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Profile Of An Angel 8 Intriguing Questions For Daron Destiny, Bedloo.com’s First Angel Investor. 1. What made you want to move forward him several times a year. That dude changed my life. and invest in Bedloo? I’m a huge Dr. Wayne Dyer fan too. I know that I make at least 20 decisions every morn- ing before I leave the house. So I’m sure every woman 5. What is the best investment you must make at least 40 decisions every morning includ- ever made? ing what to wear, what to eat, what to listen to, which In the late ‘90’s, I invested $30,000.00 into a set of route to take to work, etc. Bedloo will help people make urban coming-of-age hip-hop films and the films have decisions by getting votes from friends and strangers grossed over $10 million dollars worldwide and are still selling to this day. These were astronomical returns for on what action to take. I was all in. It was a no-brainer me and my investment partners. This windfall occurred for me. Plus it’s easy to waste an hour a day just vot- ing on Bedloo questions so I knew it would be in the heyday of Blockbuster Video and all the VHS and captivating. Most importantly, I know Business Own- DVD rentals. It was a magical time and a great invest- ers can get immediate feedback on ideas, products, ment. I have made good investments with strong returns since then but that one was a gravy train. and services. Everyone wins with Bedloo. 6. What is the worst investment you 2. What sets you apart from other Angel Investors? ever made? This is so funny. Straight out of college about 20 years “Most Angels won’t admit it but First of all, I’m 6 feet 5 inches tall so anyone who sees me thinks I’m a pro football player or nightclub they would have passed onago, I invested close to $2,000 in a company called bouncer. But seriously though what sets me apart is American Computer Care. It was a company that sent that I don’t over-analyze a start-up. Most Angel guys to your house to clean your computer to get rid Facebook because they have Investors and Venture Capitalists suffer from “paraly- of dust and dirt from your computer and keyboard. little or no vision.” After we launched, Office Depot started selling a line of sis-by-analysis”. They look at a company to find a computer cleaning stuff and that was that. Consumers reason not to invest while I try to look at opportunities to find a reason to definitely 8. Besides Bedloo, what other recent invest. That’s a totally different approach. investments are you excited about? Most Angels will tell you that if Mark Zucker- I recently acquired the entire Original Masters berg had offered them the chance to provide of Mickey Bach’s Word-A-Day Cartoon Art Col- seed funding for Facebook they would have lection. It was a syndicated cartoon which invested in it but that’s not true. Hindsight is featured a daily vocabulary word and an origi- 20/20. Most Angels won’t admit it but they nal cartoon drawn by Bach. The syndicated would have passed on Facebook because they cartoon ran for 50 years from 1944-1994. I am have little or no vision. Very few Angels have looking into licensing deals, book deals, etc. I the true vision to take advantage of the “next am also investing in a newsletter and blog for big thing” so to speak. Right now, my horse in underground, unusual and unconventional the race is Bedloo. My vision is that it can investment opportunities. People always ask me become as popular as Instagram, FourSquare how they can find out about various outside- and all the other Social Media big boys. the-box investments so I want to help provide that priceless information. Of course, I always 3. What is the best business Angel Investor Daron Destiny with World-Renowned have multiple investments in various stages of advice you ever received? Life Strategist Tony Robbins at the Robbins’ development. I’m a serial entrepreneur with Earl Nightingale said “If you don’t have a Business Mastery Summit in Las Vegas. vision and hopefully Bedloo will prove me right. clear cut plan for success then just look at what every- and businesses cleaned their own computers. It was one else is doing and do the opposite. You will succeed over as fast as it started. I learned a lot from that deal more than you will fail.” I have followed that advice and haven’t made a mistake like that one since. To contact Daron Destiny with a for years and it has worked well for me. business idea or to be added to7. What are you reading now? 4. What is the best personal advice you Personally, I’m reading Recession-Proof Relation- the mailing list for his ever received? ships by Angel Tyree. It’s a great book on how to save upcoming newsletter and blog, Tony Robbins taught me that your past does not equal your marriage or relationship during this rough eco- your future and to change the quality of your life then nomic climate. Professionally, I am reading The Seven please send an email to you must change the quality of the questions you ask Secrets of Wealth and Happiness by Jim Rohn. This is destinyfunding@gmail.com. yourself. I’m a big Tony Robbins client and I visit with my fourth time reading this book. I love it. www.OpportunityWorld.com Opportunity World • January/February 2013 21


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