Adam Lyons left school at 15 and worked a series of jobs (including car flipping) before he founded insurance-comparison startup The Zebra in 2012. While this insurmountable feat is remarkable on its own, here's where it really gets interesting.
To raise much-needed funds for the fledgling company, Lyons cold-emailed investors like American businessman and philanthropist Mark Cuban, and it worked. The Zebra has since raised $17 million in venture funding, thanks to investments from Cuban, Ballast Point Ventures, and Daher Capital.
“The Zebra is innovating a stodgy $220 billion industry by providing consumers the transparency they’ve needed for a long time,” Cuban told Fortune. So if you have a great business idea, why not utilize the power of a cold email and put it in front of the people who can make it happen? It could end up launching your career.
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