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How Do You Roll? Sushi Restaurant

Yuen and Peter Yung, from Austin, Texas, grew up working in their parents’ restaurant. Yuen went on to earn a degree in finance from the University of Texas, and Peter became an executive chef. While Yuen was working in the corporate world, he realized that it was not possible...

My Cold Snap Drink Cooler Cup

Golfing buddies, Carlos Ortiz and Scott Duff, were tired of their beer warming up too quickly after a round of golf in the Texas heat. They searched for a hand-held cooler for individual drinks, found none, so set out to make one themselves. Scott demonstrated: He filled the cooler...

Arkeg Arcade Game & Beer Tap

Arkeg was part arcade game machine, part beer tap. Brant Myers and Dan Grimm, long-time friends, were playing video games and drinking beer one night and thought: Why not combine their two favorite pastimes into one cabinet? And since they had both manufacturing and electrical knowledge, they were able...

The Living Christmas Company

When Scott Martin (aka “Scottie Claus”) was a teenager, he worked delivering Christmas trees for a local nursery, and he loved it. He caroled while he delivered, and he felt as though his delivery signaled the start of the holidays for the happy families. The only problem was how...

The Coop Party Venue

Juliet Boydstun and Lucinda Kent came up with the idea for The Coop after one too many days spent in what they called a “party prison,” the venues made for children’s parties without any thought to the adults that have to hang out and wait for their children. The...

Fat Ass Fudge

Donna McCue brought Fat Ass Fudge to the Shark Tank—her grandmother’s recipe for gluten-free fudge made with organic goat’s milk and butter for the lactose intolerant. Her fudge was very popular (regardless of dietary requirements) around Long Island. She sold it to local restaurants, at farmers markets, and from...

Nearly Newlywed

Jackie Courtney was surprised that Shark Tank called her. She was, after all, “just a girl with a website and 50 wedding dresses” in her bedroom. Jackie started her online consignment business for wedding gowns for the brides who were breaking their budget on a gown or who have...

TieTry Neck Tie Subscription

Attorneys David Powers and Scott Tindle billed their business as “The Netflix for Ties.” TieTry was a neck tie mail-order rental service. Customers signed up for a monthly subscription, selected a tie based on style, pattern and width, and received their requested item in the mail a few days...

Corks Away Wine Cruise

Nathan Buffet and Shane Cianciolo started the Corks Away Wine Adventures more or less as a lark. They would take six customers on a luxurious sail boat ride along the California coastline, serving wine and appetizers. They were tremendously successful and expanded into beer, mimosas and couples cruises. They...

Revestor Real Estate Search Engine

Bill Lyons founded and operated a $20 million financial services business that specialized in mortgages and life insurance. And then the housing bubble of 2008 burst and Bill lost millions. He then created a real estate search engine, Revestor, for home buyers, investors and real estate professionals to search...

PC Classes Online

David Cox, as manager of an Apple store, had taught very popular computer classes. He noticed that his students tended to be 55 years and older. So David devised curricula for classes that people could take at home. His plan was to bundle the classes with hardware sold in...

No Fly Cone

Bruce Gaither retired as a professional poker player once he became a full-time dad. Due to his lifelong love of horses, he turned to training horses and giving riding lessons. His office was in the barn, which meant his office was filled with flies. He decided he could build...

The Shemie

Sheldon Wilder, creator of the Shemie, has been wildly successful—as a real estate agent. The Shemie was a modern version of a woman’s slip. Shelton Wilder had worked for years as a buyer and personal stylist for Nordstrom’s and saw that women of all sizes needed comfortable, sophisticated, sexy...

Scrub Daddy Magic Scouring Pads

Aaron Krause’s parents, both doctors, were concerned about what Aaron was going to do after college. All they knew was that he wasn’t headed to medical school. When they found out that his fervent desire was to own and operate a car-washing business, they were puzzled and still concerned....

Wired Waffles

Roger Sullivan had been through a few different businesses when he came up with the idea of combining an energy drink with waffles. The result was Wired Waffles, Belgium waffles made with caffeine, 200mg per serving. He had gone through several iterations until coming up with waffles that were...

Rock Bands Wristbands

Lee Dahlberg, a fashion model, pitched his Rock Bands on Shark Tank. That would be unisex leather bands (python, crocodile, snake, calf hides) embellished with exotic stones that Dahlberg claimed contain healing powers. The bands were attractive and well made. Robin Leach, who the sharks seemed to know personally...

CATE App Call and Text Eraser

CATE stands for “Call and Text Eraser.” The app hides calls and texts on a smart phone that the user does not want anyone (or someone in particular) to see. You can input the names and numbers that you want diverted to a hidden place on the phone. If...

Salespreneur Sales Training

Dave Greco’s claim to fame was that he could sell anything to anyone (except his business to the sharks) and that he had won “every sales award there is to win.” He developed a system to teach people how to sell and had deals with several large corporations, most...

I Want to Draw a Cat for You

Steve Gadlin went into the Tank thinking he was there for comic relief. And he delivered—with his catchy rhyme, “I Want to Draw a Cat for You,” silly dance, and totally engaging personality. Steve’s business was drawing “custom” cats. A customer asked for, say, a cat dancing on a...

Business Ghost Writing Service

Business Ghost was a ghost-writing service that specializes in books about financial moguls and other successful business people. Michael Levin, the owner and writer, said that the business is about creating books that his clients can use to market themselves and their businesses more than it is about selling...

EZ VIP

EZ VIP was a website that offered tickets to the hottest high-end venues in Miami and bottle service at the table of your choice with an EZ VIP representative to escort you to your table to avoid any possible glitches. Once you had that reservation locked in, no one...