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Top Bites from 'Shark Tank': 'One of the best' entrepreneurs ever?

Season 6 | Episode 22 | “Echo Valley Meats, EmazingLights, AquaVault, and Naja” | Aired Mar 13, 2015

The Sharks: Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, and Kevin O’Leary

Friday’s episode of Shark Tank had thrills, chills, and meat. A lot of meat. Oh, and one of the entrepreneurs was called “one of the best” by Robert. Just another day in the ol’ Tank. Let’s get to the top bites.

Bite 1: “One of the best we’ve ever had …”

EmazingLights founder Brian Lim (pictured above under that strange mask) is knocking the socks off the Sharks with his knowledge of his business and market. This is after a demonstration of the novelty of his product—technology that lights up fashion for parties, raves, and events. He introduces us to “gloving,” which consists of using light-up gloves for exciting dance displays.

Brian does such a good job that Robert says that he is “one of the … if not the best entrepreneur we’ve ever had” on the show. I agree; he has a detailed answer for every single question the Sharks ask him, and has great command of where he wants the negotiations to go.

His knowledge and the success of his product leads to a bidding war between the team of Robert and Lori versus Mark and Daymond. Maybe the show should change the seating arrangments every now and then; would that make it easier for Robert and Mark to team up more often?

Brian chooses a great deal with Mark and Daymond ($650,000 for 5 percent, plus 20 percent commission on licensing). This pitch shows that preparation really does pay off in the Tank.

Bite 2: If at first you don’t succeed, prepare more meat and try again.

Dave Alwan is here with a second chance at pitching his company, Echo Valley Meats (a retail, online gift catalog, and catering company specializing in premium meats). The first visit didn’t go so well, so Dave is back, and he has the eye of the tiger. I can almost feel him punching discouragement in the face every time he answers the Sharks’ questions; he is determined to win a deal this time!

Echo Valley Meats pitch in the Shark Tank

Success is his, as he agrees to an offer from Mark ($150,000 for 25 percent, plus an option to purchase 25 percent in the retail side of the business for $150,000). While Brian, mentioned earlier, is applauded for his preparation, Dave wins top honors for his determination.

Bite 3: Stalemates are uncomfortable

Naja, founded by Catalina Girald, is a company that makes lingerie with a vision of empowering women. The purpose of the company is admirable, as the makers of the lingerie are single mothers. We quickly see that Catalina is stone-cold set on the value of her company, and based on feedback from previous fundraising. This leads to a rather uncomfortable string of back-and-forth exchanges between Catalina and the Sharks (Catalina does not back down regardless of what the Sharks say). Daymond even says at one point, “I think that you should stop correcting us on what we think.”

Ironically, it comes down to Daymond in the end. He’s impressed by the product, but the previous high investments in the company without the sales to justify them does not sit well with him, so he’s out. Catalina certainly shows that she believes in her product, but in the end all we get is a stalemate and no deal (these are always the most frustrating exchanges on the show to watch).

Bite 4: AquaVault makes a splash (see what I did there?)

AquaVault, invented by Jonathan Kinas, Rob Peck, and Avin Samtani, makes portable outdoor safes especially for poolsides and beaches. Robert likes the idea and offers $75,000 for 25 percent. The problem is that our entrepreneurs only want to give up 12 percent. But no one else is speaking up to make an offer! Are Jonathan, Rob, and Avin about to lose out on their opportunity?

The Sharks keep asking questions, and doubts are beginning to creep in. The more Robert hears, the less he wants to invest, and so he bows out! Our entrepreneurs have lost the deal.

But wait, all is not lost! Daymond offers the same deal as Robert (and even runs defense against Mark from jumping in). He needs an answer right now! Will AquaVault ride this wave? Or will it all go down the drain? (I’m having way too much fun with this.)

Jonathan, Rob, and Avin agree to the deal with Daymond!

Great episode from top to bottom.

Shark Tank airs Fridays at 9/8C on ABC.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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