Oru Kayak on Shark Tank
Folding Kayak - Episode 525 - 5/9/2014
|Oru Kayak coming to the Shark Tank in Episode 525|
The entrepreneurs behind the Oru Kayak are Anton Willis, Ardy Sobhani and Roberto Gutierre, who will be appearing in the next Shark Tank Episode 525. These full sized Kayaks fold down into a small carrying case and weighs only 26 pounds. The thought of always having a Kayak in the trunk of the car that easily assembles in 5 minutes, is enough to get any outdoors enthusiast excited with the new possibilities.
The Oru Kayak (short for Origami) is also the latest Shark Tank product that first proved there's a market for a folding Kayak with a very successful Kickstarter campaign.
Starting with a $80,000.00 goal needed to bring the folding boat to market, the trio ended the campaign in December 2012 with over $443,000.00 to really get this project kick-started in the right direction. By all accounts, it looks like this business has been working non-stop ever since, and is about to get a whole lot busier after millions of people watch the Sharks do a little Kayaking on the Show.
Oru Kayak before Shark Tank Update
Considering this product is geared towards the outdoor enthusiast, my first question was if Daymond John would be on tonight's Show. Daymond loves to fish so much, He bought himself an entire lake just to go fishing anytime he wants. While no doubt he probably owns a few boats for his lake, the idea of a foldable boat you can check-in at the airport just might seem like a worthy investment for a product he would use.
Then again Mark Cuban likes to do a little boating himself, but on a much larger scale. Cubans boat called the "Fountainhead" is a whopping 288 feet long and ranks the 48th largest superyacht in the world. While trying to compare one of the most expensive yachts in the world to a kayak might seem unrealistic, the fact Mark has already spent 10's of millions of dollars in the boating industry for personal reasons, just might make Oru Kayak a great investment he knows a thing or two about.