Mark Cuban’s Shark Tank Investments
With over 10 seasons on the air, ABC’s Shark Tank has been a hugely popular show that gives entrepreneurs an opportunity to land capital from 6 successful investors. One of the most successful of these investors is Mark Cuban. His career began when he launched a company, MicroSolutions, which specialized in system integration and software reselling. He would later sell the company for $6 million to H&R Block and use the funds to launch his next company, Broadcast.com.
In 1999 Cuban became a billionaire when Yahoo acquired Broadcast.com for $5.7 billion in stock. Part of the agreement was that he should hold the Yahoo stock for a period of six months. Immediately after the agreement expired, Cuban unloaded all of the Yahoo stock for about the same price it was six months prior which was $163. This move instantly netted him $2 billion in cash. The move turned out to be a masterstroke as Yahoo’s stock slid 95% over the next year and a half. The decision is considered one of the best business decisions of all time.
Cuban is also known as the owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks. He is also currently the owner of HDNet movies. He also co-owns Magnolia Home Video and Magnolia Pictures as well as the Landmark Theatre Chain.
If you’re a fan of Mark Cuban and Shark Tank, you’ve probably wondered which investments Cuban currently holds in his investment portfolio. In this article, we’ll list all of Mark Cuban’s Shark Tank deals.
Deal: $501,000 for 18% equity
Truffle Shuffle is a company that offers unique cooking experiences. The majority of their business model revolves around hosting virtual cooking experiences where members can cook alongside their chef instructors.
Deal: $50,000 for 25% equity
IceBeanie is a beanie that can be worn to help with several different types of heads. The product uses compression cold therapy to reduce pain and inflammation while providing cooling relief from migraines, headaches, and concussions.
Deal: $500,000 For 25% equity
Dino Don, Inc, is a company that specializes in creating robotic dinosaurs and other animals for large public exhibitions. They created the most scientifically accurate dinosaurs up to 110 feet in length that appear in zoos and museums across the U.S. and Europe.
Pan’s Mushroom Jerky
Deal: $300,000 For 18% equity
Pan’s Mushroom Jerky is a soy-free, gluten-free, and plant-based snack made of shiitake mushrooms. The product is based on founder Michael Pan’s family recipe. Pan’s can be currently found in over 900 stores around the U.S. This was such a great pitch on the Tank that the Sharks ended up fighting over the product. Cuban eventually came out on top.
Deal: $150,000 For 25% equity
Grouphug solar primarily makes a window-hanging solar panel for charging your electronic devices.
Deal: $180,000 For 20% equity
This company produces coconut milk desserts that are aimed to be a healthier alternative to ice cream. Their products use dates as sweeteners as a replacement for cane sugars.
Deal: $900,000 for 30% equity shared with Maria Sharapova
Bala develops fashion-forward fitness products that are designed to enhance workouts. The brand focuses on design and ease of use. One of their most popular products is their Bala Bangles which are wrist weights with a unique fit and look.
Ready Set Food
Deal: $350,000 For 10% equity
Ready, Set, Food! is a daily supplement that gently introduces your baby to peanut, egg, and milk, the three most common childhood food allergens. Their products are designed to start with babies 4-11 months of age, and continue for 6 months or until the baby is eating these foods regularly in their diet.
Deal: $100,000 For 33% equity
WANNA DATE? Specializes in making premium flavored spreads made from dates. They also make cookie dough products that are sugar-free.
This service offers its customers an opportunity to lower their monthly bills. Bill Shark is designed to help lower bills such as TV, wireless, internet, and satellite radio. They also help cancel just about any subscription that you have that you no longer want or need.
Mrs. Goldfarb’s Unreal Deli
Deal: $250,000 For 20% equity
Mrs. Goldfarb’s Unreal deli makes plant-based deli meats. They have physical locations but their products can also be found in grocery stores around the U.S.
Deal: $250,000 For 5% Equity And 5% Advisory Shares
Snacklins are a crunchy low-calorie treat. These snacks have very few ingredients and are mostly made of yuca, mushrooms, and onions.
Deal: $600,000 For 9% equity
Customers using Eterneva can now turn their loved one’s ashes or hair into a diamond that can be used in jewelry. Eterneva has created a process that simulates the heat, pressure, time, and carbon needed to form a diamond.
