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The 20 Worst Shark Tank Pitches and What Happened After the Show

 

For over a decade, ABC’s Shark Tank has allowed entrepreneurs to pitch their product or business to a group of very successful and influential investors. It has given the rest of us some insight and entertainment. Especially when some of those pitches don’t go as planned

Raising money for a business is always challenging. It is also something that should be prepared for and presented well. It is not every day that an entrepreneur will have an opportunity to ask 6 investors for capital and get national TV exposure for their business.

In this article, we’ll list the 20 times pitches went wrong in the Shark Tank. But first, let’s define what a bad pitch is.

 

Why Are These the Worst Pitches?

To be clear, inclusion on this list doesn’t necessarily mean that the product was bad or that the people presenting them are not capable entrepreneurs. In fact, every entrepreneur on this list should be commended for taking the risk of going on national TV and presenting the product or company that they are passionate about. Instead, this list consists of some of the worst mistakes you can make when pitching to investors.

Many things can make a pitch bad:

Being Unprepared

Sometimes the presenter is unprepared to talk about their product. To pitch your business, you need to understand the number, projections, competition, and market demand. Not knowing these things dramatically increases the chances of a pitch going badly.

Not Thinking the Idea all the Way Through

Many times the entrepreneur hasn’t thought their business idea all the way through. When this happens, experienced entrepreneurs like the Sharks can easily see the problems with the product that, if unaddressed, can lead to disaster.

Good Intention; Wrong Product

There are several examples on this list of entrepreneurs who had the right idea, but went about it the wrong way or developed the wrong product as a solution. These can range from being too advanced, too outlandish, too risky, or too much of a novelty.

Overvaluing the product

Another reason why a pitch can be bad is just that the entrepreneur had the Sharks’ interest but made the mistake of overvaluing their company and asking for too much money. It is good to have confidence in yourself and your business but it is equally important to value your company accurately.

Getting Confrontational with the Investors

And finally, a few of these pitches are on the list because of an uncomfortable or confrontational exchange between the investors and the entrepreneurs. When asking someone for money, it is never a good idea to start a fight. Especially on national TV.

There are a lot of things entrepreneurs can learn about how to pitch a product by learning from those who made mistakes. Here are the 20 worst pitches from ABC’s Shark Tank.

20 Worst Shark Tank Pitches and What Happened to Them

1. Ionic Ear – Season 1, Pilot Episode (2009)

Product description: Surgically implanted Bluetooth device

Ask: $1,000,000 for 15% equity

 

 

Probably the worst pitch ever on Shark Tank was during season one, according to the Sharks. Ionic Ear was supposed to be a surgically implanted Bluetooth device  designed to replace the Bluetooth of a person’s phone as well as other devices. The entrepreneur, Darrin Johnson, asked for a cool million dollars for 15% of the company.

Johnson hadn’t made any previous sales of the device when he appeared on the show, but the investors took more issue with conceptual flaws. For example, in order to charge Ionic Ear the user would need to insert a needle like device into their ear at night.

If that wasn’t bad enough, a person would have to go through the entire surgical process again in order to upgrade the device. He tried to save his pitch by comparing his device to breast implants but even years later, many of the sharks agree Ionic Ear was the worst pitch they’ve ever heard on Shark Tank. 

“The worst pitch is probably the crazy engineer who had a Bluetooth device that would only work if you surgically put it in your ear,” Barbara Corcan, Shark Tank investor, said. “When it ran out of battery (life), you have another surgeon take it out of your ear and recharge it. Nutso!”

 

What Happened to Iconic Ear After Shark Tank?

It appears as though the world is not yet ready for implanted tech. Iconic ear never took off and it seems that you cannot purchase the product anywhere.

