NEW ORLEANS

Grow / Your Mind.
Your Business. Your Profits.

May 8-10
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Kevin O’Leary

Founder of O’Leary Financial Group and co-star of Shark Tank

From his basement, Kevin launched SoftKey Software Products. As sales took off, Kevin went on an industry consolidating acquisition binge. From 1995 to 1999 he bought out almost every one of his software competitors, including Mindscape, Broderbund and the Learning Company in the industry’s first vicious public hostile battle. In 1999 Kevin sold his company to the Mattel Toy Company for a staggering 3.7 billion dollars, one of the largest deals ever done in the consumer software industry.

To keep his money working hard, he took control of his wealth from his lackluster money managers and founded his own mutual fund company, O’Leary Funds. He raised hundreds of millions of dollars from investors who share his “get paid while you wait” yield oriented, value investing philosophy. He is a founding investor and director of Stream Global, an international business outsourcing company. He is on the investment committee of Boston’s prestigious 200-year-old Hamilton Trust, and is the chairman of O’Leary Funds. He also serves on the executive board of The Richard Ivey School of Business.


Kevin’s

Workshops


MAY 9

Beyond Shark Tank: One-on-One with Mr. Wonderful

12:15 PM | General Session Room
MAY 9

Shark Tank All-Stars With Kevin O’Leary

2: 20 PM | Room TBD

GrowCo 2017

Speakers

This year’s lineup features industry disrupters, seasoned entrepreneurs, and the best and brightest business talent. New speakers are added weekly!
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Kevin

O’Leary

“My partners … taught me that in order to create wealth, I needed to pair up with people whose strengths compensated for my weaknesses.“
Shark Tank

Kevin O’Leary


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Sheryl

Sandberg

“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”
Facebook

Sheryl Sandberg



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Steve

Case

“Startups are the seed corn of the future.”
Revolution

Steve Case


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Jessica

Rovello

“Taking the time to hire employees who share your values will ensure a happier, more productive work environment for everyone.“
Arkadium

Jessica Rovello


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Neil

Blumenthal

“Sometimes it takes outsiders to look at an industry and say, hey, this is broken, or this isn’t working and to come in and disrupt it.”
Warby Parker

Neil Blumenthal


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Richelieu

Dennis

“We had to make some decisions on how we could remain family owned and remain a community focused brand.“
Sundial Brands

Richelieu Dennis



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Shama

Hyder

“Great marketing happens on both levels (digital and physical) and the more one leaks into the other, the stronger (and more effective) the marketing becomes.”
Marketing Zen Grou

Shama Hyder


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Jia

Jiang


Wuju Learning

Jia Jiang

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Howard

Tullman

“Saying ‘no’ is much harder than saying ‘yes,’ and it’s the things that you chose not to do that will make you a success.”
1871

Howard Tullman


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Miko

Branch

“The success of Miss Jessie’s really relied on a lot of failure. Many people go into business for different reasons; I went in for my personality type. I don’t like being told what to do; I wanted to be a boss.”
Miss Jessie’s

Miko Branch



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Emily

Heyward

“Branding, done right, is a rigorous process. Shortcuts almost always end up costing more in the end.“
Red Antler

Emily Heyward


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Greg

Harris

Quantum Workplace

Greg Harris


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Dave

McKeown

“Solving the problems of a growing business is like fixing the landing gear on a moving plane. It has to be done, and you cant stop to do it – you have to work it out on the go.“
Predictable Success

Dave McKeown


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168 Hours

Laura Vanderkam

“We have to consciously choose to spend less time on email and carve out time for the important work that matters to us.“

168 Hours

Laura Vanderkam


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Norm

Brodsky

“Sales are nice. Profits are nicer. But you live or die on cash flow.“
CITISTORAGE

Norm Brodsky


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Tom

Gimbel

“Instead of always hiring candidates based on a skillset or experience, hire people based on their desire, intelligence, passion and work ethic.“
LaSalle Network

Tom Gimbel


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Hilary

Folger

“If you’re looking to develop your own brand in the marketplace, it’s all about finding what your own unique brand positioning is. People don’t just want to buy something they want to buy into something.”
Lippincott

Hilary Folger


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Ami

Kassar

“It’s tougher to get a bank loan today than it was a year-ago. If you like it or not, bankers are going to look at business plans more carefully, challenge assumptions, and worry about risk.“

MultiFunding

Ami Kassar


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Nicole

Sahin

“The evidence shows that more diverse organizations tend to be better-managed and more profitable.“
Globalization Partners

Nicole Sahin


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Mary

Adams

Forrest Performance Group

Mary Adams


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Tiffany

Pham

Mogul

Tiffany Pham


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Jason

Forrest


FPG

Jason Forrest


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Chris

Schulz

“People here want to create their vision of the future.”

Launch Pad

Chris Schultz

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Peter

Platzer

Spire

Peter Platzer


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Payal

Kadakia

ClassPass

Payal Kadakia


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Robbie

Vitrano


Naked Pizza

Robbie Vitrano


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Tracey

Noonan


Wicked Good Cupcakes

Tracey Noonan

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Paul

F. Monicatti

International Academy of Mediators

Paul F. Monicatti


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Sara

Margulis

Honeyfund.com

Sara Margulis


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Rosy

Khalife


Surprise Ride

Rosy Khalife


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Steve

Baker


Great Game of Business

Steve Baker

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Nancy

King

Airbnb

Nancy King


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Eli

Crane

Bottle Breacher

Eli Crane


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Brad

Boyink


GeekMyTree

Brad Boyink


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Matt

Alexander


IllumiBowl Toilet Night Light

Matt Alexander