Deal-$250,000 For 15% equity
Fat Shack serves Burgers, Wings, and Fat Sandwiches. Open for lunch, dinner, and late-night with locations in Colorado, Tennessee, Washington, Texas & Kansas.
Deal: $550,000 For 10% equity
Wild Earth develops plant-based food for dogs.
Deal: $80,000 For 40% equity split with Alli Webb
This product is basically like a portable locker room. It allows you to take showers after outdoor events such as going to the beach, camping, or hiking. The toga gives its users privacy while they clean themselves off and it also doubles as a bag you can carry dirty clothes in.
TWIST IT UP
Deal: $225,000 For 25% equity split with Daymond John
Twist It Up is a unique comb with a stainless steel woven pattern that makes it easy to twist up Afrocentric hair. The comb’s design ensures to not only twist hair, but leave it hydrated and healthy.
LIFE LIFT SYSTEMS
Deal: $550,000 For 25% equity
This company produces protective shelter products. These shelters and shelter beds are designed to offer protection to individuals and families from hurricanes, home invasions, and nighttime tornado protection.
CUP BOARD PRO
Deal: $100,000 For 20% split with Matt Higgins, Daymond John, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner
Cup board pro is an eco-friendly reversible board equipped with a detachable tray that hangs over the counter’s edge.
Hugo’s Amazing Tape
Deal: $100,000 for 100% of of the company (split with Lori Greiner)
This product is a no-adhesive, self-clinging transparent tape that you can use for almost anything from arts and crafts for wrapping around spools of thread to jumbling cable cords for household use.
Sisters Kathryn Saltsburg and Lauri Frasier pull at the heartstrings of the Sharks by telling them that Hugo’s Amazing Tape was their father’s legacy. After hearing this, Mark Cuban and Lori Greiner offered to buy the entire company with the promise that they will take good care of Hugo’s legacy.
Deal: $300,000 for 10% equity
MUSH is a brand that makes overnight oats. These overnight oats are never cooked. They’re cold-soaked and use a pressure-based technology that eliminates food spoilage microorganisms.
Deal: $250,000 for 10% with an option to acquire another 10% (split with Sarah Blakely)
Alice’s Table brings women together to learn new skills, and live a social and creative lifestyle. The goal is to be the bright spot in the modern busy woman’s life – the thing she looks forward to at home and on the town.
The Long Hairs
Deal: $100,000 for 20% equity
The Longhairs is a global community for men with long hair. They publish tips and tactics for guys with locks, advocate for hair equality, and celebrate men’s long manes with hair whips and high fives.
Deal: $300,000 for 30% equity (split with Lori Greiner & Rohan Oza)
The Qball is made of a light, soft, and durable foam, designed to take a beating. The microphone automatically shuts off while in flight so you don’t get any unwanted thumps or bumps over the speakers. The ball is designed for events, conferences, classrooms, and audience engagement.
Deal: $360,000 for 30% equity (split with Lori Greiner & Richard Branson)
Grypmat is a line of products designed to house tools. Their products are designed to increase efficiency, safety and productivity. The high friction surfaces allow tools to be placed where the work is being done and helps reduce FOD and overall maintenance time while increasing aircraft longevity.
Deal: $150,000 for 15% equity (split with Alex Rodriguez)
Created by Chris Gronkowski, Ice Shaker is a versatile bottle for various liquids. Ice Shaker’s double wall vacuum insulated bottle will hold ice for over 30 hours in a 75 degree room when filled with just ice. Ice Shaker is for workouts, the office, traveling, the pool, tailgating, hiking, hunting, parties etc.
Deal: $100,000 for 15% equity
Chirp Chips are all-natural, gluten-free, and are a mix of corn, dried beans, chia seeds, and cricket flour! That’s right, the chips are made with crickets. The snack offers a whopping 4g of protein (20g for the whole bag).
Deal: $200,000 for 33.3% equity (Split with Lori Grenier & Robert Herjavec)
GOVERRE is a GLASS, portable, stemless wine glass with a silicone sleeve and drink-through lid. With GOVERRE, you can now bring your favorite glass of wine with you. GOVERRE is not going to spill your wine.
