Dave Baggett was one of the creators and programmers of the iconic video game character, Crash Bandicoot. Having computer science degrees from UMD, College Park and MIT, he contributed to the game using his coding abilities. After the success of that game by Naughty Dog, he went on to co-found ITA Software, a search provider for air travel. Dave eventually grew the company to 500 employees, and in 2011 ITA Software was acquired by Google for $700M. Today, Dave is active in his new startup called Inky, which is a secure email encryption platform.
Patrick Bet-David was born in Iran and following the revolution, his family immigrated to America when he was 12-years-old. Knowing that higher education wasn’t in the cards for him, he decided to enlist in the military immediately after high school. Patrick was able to land a job as a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley without having a college degree and went on to launch PHP Agency Inc., an insurance marketing organization, all before the age of 30. He found his passion in teaching and inspiring the next generation of aspiring entrepreneurs and has gained a substantial following posting videos twice a week to his YouTube channel.
Ryan Blair found himself without a father figure at the young age of six when his veteran and engineer father left the family. Constantly searching for guidance and acceptance, he got eventually wound up in a gang. Finding valuable mentors helped him get on the right track, and Ryan started his first business called 24/7 Tech at 21-years-old. Throughout the years, he has been involved in numerous companies, most notably becoming CEO of ViSalus and bringing their revenue from $39 million to over $1 billion. Ryan also found a passion for teaching and writing and has authored NY Times best-seller “Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain” and “Rock Bottom to Rock Star.”
Kevin Harrington is best known for being one of the originals sharks on the hit TV show, Shark Tank, but he has been a wildly successful entrepreneur for more than 40 years launching over 20 businesses, each growing to over $100M in revenue. Kevin has also launched over 500 products generating over $5 billion in sales globally with names such as Tony Little and George Foreman. Currently, he runs a private consulting firm working with companies to increase their distribution, analyze retailing opportunities, source manufacturing, celebrity connections, increase stock value, and effectively market on social media.
After 10 years of working on Wall Street, Jared Wesley learned how to trade so that he could take back his life and freedom. He was tired of the long hours, less than ideal bosses, and lack of flexibility. Trading turned out to be the best decision of his life as he developed a strategy and foundation and started mentoring other traders. One of these traders was Anmol Singh, who was able to catch on very quickly and soon was profiting $10K per week. Jared and Anmol along with a third partner decided to join forces and start Live Traders to help guide traders towards finding their own path to success using proper education and real experience.
Faraz “Fam” Mirza was born in Qatar and grew up in the slums of India with his aunt while his parents set out to make a living to support their family. At the age of 8 his parents came back, and they moved to Qatar and then Saudi Arabia before settling down in the United States. His father always used to tell him that in the United States you could be anything you wanted to be as long as you had the right vision and the right work ethic. It was those words and Fam’s upbringing not having many basic amenities such as a shower that encouraged him to pursue entrepreneurship. After launching many successful brands, Fam founded 1Face Watches to fulfill his passion for giving back to the community and those in need. 1Face Watches sells 8 different watches to support 8 different charities, and has changed over one million people’s lives to date.
Jay Samit is a dynamic entrepreneur, advocate of transformational change in business, and the author of internationally best-selling book “Disrupt You!” He has worked with huge names like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, helping to spot trends and innovate to better the future. He helped grow companies like Ebay and Linkedin and established breakthrough advances in internet marketing and social networks. Jay took his talents and experience to the next level by motivating others to innovate, embrace change, and make a difference using his book and doing speaking engagements all across the world.