 

 

2. Sullivan Generator – Season 3, Episode 11 (2012)

Product description: Machine converting salt water to electricity and gold

Ask: $1,000,000 for 10%

This pitch by Mark Sullivan made some amazing claims. Sullivan, who holds a graduate degree in biomedical engineering and is a MENSA member, presented a generator that creates electricity from saltwater, brackish or industrial wastewater. He claimed that this one-of-a-kind machine could even produce gold from the desalination process.

Sullivan did not have a prototype for the machine and only presented a conceptual drawing during his pitch. He quickly lost the interest of most of the sharks. Robert Herjavec offered to give $50,000 to Sullivan if Kevin O’Leary would invest the other $950,000. O’Leary, of course, declined.

Daymond John, Sark Tank investor, later spoke about the pitch, stating, “The guy wanted to build some kind of system in the ocean that twirled around sand and created gold. And I went home, and I put a bunch of sand in a blender. I thought I was going to get a pinky ring or something. Nothing ever happened.”

What Happened to Sullivan Generator After Shark Tank?

It appears that Sullivan was never able to find an investor for his generator. However, Sullivan is clearly a smart and accomplished guy so maybe he has some winning ideas up his sleeve.

3. THROX – Season 1, Episode 8 (2009)

Product description: Set of three socks so if you lose one you still have a pair

Ask: $50,000 For 25%

 

Edwin Heaven came up with a solution for a problem people have had since the invention of socks. At the time of the show’s airing, he had $38,000 sales. O’Leary appeared particularly annoyed by the pitch, calling Heaven a “vampire cockroach.”

The major problem with the idea is that any sock production company could duplicate the product without much trouble and would essentially push THROX out of business.

 

What Happened After the Shark Tank

Surprisingly, THROX’s website is still up and you can still purchase a triplet set of Throx. Even though the idea hasn’t scaled, you’ve got to give Heaven credit for being able to keep this product on the market for over a decade.

 

 

4. Wake N Bacon – Season 2, Episode 2 (2011)

Product description: Alarm clock bacon maker

Ask: $40,000 for 20%

 

Matty Sallin came up with the idea of an alarm clock that wakes you up with the smell of cooked bacon while attending NYU. His classmates loved the idea, so Sallin created a prototype and published it on the internet. He claimed to have gotten such a large amount of feedback that he decided to move forward with the idea. 

The sharks had an issue with a device that cooks actual food so close to where people sleep. Both shark investors Mark Cuban and O’Leary worried the clock would be a fire hazard.  

But the real problem came when Cuban asked about production costs. Sallin did not realize that he actually needed to ask for $170,000 rather than $40,000 to meet those costs. Mark was convinced the clock would be a good gag gift but would not invest $170,000 alone in the product.

Before leaving the tank, O’Leary did offer $300 to Sallin for his prototype.

 

What Happened to Wake N Bacon After Shark Tank?

The interest in the bacon themed alarm clock seemed to die out eventually and Wake N Bacon is no longer in business.

 

 

5. Tycoon Real Estate – Season 6, Episode 16 (2015)

Product description: Crowd-investing platform that allows people to invest in real estate 

Ask: $50,000 for 5%

 

 

There are millions of people in America that would like to begin investing in real estate but don’t have the funds or expertise to get started. This is where Aaron McDaniel saw an opportunity with his investment platform Tycoon Real Estate. 

Tycoon was a website that allowed anyone to log in and invest in commercial and residential real estate projects. He claimed anyone could invest in projects and had the opportunity later to sell their investment.

Cuban declared himself out within the first minute of McDaniel’s pitch. Shark investor Robert Herjavec worried about the risk for an unsophisticated investor. Cuban repeated Herjavec’s comments, pointing out that people who may need their investment would have a hard time getting it if they needed it.

O’Leary pointed out it is already possible for a person to invest in a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). A REIT is a fund that invests into multiple real estate companies and projects. It is already easy to do, and a person can exit their investment at any time. McDaniel responded that REITs “aren’t sexy,” which seemed to aggravate Cuban even more.