Deal: $500,000 for 15 percent% equity
The award-winning and patented SURESTOP Brake System makes braking safer, smarter, and simpler than ever before. One lever brakes both wheels, allowing your child’s focus to remain on balancing and their surroundings.
The Style Club
Deal: $500,000 as a line of credit for 8% interest, at 22 percent equity
Started by founder Hilary Novelle, The Style Club features modern day vintage clothing for women with a minimal look and feel inspired by underground artists, rebellious cultural symbols, and social empowerment movements. Using bright colors and distinctive imagery, The Style Club is a beautiful combination of fashion and art.
The Lapel Project
Deal: $150,000 for 30% equity
Founded by Sebastian Garcia, the Lapel Project allows you to convert any suit jacket into a stylish tuxedo in seconds. The Lapel Project is an affordable game-changing fashion accessory that allows you to apply lapels onto a suit jacket with ease. Each lapel comes with high-quality industrial adhesive backing to apply to the exterior of the suit. In addition, you can also sew on lapels for a more permanent look that will last a lifetime.
Deal: $300,000 for 3.34% equity (split with Chris Sacca)
Brightwheel is your one stop shop for everything you need for your school or daycare, in one simple app. It features digital check-in, daily reports, record keeping and photosharing. Brightwheel is easy to use and 100% free. You can stay connected to your child and stay in touch with his or her teacher at home and share it with friends, family members, or loved ones.
Deal: $200,000 for 22% equity (split with Ashton Kutcher)
Slyde Handboards makes high-quality handboards that enhances the bodysurfing experience for everyone to enjoy. Founded by Steve Watts, the Slyde Handboard got its start from a flat food tray in South Africa to transform into a well crafted handboard for all ages. Slyde also features high quality screen printed graphics for color brilliance and scratch resistance.
Deal: $100,000 in for 25% equity
Nohbo is a single-use eco-friendly shampoo ball. Developed by 16 year old Benjamin Stern of Melbourne Florida. Nohbo seeks to solve environmental problems with eco-friendly solutions that help to prevent plastic waste within our ecosystems. Nohbo is an alternative to plastic shampoo bottles, made without the use of harsh chemicals or formulas and also packaged with plant-based materials, making them 100% waste-free.
Deal: $300,000 for 30% equity (split with Lori Greiner)
Insta-Fire is a safe, simple, and versatile product that starts fires quickly. Insta-Fire is designed to safely light campfires, prepare charcoal briquettes, or as a safe and reliable fuel source for cooking while camping or in emergencies.
Combat Flip Flops
Deal: $300,000 for 30% equity (split with Lori Greiner and Daymond John)
Combat Flip Flops makes clothing for men and women to provide economic opportunities to citizens in war stricken countries and help establish growth for local charities and businesses supporting education, economic prosperity, and peace.
Deal: $100,000 for 20% equity
What began as two military spouses, armed with a big idea, and one sewing machine in a small attic, has grown into a bold and achievable mission shared by many. R. Riveter produces high-quality handmade bags to provide portable, creative career opportunities to military spouses, and women from all walks of life. R. Riveter was founded in 2011 by Bradley and Cameron Cruse.
Deal: $250,000 for 20% equity
Prep Expert, formerly 2400 Expert, is the world’s fastest growing low-cost test prep provider offering SAT and ACT preparation classes across the United States. Low-cost courses are offered in person or online in 6-week timespans, and feature location based tutoring, hands on instruction, unique testing strategies, and a 100% risk-free money back guarantee. Private tutoring sessions are offered at 1/2 the price of Kaplan and 1/3 the price of Princeton Review. Each tutoring session comes with a distinguished instructor with degrees from Harvard, Yale, MIT, and similar.
Deal: $600,000 for 25% equity (split with Barbara Corcoran)
Loliware is the world’s leading seaweed-based material technology company replacing single use plastics. Loliware has engineered a new category of high-performance products designed to disappear using seaweed intelligence. The status quo that single use products should be ‘built to last’ is destroying the planet.
Deal: $300,000 for 25% equity
Dude Wipes is a flushable, biodegradable, hypoallergenic toilet wipe just for guys. It is fragrance-free and alcohol-free. Dude Wipes was started by four guys sharing an apartment in Chicago, IL, looking for a better alternative to toilet paper that was environmentally friendly and a no-nonsense easy-to-use product for men. Dude Wipes comes in single 30 packs for TSA-approved travel and larger 48 dispenser packs for home use.
