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Top bites from 'Shark Tank': Tales of a fourth-grade entrepreneur

Season 6 | Episode 23 | “BeeSweet Lemonade, BrandYourself, iCPooch, and TheHome T” | Aired Mar 20, 2015

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

On Friday’s episode of Shark Tank, we saw a lot of money left on the table. One entrepreneur promised to help people manage their online identities. One promised to help people represent their home states. But only one—a 9-year-old—left with a deal. Let’s get to the top bites:

Bite 1: Bee-lieve in this fourth grader!

It’s a risk any time a young child is brought into the tank. Will they be able to handle the constructive criticism and the intense environment? I’m not even in the tank, and I can barely handle it.

Nine-year-old Mikaila Ulmer (pictured above with her father, Theo) enters the tank and knocks her pitch out of the park. BeeSweet Lemonade is the product that she created at the age of four and a half—a freesh-squeezed lemonade made with Texas wildflower honey and flax seed. Not only is Mikaila awesome, but her father answers questions from the Sharks splendidly.

The Sharks ask for $60,000 for 10 percent, but they drop out one by one, citing the competitive juice market. Lori is actually allergic to lemonade (heart … is … breaking …). It’s all left to Daymond. He makes an offer of $60,000 for 25 percent, contingent on him getting shelf space in convenience stores on the East Coast. As the camera zooms in on Mikaila, the only thing left for us viewers to think is: “Please take the offer!”

She does accept, and the first of I’m sure many great business deals begins for this wonderkid.

Bite 2: Home-T holds firm

Ryan Shell’s product, the Home-T, consists of custom T-shirts (and other apparel and décor) that sport the image of a person’s home state. Portions of sales go to multiple sclerosis research.

In the tank, Ryan shares his sales accomplishments—$1.1 million in the first 12 months. Great googly moogly! The Sharks have a hard time believing this is possible, especially as Ryan notes that the sales are primarily through grassroots efforts (it’s important to note that some celebrities have worn these shirts, so that helps).

Shark Tank, The Home T

The success of the shirts sets us up for a real Shark Tank showdown, which is fun and painful to watch. Ryan is seeking $250,000 for 5 percent, but is willing to negotiate (the Sharks are not fans of 5 percent deals). Robert offers $250,000 for 35 percent. Yes, that’s three-five, not five. Lori offers $250,000 for 30 percent. Ryan seems insulted that the Sharks are not valuing the financial success of his company. The Sharks play hardball and all drop out. All seems lost, and you have to feel for Ryan, who’s really been grilled this whole time.

But hark—all is not lost! Daymond, who was out earlier, has come back in with an offer of $250,000 for 20 percent. Ryan still can’t believe that the Sharks are not seeing the value of his brand, so this ends with no deal. Daymond even questions whether Ryan wanted a deal in the first place. Ryan has really held his ground here, and it certainly has not been easy.

Bite 3: A brand-new you

Patrick Ambron’s online tool, BrandYourself, helps people manage their digital reputation by increasing positive, relevant results in a Google search of their name. College students everywhere, rejoice!

The highlight here happens in the showdown between Patrick and Robert. Patrick is asking for a whopping $2 million for 13.5 percent. Robert, however, offers $2 million for 25 percent. Patrick’s internal struggle is interesting to watch. He even mentions that he has investors he has to consider. He stands firm and does not take the offer. Although there is no deal, the product certainly sounds useful, and Patrick can leave knowing he did a good job in his presentation.

Bite 4: Dogs really do sleep a lot.

The iCPooch, presented by 14-year-old founder Brooke Martin and CEO James Pelland, is a device that uses a smartphone or tablet for pet owners to virtually check on and talk to their pet. It’s particularly aimed at dog owners. The product even dispenses doggie treats! Major kudos again for a young entrepreneur facing the Tank environment and doing a great job.

Unfortunately, the Sharks aren’t impressed with the sales (115 units) and have concerns about the need for the product. Daymond even mentions that dogs are asleep 95 percent of the time when the owner is not home. Knowledge! See, when you read these recaps, you get entertainment and an educational experience!*

So there’s no deal. But don’t sleep on the future of this; there are dogs everywhere that probably wouldn’t mind a virtual visit from their owner during a long workday. Hmm, I wonder if this would work with my bird …

*Educational experience not guaranteed.

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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