Corcoran, the most experienced real estate investor among the panel, stated the key to any great real estate deal is knowing who the lead investor is and how capable they are. With Tycoon, Corcoran felt not knowing who the lead investor is when investing is spooky and unfair to anyone who is not well-informed about real estate.

What Happened to Tycoon Real Estate After Shark Tank?

McDaniel went on to sell Tycoon but since then it seems as though the company is no longer doing business.

 

 

6. Rolodoc – Season 5, Episode 1 (2013)

Product description: Social network for the medical community

Ask: $50,000 for 20%

Brothers, and doctors, Albert and Richard Amini walked into the shark tank looking to revolutionize communication in medicine. They walked out as the crowned kings of “the worst Shark Tank pitch ever,” according to Cuban. Corcoran agreed. Rolodoc was an app that allows instant messaging between patients and doctors. 

The pitch started out fun and energetic but quickly began to unravel when the sharks began to ask questions about how they would get users and why the service would even be necessary. The doctors couldn’t seem to deliver their presentation in a smooth manner and couldn’t answer the questions that the sharks asked. 

The reason why this pitch was so painful to watch was the lack of preparation by the duo. It is understandable they may not have had time to really develop their idea, so they couldn’t have seen some of the holes in their pitch. After all, they have full-time jobs as doctors. However, that kind of oversight will get exposed in the Shark Tank in a short amount of time.

 

What Happened to Rolodoc After Shark Tank?

It looks like Rolodoc never took off as there is no mention of the app online.

 

7. Licki Brush – Season 8, Episode 12

Product description: Cat brush you can put in your mouth

Ask: $300,000 for 15%

 

Image Credit: Amazon.com

 

Tara and Jason O’Mara are smart entrepreneurs and they understand cats. Their company PDX Pet Design created a product called Shru which was an electronic toy for cats that mimics the movement of smaller animals so that your cat would have something realistic to play with when they were bored. It makes sense that they were able to generate $250,000 in sales. But the product they pitched in the Shark Tank, Licki Brush, was much more odd.

Licki Brush is a tool where cat owners can groom their cats the way a mother cat does with her kittens. The pink brush fits in the owner’s mouth and then can lick their cat clean using the brush. The investors first thought it was a joke but were shocked to find that they had already sold $58,000 worth of the product.

Even before appearing on the show, the two entrepreneurs appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and shared their product with the world. Kimmel later shared the segment with his Twitter followers.

As weird as Licki Brush seems, the product still piqued the interest of the sharks. The issue they had was with the entrepreneur’s valuations. For a product still in the beginning stages, asking for $300,000 for 15% was too much. At this stage all they had was a proof of concept. Cuban even commented if they came in asking for $50,000 they would most likely would have gotten a deal.

 

What happened to Licki Brush after the show?

As of 2022 it looks like PDX Pet Design is still up and running. However, it does appear that their Shru product is no longer available for sale. It is no longer available on Amazon and their website, Getshru.com is no longer up.

However, you can still find the Licki Brush on Amazon.

 

8. Cougar Energy – Season 3, Episode 15 (2012)

Product description: Energy drink for women who identify as cougars

Ask: $150,000 for 30%

Cougar Limited was a company that looked to capitalize on the “cougar” craze of the 2010’s. The Cougar energy drink is a gender specific product targeted towards middle-aged women who refer to themselves as cougars (older women who date younger men). 

While Herjavec admitted the product would make a good gag gift, none of the other sharks seemed to have anything nice to say about the product or the idea, Corcoran even saying it tasted like chalk.

What Happened to Cougar Energy After Shark Tank

It looks like Cougar never caught on as the company is no longer in business.

 

 

9. Technology Enabled Clothing – Season 3, Episode 7 (2012)

Product description: Apparel with pockets specially designed to hold tech gadgets 

Ask: $500,000 for 15%

 

This pitch makes the list, not because the pitch or business itself was bad, but because of how ugly the exchange between the entrepreneur and the investors got.

