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In 1999, at the age of 24, Tony Hsieh (pronounced Shay) sold LinkExchange, the company he co-founded, to Microsoft for $265 million. He then joined us as an advisor and investor, and eventually became CEO, where he helped us grow from almost no sales to over $1 billion in gross merchandise sales annually, while simultaneously making Fortune magazines annual Best Companies to Work For list. In November 2009, Zappos.com, Inc. was acquired by Amazon.com in a deal valued at $1.2 billion on the day of closing. His first book, "Delivering Happiness", was published on June 7, 2010, and outlines his path from starting a worm farm to life at Zappos. Tony shows how a very different kind of corporate culture is a powerful model for achieving success and happiness. "Delivering Happiness" debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list and has remained on the list every week since June 2010. Most recently in October 2011, Tony was interviewed by Barbara Walters when she interviewed self-made super rich entrepreneurs. The piece included a visit to the headquarters of Zappos.com that was dubbed what "might just be the wackiest workplace in America." In addition to his responsibilities as CEO of Zappos.com, Tony is leading the "Downtown Project", a group committed to transforming downtown Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world. This transformation includes the coordination of the Fall 2013 relocation of Zappos.com offices from Henderson, Nevada to downtown Las Vegas.
Kara Goldin is founder and CEO of hint inc., the San Francsico-based company which produces the leading unsweetened flavored water. hint® also recently launched a sunscreen spray that is oxybenzone and paraben-free and scented with hint fruit essence. Kara has been named among Fortune's Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs and Forbes' 40 Women to Watch Over 40. The Huffington Post listed her as one of six disruptors in business, alongside Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg.
Venture capitalist Tim Draper speaks to the USC Marshall School of Business undergraduate class of 2018. Produced by and provided courtesy of the USC Marshall School of Business
Andy Tang, CEO of Draper University and Managing Director of Dragon Draper Fund talks at the Blockchain Connect Conference in San Francisco. He talks about past trends similar to the blockchain and where he thinks blockchain will be in the future.
Jesse Damiani is Editor-at-Large of VRScout and the CEO of Galatea, a writing and project management tool for immersive storytelling. He's also Series Editor for Best American Experimental Writing (Wesleyan University Press) and the author of @endless$pectator: The Screens Suite #loliloquy (BlazeVOX, 2017). Other writing can be found on Quartz, IndieWire, and HuffPost.
Jason Calacanis is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, podcaster and writer. He sits down at Draper University to promote his new book Angel: How to Invest in Technology Startups—Timeless Advice from an Angel Investor Who Turned $100,000 into $100,000,000.