Interview with Liddup from ABC’s Shark Tank

One of my favorite shows on TV is ABC’s Shark Tank. As an entrepreneur myself, I’m always fascinated with the products that people have created and the reaction of the Sharks to those people’s product and business.

I recently had a chance to do the following interview with Taylor Gwiazdon from Liddup who was on the April 5th episode of Shark Tank. He provides some really great insights into the show and their experience on the show. Plus, we find out what’s happening with Liddup since the show. Enjoy!

What’s Liddup?

We have taken the common ice chest/cooler and incorporated interior lighting, just like your refrigerator: you open the lid and the lights come on.  The cooler industry has been stagnant for years and being able to find what you are looking for just makes sense to us.  The LEDs inside the LiddUp Cooler give you ample lighting to find your favorite item.

Tell us about your experience getting on Shark Tank.

Our experience on Shark Tank was incredible.  It was definitely one of the most exciting moments for LiddUp.  The national exposure was great for our product, millions of people saw the cooler on the show and we enjoyed every minute of the taping.  It allowed us to finally showcase our product to the public.  I don’t think being from Las Vegas had any sort of impact on our approval.

How many times did you have to pitch to be on the show?  How much do the producers work with you on your pitch?

We practiced our pitch and rebuttal questions for months making sure we were on point with every detail of our company and could properly handle any question while on set.  At the time of taping we were a pre-revenue start-up company so we had to appropriately justify the valuation of our company.  We wrote our pitch and the producers were helpful in structuring it.

We had a slightly more fortunate approval process than most.  We were introduced to one of the producers of the show who loved our product and thought we would be a great fit for Shark Tank.  We went through the application process, paper work and audition video, and he was able to drop it right on one of the executive producer’s desk to see if they would like.  They loved us!

What was it like being on Shark Tank?  Is it as stressful as it looks?

Being on the show was a surreal moment.  It was intense standing in front of five prominent venture capitalists and pitching our product for the first time.  The great thing about the show is that it’s all business and the dialogue is non-scripted.  What you see is what you get.  The experience overall was exciting and intense, a moment we will never forget.  It was definitely stressful but we were so well prepared that they really couldn’t knock us back with an out of left field question.

What were you thinking when Robert dropped out on you?

We were a little surprised because he was upset that we wanted to discuss it.  I understand his point but he also needs to understand our decision to think it through.  He may have been making an investment in us but we would be making an equal investment in him as well, trusting his connections and work ethic to help LiddUp get off the ground.  We felt we had the right to chat about it for a second but he wanted none of that.  It’s all good though, he is a successful businessman for a reason.  It was cool having him interested in LiddUp!

What’s been happening with Liddup since Shark Tank?

We explored licensing the technology to major cooler manufacturers.  The feedback we have received is that they do not have the manufacturing capacity to start a new product line on a novel idea.   Most have asked us to manufacture the cooler and then we can discuss licensing.  This is our current mission and we are ready to pull the trigger on buying our first cooler molds as soon as our Kickstarter Campaign completes on June 3.

Any suggestions for entrepreneurs looking to go on Shark Tank?

Make sure you know your business inside and out.  Know your sales, revenues, profits, valuation, etc.  This will make sure you look prepared and know your facts so when people ask your business related questions you can answer properly.  Also, know your direction – where you want to go, what your vision is, what is the growth potential.  Make sure your responses are accurate and realistic.  You have to keep in mind that the person in front of you may not be as passionate as you are about your product or business.

If you’re interested in Liddup’s product, you can go and pre-order their lighted cooler on kickstarter.

May 8, 2013 I Written By

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Shark Tank Season 2 Back on ABC

I just saw the news that one of my favorite TV shows, Shark Tank is returning for a second season on ABC.

The In the Shark Tank blog says that it will be an 8 episode run with all of the sharks from season 1 returning. This is great news since I loved the personalities of all the sharks.

The bigs new though, is that there will be 2 new sharks:
Comedian – Jeff Foxworthy
Dallas Mavericks Owner (and billionaire entrepreneur) – Mark Cuban

I love both of those characters. Although, I think Jeff Foxworthy feels a little bit odd on the show. I guess he has too much money and needs to find some way to spend it.

Mark Cuban on the other hand is a big time investor. I’m a huge fan of Mark Cuban. He’s a bit abrasive at times, but he’s got a fantastic business mind and is never short on opinions. I expect some huge battles between him and the other sharks. That will be a lot of fun to watch!!

Shark Tank is definite must see TV for me! I’m so glad it’s coming back with the Shark Tank premiere scheduled for March 25th.