Scott Jordan went into the Shark Tank offering 15% equity of his company Technology Enabled Clothing (TEC) for $500,000. TEC was a company designed clothes to fit all of a person’s technology devices. The TEC vest could hold laptops, phones, iPods, CDs and any other items the wearer wants to carry with them.

Scott Jordan is a smart guy and was already an accomplished entrepreneur. He is the CEO of a retail business named SCOTTeVEST. SCOTTeVEST was designed by Jordan to be a proof of concept for his TEC business. SCOTTeVEST had made $5.1 million that year and was on track to make $12 million the next.

This piqued the shark’s interest as Herjavec and O’Leary offered Jordan the $500,000 he asked but they asked for 15% of the retail business.  

What’s interesting is that Jordan had a patent on headphone wires running through clothing. To which Cuban, correctly, predicted the next thing would be wireless. Unfortunately, Jordan argued people will always prefer to listen to music through wires.

O’Leary and Herjavec’s offers were on the table when Jordan said that he had to call one of his advisors. His advisor happened to be Steve Wozniak who is the co-founder of Apple, Inc. Cuban, who was already out by this time, told Jordan to tell Wozniak he said “hi.”

When he came back, things got ugly. Jordan said Wozniak advised him that the offers were too low. Jordan told the sharks the deal was not worth it and the sharks were essentially low balling him on the offer.

The pitch ended with Jordan telling the two sharks that he was out and he walked out of the tank. Herjavec, who was visibly upset by Jordan’s behavior shouted “show a little more respect.” 

 

What Happened After the Shark Tank

Although TEC never seemed to materialize, SCOTTeVEST is still alive and kicking. Jordan even released a book: 

The beef between the sharks and Jordan didn’t end after he left the tank. Jordan and Cuban got into a Twitter spat after the show. Soon after, Cuban began promoting a SCOTTeVEST competitor.

 

 

 

 

10. Gato Café – Season 6, Episode 27

Product description: Cafe for Cats

Ask: $100,000 for 20%

Adriana Montano wanted to open the very first cat cafe in Florida. She delivered an impassioned pitch using cats as her “samples.” Montano described the cat cafe as a place where people can go and enjoy a snack, coffee, or tea while being in the presence of cats and kittens. Before she could get into the details of the pitch, Mark Cuban declared himself out.

Montano attempted to tug at the heartstrings of the shark by letting him know the kittens they were holding were rescue cats and they were not rejecting Montano but instead they were rejecting the rescue cats. 

To which Cuban responded to one of the kittens, “I love you kitties, but I’m out.”

Gato Cafe was aimed to duplicate the trend of cat cafes that were becoming popular in Japan. She also pointed out there were three cat cafes opening in California.

Montano’s purpose and idea was not a bad one. The only problem with her idea was that it was just thatan idea. The sharks agreed with the concept that people would pay $9 to go to a cafe filled with cats. However, they pointed out asking $100,000 for 20% doesn’t make business sense. Any shark could start their own cafe by taking $100,000 of their own money while owning 100% of the business.

What happened after the show 

To date, Montano’s Gato Cafe has never opened. 

 

11. Attached Notes – Season 1, Episode 2

Product description: Sticky note holder for laptops

Ask: $100,000 for 20%

 

Mary Ellen Simonsen created a product that was intended to keep sticky notes on laptops screens. She reasoned that having a sticky note attachment on the side of laptops would solve the problem of sticky notes covering the computer screen.

Unfortunately, none of the sharks thought this was a good idea. Kevin O’Leary even suggested the whole idea should be kept a secret. When asked how many units she has already sold, Simonsen revealed she hadn’t sold any. This didn’t surprise the investors and they advised Simonsen to give up on this idea and do something else immediately.

