What is ‘Unconscionable’ in a ‘Shark Tank’ Deal?

Tonight on Shark Tank, the first entrepreneur, Meredith Jurica of Makeup Junkie Bags, didn’t need a deal. But she was a bit of an unusual case. She didn’t seem to be on the show just for the promotion. She sincerely wanted a shark partner, even after more than half the panel was out — refusing toContinue reading “What is ‘Unconscionable’ in a ‘Shark Tank’ Deal?”

That Odd Acne Ad In Kevin O’Leary’s Podcast Is Reason Enough to Listen

I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a Kevin O’Leary fan. At one time or another, I’ll call him my favourite shark (although that title tends to rotate equally between five of the core six). I’ll put up with his blowhardedness, because I think much of it is a rouse, and his attention-seeking, because as longContinue reading “That Odd Acne Ad In Kevin O’Leary’s Podcast Is Reason Enough to Listen”

Oat Meals on ‘Shark Tank’: Two Investors Trying to Replicate Past Success

I personally love when Barbara Corcoran and Lori Greiner are on Shark Tank together, because the women are so different. As if it didn’t need to be said, but sometimes it helps if it’s shown, that simply putting a female face on a panel isn’t enough to ensure diversity. Episode 7 of Season 10 put this onContinue reading “Oat Meals on ‘Shark Tank’: Two Investors Trying to Replicate Past Success”

‘Shark Tank’ Season 10: Stray Observations

So it’s (almost) December already, and somehow, we’re only up to Episode 7 (as of Sunday) of Shark Tank. But in that time I’ve come up with some observations about Season 10, and why it’s different from the rest. (I was trying to figure out how to write about this, and have decided to justContinue reading “‘Shark Tank’ Season 10: Stray Observations”

If It’s True That Robert Herjavec Was a Last-Minute Replacement for Mark Cuban on ‘Shark Tank,’ That Makes a Lot of Sense

I like Robert Herjavec. I really do. But I always thought it was odd that the folks at Shark Tank had tapped not one, but two, stars of Canada’s Dragons’ Den to sit on the panel of the new program when it started 10 years ago. If a new article in Vulture is to be believed — thatContinue reading “If It’s True That Robert Herjavec Was a Last-Minute Replacement for Mark Cuban on ‘Shark Tank,’ That Makes a Lot of Sense”

In Light Of Cave Shake On ‘Shark Tank,’ Let’s Discuss Incubators

I know nothing about incubators, except the Investopedia definition, and the fact that the word’s been bandied about a lot the past few years since startup culture has become trendy. But the Shark Tank grilling of the proprietors of Cave Shake tonight got me curious as to what, exactly, are the normal parameters of such anContinue reading “In Light Of Cave Shake On ‘Shark Tank,’ Let’s Discuss Incubators”

Bear Bowl is Super Cute; Those ‘Shark Tank’ Entrepreneurs, Even Cuter

It would be expected that the season premiere of Shark Tank would, in more ways than one, hark back to the show’s beginnings in the midst of the financial crisis. They don’t call it a “Decade of Dreams” for no good reason — back in 2008, things were bleak, people were losing their homes and banksContinue reading “Bear Bowl is Super Cute; Those ‘Shark Tank’ Entrepreneurs, Even Cuter”

Would Jamie Siminoff Be Your Ideal ‘Shark Tank’ Investor?

I don’t argue there is something remarkable about the story of Jamie Siminoff and Ring. As the gods at Shark Tank like to spin it, Siminoff pitched the sharks in 2013. He was asking $700,000 for 10 percent, which the panel deemed too expensive — save Kevin O’Leary, who offered to give him a loan, inContinue reading “Would Jamie Siminoff Be Your Ideal ‘Shark Tank’ Investor?”