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  • Here are the Investor speakers from our Sold-Out Miami VC and Angel Event with Daymond John, sponsored by Ambrose, SocialRadius. This event was in Miami on Thursday, March 22, 2012.

    Photo of Daymond John, CEO and Co-Founder, FUBU Daymond  John
    Co-Founder and CEO
    ABC's Shark Tank & Shark Branding
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    ABC's Shark Tank & Shark Branding
    A success story, an industry leader, a young entrepreneur, a man who has reached and surpassed new heights of commercial and financial success - just a fraction of classifications used to describe Daymond John. Over the last 18 years, Daymond has evolved into one of the most successful fashion icons in business today. Known as the "Godfather of Urban Fashion," Daymond is also regarded one of the most sought after branding experts and motivational speakers in the country.

    Daymond John's creative vision helped revolutionize the sportswear industry in the 1990s. As founder, president and chief executive officer of FUBU -- "For Us, By Us" -- Daymond created distinctive and fashionable sportswear and a host of other related gear. FUBU’s phenomenal success made mainstream apparel companies realize the potential for fashionable sportswear that appeals not just to trendsetting urban youth but to mainstream teens as well.

    Daymond John was born in the New York City borough of Brooklyn but spent his childhood in the Hollis neighborhood of Queens during the 1970s. An only child, he grew up in a single-parent household headed by his mother who was a flight attendant for American Airlines but often held more than one job.

    His first foray into the apparel market came when he wanted a tie-top hat and was put off by the price. Daymond began making the distinctive tie-top hats in the morning and then selling them on the streets of Queens in the evening hours.

    One day in 1992, he and his friend sold $800 worth of hats and realized their ideas had definite potential. They created a distinctive logo and began sewing the FUBU logo on hockey jerseys, sweatshirts and t-shirts. Daymond lured some longtime friends into the business and asked his old neighborhood friend, L.L. Cool J., to wear a t-shirt in a photograph for a FUBU promotional campaign in 1993. Daymond and his mother mortgaged the home they collectively owned for $100,000 in start-up capital. Soon, the home was turned into a makeshift factory and office space.

    FUBU officially launched in 1994 when Daymond and his partners traveled to an industry trade show in Las Vegas. Buyers liked the distinctively cut, vibrantly-colored sportswear; Daymond and his partners returned to Queens with $300,000 worth of orders. FUBU soon had a contract with the New York City-based department store chain Macy's, and they began expanding their line to include jeans and outerwear. A distribution deal with Korean electronics manufacturer Samsung allowed their designs to be manufactured and delivered on a massive scale.

    Photo of Alan McGlade, Managing Director, Digital Entertainment Ventures Alan McGlade
    Managing Director
    DEV - Digital Entertainment Ventures
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    DEV - Digital Entertainment Ventures
    Alan McGlade is a founder and Managing Director of DEV. He is a current advisor and investor in several media companies and a member of the ARC Angel Fund. Mr. McGlade has over two decades of experience in taking companies from early conceptual stage to significant market player in television, and digital media with an emphasis on music.

    For the last nine years Mr. McGlade was the Chief Executive and a member of the Board of Directors of MediaNet. The company powered music and media delivery in five territories in the US and Europe for many of the best known names in the business including AOL, Yahoo, HMV, Virgin, Samsung, Tesco, MTV, Microsoft's Zune and Google.

    Prior to running MediaNet, Mr. McGlade worked at MTV Networks. He joined the company after selling them the contactive music video channel, Video Jukebox Network (The Box), where he served as CEO for five years.

    Prior to his tenure at The Box, Mr. McGlade was the president of StarNet, which provided targeted cable marketing using a national satellite delivery system. Before that McGlade was the founder and president of Adlink, the largest cable advertising interconnect in the country.

    Mr. McGlade's commentaries have appeared in Billboard, Forbes and Multichannel News, among others, and he has appeared on CNBC, CNN Business and PBS.

    Photo of Gregory Borchardt, Managing Director, Caerus Ventures Gregory Borchardt
    Managing Director
    Caerus Ventures
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    Caerus Ventures
    Gregory Borchardt is a Managing Director at Caerus Ventures LLC, a venture capital and early stage business advisory firm located in West Palm Beach, Florida.

    Greg brings more than twelve years of experience running early stage consumer technology companies and a broad knowledge of launching new consumer product lines into mass market retailers in the U.S, and internationally. He was the Founder and Managing Partner of Oxygen Audio North America, a consumer electronics manufacturing company of high-end car audio products including the “O Car,” the first car stereo that fully integrated the iPhone into a car’s entertainment system. Launched at the 2011 International CES Show, the O Car was both an i-Stage Technology Competition finalist and a 2011 CES Innovations in Design and Engineering Award winner. Prior to founding Oxygen Audio North America, Mr. Borchardt was the Founder and President of Adrenaline Technologies, which developed Turbo Charge™, the world’s first line of portable, battery-operated chargers for cell phones and other portable electronics devices. In 2008, Mr. Borchardt was named to the “40 Under 40” list of top young executives in the consumer technology industry by Dealerscope Magazine, the consumer technology retailers’ trade magazine. Originally from New York, New York, Mr. Borchardt earned a B.A. in both economics and organizational behavior and management from Brown University in 1999, and an MBA in private equity from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, in 2003.

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