 

What happened to Attached Notes after the show

Mary Ellen Simonsen rebranded her idea and changed the name to Flip-N-Note. Her website had an image of the product as well as a message stating that they were still seeking investment. However, it seems that the company is no longer in business.

 

 

12. Vestpakz – Season 6, Episode 14

Product description: 2-in-1 vest and backpack

Ask: $50,000 for 10%

 

Vestpakz, a vest combined with a backpack, was a fashionable item for kids that was also functional. Michael Wooley and Arthur Grayer came into the tank with hopes of landing a deal of $50,000 with one of the sharks.  

The product looked promising at first. It was invented by Wolley’s daughter, Christen, as a science project. Vestpakz won Christen’s school science project competition, another award called Million Dollar Idea Challenge, and was even featured on Oprah. 

Vestpakz was also available at Wal-Mart, which is one of the world’s largest retailers, so when Wooley mentioned the previous year’s sales were only $10,000 the investors were puzzled. Then the secret came out.

Wooley disclosed the product was developed by Christen in the 6th grade but his daughter was now 27 years old. This floored the sharks because they were under the impression all of the accolades were recent events.

Most of the sharks admitted the product was good and innovative but the sales show that there isn’t consumer demand for it.

 

What happened to Vestpakz after the show

During the pitch Wooley mentioned that Vestpakz would be featured at an upcoming Smithsonian festival. It did seem that the product was one of the inventions showcased at the 2014 event. However, it seems as of 2022 Vestpakz is no longer in business.

 

13. No Fly Cone – Season 4, Episode 10

Product description: Cone-shaped fly trap that sits on top of dog piles and catches flies 

Ask: $25,000 for 15%

Bruce Gaither is a self-proclaimed cowboy who believes he built a better flytrap. No Fly Cone was a product that guaranteed to catch flies where they eat and breedon piles of dog poop. The cone could be placed on top of dog droppings or scooper and, at that point, the flies would enter the trap and get stuck. The product worked, however Gaither had only sold 3,000 units by the time he entered the tank.

There was a surprise visit to the tank when Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy, walked into the room. Seth was engaging, funny and even spoke in his Stewie voice. None of it, however, helped his pitch and, according to some of the sharks, actually hurt it.

Cuban mentioned that MacFarlane talked bad about Landmark Theaters which is a company Cuban owned until 2018, and Robert Herjavec was visibly unhappy about MacFarlane comparing him to the Grinch. In the end, Gaither walked out with no deal.

 

What happened to No Fly Cone after the show?

After the show, it appears No Fly Cone did find a distributor for the product. However, as of 2022, it seems the company is no longer in business with no known website and the last social media post being in 2016.

 

14. Squirrel Boss – Season 4, Episode 24

Product description: Squirrel-proof bird feeder

Ask: $130,000 for 40%

 

Michael DeSanti created an interactive, squirrel-proof bird feeder he called the “Squirrel Boss.” The product was intended to prevent squirrels from stealing bird food. Good idea. The problem arises when DeSanti mentions how the product goes about doing that.

The device uses remote control. When a person sees a squirrel eating too much of the bird food, they can press a button on the remote that will deliver a small electric shock to the squirrel which DeSanti claims is similar to a static shock you deliver when walking across a carpet.

At the time of the showing, DeSanti had sold $196,000 worth of Squirrel Boss. However, he did receive $150,000 in angel investment. The sharks started to pick apart the product by mentioning it seemed cruel to shock squirrels. They also pointed out you’d have to sit around all day and wait for a squirrel to approach the device for you to manually shock it.

All of the sharks eventually declared themselves out. DeSanti, however, stood his ground and stated he couldn’t leave the tank without a deal. It was awkward as he stood there and continued to say that he couldn’t leave. Eventually, however, he did leave without a shark on board.

What happened to Squirrel Boss after the show?

As of 2022, it looks like Squirrel Boss can still be purchased through its website. The product did sell on Amazon at one time with a mix of good and bad reviews but is no longer available on the site.

