It’s that time of year again. Snow is falling, bells are ringing and holiday-themed businesses are pitching to the Sharks. Yes, this past Friday we were gifted with the yearly Holiday Special of Shark Tank. Now, I must confess, I’m a bit of a Grinch when it comes to this themed episode. It’s not that I’m against the holidays in general. I love spending time with family and I’m usually okay with snow up until mid-January. I just find that the Shark Tank Holiday Special tends to include weaker pitches/businesses than the rest of the season. Occasionally we get a stellar pitch (like the ugly sweater company Tipsy Elves) but more often than not the pitches are weak seasonal businesses that have no business taking on venture capital.
I’ll try and keep an open mind this year! Let’s see what pitches Santa has brought with him in his sleigh:
After a week off for Thanksgiving (which I, being Canadian, was not celebrating) I’m back to recap Season 8 Episode 10 of Shark Tank. In this episode, Silicon Valley billionaire, and my personal favorite Guest Shark, Chris Sacca returns to join Mark, Robert, Kevin, and Lori in the Tank. We’ve got four pitches from interesting companies spanning across several industries. Some deals were inked, but others left empty-handed. Let’s dive into the Tank.
Welcome back to the Reality TV Hangover Shark Tank Blog. Today, I’ll be diving into the pitches of PupBox, Barbell Apparel, Energybits, and Line Cutterz, with Sharks Mark, Daymond, Kevin, Lori, and Robert. But, before I start recapping Episode 9, I need to comment on how crazy last week was. After tweeting out a link to my Episode 8 Recap, I got a notification saying Chris Sacca, the guest Shark on last week’s episode (and my favorite investor they bring in), had retweeted me!
This completely floored me. I couldn’t believe that one of the Sharks (and one of my personal idols) had not only mentioned my recap but also complimented it! I don’t want to fawn over this for too long, but I do want to say thanks to Chris Sacca for doing this. It meant a lot to me personally, and it drove a ton of new traffic to the post. If you are one of those first-time readers and have now stuck around for another week with me, I’m super pumped to have you. Thanks for taking the time to read the recap! Anyway, enough about last week, let’s dive into the Tank!
Welcome back to our Shark Tank Recap Blog! This week in the Tank we get four entrepreneurs that span a variety of industries (and generations). Shark-wise we have Mark, Barbara, Kevin, Lori and guest Shark Chris Sacca. Let me start off by saying I love Chris Sacca. Ever since hearing him on the first season of the Startup Podcast, I’ve followed him as much as possible. And when he jumped into the Tank for the first time, he instantly became my favourite Shark! He brings a different energy than the other Sharks, partly due to his age (he’s only 41) and partly due to the aggressive investment style that helped him achieve his estimated $1.2 billion net worth. Plus, he’s an early backer of huge tech giants like Twitter and Uber, so he knows his stuff!
The promos for this episode hyped up a feisty showdown between Chris and Mark (we’ll get there) but first let’s dive into the opening pitch!
I was sitting on my couch last night watching Shark Tank and thinking to myself about how we could get more blog content on Reality TV Hangover. Then a light bulb went off in my head: I am currently watching a reality show; a show I’ve followed for all eight of its seasons. Even one that I feel I can put forth some insightful commentary on. You see, I’m a bit of a startup nerd. TechCrunch is in my most viewed websites list and my podcast feed is full of content about startups and marketing. So without further ado, here is my newest piece of writing: The Shark Tank Blog.