Did you know that without Walt Disney, the United States would've lost the space race to the Soviets in the late 1960's? Crazy, right?
Even crazier, Disney died three years before Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the moon and spoke those now famous words...One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
So how did the man behind Mickey Mouse pull it off? It's a remarkable story.
But I'm not sharing it with you because its an interesting way to pass the time on the internet.
As a serial entrepreneur and angel investor, I'm always looking for competitive advantages in everything I do.
And this particular story holds what could be the key to unlocking generational wealth for you and your family.
And maybe even writing your own name down in history.
Let's talk Walt Disney. During World War I, he and his friend, Ray Kroc, were ambulance drivers for the Red Cross.
Kroc nicknamed his pal "Diz" and affectionately described him as a "Strange Duck" who spent his time drawing pictures.
Down the road a bit, that "Strange Duck" would create Donald Duck.
(Ray Kroc, you might recall, would eventually grow a burger shop into a global chain called McDonalds.)
Eventually, Disney was off to Le Havre, France on a converted cattle ship, the SS Vauban, to serve his country.
To pass the time and earn extra money, Disney would draw sketches and caricatures for his friends to send back home.
He also mailed cartoons to Life Magazine, in hopes of landing a job. His work was rejected.
But like all of our greatest visionaries, he used his failure as motivation to work even harder.
When Disney returned to America, our country was trapped in the darkest hours of the Great Depression. So, from his garage, he founded the startup that helped our economy come back.
In 1939, two entrepreneurs named William Hewlett and David Packard scraped together $538 and launched their startup.
Like Disney, they named it after themselves - Hewlett Packard - and it began in a one-car garage. The next year, Walt Disney needed superior audio technology to bring his masterpiece, Fantasia to life.
Fortunately, HP was building that tech in their garage. Walt Disney became Hewlett Packard's first client.
But this story is only beginning.
In the 1940's, America called - and HP's founders answered. Bill Hewlett served as a Lieutenant Colonel during World War II.
David Packard received a draft exemption so he could stay back and develop critical radar technology for the U.S. military. After WWII, the Army recognized HP with four awards for Excellence in Wartime Production.
They weren't finished answering the call.
In June of 1969, HP's navigation technology was on board the Apollo 11 shuttle. And when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin went on their moonwalk, their suits included HP audio equipment.
Today, the Hewlett Packard companies are worth a combined $60.5 billion and 111,000 people work there.
But it all started from that small garage and that deal they signed with their first client, Walt Disney.
Today, Disney is worth $268 billion and provides jobs for 190,000 people.
45-years after that fateful deal was made, HP's co-founder David Packard described the technology Disney purchased as:
"The foundation on which the Hewlett-Packard Company was able to grow into the largest manufacturer of electronic instruments in the world."
If you were to look closer at history, you would find each of America's greatest visionaries and entrepreneurs had some "unsung hero" that bet on them, when no one else would.
Disney bet on Bill Hewlett and David Packard. And they paid it forward even though they had no idea they were doing so at the time.
In 1967, Bill Hewlett received a cold call from a 12-year-old looking for some spare computer parts. After a brief chat, Hewlett gave that young entrepreneur those parts and offered him an internship.
When he was a little older that former intern, Steve Jobs, founded his startup from his parent's garage
But if it wasn't for an angel investor named Mike Markkula, you might've never heard of Steve Jobs or his startup, Apple.
However, Markkula didn't have to wait that long to earn generational wealth for having the guts to risk backing that young entrepreneur before anybody really knew his name.
Three years after Markkula cut that check, Apple IPO'd and his investment had soared 220,552%.
On January 3, 2022, Apple became the world's first $3 trillion company.
I believe history is about to repeat itself.
Only this time, you can be a part of history.
As we speak, startups are being launched by brilliant visionaries in dorm rooms, garages, small laboratories, and factories across America.
With some help, some will grow into our nation's largest companies.
An article in Forbes magazine once stated that "Most families are missing out on a huge wealth creation opportunity."
That "missed opportunity" being investing in privately held startups. This is commonly referred to as angel investing.
It's speculative and the very definition of getting in on the ground floor. For example...
Did you know that in 2010, Uber, "the startup," was worth just $3.86 million?
Last year, Uber, "the stock," was valued at a stunning $116.97 billion.
The earliest angel investors witnessed that valuation soar, exponentially, 3,030,211%.
I founded my startup in my mother's basement with $40 and over the years I grew it into a $6 billion fashion empire. I couldn't have done it without my first angel investor.
I've also called in every favor to enlist some of the earliest angels in Airbnb, 23andMe, Coinbase, Draft Kings, Palantir, and Spotify to assist us.
If our mission is a success, we could play a role in creating hundreds of thousands of high-paying American jobs while revolutionizing industries.
I'm putting my money on the table, $100,000 to be exact, to help these entrepreneurs make their American Dreams come true.
Let's get to work.
Daymond John, "The People's Shark"