One of my favorite things about being a Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank is helping to make the American dream come true for people across our country. Men, women & children, budding entrepreneurs; everyone has a dream and I’m living proof that you can turn your dreams into a reality.
It’s wonderful to be able to help pay it forward & I’ve been lucky to be able to work with amazing entrepreneurs & wonderful people!
Below are some stories to share about some of my Shark Tank investments & entrepreneurs who I’m happy to say are today making millions. Some I’ve met through Shark Tank, some have reached out through social media & my website & I’d like to share some of their stories with you. Remember, you never know, but keep trying, hope I see you in the Shark Tank! There’s a good chance that if I like you & your product that I’ll make you millions. ;)
Scratch-Free Cleaning Sponges
Scrub Daddy is the most successful product to date in Shark Tank history!!
Prior to coming into the tank, Scrub Daddy had approximately $120k in retail sales! they had been on QVC 4 times and were not in any retailers. Since airing on Shark Tank and partnering with me 4 1/2 years ago, we’ve done over $113 million in retail sales! Scrub Daddy has been on QVC over 200 times and has nationwide retail presence in all store types.
The Running Buddy:
Every so often I work with Charity Buzz and auction off a meeting with myself to give entrepreneurs a chance to pitch me their idea. The money that is made during the auction then goes to a charity of my choice. I had a major success story after my 1stCharity Buzz auction in July 2013!
The winner of the auction was Julie Bradfield, after winning in July, Julie & I met a month later in Aug where Julie pitched her idea to me – The Running Buddy. It is a sleek pouch that magnetically attaches to itself & your pants. Perfect for your cell phone, keys, money etc.
I thought it had the potential to be a HERO, so I decided to help her and bring it onto QVC.
After a year of working with her, we launched the Running Buddy in my show on QVC in July 2014 and it sold out the 1st time on air.
Now to date, we’ve done almost 8 million in sales on QVC with The Running Buddy!!
Set of 2 Car Seat Gap Fillers
Marc Newburger & Jeffrey Simon
Since coming into the Shark Tank 4 years ago and doing our deal Drop Stop has done over $23 million in retail sales and sold 1 million units! Happy to say this is 10 times what they did in their first 4 years in business. We are now in many major retailers across the country & internationally.
The Strongest Repair Tape
Spencer Quinn and Eric Child
Fiber Fix had launched 6 months prior to coming onto Shark Tank, they had done about $400k in retail sales and had sold roughly 100k units. Since airing on Shark Tank and partnering with me for 3 1/2 years we’ve done over $35 million in retail sales and sold 3 million units!
Judy & Bobby Edwards
Since airing on Shark Tank and doing our deal Squatty Potty has sold over 500,000.00 units and done $30 million in retails sales - in just 2 years!!! They are now going into many national retailers.
Magnetic Glasses Holders
Readerest was my 1st deal on Shark Tank! Prior to airing on Shark Tank and making a deal with me, Readerest had sold approximately 6,500 units for a total of $65,000 in about 6 months. They were in about 20 independent retailers. Since airing, 5 years ago, we’ve now done over $25 million in retail sales, sold 2 million units and are in 12,000 + stores!
Since airing on Shark Tank and partnering with me 4 years ago, Cordaroy’s has done over $27.5 million in retail sales! In the 3 years prior to coming onto Shark Tank Cordaroy’s had sold a little over $4 million in retail sales. Cordaroy’s is regularly featured in my Clever and Unique Creations show on QVC where we sell out almost every time we’re on air!
The Paint Brush Cover:
Easily Protect & Store Paintbrushes
John DePaola, Sal DePaola & Anthony Caputo
Prior to coming into the Shark Tank, they had sold 17,000 total units of The Paint Brush Cover and had done $35k in retail sales. Since airing on Shark Tank and partnering with me 2 years ago, we’ve grossed $12 million in retail sales and sold over 250,000 total units!
We are also in many major retailers nationwide.
Screen Repair Kit
Lily, Emma & Brian Hooks
Prior to coming into the Shark Tank, ScreenMend had sales of $4k, they were in 1 catalog and in no retail stores. Since airing on Shark Tank and partnering with me 3 1/2 years ago, we’ve done over $8.9 million in retail sales! I’ve helped them to secure packaging, manufacturing and distribution and now we are in several major retailers.
Ashley Jung & Paige Dellavalle
Since airing on Shark Tank, Stella Valle and I have created a Women’s Empowerment line of jewelry. All with messages about what women are & what women can be; which is everything & amazing! The pieces are feminine yet inspired by their military background and have some kind of empowerment messaging engraved. We have secured multiple major retailers and sell out on QVC almost every time they air. Since making our deal along with Mark on Shark Tank we have sold over $6.7 million in retail sales!
Reusable Paper Towel Made From Rayon Bamboo
Noam & Irene Krasniansky
Since airing on Shark Tank 2 years ago, Bambooee has sold almost $7.6 million in retail sales! We are now selling in multiple major retailers. In addition, we’ve planted over 100,000 trees helping to make our planet a better place.
After partnering with me 2 1/2 one year ago Shark Tank, we have done over $8.5 million in retail sales! We sell out almost every time on QVC and are getting into several major retailers.
Mensch on a Bench:
A Jewish version of the wildly popular Christmas Elf on the Shelf
Before Shark Tank, only 2,000 families had Mensches, today after partnering with Robert & I on Shark Tank over 50,000 families have Menches! We are working on some new concepts coming soon!
Bantam Bagels/Bagel Stuffins:
Stuffed Mini Bagel Bites
Elyse & Nick Olesak
Sales have increased tremendously since airing on Shark Tank and our partnering. In the 2 1/2 years Since airing on Shark Tank, we have done $16 Million in retail sales! Our catering business for morning delivery around NYC has really caught on, with Bantam Bagels feeding office meetings across Manhattan and the boroughs! Our status at QVC has been elevated to what is called “Power Promo” level so we are a featured item and consistently perform as a top seller during featured shows. To go along with this exciting brand evolution, we have developed amazing new frozen retail packaging and are working to perfect the next line of products to come out of the Bantam Bakery. Coming soon is a whole new line of mini stuffed sweet muffin and cake balls!
Plant-Based Food Company
Pre Shark Tank, Heidi Ho had sold 37k units & done $240k in retail sales. Since going on to Shark Tank & partnering with me in just 2 years we’ve done over $4 million in retail sales! We have launched in Whole Foods nationally and are in talks with several major retailers.
Christopher Gray, Nick Pirollo & Bryson Alef
We are so proud of the accomplishments with Scholly since airing on Shark Tank! We have helped students raise over $15 Million in scholarships across the nation! We recently closed a deal with the White House's My Brothers Keeper Program to provide Scholly to 275,000 students nationwide. The City of Memphis & Drexel University got the app for students and Scholly is being endorsed by admissions departments in high schools & universities across the nation. Scholly was the #1 Paid App in North America for two weeks, Top 100 Paid App in North America for four months & Top 5 Paid Education app for four months.
Wood Grain Finish Power Strips
Michael Barzman & Bryan O’Connell
Prior to their Shark Tank airing - Invisiplug had $260,000 in retail sales which was roughly 17,500 units and were in 350 stores. Since airing on Shark Tank and our doing our deal 3 years ago, we have sold over $2.3 million in retail, roughly 80,000 units and are in approximately 4,000 stores!
Just to name a few…Stay tuned for more exciting updates!