January 21, 2011 I Written By

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Skating with the Stars Premiere

Tonight after the finale of Dancing with the Stars, ABC is doing the Premiere of Skating with the Stars. I think this is a smart play on ABC’s part, but I am kind of disappointed by the cast they’ve put together for Skating with the Stars. Check them out:
Rebecca Budig
Actress

Bethenny Frankel
Real Housewives Reality Actress

Jonny Moseley
Olympic Gold Medal Skier

Vince Neil
Mötley Crüe Band Member

Brandon Mychal Smith
Actor

Sean Young
Actress

Plus, this description of Skating with the Stars describes the real problem with this show and why I don’t think it will do all that well:

Of course, it’s not like any of the professionals can complain much. U.S. figure skating has produced excellent, legendary skaters. Remember watching Scott Hamilton and Brian Boitano dominate on the men’s side, a tradition followed by Evan Lysacek on his way to winning gold in 2010? Or the likes of Kristi Yamiguchi, Michelle Kwan, Tara Lipinski and Sara Hughes on the women’s team? Judging from the ratings the sport gets every four years, you probably do.

Well, how about Ethan Burgess, Fred Palascak and Denis Petukhov? Or Brooke Castile, Keauna McLaughlin and Jennifer Wester? Remember watching any of them perform in competition? Probably not. But those are your pros on “Skating With the Stars.” Of course, all six are excellent skaters, much like the professionals on “Dancing” are among the top dancers around.

The one thing the show has going for it is the judges, particularly if Johnny Weir also is in charge of wardrobe. Between him and Laurie Ann Gibson, the choreographer known in part for her work with Lady Gaga, I’d expect these skating routines to be heavy on the costumes and storylines, and light on the actual jumps.

Me, I’m most curious to watch Dick Button, the third judge. Button was an innovative skater who helped revolutionize the sport 60 years ago and has since become a legendary broadcaster as well. He could be great at this reality-show judging thing, or he could spend the entire two hours wondering what in the heck has happened to his sport that it’s now being used by these jokers for cheap winter ratings.

Of course, Dancing with the Stars wasn’t much to write home about in its first year either. It will be interesting to see how they do with Skating with the Stars. I predict Johnny Weir fans might be the key to the show surviving.

November 22, 2010 I Written By

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Skating with the Stars on ABC – Johnny Weir Maybe?

Like “Dancing,” “Skating with the Stars” will find stars competing live and in front of a panel of judges who will rate their performances.

Just in time for winter, the six-episode show will premiere on Monday, November 22 on ABC. The cast of the new reality show will be unveiled on November 2.

“Skating with the Stars” isn’t the first ice skating celeb competition to hit the U.S.

A similar program, “Skating with Celebrities” appeared on FOX in 2006. Among the stars who competed on that program included “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” patriarch Bruce Jenner, former “Full House” funnyman Dave Coulier and actress Kristy Swanson, who famously became involved with her then-married dancing partner, Lloyd Eisler. – Source

Skating definitely seems a bit more dangerous than dancing. Although, considering the number of injuries on Dancing with the Stars, maybe I’m wrong.

Looks like it’s going to be on during the Holiday Break when there’s not much on TV. So, I’ll probably watch it. What can I say? I love reality TV. It’s really entertaining.

The real question is who will be the professional skaters on the show. I’m guessing Johnny Weir. Maybe Kristi Yamaguchi since she has the DWTS tie in.

Anyone know where we can see footage of the previous skating star competition on Fox?

October 15, 2010 I Written By

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Secret Millionaire Back on ABC

I loved Secret Millionaire when it first showed in the US. It really is an amazing show with a great message. I still think about some of the moments I saw on the Secret Millionaire. If you haven’t seen it, watch for it. Here’s a description of it on the Summer Press Tour:

August 25, 2010 I Written By

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Bachelor – Vienna, Ali and Elizabeth

Ok, I don’t usually blog about the Bachelor (well I’ve done a little in the past), but there’s just too much to say after tonight’s show. I was going to send a few tweets, but that just wouldn’t do it justice. I also think that my opinions will likely differ from many other people. So, here we go.

Vienna – I can see why all the girls hate her, but I don’t. I’m with Jake. She’s just totally misunderstood. The girls were ripping her when she was going to say sorry to Elizabeth for cutting in. Sure, I’m sure she’s said some things that could hurt, but I think it was usually unintentional. Maybe I’m biased because Vienna is like myself. We live in the moment and often don’t realize the impact that living that way has on people around us. Now, I would never become as Catty (how do you spell that?) as Vienna sometimes gets, but the girls in the house are crazy. Vienna’s good in my book.

