Some of your favorite sharks and the Executive Producer of Shark Tank were at the TCAs in Pasadena, California on January 10, 2013. Here are few things they mentioned about the show, themselves and what's coming our way!
The same banter you see on TV also takes place outside of the tank. Lori says she doesn't mind getting picked on by the other sharks. She can fight back. When asked about the best/favorite products they've invested in, the sharks recalled some old favorites. Chord Buddy was Robert's best deal. They are up over $2 million in sales. For Lori, it was a magnetic glasses holder that's been a $4 million hit. Kevin invested in Talbot Teas which was acquired by Jamba Juice.
Robert Herjavec says they don't know anything about the entrepreneurs before they come out. He believes all the sharks are up there because someone else helped them along the way. He says they've all been told "no" a thousand times, but all you need is one "yes" for success. He says all the sharks are self-made, so anyone can do it. Robert believes the only thing you can truly invest in is yourself.
Kevin O'Leary believes that the path to success today is taking your own destiny under your own control. He says the show is so magical because you never know when lightning will strike. Kevin says he's the only one who tells the truth. He believes the best time to take the risk of becoming an entrepreneur is when you're just coming out of college. It's every American's dream to have enough capital to feel free in life. Shark Tank is now a platform to launch consumer goods and services.
Daymond John says that kids coming into the living room to argue with their folks on what works regarding what's seen on the show. He says that a product Lori invested in is one of the stupidest in history, but it was perfect for her to make millions. Daymond didn't go to college, but he believes there's merit in learning the basics. He says the beautiful thing about the current season is they are figuring each other out and that means who they hate and who they want to work with.
Lori Greiner says that the show makes kids believe they can do anything and not have to punch a clock for a living. She's also chased after products she missed the first time around. She believes their show is a great place for people to learn. She says they have entrepreneur classes in high school and they analyze Shark Tank. Lori also says that she didn't expect to be where she is, as she originally wanted to be a journalist. That made all the TV critics in the room smile just a bit.
Executive Produce Clay Newhill would love to see all six sharks out there at one time. He says the sharks were all in the position of pitching their ideas at one point. They all believe in the show and how they are helping people. Clay believes the show's message is that if you apply yourself, you can be successful. ECreamery is one product he thought the sharks would like, but they all passed. Shrimp Burger is another one. Clay says the sharks don't know anything about the entrepreneurs before they go into the tank. That's one of the things that make the show so special.