Shark Tank Recap: Kevin O’Leary’s unexpected zero-equity offer to Honeyfund (10/24/14)

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The Shark Tank’s Kevin “Mr. Wonderful” O’Leary was a big surprise tonight for offering a deal that had no strings attached. For Honeyfund’s expansion and business scaling, Mr. Wonderful did not debate on proper valuation or profitability as he usually does with other entrepreneurs. Honeyfund is a crowd-funding website developed and operated by Sara and Josh Margulis (photo in this recap). It focuses on couples who want their honeymoon plans funded by wedding guests. It’s an alternative to the traditional wedding gift registry; it works by aggregating money for the honeymoon fund. Since its operation, the website has raised about $200…

Shark Tank Recap: Kevin O’Leary demands 50% stake for professional female caddy services (10/17/14)

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Business plans anchored on services come occasionally on Shark Tank and today is one of those exceptional days when the Sharks are offered a chance to invest in Meghan Tarmey  (photo in this recap)for The Caddy Girls. Meghan offered a chance for the Sharks to get involved in the business of golf caddying and the potential to get the professional services of females into the golf market. Unfortunately, she hit a wall when a majority of her prospective investors failed to see how the business can go big given its nature. Kevin “Mr. Wonderful” O’Leary demanded a 50% stake and…

Shark Tank Recap: SoapSox owners offended at buy-out & equal equity offers (10/3/14)

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Just how important is enterprise valuation on Shark Tank? For one, it sends signals to the Sharks on whether the business is worthy of an investment or to a certain extent, a buy-out. It’s one thing  to have a stellar product but numbers can send the wrong signal. In the case of SoapSox owners Ray Philllips and Alvin Uy (photo in this recap), their valuation of $2.6 million for their 6-month old product forced Daymond John to claim equal ownership in exchange for much needed capital that would address inventory issues and a Lori Greiner-Robert Herjavec takeover in exchange for…

Shark Tank Season 5 Finale Recap: Prejudged BZBox Designer Snubs Kevin O’Leary (5/16/14)

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Shark Tank’s 5th Season Finale broke a lot of hearts and probably spirits, too: all on various levels. The most controversial happened with Kaeya Majmundar (photo in this recap) bluntly pleaded with Lori Greiner to take a chance on her after Kevin O’Leary dished a deal, never mind if it was a cut-throat offer that the young entrepreneur could have eventually declined to. This was probably the most impertinent behavior I’ve ever witnessed from someone who blindly needed capital infusion for an idea that has yet to be tested for its retail success. Without a doubt, Kaeya’s BZBox designs are…

Shark Tank Recap: Robert Herjavec Invests $500k In Foldable Kayak (5/9/14)

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Among the investors in Shark Tank, Robert Herjavec has always been the man with this ceaseless fascination for big toys and anything that brings out the child in him. So it’s no surprise that he gamely made an offer to Ardy Sobhani, Anton Willis and Roberto Gutierrez (photo in this recap), owners of Oru Kayak, for half a million dollars in exchange for a quarter of business ownership. Oru Kayak was pitched as the ultimate solution to hassle-free storing and transporting of durable and effective kayaks. A unit weighs half the weight of its regular counterparts (26 pounds alone) and…