Ali – I really adored Ali after the first date. She has a fantastic look and has that twinkle in the eye which I honestly don’t see in any of the other girls. I don’t know how to explain it. She was just made for TV I think. She has a way that just draws you to her when she’s on screen. However, she really rubbed me wrong when she went after Vienna like that and even to Jake. I actually hate when any of the girls talk to the Bachelor about the other girls. It’s just lame. Sometimes maybe it’s cutting and we don’t see Jake asking them about a girl. However, Ali has done it over and over again with Vienna. I think they were right when they say she’s jealous. Jake will have a rough time with that if he picks her. Too bad since she’s got such a great look. He’ll keep her around for a while though. So, no worries for our entertainment value.

Elizabeth – This girl was a tease. Let’s be honest here. If she didn’t want him to kiss him, then she shouldn’t have tempted him. That’s the epitome of a tease. Jake did right in sending her home. No guy likes to be teased. Plus, in the interview we saw her true side come out. She’s an arrogant girl. Glad she was sent home. Nice read by Jake.

Gia – She’s the absolute dark horse. Don’t be surprised at all if she’s in it near the end. Although, she won’t actually win. Otherwise, the show would have likely given her more air time I think.

Best Cry Moment on Bachelor – Yes, I’m a man and I’m willing to admit that I cry watching TV and movies. I’m ok with it. However, everyone reading this should have cried as well. I don’t really cry watching the Bachelor. However, there’s one moment on many of the Bachelors that I can’t help it. No, it’s not a wheepy bawling sort of cry. I just can’t hold the emotions back when one of the people’s kids comes running out to surprise them. It’s my favorite moment on any Bachelor. There’s just something extremely beautiful about those moments. In fact, it might be the most factual emotion that’s portrayed on any part of the Bachelor.

Remind me not to watch the Bachelor next season;-)

January 18, 2010 I Written By

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Winter 2010 Season Premiere Dates

As I’ve done a number of times in the past I’m here to list the dates for the season premieres of your favorite shows on most of the major networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW, etc). I can’t guarantee that this list is perfect, but it should give you a pretty good idea of when your favorite TV shows will be premiere in Winter 2010.

JANUARY

Sunday, Jan. 3
Giuliana & Bill (E!), 9 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 4
The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love (ABC), 8 p.m.
Make It or Break It returns (ABC Family), 9 p.m.
The Secret Life of the American Teenager returns (ABC Family), 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 5
The Biggest Loser
(NBC), 8 p.m.
The Good Wife returns (CBS), 10 p.m.
NCIS returns (CBS), 8 p.m.
NCIS: Los Angeles returns (CBS), 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 6
Friday Night Lights returns (DirecTV 101), 9 p.m.
Nip/Tuck (FX), 10 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 8
Ghost Whisperer returns (CBS), 8 p.m.
Medium returns (CBS), 9 p.m.
Numb3rs returns (CBS), 10 p.m.
Shark Tank returns (ABC), 9 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 9
Legend of the Seeker returns (syndication)

Sunday, Jan. 10
Big Love (HBO), 10 p.m.
Chuck (NBC), 9 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 11
Accidentally on Purpose
returns (CBS), 8:30 p.m.
The Big Bang Theory returns (CBS), 9:30 p.m.
CSI: Miami returns (CBS), 10 p.m.
Heroes returns (NBC), 9 p.m.
How I Met Your Mother
returns (CBS), 8 p.m.
Two and a Half Men
returns (CBS), 9 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 12
American Idol (Fox), 8 p.m.
Southland
(TNT), 10 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 13
Criminal Minds returns (CBS), 9 p.m.
CSI: NY returns (CBS), 10 p.m.
Gary Unmarried returns (CBS), 8:30 p.m.
Leverage returns (TNT), 10 p.m.
The New Adventures of Old Christine returns (CBS), 8 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 14
Archer (FX), 10 p.m.
Bones returns (Fox), 8 p.m.
CSI returns (CBS), 9 p.m.
Fringe returns (Fox), 9 p.m. (for four weeks, then off until April)
Grey’s Anatomy
returns (ABC), 9 p.m.
The Mentalist
returns (CBS), 10 p.m.
Parks and Recreation
returns (NBC), 8:30 p.m.
Private Practice
returns (ABC), 10 p.m.
Project Runway (Lifetime), 10 p.m.
The Vampire Diaries returns (CW), 8 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 17
24 (Fox), 9 p.m.
Human Target (Fox), 8 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 18
Life UneXpected (CW), 9 p.m.
One Tree Hill returns (CW), 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 19
White Collar returns (USA), 10 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 21
Burn Notice
returns (USA), 10 p.m.
Supernatural returns (CW), 9 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 22
Caprica (Syfy), 9 p.m.
Smallville returns (CW), 8 p.m.
Spartacus (Starz), 10 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 25
Damages
(FX), 10 p.m.
Greek returns (ABC Family), 10 p.m.
La La Land
(Showtime), 11 p.m.
Secret Diary of a Call Girl
(Showtime), 10 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 27
Psych
returns (USA), 10 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 31
American Dad returns (Fox), 9:30 p.m.
The Cleveland Show returns (Fox), 8:30 p.m.
Family Guy returns (Fox), 9 p.m.
The Simpsons returns (Fox), 8 p.m.

