Shark Tank Season 4 Episode 421
This is one Shark Tank Episode that will go down in the History Books as one of the most memorable episodes in all of Season 4. Kevin O'Leary steps out of His comfort zone and shows it's not always about the money while making a terrific investment helping an Entrepreneur get a Big Break on Her road to a very successful company. Mark Cuban on the other hand, helps fellow College Student's obtain an investment to further develop their Coffee of the Month Club with unique blends from around the world. Ah yes, we can't forget about the bird feeder that remotely shocks squirrels if they try eating you're bird seed. If you like 100% natural wood products as much as I do, then your going to love what this Butcher Block Company can custom make to you.
Misto Box Coffee Club UpdateSamantha Meis & Conor Riley started the Misto Box Monthly Coffee Club as a project while still in college. Soon after graduation Samantha and Connor wasted little time starting a successful crowdfunding campaign raising over $9000 and getting the much needed capital to kick start their coffee business.
Within in one year almost to the day, this Kickstater Campaign led them directly to the Shark Tank where they made a deal with Mark Cuban for $75,000.00 and a third ownership in the business. Misto Box is now offering several different new services including getting a new box of coffee every other week instead of once a month. You can still try the Misto Box Service for only $5. for your first delivery.
Mee Ma's Gumbo Brick Co. started by Carol Foster is bringing authentic Gumbo meals directly to your dinner table. The Mee Ma's Gumbo Brick is actually the base with all the seasonings that you add your favorite meat and other ingredient's to. With over a half a million in sales just setting up in Costco Stores, Mee Ma's has been selected to be a permanent item in the Costco's in Los Angeles.
Getting a small business off the ground can be very expensive and sometimes you need to sacrifice before you become successful. Carol was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice and became homeless in the process of building the Mee-Ma's Brand. Most would of given up and found a real job, but Foster began working that much harder until she finally found herself on the Shark Tank Show. With most of the Sharks shying away, Kevin O'Leary and Lori Greiner see a potential gold mine in the Gumbo Business and agree to partner for a combined $200k and 50% of the business.
Yes Folk, Kevin O'Leary has actually invested in a business with his Heart and not because the numbers necessarily made sense at the time. To my knowledge, this is the very first time Kevin O'Leary invested out of his comfort zone and gained thousands of new fans in the process.
Squirrel Boss Bird Feeder UpdateMichael J. Desanti came up with the world's first interactive squirrel-proof bird feeder that's guaranteed to get a reaction. Using a remote control from the comfort of your home, you can "lightly' shock any squirrel looking for a free meal. The Squirrel Boss Bird Feeder puts you back in charge of your own backyard.
I could see how some folks might consider this a form of entertainment during their morning coffee, but what if no one is home to shock the squirrel's from eating all the bird feed? Apparently squirrels are smart little creature's and after a few harmless shocks, they will move on and no longer be a problem. As good as this idea may sound, the Shark's were not buying into shocking poor little squirrels. Squirrel soup has also been known to cure this problem.
Vermont Butcher Block UpdateThe Vermont Butcher Block & Board Company was started by David Glickman when He gave up the corporate lifestyle and decided to become an entrepreneur doing something he was really passionate about. Mainly working with Hardwood's including Hard Sap Maple, Walnut and Bird’s Eye Maple, Dave has successfully built up this business for the past 10 years.
When David ditched the corporate life style and the ties that go with it, He gained a new wardrobe full of tie-dye outfits that he now wears on a daily basis. With over $2.9 million in sales, David Glickman and the Vermont Butcher Block clearly are on a road to success making quality products out of some of the Best Wood's found in the USA. Unfortunately making such unique one-of-a-kind products was not the type of business any of the Sharks were interested investing in.