Gerald Duran

6X Serial Entrepreneur | Investor | Servant Capitalist| 2X Author | Venture Growth Expert 

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My Story

I’m a 6x serial entrepreneur.

I knew from a young age I wanted to become a business owner.

But I had no credentials or mentorship. No one to show me how.

My earthly father was a drunk. My heavenly Father was distant.

I had dreams of a better life but no path to get there.

My friends were from successful families, I was from a poor unsuccessful family. Always an outsider looking in.

My first job was in sales at a staffing company.

I had to make 50 cold calls a day prospecting for new clients. I hated making those dreadful cold calls. Though I got good at them, I knew there was a better way to land a customer.

So I decided to start a business, a staffing company, and develop a more economical and efficient system to land clients. I was only 23, young and dumb. But I was smart enough to ask God to teach me. He did.

It turns out, I got really good at building revenue models and customer acquisition systems. That year I opened up two more offices.

Since then, I’ve spent my life building a portfolio of fast-growing companies for myself and my partners.

  • A Microsoft tech certification training company. (Business Journal Top 25)
  • The first and largest software coding bootcamp in America, we invented “learn to code”. (INC 500 & Deloitte Technology Fast 50 awards)
  • A lead generation marketing intelligence company to Big Tech (IBM, Oracle, Microsoft service providers)
  • A business turnaround and growth consultancy specializing in developing business growth models, digital ecosystems and customer acquisition systems for fast-growing technology providers, coding bootcamps, for-profit technology colleges, and marketing agencies. (Multiple INC 500 awards)

In 2016, I launched CanaGlobal to equip patriots of faith into their entrepreneurial calling.

In our early days, we didn’t have a name, we just started by doing.

We realized there’s not a community for dreamers and doers to gather, innovate, learn, and grow. So we decided to build one.

We began hosting a series of entrepreneurial meetups, events, workshops, and incubators.

We started with locations in Milwaukee and Los Angeles, today we have grown into a global online platform providing digital colabs, hybrid community and inspiring content for small business entrepreneurs.

We are on a mission to equip millions into their entrepreneurial calling … because when millions of marketplace disciples connect the dots between faith, purpose and entrepreneurship … they change the world.

In addition to being Founder of CanaGlobal, I am also the Managing Director at KingdomVentures.com

I am in my 30th year of marriage to beautiful Leslie. We have two sons, Brandon, a marketing technology manager, and Alec, who went to live with Jesus at age 10. Our family resides in Phoenix, AZ.

God Often Uses Very Ordinary People To Accomplish Extraordinary Things.  

But God has selected [for His purpose] the foolish things of the world to shame the wise [revealing their ignorance], and God has selected [for His purpose] the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong [revealing their frailty]. 1 Corinthians 1:27 AMP

Marketplace Miracles



At 23, I launched my first startup, a staffing company in Newport Beach, CA. After many months of making no money, God gave me fresh instructions that produced a miraculous catch of clients and revenue, just like Jesus did for the disciples in the fishing miracle of John 21.

Learn To Code



In the 90's, God gave me another fresh idea to start the nation's first software coding bootcamp. We recruited low-paid workers from all industries and retrained them for high-paying software development jobs. We became the industry pioneers of the "learn to code" movement that has trained hundreds of thousands across the globe into new and rewarding jobs. We soon became one of the fastest-growing companies in America.

A Disciples Anointing



In 2002, God put a desire in me to help other businesses grow. I launched a business turnaround consultancy working with colleges, vocational schools, software coding bootcamps, and technology companies that wanted to grow their organizations. God gave me a Joseph anointing to double, triple, and quadruple their revenue miraculously. What was happening? I was bringing the Kingdom of God into their businesses.

100X Discipleship


In 2009, God gave me the assignment to go into the marketplace and teach faith and purpose. We launched the HisPlan MyPlan hybrid course, both online and in-person. Many got saved, and three thousand people went through in our first year. What God showed me was how easy it was to reach the marketplace with the Kingdom of God. 

CanaMKE


In 2016, God gave me a new marketplace vision for Milwaukee, WI. In our early days, we didn’t have a name; we just started by doing. CanaGlobal began to host ongoing marketplace meetups, events, career seminars, and entrepreneurial accelerators.  What these activities did was to connect the dots between business, purpose, success, and faith. We realized there wasn't a community for dreamers and doers to gather, innovate, learn, and grow. So we decided to build one.

CanaMKE


In 2016, God gave me a new marketplace vision for Milwaukee, WI. In our early days, we didn’t have a name; we just started by doing. CanaGlobal began to host ongoing marketplace meetups, events, career seminars, and entrepreneurial accelerators.  What these activities did was to connect the dots between business, purpose, success, and faith. We realized there wasn't a community for dreamers and doers to gather, innovate, learn, and grow. So we decided to build one.

CanaLA



In 2017, we had an opportunity to partner with an organization in Los Angeles to build CanaLA. Our canvas was 88,000 sq. ft. of indoor/outdoor space. It was Milwaukee supersized. Duplicating what we did in Milwaukee; this time, we added the power of broadcast events to launch and teach globally. Soon we miraculously reached a global audience who wanted to discover their marketplace calling.

CanaGlobal Reimagined


 

In 2020, God called us to do something unexpected, to go100% online. At that time, we had no idea Covid was coming.  But by the time the Covid mandates, restrictions, and lockdowns were imposed, we were already completely online and ready to serve a global audience from our new headquarters in Scottsdale, AZ. Today we have built a hybrid community with both in-person and digital events, programs, and gatherings that take place all over the world.

CanaGlobal Reimagined


 

In 2020, God called us to do something unexpected, to go100% online. At that time, we had no idea Covid was coming.  But by the time the Covid mandates, restrictions, and lockdowns were imposed, we were already completely online and ready to serve a global audience from our new headquarters in Scottsdale, AZ. Today we have built a hybrid community with both in-person and digital events, programs, and gatherings that take place all over the world.

Author & Conference Speaker

HisPlan MyPlan Book

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Ignite Your Success Book

Your LifePlan Revolution

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Ignite Your Success Book

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How We Serve You

CoLabs

FACT: 70% of the global workforce are seeking purpose. And 70% desire to become self-employed — an entrepreneur. We have created solutions for both.

Community

A hybrid community offering a multitude of ways to gather in-person and online. Where friendships are developed, dreams ignited, and goals fulfilled. 

Content

Thought-provoking and inspirational podcasts, articles, videos, Zoom calls, daily inspirations, and our books for growth are all delivered to your fingertips.ering it to your fingertips.

Frequently Asked Questions

Your Future Is Not Determined By Your Present Circumstances. 


 It's determined by your perception of what's possible, the size of your dreams ... and God's plan and purpose for your life.