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Lots of folks know Kevin O'Leary as the host of the long-running ABC reality show, "Shark Tank."
Go-getting entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to O'Leary and a panel of industry "sharks" – successful heavy hitters who'll invest in ideas they like.
If you think that's cool, wait till I tell you about O'Leary's "day job."
He's a world-class tech investor with a special emphasis on web-related firms.
I'm not telling you this to impress you, impressive as it is. What you need to know is O'Leary runs an investment vehicle that anyone can use to invest in the companies he likes.
His track record speaks for itself: He's doubled the market for years on end.
Now you can, too.
This Is a Shark You'll Want to Swim With
O'Leary's interest in computing goes all the way back to 1986. That's when he started a company called SoftKey in a Toronto basement. The firm specialized in collecting educational software and distributing it on CD-ROMs.
By the early 1990s, SoftKey had become one of the biggest players in educational software. It acquired competitors such as WordStar, and in 1995, it bought The Learning Company for $606 million. That became its name until toy giant Mattel Inc. acquired it for $4.2 billion.
Shortly after, O'Leary cashed out. Nowadays, of course, CD-ROMs are practically museum pieces. Software is now downloaded from the Web, and often runs on the Cloud instead of only on the user's computer.
Which brings us to O'Leary's most recent venture… Full Story