Daymond created the fashion brand FUBU. His marketing savvy helped the company reach over $6 billion in sales. Daymond is a regular investor on ABC’s Shark Tank, and helps guide small businesses on the road to success.
Tim is the author of the New York Times bestseller The 4 Hour Workweek. Aside from being an advisor to Shopify, Tim is an active angel investor, having previously invested in StumbleUpon, Facebook, Uber and Twitter.
Chase is an award winning photographer, director, and media entrepreneur. In addition to creating campaigns for Nike, Apple, Starbucks and more, Chase is co-founder of creativeLIVE, the world's largest live-streaming education platform.
Tina is a graphic designer and businesswoman whose blog “swissmiss” is visited by millions. Tina has founded numerous startups including TeuxDeux, Creative Mornings, StudioMates and Tattly.
Mark is a self educated technology entrepreneur whose early success came in the late 1990’s when he sold his company Broadcast.com to Yahoo! for a reported $6 billion. Mark is the sole-owner of the NBA franchise the Dallas Mavericks.
Gary turned his family liquor store from a $3 million to $45 million business by being one of the first to sell alcohol online. He created and hosted Wine Library TV and the Daily Grape, drawing millions to his weekly wine review videoblog.
There were five winners of the 3rd Build-A-Business competition: GameKlip (Ryan French), GoldieBlox (Debbie Sterling), Fresh-Tops (Nella Chunky), SkinnyMe Tea (Gretta van Riel), and Canadian Icons, (Aron Slipacoff). Each met with their competition mentors on an epic VIP trip to New York City.
Dave Jackson and Dave Petrillo are two mechanical engineers from New Jersey. They went on Kickstarter to crowd-source funding Coffee Joulies with a goal of $9,500. They ended up raising $306,944. Coffee Joulies are polished stainless steel beans that regulate the temperature of coffee.
Important Competition Details
Competition registration runs from September 16th, 2013 to March 31st, 2014, but you can sign up any time. After you register, only complete calendar months between October 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014 will be used in the calculation of Gross Sales. You don’t need any experience starting or running an online store; Shopify makes it easy.