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Daymond John: 3 Things Every Shark Must Know

Daymond John

(original source Inc.)

“As far as rags-to-riches startup tales go, Fubu founder and Shark Tank star Daymond John has one of the best around. Here’s how it goes, in brief: He grew up in Queens, in New York City, raised by a single mother who worked three jobs to care for him. “The only entrepreneurs we would see were the pimps and drug dealers at 3 p.m.,” he told the audience at Inc.’s GrowCo conference in Nashville Wednesday. But once he discovered hip-hop culture–and more important, the business opportunities it offered–his world suddenly turned “technicolor.” Starting with a mere 10 shirts, and with a few stints slinging biscuits and shrimp at Red Lobster, he eventually created a fashion empire.

Along the way, John sharpened his entrepreneurial instincts, becoming “the smartest shark” in the Tank, he jokes. Here’s how he has literally turned the cliché of “never stop swimming” into a way of life.”

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