacks on cat heads”). After graduation, Ferriss worked in sales at a data storage company. Ferriss was frustrated by inefficiencies at the company and his salary, and began spending his time building his own Internet business. Ferriss holds the Guinness Book of World Records‘ record for the most consecutive tango-spins in one minute. Ferriss and his dance partner Alicia Monti set the record on the show Live with Regis and Kelly. Ferriss has stated that, prior to his writing career; he won in the 165 lb. weight class at the 1999 USAWKF national Sanshou (Chinese kickboxing) championship through a process of shoving opponents out of the ring and by dramatically dehydrating himself before weigh in, and then rehydrating before the fight in order to compete several classes below his actual weight.

     
     
     

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    John Paul DeJoria ← back

    Overview

    John Paul Jones DeJoria (born April 13, 1944) is an American billionaire businessman and philanthropist best known as a co-founder of the Paul Mitchell line of hair products. According to Forbes magazine, he is worth US$4 billion.

    He was born the second son of an Italian immigrant father and a Greek immigrant mother on April 13, 1944 in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. His parents divorced by the time he was two years old, and at nine he began selling Christmas cards and newspapers with his older brother to support his family. When his single mother proved unable to support both children, they were sent to an East Los Angeles foster home. DeJoria spent much of his youth in a street gang in East Los Angeles, but changed when he was told that he would “never succeed at anything in life” by a math teacher at John Marshall High School. He graduated in 1962 and spent two years in the United States Navy, after which he floated through a series of jobs ranging from janitor to insurance salesman. He entered the world of hair care as an employee of Redken Laboratories and was fired from this position when he claimed over a disagreement on business strategies. In 1980, he formed John Paul Mitchell Systems with hairdresser Paul Mitchell and a loan for $700. In 1989, Paul Mitchell died and was replaced by his son, Angus as company co-owner. As of 2011, John Paul Mitchell Systems had revenues of $900 million annually. He is also involved in a number of other business ventures like The Patrón Spirits Company, House of Blues, Live Nation, Pyrat Rum, Ultimate Vodka, Solar Utility, Sun King Solar, Touchstone Natural Gas, Three Star Energy, Diamond Audio, a Harley Davidson dealership, a diamond company (DeJoria), mobile technology developer ROK AMERICAS, the John Paul Pet company, and J&D Acquisitions LLC, the parent company for the Larson, Striper, Triumph, Marquis and Carver boat companies formed with Minneapolis-based investor Irwin L. Jacobs, Patron Tequilia and Patron Racing.

     
     
     

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    Peter H. Diamandis was born on May 20, 1961, is an American engineer, physician and entrepreneur best known for being the founder and chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation, the co-founder and chairman of Singularity University and the co-author of the New York Times bestseller Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think. He is also the former CEO and co-founder of the Zero-Gravity Corporation, the co-founder and vice chairman of Space Adventures Ltd., the founder and chairman of theRocket Racing League, the co-founder of the International Space University, the co-founder of Planetary Resources, and founder of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space.

    Diamandis was born in the Bronx, New York. His parents, both Greek immigrants, were in the medical business; his father was a physician (OB-GYN). From a very early age, Diamandis expressed a keen interest in space exploration. At age 8, he began giving lectures on space to his family and friends. At age 12, Diamandis won first place in the Estes Rocket Design Competition for building a launch system able to simultaneously launch three rockets. After matriculating from Great Neck North High School in 1979, Diamandis attended Hamilton College for his freshman year, then transferred to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study biology and physics. During his sophomore year at MIT in 1980, Diamandis co-founded Students for the Exploration and Development of Space. Diamandis graduated from MIT in 1983 with a B.S. in molecular biology.  He then entered Harvard Medical School to pursue his M.D. During his second year of medical school, he co-founded the Space Generation Foundation to promote projects and programs that would help the Space Generation (all those born since the flight of Sputnik) get off the planet. During his last year of medical school in 1989, Diamandis was acting as managing director of the International Space University and CEO of International Micro Space, a microsatellite launch company. In 1986, Diamandis put his medical degree on hold and returned to MIT to pursue a master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics, conducting research at NASA Johnson Space Center, the MIT Man Vehicle Laboratory and MIT’s Whitehead Biomedical Institute. After completing his M.S. at MIT, Diamandis returned to Harvard and completed his M.D.

     
     
     

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    Morten Lund, (born April 3, 1972) is an entrepreneur from Copenhagen, Denmark. Along with Soren Kenner, Lund is founder and managing partner of LundKenner, a venture capital firm focusing on technology ventures. From 2007 he has also fronted the startup catalyst LundXY.

    Described variously as an ‘archangel investor’, startup ‘ideologist’ and ‘visionary’, Lund has founded or co-invested in more than 40 high-tech start ups in the last decade, most famously Skype, the VoIP bought by eBay for $2.6 billion in 2005. In May 2008 Lund made headlines again with the sale of Danish social networking and mobile backup site ZYB to operator Vodafone Europe BV for a sum believed to be in the region of $49m. At 37 years of age he is one of the most active seed investors in Europe. His portfolio features over 80 companies spanning the Internet, telecoms, health and alternative energy. Lund has established a category of investments in his portfolio entitled ‘WILD’ – Worldwide Investments and Involvement in Life Development – through which he is investing in water purification, marine energy systems, landmine detection and solutions to hunger and obesity. Lund is a special member of Clinton’s Global Initiative and frequent speaker at international conferences. His blog has more than 40,000 monthly visitors. He has also  started three funds, encompassing Chinese property, Indian technology ventures and a private equity vehicle for Middle Eastern green technology.

