Andrew Paradise is the CEO and founder of Skillz. Skillz is the world-wide leader in mobile eSports and connects the world’s 2.6 billion mobile gamers through competition. Skillz is ranked number one on the 2017 Inc. 5000 list and the first eSports company on CNBC’s Disruptor 50. In 2016 alone, Skillz received a revenue of $54.2M after only launching in 2012. Prior to Skillz, Andrew founded AisleBuyer, which was sold to Intuit in April 2012 as well as Photrade, which was sold in 2009 to MPA Inc. He has also worked in venture capital and private equity investing for Fort Washington Capital Partners and The Watermill Group.
Hap Klopp founded one of the world’s largest clothing brands – The North Face. He took his love of the outdoors and turned it into a globally recognized business. Hap realized he didn’t want any part of working for a large corporation after his interview with Proctor & Gamble, so he launched himself into entrepreneurship. Hap knew what would set his business apart from others – quality. Raising the bar on product quality and establishing a “lifetime warranty” set The North Face apart from the industry and showed consumers that they stood behind everything they claimed to be. By the time Hap stepped down, The North Face was a globally recognized clothing brand that was a $200 million dollar company with more than 1500 employees.
Chris Voss is a former FBI hostage negotiator who, today, is the founder and CEO of The Black Swan Group Ltd. Chris’s company helps others solve business communication problems using hostage negotiation solutions. Chris spent 24 years in the FBI fine-tuning his techniques and teaches others how to utilize these strategies in business and everyday life. Chris has saved thousands of lives and retired as the Bureau’s lead international kidnapping negotiator. Chris co-authored the best-selling book, “Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It”. Among his many accomplishments and titles, Chris is also a professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
What is a “DBA” and why would your business need to file for one? DBA is the acronym for “Doing Business As.” Other names for a DBA include “fictitious name,” “trade name,” and “assumed business name.” You must file for a DBA when you want to conduct business using a name other than the one you registered your business under.
I don’t care if you’re Pejman Ghadimi, Elon Musk, or a cashier at Walmart, we’re all susceptible to shitty days. It’s inevitable that some days are just going to feel more like running in mud than firing on all cylinders, but the way we handle those days has a significant effect on our long-term ambitions.
Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey are the founders of Barefoot Wine – a company that launched with virtually no capital, from their laundry room in 1985. Barefoot became America’s #1 wine brand and the Barefoot brand is one of the most recognizable wine brands globally. Bonnie and Michael are the co-authors of New York Times best-selling business book, “The Barefoot Spirit: How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built America’s #1 Wine Brand”. Since the sale of Barefoot Wine to E&J Gallo, they have channeled their efforts into consulting and coaching other people and entrepreneurs on how to launch their products and get them placed in big box retailers. Michael and Bonnie have been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, Forbes, Entrepreneur, The Huffington Post and many more! Michael and Bonnie have further adapted their teachings and launched the “Barefoot Startup” movement, which encourages newly launched startups to adopt key bootstrapping tenets and sales-driven principles and tactics.
Brian Evans is the founder, CEO and editor-in-chief of Influencive, a media platform for unconventional wisdom. Influencive’s mission is to inspire, motivate and spread positivity to young people, entrepreneurs, and anyone that wants to make positive change in the world. Prior to Influencive, Brian founded BDE Ventures, an online advertising and marketing agency that appeared on Inc. 500’s list of Fastest Growing Private Companies in America and was the 25th fastest growing advertising and marketing agency in America.