Daymond John at BW

The Shark Tank investor shares an inspiring, first-person lesson in entrepreneurship at a free School of Business presentation.

BW Catches a Shark: Entrepreneur/Reality TV Star Daymond John Draws 2,500

February 10, 2016

Daymond John at BWOn the Emmy-award winning ABC-TV reality show, “Shark Tank,” Daymond John and his fellow entrepreneur investors offer incisor sharp insights into what makes a successful business as they grill the creators of budding start-ups seeking a cash infusion.

Last night, BW students, faculty, alumni and neighbors from around Northeast Ohio had the chance to hear from “The People’s Shark” live and in person at a Baldwin Wallace University School of Business Leadership Lecture.

John, who was named a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship by the White House last May, told the story of his inspirational rise in business, and gave "Shark tips" to a crowd of 2,500 in Ursprung Gymnasium. 

Daymond John at BWFrom Basement Startup to Billion Dollar Brand

An influential branding consultant, author and speaker, the CEO and founder of iconic fashion brand FUBU and CEO of Shark Branding took the audience through an entrepreneurship journey that started with an apparel start-up in his mother's basement 20 years ago and developed into a celebrated global lifestyle and fashion brand with more than $6 billion in sales.

"You do not need money to make money," John said. "You need desire and you have to love what you do."

Staying Overtime to Sign New Book, “The Power of Broke"

Daymond John signs books, poses for photos at BWAfter ending his presentation with a massive audience "selfie"(see below),  John stayed for more than an hour  to sign copies of his third book, “The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets and a Shoestring Budget Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage” (Crown Business). 

John's BW appearance, free and open to the public,  was made possible through a generous donation from distinguished BW business graduate and Trustee Stephen Boesel '68. 

 Daymond John mass selfie at BW