Imagine having the opportunity to invest in "the Next" Steve Jobs, before anybody has heard of him.
Do you think you could spot that future American visionary - that entrepreneurial "diamond in the rough?" Let's find out.
Shortly after he was born, Steve Jobs was adopted by a Coast Guard mechanic (Paul) and a bookkeeper (Clara).
With a growing family, his parents used their life savings to purchase a modest 3-bedroom house in Los Altos, California.
As a child, Steve was bullied and considered a loner. His dad built him a workbench to "pass along his love of mechanics."
In 1967, Bill Hewlett received a cold call from a 12-year-old, Steve Jobs, looking for some spare computer parts. After a brief chat, Hewlett gave that young entrepreneur those parts and offered him an internship at his company (Hewlett Packard).
Fast forward to the mid-1970's, when a 21-year-old Steve Jobs, now a college dropout, was busy in his parent's garage with that workbench, building computers from some more spare parts.
It was for his brand-new startup - Apple.
Back then, nobody in their wildest dreams could've imagined that Apple would become the world's first $3 trillion company and provide work for 2.4 million Americans, except maybe one person...
And that reminds me of one of my all-time favorite quotes.
Steve Jobs was one of America's greatest visionary entrepreneurs.
However, without Mike Markkula, you may have never heard of him.
Markkula was the first angel investor to back Jobs and his startup.
He cut a check in 1977 and was always around to help the young entrepreneur when he needed advice.
Three years later, Apple IPO'd and Markkula's investment had soared 220,552%.
And thanks to him, Apple became a world changer.
Consider this. When Apple went public, the company was worth $1.8 billion.
It's worth 1,569X more today.
So if Markkula had held on to his original stake, his return would be astronomical.
Throughout our country's history, angel investors have been the force driving our most brilliant minds to create the startups that revolutionized industries while leading our economy into the future.
From Alexander Graham Bell to Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers - all the way to modern times -angel investors have been their unsung heroes.
They had the guts to take the risks, backing these entrepreneurs at the beginning of their stories.
It was no different for me. I owe everything to my angel investor.
I started my company with just $40 and my own version of the American Dream. And it was my first angel investor who made it possible for me to grow that startup into a $6 billion empire.
I’m looking for Americans who are willing to step forward today to do what others won’t. Together, we can make a difference.
He wanted to know whether he should license his technology to other car manufacturers or build his own.
In 2004, Tesla “the startup” was worth just $7.29 million. Last November, Tesla “the stock” was worth $1.23 trillion.
That’s exponential growth of 16,940,915% since Musk’s first angels got the chance to help him.
Let’s help some incredible entrepreneurs realize their American Dreams. You might just achieve yours along the way.
Let's get to work.
Daymond John, The People's Shark