 

15. Elephant Chat – Season 5, Episode 9

Product description: Glass encased stuffed elephant used to help couples talk about uncomfortable issues

Ask: $50,000 for 20%

 

One of the biggest challenges in any relationship is communication. Jason and Amanda Adams wanted to tackle this problem head on with their business called Elephant Chat. Elephant Chat is a product couples can place in their home to communicate to their partner there is something important that they need to talk about or discuss.

Elephant Chat pitched to the sharks and were looking for $50,000 in exchange for 20% equity of the company. The price of the product shocked the sharks as the elephant retailed at $59.99. The entrepreneurs had already raised $100,000 from family and friends. O’Leary commented those “friends” of theirs won’t be friends for long.

The sharks had a number of problems with the idea including the price point being much too high for a stuffed toy, the novelty of the idea, and doubt that couples would actually adhere to the “only the person holding the elephant can talk” rule.

Ultimately, none of the sharks thought the product was worth investing in and the couple left the tank without an investment.

 

What happened to Elephant Chat after the show?

This story, unfortunately, does not have a happy ending for the business or the couple. While on the show, Amanda was visibly pregnant with the couple’s first child together. Jason already had a child from a previous marriage and Amanda from a previous relationship.

It seems that not too long after the show the couple split. Jason started a campaign to pay for legal bills for the right to equal custody of their son as well as Amanda’s daughter.

Needless to say, Elephant Chat is no longer in business.

 

 

16. The Skinny Mirror – Season 7, Episode 5

Product description: Mirror that aims to improve self-esteem by making you look skinnier

Ask: $200,000 for 20%

 

Belinda Jasmine had the right idea by inventing a product to help ease insecurity. The Skinny Mirror is a mirror designed to make the person standing in front of it look thinner than they are. The purpose behind this illusion is to make the person feel better about themselves because of their new and thinner look.

Jasmine’s primary customers at that point, however, were retail stores. This presented a problem that the sharks could not overlook. O’Leary thought the idea was bad because the product intentionally deceived people. O’Leary and the other sharks pointed out when women tried on clothes in the store and liked the way they looked because of the mirror, they would be unhappy by the time they got home and put on the same clothes.

Jasmine argued that there are Skinny Mirror labels on the mirror to let people know that their reflection is not accurate to reality. But the sharks weren’t buying it and Jasmine left the tank with no deal.

What happened to The Skinny Mirror after the show?

Jasmine decided to shut down the Skinny Mirror to focus on her growing family. She stated that the business “wasn’t worth the stress” but would love to see the product go mainstream.

 

 

17.  Track Days – Season 4, Episode 24 (2013)

Product description: Motorcycle-themed action movie

Ask: $5 Million for 34%

Brian Pitt and James LaVitola wanted $5 million to cover the cost of their motorcycle themed action movie entitled Track Days. Cuban immediately declared himself out when he heard the pitch was for a motion picture. 

The movie idea had no script and no actor attached to the project. The two entrepreneurs offered a unique twist to their proposal. Essentially, the $5 million asked for would not be used to fund the movie. Rather, it would be used as “bait” to attract other investors around the globe. Even the risk of not losing their money was not good enough to get the sharks involved.

The guys did have fun in the tank by placing a picture of Herjavec’s face in the helmet of a rider on a motorcycle.

18.  UroClub – Season 1, Episode 10

Product description: Portable golf club urinal gag gift

Ask: $25,000 for 51%

 

Dr. Floyd Seskin is a urologist with a successful practice in South Florida. As a urologist, the doctor knows about two things: urination and golf. Like many doctors, Seskin enjoys playing golf and stumbled upon a unique problem. 

The UroClub is a product that allows men to play golf and relieve themselves, if needed, without going into the woods or behind trees. The invention looks exactly like a 7 iron golf club and has an attached towel that acts as a cover so the golfer can be more discreet. The idea came about when a patient complained of how many times he had to stop on the golf course and urinate after having a procedure.

