In March 1989, Daymond John launched an apparel business by selling hand-sewn hats on the streets of Hollis in Queens, N.Y. Since then, his company, Fubu, has notched more than $6 billion in global sales, and he's landed a seat as a star investor on the hit ABC series “Shark Tank.”
In this interview with Inc., conducted over a long lunch in Chicago, John taks about his cancer diagnosis, the whims of the marketplace and what makes him tune out people making a pitch on “Shark Tank.”
You recently went public with your cancer diagnosis. Why?
Last year, I got an executive physical. The doctors found a nodule. They suggested taking out part of my thyroid; it...