This billionaire success story is anything but typical. After graduating UC San Diego with a degree in visual arts and a minor in creative writing, Woodman decided to start a marketing company. It failed. Badly. Instead of cutting his losses and getting a desk job, he did the complete opposite. At 26 with no job or career prospects, he decided to travel the world surfing. It was during his surf filled adventure that the bohemian billionaire came up with the idea for GoPro.
Woodman is a strong believer in following one's passions as a way to success stating, "I’m a big believer that when you’re pursuing your passions, your best ideas come to you. Your passions are a bit like your fingerprints: Everybody has them; everybody’s are different. One’s passions may just be a guidebook to one’s life.”
Woodman has often cited his fear of failure as a catalyst for his success stating, "When I got out of college, I gave myself till I was 30 to invent a product. If I couldn't do it by then, I would just get a real job. And that fear - the fear of a real job - motivated me to be an entrepreneur."
- 2013 National Award Winner of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
- 2014 Winner of the Technology and Engineering Emmy Award