I'm launching a mission to discover our country's next generation of innovators and visionaries.
And I'm recruiting Mainstreet Americans to help me.
You see, what most don't know is that our country's greatest entrepreneurs have always relied on everyday folks to fulfill their destinies.
Without their unsung heroes, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates may have never revolutionized personal computing.
They both founded their multi-trillion-dollar companies, Microsoft and Apple, in their garages.
And both needed the help of Main Street Americans to do it. For Gates it was a man named Dave Marquardt. Steve Jobs had Mike Markkula.
Without the contributions of unsung heroes, Thomas Edison may have never invented the light bulb and the Wright Brothers would've never taken off from Kitty Hawk.
And the chances are somewhere between slim and none you would've heard of Alexander Graham Bell or his invention, the telephone, if not for Gardiner Hubbard, Thomas Sanders, and Thomas Watson. They were his first angel investors
They had the guts to bet on Bell when he made his first sketch, that became his first patent, that led to the first call he made with his telephone.
By backing this great visionary at the beginning of his story, they became a part of history.
In fact, Bell's very first call was to none other than one of his angel investors - Thomas Watson.
I believe history is about to repeat itself, only this time you can be a part of the story.
Join me and a small army of Main Street Americans and together we’ll identify those brave entrepreneurs who are building amazing startups in their garages, dorm rooms, laboratories, and small factories.
If our mission is a success, we could help these visionaries create hundreds of thousands of high-paying jobs while revolutionizing industries.
Just imagine if you were given the chance to get in on the ground floor of "the Next" Airbnb or Uber.
In April of 2009, the "original" Airbnb was an unknown startup worth just $2.4 million.
And Uber was valued at only $3.86 million back in September of 2010.
When Uber rang the bell on IPO day back in 2019, its value had risen 1,811,817% to $69.94 billion.
A year later, Airbnb would join the NASDAQ, having soared 3,602,400% from its startup days to $86.46 billion.
Being an angel investor – one of these unsung heroes – can change your life.
Apple’s valuation has risen 402,984,975% since Mike Markkula bet on Steve Jobs and became his first angel investor.
Microsoft’s value has risen 11,299,900% from the moment Dave Marquardt cut his check and bet on Bill Gates.
In fact, take a look at this excerpt below from a 1908 book to see how becoming Alexander Graham Bell's angel investors changed the lives of Gardiner Hubbard, Thomas Sanders, and Thomas Watson.
This mission is very personal to me, because without my unsung hero, I would've never been able to grow my $40 startup into a $6 billion fashion empire.
I launched it in my mother's basement, and I couldn't have accomplished what I did without my first angel investor.
Now it's time to pay it forward.
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"