Shark Tank Illumibowl Update - Illumibowl: Shark Tank Updates in 2019

Matt Alexander was a college student at Brigham Young University, studying entrepreneurship and looking for that one great idea that would thrust him into the business world with guaranteed success. Matt drank a lot of water, which inevitably led to a lot of trips to the bathroom, including in the middle of the night, when he would stumble to find the light, blinding him into full awake mode before trying to go back to sleep. The shrewd aspiring businessman came up with an idea for a floor mat that would light up when it was stepped on so people could find their way to the toilet without turning on the floodlights to show the way. Matt was talking over the…

December 11, 2019
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iReTron Shark Tank Updates - iReTron: Shark Tank Updates in 2019

Jason Li is one of the most remarkable people you will ever meet, and he began to distinguish himself at a very young age. Immigrating from China at the age of 6, Jason had one primary passion when he was growing up: Judo. He was great, competing in national tournaments until he, unfortunately, broke his back and was unable to continue with his Judo career. For an entire month, Jason was relegated to his bed, where he recovered from his life-altering injury. During that time, there was very little that he could do. He decided to read, and one of the books that made an impact on him was a book about changing the world. The book focused on entrepreneurship…

December 5, 2019
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Bettys Pie Whole The Profit Updates - Betty’s Pie Whole: The Profit Updates in 2019

In 1956, Betty’s father, Aleck, started a fish shack off the Stewart River near Encinitas, California, to serve local fishermen. Betty’s donuts and coffee were big hits with the clientele and eventually started making hamburgers and hotdogs to add to the menu options. She felt the old fish stand was clashing with her classic cuisine and turned the fish stand into Betty’s Café. Betty added pies to the menu and added a lunch counter and more seating to the café. With her pie selection expanding, Betty was drawing more customers who were making Betty’s Café a regular stop on the way to cabins and resorts in the area. She opened Elizabethan Desserts alongside Betty’s Pie Whole, which serves only whole…

December 5, 2019
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Lumio Shark Tank Update - Lumio: Shark Tank Updates in 2019

It looks like one of the most unique books you’ll ever see. However, Lumio isn’t a book at all – it’s a light! In fact, Lumio is one of the most versatile lights available. Lumio is shaped like a book and has the same familiar dimensions as a book, but each page generates a bit more light. You can open the book 360 degrees to get the most coverage, which will light up a room with a dim and calming vibe. For a bit less money, you can get the mini Lumio. Both are charged using a micro USB. Max Gunawan is the founder of Lumio. His idea was to make functional and aesthetically-pleasing products. Max’s background in architecture made…

November 26, 2019
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Smithfly The Profit Update - SmithFly: The Profit Updates in 2019

SmithFly owner, Ethan Smith, was fed up with the fly fishing products retail camping and outdoors stores had to offer. He wanted a slimmed-down fly fishing vest, a larger waist pack, and a more extensive selection. He came up with the idea of detachable pockets and modular gear so that he could customize his setup for each fishing expedition. Ethan’s strong background in industrial and product design helped him immensely, and before long, his products were going viral online. Ethan began designing his vests and modular bags at home, and made his prototypes himself, learning to use his wife’s sewing machine to make a few crude product samples. Soon after, he was able to acquire sewing contractors who used the…

November 26, 2019
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HoopMaps Shark Tank Updates - HoopMaps: Shark Tank Updates in 2019

Twin brothers, Donte and Dominic Morris, created HoopMaps due to their dilemma of having a difficult time finding pickup games of basketball. HoopMaps, available for IOS and Android users, is a mobile app that allows you to find pickup games in your area easily. HoopMaps shows you where the games are, what time they start, and who is playing. It is easy to join a game and share it with your friends, so you never have to drive from court to court searching for a game again. HoopMaps even shows you statistics on where most games are played and the best times to play in your area. HoopMaps on Shark Tank Shark Tank Season 9 Episode 9 Twins Donte and…

November 23, 2019
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Swansons Fish Market The Profit Updates - Swanson’s Fish Market: The Profit Updates in 2019

Since 1973, Swanson’s Fish Market has provided fresh seafood dishes to Fairfield, Connecticut residents. The store’s current owner, Gary Swanson Jr., inherited the booming business from his father, “Gerry,” Swanson, who had founded the company shortly after he arrived in America from Sweden. Historically, the regular customers were loyal, and Swanson’s maintained their stellar reputation – it appeared Swanson’s Fish Market was a permanent Fairfield staple. However, before appearing on The Profit, the business had fallen on hard times due to a fire that had caused them to lose everything, including the building itself. In an attempt to revive his business, Gary Swanson Jr. accrued nearly $1million in debt to reopen the doors. With rising debts and equally rising family…

November 22, 2019
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Famous Amos and Cookie Kahuna Shark Tank Updates - Cookie Kahuna: Shark Tank Updates in 2019

Wally Amos, better known as Famous Amos, is a part of cookie history. Wally founded his original cookie company, Famous Amos, in 1975 based on a unique family recipe created by his aunt. Despite the enormous success of his original cookie company, Wally found himself making poor business decisions, causing him to slowly sell off pieces of his business. Famous Amos went through several owners before eventually ending up in the under the Kellogg brand. Now, Wally has neither a hand in his original company or the right to use his name or likeness in any future business endeavors. Twenty-five years later, Wally still has a passion for making and selling cookies. Wally created The Cookie Kahuna cookies, delicious cookies…

November 21, 2019
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Michael Senas Pro Fit The Profit Updates - Michael Sena's Pro-Fit: The Profit Updates in 2019

Michael Sena was a legend… in his own mind. As a former bodybuilder turned author turned product creator turned fitness trainer, he considered himself a brand. That’s why the personal training studio he co-owned with his wife, Tina, didn’t feature her name.  The studio, Michael Sena’s Pro-Fit, was established in 2011 and offered small-group personal training for those who might feel intimidated by a larger space. But Michael and Tina were working long hours and not earning enough money because of Pro-Fit’s current business model. Michael Sena’s Pro-Fit On The Profit The Profit Season 2 Episode 3 Marcus pulled into the parking lot where Pro-Fit was located and he noticed two things right away: the lot was empty and four…

November 19, 2019
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Line Cutterz Shark Tank Updates - Line Cutterz: Shark Tank Updates in 2019

Vance Zahorski was fishing with some friends out on the beach while attending a wedding in 2014. He reeled in a shark that became entangled in the fishing line. While he was grappling with his catch, Vance dropped his knife in the sand, nearly cutting off one of his toes. That close call inspired the Line Cutterz ring, creating a quick, safe method of cutting fishing line. Vance had spent the previous 14 years selling appliance and mortgages, where he learned the business world. With Line Cutterz, he could take his business skills and his passion for fishing to start a company that could help fellow fishers with a safer, more convenient way of cutting their lines. Line Cutterz saw…

November 11, 2019
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