At the time of his pitch, Seskin had already invested $300,000 into the product but at launch had already sold 3,000 units. Most of the sharks couldn’t get into the product and began to declare themselves out.

However, Kevin Harrington saw the product as a novelty and agreed to give the doctor the $25,000 but would need a whopping 70% equity. Seskin agreed to the deal.

 

What happened to UroClub after the show?

Harrington and Seskin were never able to secure the deal they made on the show. For a time, the product was available on Amazon, Wal-Mart.com, and the UroClub website. 

The website is still up but it seems as though you can no longer buy the product. It is listed as out of stock on Amazon and Wal-Mart and there is an error message when you attempt to order the product on the UroClub website.

 

19.  NoPhone – Season 7, Episode 28

Product description: Fake plastic phone fighting smartphone addiction

Ask: $25,000 for 25%

 

Smartphone addiction is a real problem. On average, smartphone users unlock their phones 150 times per day. Van Gould and Chris Sheldon wanted to curb people’s smartphone addiction by creating a simple solution. They came up with the idea of creating an object that would be similar enough to a phone so that people would not feel like they were missing out on anything but different enough so that it would be useless for those who are addicted to their phones. 

The NoPhone is a phone you can hold in your hand, but it doesn’t do anything. It has no screen, no battery and no buttons. The idea is to get people addicted to their NoPhones instead of their smartphones. They wanted to create the Pet Rock of the 2000’s. 

Although the duo were able to sell 3,000 units, none of the sharks could get behind the idea. 

 

What happened to NoPhone after the show?

You gotta love the motivation behind the NoPhone. Gould and Sheldon should be commended for their desire to cure smartphone addiction. For a period of time NoPhone was available for sale on Amazon. The last Amazon description update stated that they had sold over 12,000 units and averaged 4.5 star reviews. People really seem to love (or at least have fun writing reviews about) the NoPhone.

Unfortunately, it seems like the company is no longer in business as of 2022.

 

20. Ecomower – Season 2, Episode 7

Product description: Eco-friendly push mowers

Ask: $90,000 for 20%

 

Andy Humphrey wanted to get ahead of the trend toward lower emissions on gas-powered machines by selling an eco-friendly lawnmower. Great concept. But Daymond John didn’t like the product immediately. He couldn’t understand the difference between the Ecomower and every other push mower on the market.

Humphrey created an online retail business that sold push mowers. He was able to make $350,000 in sales, which means Humphrey was a very capable entrepreneur. 

The problem was that he didn’t sell any of his Ecomowers. In fact, he didn’t even have any to sell. He only had a prototype that O’Leary discovered was not his design, but rather a white label product.

The sharks began to declare themselves out. Humphrey attempted to turn the defeat into a learning opportunity by asking the sharks what he could’ve done differently with his pitch.

Herjavec offered the feedback that he should’ve come to the meeting with proven sales. The other sharks, including guest shark Jeff Foxworthy, began to give their feedback to which Humphrey jokingly responded “I don’t care if you’re not eco-people.” 

Herjavec replied, “Andy, another piece of advice is to not insult the people that you’re asking money from.”

 

What happened to Ecomower after the show?

Ecomower never took off and the company website and most social media accounts are no longer up or have been deleted.

Want more of Shark Tank? Check out our list of the 20 Best Shark Tank Episodes.

Thomas Martin
Tom is a member of the Editorial Team at StartUp Mindset. He has over 6 years of experience with writing on business, entrepreneurship, and other topics. He mainly focuses on online businesses, digital publishing, marketing and eCommerce startups.

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Tom is a member of the Editorial Team at StartUp Mindset. He has over 6 years of experience with writing on business, entrepreneurship, and other topics. He mainly focuses on online businesses, digital publishing, marketing and eCommerce startups.

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