Recently, I had a chance to swim with a real live shark at Infusioncon 2013, the annual small business success seminar. Daymond John was the keynote speaker, and man, what a great story he has. While working at Red Lobster, he became involved with the emerging Hip-Hop movement as a roadie and sandwich hustler, who one day realized this was his life. He started selling his own products, as it was cheaper than buying them, people liked them, and he never looked back.
He got his first large order, and to pay for it, his mother mortgaged their house, sold all furniture to put in industrial sewing machines, and started his brand FuBu out of his apartment.
The best part was when he said at first, he was going to call it BuFu, By Us, For Us, though when it was revealed that is a term a gay man might use, he quickly changed it to FuBu… Anyway, since I knew he would be here, I had his book, The Brand Within, and was right at the front of the line for my chance to get my picture taken. I was so excited, as I love to meet the celebrities that speak at the events I attend.
So I get up there and hand my phone to one of the Infusionsoft staff and let her capture the moment. I go and check the photo, and here it is…
What the H???
Who taught this girl how to take a pic? That was the worst picture I had ever saw. I was starting to get upset, and tried to get another picture, so I got back in line and right in front of me they cut it off, no more pictures, the shark has to swim away. I asked, begged, and pleaded with some big guys blocking my access to getting my prized picture, and they would not budge. No matter how much I asked, it was a big fat NO, go away!
Saddened, I sulked off, dissipating any madness, and realizing my dream of getting a clear picture with a live Shark was over.
However, I remembered I saw a professional photographer right next to the girl who took the pic, and I tried to find him. For the next two days, he was as elusive as a Sasquatch in Phoenix, i just could not find the person who took the pic. I contacted Infusionsoft, and found my account rep, and asked him, where are the pictures?
He did some work, and got me in touch with Adam at Acme Photography, a commercial photographer in Phoenix who recorded the event. We dug a little, and we found the link to all the Daymond John book signing pictures here from Infusioncon 2013.
And ladies and gents, here is EyeSpyPro meeting a real live shark, in living color;
The show was incredible, over 2000 small business owners there to learn how we too can grow to a $300MM+++ company. Thanks to everyone for such a great event, and I look forward to next year downtown Phoenix, my old stomping grounds in the mid to late 80′s…
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