Barbara Corcoran

  • Founder, The Corcoran Group
  • Chairman of Barbara Corcoran Inc.
  • Bestselling Author, Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business
  • "Shark" on hit TV Show, Shark Tank

From humble beginnings to the fast and furious New York City real estate market, Barbara Corcoran shares her story of success with audiences and provides insight on what it takes to lead teams to greatness and grow their business.

Barbara Corcoran’s credits include straight Ds in high school and college and 20 jobs by the time she turned 23. It was her next job that would make her one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country: She borrowed $1,000 and quit her job as a waitress to start a tiny real estate company in New York City. Over the next 25 years, Barbara would parlay that $1,000 loan into a $5 billion real estate business, building the largest and best-known brand in the business. Barbara is the author of the bestseller Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business. She is also the real estate contributor for NBC’s TODAY and a frequent contributor to every major network. Audiences find Barbara’s tell-it-like-it-is style to be very motivating, and she inspires them with innovative tools to grow their businesses, giving them important insight on leadership and practical strategies to lead teams to greatness.

 
  

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A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Barbara Corcoran
  • KPMG
  • Women Council of Realtors
  • Network Communications, Inc.
  • Higgins Group
  • San Francisco Association of Realtors
  • The Real Estate Book
  • MORE Magazine
  • Hines Development
  • Executive Women of the Palm Beaches
  • Budget Blinds, Inc.
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Barbara’s Rags to Riches Story

How do you turn a $1,000 loan into a five-billion dollar business? According to self-made real estate empress and TV personality Barbara Corcoran, you do it by learning how to fail well. Barbara tells the story of how, armed with a $1000 loan and her own gritty determination, she quit her job as a w ...

How do you turn a $1,000 loan into a five-billion dollar business? According to self-made real estate empress and TV personality Barbara Corcoran, you do it by learning how to fail well. Barbara tells the story of how, armed with a $1000 loan and her own gritty determination, she quit her job as a waitress to start a tiny real estate company in New York City and turned that company into a multi-billion dollar business. Barbara describes what it’s like to go from a tiny start up to New York City’s largest real estate company to a major TV personality as the real estate contributor to the NBC TODAY Show and a shark on ABC’s Shark Tank, and how she overcame the many obstacles along the way. A highly motivational and hugely entertaining success story.

10 Ways To Lead Your Team To Greatness

Entrepreneurs, business managers and salespeople alike benefit from lessons in how to get people moving on the path to greatness. Barbara Corcoran, who built The Corcoran Group, New York’s largest real estate company, is an expert in the art of leading a team to success. From hiring the right ...

Entrepreneurs, business managers and salespeople alike benefit from lessons in how to get people moving on the path to greatness. Barbara Corcoran, who built The Corcoran Group, New York’s largest real estate company, is an expert in the art of leading a team to success. From hiring the right people and firing the wrong ones, establishing an atmosphere that breeds innovation, persisting when all the chips are down and creating fun in the workplace, Barbara shares her unique and winning strategies.

10 Ways To Build a Powerful Brand

Branding may be the single most important key to success in today’s highly competitive world of commerce. Barbara Corcoran is known for having built the most successful real estate brand in New York City, and now she reveals easy to follow tips on how she does it: how to create an image much b ...

Branding may be the single most important key to success in today’s highly competitive world of commerce. Barbara Corcoran is known for having built the most successful real estate brand in New York City, and now she reveals easy to follow tips on how she does it: how to create an image much bigger than reality; how to use the press to get free publicity; how to turn yourself into the go-to expert in your field. Barbara shares her personal advice, insights and anecdotes on creating a powerful brand.

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Biography

Barbara Corcoran’s credentials include straight D’s in high school and college and twenty jobs by the time she turned twenty-three. It was her next job that would make her one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country when she took a $1000 loan to start The Corcoran Group.

As one of the “Sharks” on ABC’s hit TV show, Shark Tank, Barbara has ponied up her own money and invested in twenty-two businesses, competing to make those deals for all to see, then shepherding them to success.

Her newest book, Shark Tales, takes you behind the scenes of her life and business and her ‘seen on TV’ venture capitalism. Barbara is famously brash and blunt, bold and courageous, and a brilliant identifier of opportunity and talent (often invisible to others).