Echo Valley Meats
Deal: $150,000 for 25 % equity
Echo Valley Meats is devoted to producing the highest quality meats. It is a retail, wholesale, mail order, and fundraising company from Peoria Illinois, the heart of the Midwest. Echo Valley Meats specializes in “old-fashion butcher shop” quality. Founded by Dave Alwan in 1998, Dave started his own company because he wanted to make the best hams and smoked sausages ever.
Deal: $500,000 for 12% equity
Melni Connectors offer a more safe and cost-effective way to transfer power from one electricity line to another. With the Melni Connector there is no need for expensive crimping tools, and the timely process of installing heat shrink insulation has been eliminated. Each Melni Connector features a waterproof connection, color coded design, and is easy to install.
Deal: $200,000 for 15%, with an option for another $300,000
The LuminAID light is a solar-rechargeable light that is waterproof, lightweight, and inflates to diffuse light like a lantern. It’s safe, sustainable and ultra-portable, the LuminAID solar light provides up to 16 hours of LED light and can be easily recharged in the sun, ideal for recreational use outdoors or in the home as an extra light source.
Two weeks after the Haiti earthquake in January 2010, Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta set out to design a lighting product that could be easily distributed in times of emergency. Thus the LuminAID was born.
Deal: $100,000 for 30% equity
Gameday Couture designs and develops vintage, fashion forward women’s collegiate apparel. Using an array of embellishment techniques, Gameday Couture offers clothing collections for fans and age groups of all kinds.
Deal: 150,000 for 20% equity (split with Kevin O’Leary)
The Bottle Breacher is a customizable bottle opener made from .50 caliber dummy ammunition bullet shells sourced from retired military veterans. Each Bottle Breacher is professionally powder coated and inspected to the highest quality.
Bottle Breachers make great best man gifts, groomsmen gifts, and other promotional gifts for your company, friends and family members. Whether used for decorative display, at special events, or as your everyday bottle opener; Bottle Breacher is sure to impress your friends and get people talking.
The Living Christmas Co.
Deal: $150,000 for 40% equity
Rent a living Christmas tree and have a live, potted tree delivered to your doorstep. It’s fun, it’s easy, and it’s great for your home and the environment. Simply choose one of our varieties of locally grown trees and Living Christmas Co. will deliver it to your home or business.
After Christmas, they will pick up your tree and return it to their nursery until next year. You can even watch your tree grow as your family grows by adopting the same tree year after year.
Deal: $1.75 million for 20% equity. Sold to New Media Investments for $10.4 million
Rugged Maniac Obstacle Race is a national event series that transforms the average 5k run into an off-road adventure filled with 25 epic obstacles. Each race has an after-party where you can celebrate your achievement with other rugged race maniacs. The features include live music, beer, foam dance pits, mechanical bulls, and more.
Rugged Races also features The Great Bull Run; an outdoor festival that brings the Spanish tradition of running with real bulls to the United States. Experience the thrill of a lifetime as you run with 18 stampeding bulls hot on your heels.
In 2018, Rugged Races would a majority stake (80%) to New Media Investments while foundersRob Dickens and Brad Scudder retained the remaining shares. Cuban sold his entire stake in the company which essentially doubled his investment.
Deal: $350,000 for 25% equity
iLumi is a family of Bluetooth enabled smartbulbs controlled & programmed through iOS or Android devices to help light interiors and exteriors using color. iLumi allows you to personalize any atmosphere with any shade of white light or rich colors.
iLumi offers a solution for any home and space to help improve your sleep, complement your mood, ramp up your music, and connect your whole home. iLumi is an easy to install solution that lasts up to 20 years and is 5x more energy efficient than a regular bulb.
Deal: $250,000 for 25% equity
Zoobean’s software, mobile app, and voice technology help customize, participate in, and gain data from reading challenges. The company’s core product, Beanstack, is often called a “Fitbit for Reading” and is used by over 1,000 libraries and schools worldwide.