FEBRUARY

Tuesday, Feb. 2
Lost (ABC), 9 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 4
The Office returns (NBC), 9 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 7
Undercover Boss (CBS), 10 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 11
Past Life (Fox), 8 p.m.
Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains (CBS), 8 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 14
The Amazing Race (CBS), 8 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 19
Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO), 9 p.m.

MARCH

Monday, March 1
Parenthood (NBC), 9 p.m.

Wednesday, March 4
FlashForward returns (ABC), 8 p.m.

Monday, March 8
Gossip Girl returns (CW), 9 p.m.

Sunday, March 14
Celebrity Apprentice (NBC), 9 p.m.
The Marriage Ref (NBC), 8 p.m.
The Pacific (HBO), 8 p.m.
Sons of Tucson (Fox), 8:30 p.m.

Monday, March 22
Nurse Jackie (Showtime), 10 p.m.
United States of Tara (Showtime), 10:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 30
V returns (ABC), 9 p.m.

APRIL

Thursday, April 1
Fringe returns (Fox), 9 p.m.

Sunday, April 11
The Tudors (Showtime), 9 p.m.

Tuesday, April 13
Glee returns (Fox), 9 p.m.

So, which of the premiere’s are you most looking forward to see? My list includes, The Bachelor, Shark Tank, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice (kind of), Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, The Amazing Race (my favorite), and Celebrity Apprentice. I’m also confused since I don’t see Dancing with the Stars on my list above. I know season 10 of DWTS is happening sometime too. Maybe they haven’t announced a date yet.

Please let me know of other shows that are missing and I’ll update them. Thanks!

January 4, 2010 I Written By

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Conveyor Belt of Love Preview

There’s a new show on ABC.com called Conveyor Belt of Love. Basically, a bunch of guys come out on a conveyor belt and 5 ladies choose if they’re interested or not. If 2 of the ladies choose one guy, then the guy gets to choose who they want to date. This show is all about casting the right people to entertain us, but this preview of Conveyor Belt of Love is pretty entertaining stuff.

December 24, 2009 I Written By

A true lover of TV. Not everything about TV, but great TV. Not afraid to say what he thinks and be proven wrong when someone knows something more than he does. My favorite TV show is definitely Amazing Race. However, it's not my favorite TV show to blog about.

Grey’s Anatomy and Survivor…I Love Thursdays

I can’t tell you how muzh I love Thursdays. Survivor has been off the charts this season. Russell is arrogant, but is great television. I think he’s going to get it handed to him tonight. You had to know that his arrogance was going to catch up with him sooner or later. I am just really happy that he’ll at least be on the jury. Can you imagine?

Grey’s Anatomy should be great as well. Izzie is back and that’s good since I just hated having her storyline just sitting there. We need some resolution to that story. Whatever resolution that may be. I also only ask the writers one thing: Do not touch little grey. She’s my favorite and must stay on the show.
Private practice is on tonight also, but I’m behind on those shows and so I’m not sure I’ll ever get back to it. Is it even worth it? That show has just been a little weird for me lately.

November 12, 2009 I Written By

A true lover of TV. Not everything about TV, but great TV. Not afraid to say what he thinks and be proven wrong when someone knows something more than he does. My favorite TV show is definitely Amazing Race. However, it's not my favorite TV show to blog about.

Shark Tank – Venture Capitalists Eating Up Entrepreneurs

I must admit that I absolutely adore Shark Tank. It’s quickly become one of my very favorite shows on television. I probably still like Amazing Race more and I’m pretty fond of the various dance shows as well. I just love everything about Shark Tank.

The biggest problem I have is time, or I would write a lot more about the various entrepreneurs pitching to the investors. Since I don’t have time, everyone that loves the show like me will enjoy this blog appropriately called “In the Shark Tank.”

That was actually the original name of the show before they changed the name to just Shark Tank.

Sure, there’s a little bit of bravado involved with the investors having the cameras there, but they really do want to invest in these companies with their own money. So, it is really exciting to watch. Plus, there are so many different ideas and people on the show that it’s just a fun cross section of what’s out there in America. No need to go further than this writeup of the 7th episode of Shark Tank. This show is fantastic. I hope that everyone watches it and that ABC renews it for a long time to come.

September 30, 2009 I Written By

A true lover of TV. Not everything about TV, but great TV. Not afraid to say what he thinks and be proven wrong when someone knows something more than he does. My favorite TV show is definitely Amazing Race. However, it's not my favorite TV show to blog about.