     
     
     

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    Russell Simmons ← back

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    Russell Simmons is a true mogul and empire builder. He is probably best known for partnering with Rick Rubin to create Def Jam Records, and signing artists like the Beastie Boys, L.L. Cool J, Public Enemy and Run-D.M.C. In 1999, he sold his stake in Def Jam Records for $100 million.

    Not really content to stay with one endeavor, Russell created other ventures including Phat Farm clothing company, television shows, a management company, a magazine and an advertising agency. In 2004, Russell sold Phat Farm for $140 million.

    An active philanthropist, Russell helped found the Hip Hop Summit Action Network, the Rush Philanthropic Organization and the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding. He’s a strict vegan and yoga enthusiast and that’s why we’re going to be taking part in one of his favorite activities instead of a boring keynote. (Plus, he says yoga has totally transformed his personal and business world.)

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    Carl Banks ← back

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    Carl E. Banks (born August 29, 1962) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League from 1984 to 1995 for the New York Giants, the Washington Redskins and the Cleveland Browns.

    He made the Pro Bowl in 1987, had 39.5 career quarterback sacks, and was a member of the NFL’s 1980′s All-Decade Team. He played college football at Michigan State University and was the third overall pick in the 1984 NFL Draft. He was a member of the Giants teams that won Super Bowls XXI and XXV as well as a key part of the Big Blue Wrecking Crew. Banks was a standout in their Super Bowl XXI victory in which he recorded 14 total tackles, including ten solo tackles. In 1993, Banks entered a three year contract to play for the Washington Redskins. He was released from the Redskins after the 1993 season and spent his final two years with the Cleveland Browns before retiring after the 1995 season. After retiring from the NFL, Banks was a part-owner of the Arena Football League’s New Jersey Red Dogs, along with ex-Giants Joe Morris and Harry Carson. He was Director of Player Development for the New York Jets in 1997. Currently, Banks can be heard as one of the voices of Sirius NFL Radio and WFAN. Starting in 2007, he became an analyst for the radio broadcasts of the New York Giants.

     
     
     

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    Frank McKinney ← back

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    Frank McKinney is a Real Estate Artist, 5-time International Bestselling Author,  super hero meets Robin Hood, philanthro-capitalist, risk-taker, Ultramarathoner and visionary who sees opportunities and creates markets where none existed before.

    Upon attending his 4th high school in 4 years (he was asked to leave the first 3), Frank earned his high school diploma with a less-than-stellar 1.8 GPA. Then, at 18, with $50 in his pocket and without the benefit of further education, Frank left his native Indiana for Florida in search of what he refers to as his professional highest calling. In his first Florida job he earned $180 a week, waking at 4:00am, to dig sand traps by hand on a Deerfield Beach golf course. On May 19, 1986, at 22, Frank McKinney founded his real estate investment company and bought his first $50,000 fixer-upper, selling it a few months later for a $7,000 profit. Now, 25+ years later, McKinney creates real estate markets where others dare to tread. He has built spec homes (homes built without a buyer) valued in the tens of millions of dollars. A true maverick with a charming flair, he is without peer in the risky world of speculative high-end real estate, shattering price records with each new project.

     
     
     

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    Joe Sugarman ← back

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    Joe Sugarman, once called the “Mail Order Maverick” by The New York Times, is a groundbreaker in every sense of the word. His accomplishments in marketing innovation alone give him the right to be called a legend. Now he wants to share his brilliance with the rest of the world.

    Born in the Chicago area, Sugarman began with an education in electrical engineering from The University of Miami. He was drafted into the Army in 1962, eventually living in Germany as a member of the CIA. His first marketing venture involved selling Austrian ski lifts to resorts in the United States. He used direct marketing to get the world’s first pocket calculator into as many hands as possible. This led to the formation of the JS&A Group, Inc. which led the industry in space-age technology. Sugarman introduced the cordless phone and the digital watch to the public with his marketing techniques. He also introduced the concept of using toll-free numbers to take credit card orders over the phone, which was unheard of at the time. After only one year of using toll-free numbers to process orders, thousands of other companies followed suit. This led to a revolution in the merchandising industry.

     
     
     

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    Chip Conley ← back

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    Chip Conley  is an American hotelier, author and speaker. He graduated high school from the PACE program at Long Beach Polytechnic High School. Conley received his BA in 1982 and an MBA in 1984 from Stanford University.

    Conley is the founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, which he began in 1987 at age 26. In 2010, after growing Joie de Vivre’s collection of boutique hotels to more than 30 properties in California, Conley transitioned from CEO to Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer when Geolo Capital purchased a majority stake of the company. He has been honored by the San Francisco Business Times as the “Most Innovative CEO” in the Bay Area. He is the founder of San Francisco’s annual Celebrity Pool Toss fundraiser, which has raised more than $4 million for inner city families in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District, where his first hotel, the Phoenix, is located.

     
     
     

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