Deal: $50,000 for 17% equity (split with Lori Grenier)
Monkey Mat is a portable, all purpose blanket that you can take everywhere. It features weighted corners, loops for stakes, and comes in a variety of colors. The Monkey Mat was designed by Christie Barany and Courtney Turich, as a solution for people with an active outdoor lifestyle looking for a quick portable solution that’s easy to set up and take with you.
The Power Pot
Deal: $200,000 for 10% equity
The PowerPot combines the benefits of a lightweight cooking pot and an off-grid power charger so you can cook a meal while charging your gadgets. Power any off-grid adventure while heating up a meal on a backpacking stove or sitting around the campfire.
Deal: $50,000 for 15% equity
Chapul makes sustainable forms of gourmet energy bars with an alternative form of protein: Chapul Cricket Protein Powder. Crickets need only 17% of the food and less than 1% of the water and land resources than livestock for the same amount of protein. They also require fewer natural resources than meat substitutes like soy, corn, and rice.
Deal: $250,000 for 20% equity
Packback helps students get the best value when buying, renting, and selling textbooks. Packback’s books are all digital and are stored in a Packback “Bookshelf” where you can see all of your active and past book rentals. With Packback you can easily open and read your active rentals on any device right in the browser. Instead of an app you have to download, our eReader is browser based so you can easily switch from reading on your laptop, to your phone, to a campus computer. All you need is an internet connection.
Tower Paddle Board
Deal: $150,000 for 30% equity
Based in Southern California, the Tower brand exudes an active, social, beach vibe. Stand up paddle boarding is a lifestyle, and Tower is a lifestyle company by design.
Deal: $50,000 for 20% equity (split with Robert Herjavec)
Lollacup is a stylish and functional sippy cup alternative, made for the discerning parent and child. Lollacup’s innovative design helps infants and toddlers successfully use a straw. It has a flexible straw with a weighted end, so children can sip even when the cup is tilted.
Because the straw is valve-free and weighted, children as young as 9-months-old can drink effortlessly, even when reclined. Lollacup was designed to be easy for children to use and easy for adults to clean.
Deal: $75,000 for 30% equity
MistoBox is redefining the way people discover and purchase coffee by offering coffee drinkers a unique way to sample, learn about, and purchase coffees from exceptional coffee roasters.
Their members receive 4 curated coffees from roasters across the country to their doorsteps. Then they can purchase the full-size bags of coffee from our online marketplace with free shipping.
Deal: $100,000 for 33% equity
Simple Sugars are an all natural line of skincare products designed especially for sensitive skin. 18 year old Lani Lazarri is the founder and creator of these scrubs that have been an absolute hit.
Deal: $300,000 for 30% equity
The RipSurfer X (RSX) is built with an actual custom made surfboard, engineered to allow you to perform a wide array of traditional exercises with the added core benefit of working out on an unstable surface. The RSX allows you to build aerobic conditioning, burn fat, build lean muscle, power, agility, stability and tone in addition to core and balance training. Other balance trainers can only claim 1-2 of these benefits..
Nuts N’ More
Deal: $125,000 for 17% equity (split with Robert Herjavec)
Nuts-’N-More was founded by fitness and nutrition experts who were looking for fortified peanut butters and other healthy sources of protein for themselves and their clients. All natural butters can be chunky and hard to spread.
Nuts-’N-More created a unique recipe for our fortified butters, and a natural process that simply involves crushing the nuts and blending the ingredients in a way that achieves the finest texture of all natural butters.
Deal: $75,000 for 40% equity
“Style from the Start”: Hair Care and Styling products for infants and children.
Deal: $200,000 for 40% equity
Kisstixx is a set of two compatible lip balms that combine to create a chemical flavor reaction. Kisstixx works by applying one flavor to your upper lip and one flavor to your bottom lip. Kisstixx comes in flavor combinations such as: Sweet & Sour, Strawberry & Chocolate, and Peaches & Cream.
Deal: $75,000 for 17% equity (split with Lori Greneir)
Stella Valle is a high-fashion jewelry company that designs and creates military inspired jewelry and accessories for women. Founded in 2009 by former West Point Military cadets, Ashley Jung and Paige Dellavalle, Stella Valle reflects the designer’s pursuit to live out their lifelong aspirations in fashion and design despite their unique past. Each piece of jewelry features a diverse mechanical aesthetic combined with symbols of empowerment using brass, crystals, and various stones.
Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore under CC
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