Wright Words: Why I said ‘no’ to 'Shark Tank'

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  • yazoo dude West Jordan, UT
    July 16, 2014 9:18 a.m.

    Having gone in front of and associated at numerous times with "Vulture Capitalists", I cannot stand to watch Shark Tank. I've had a long, successful career in business and these types serve an important role, however most of them have horrible egos and think they know everything about anything. What I learned over 25 years in business is that (tongue in cheek) the more money you make, the more brain cells you grow and, if you have a PhD in a technical field, you're not only an expert in that particular field, but in business as well.

  • Sterling Allan Ephraim, UT
    July 16, 2014 8:45 a.m.

    It seems to me you gave up too easily. Rather than play the game their way, you could have at least said: "I'm not willing to disclose all the information you are requesting, both because I don't have the time, and because of confidentiality agreements that prevent it. Here is what I'm willing to disclose. I think it gives you plenty of material for your vetting purposes. If you are okay with this, then we can move ahead. If not, then I guess I'll not be appearing on your show."

    I would think that the exposure you could get by going on that show would be very beneficial you your purposes.

  • terra nova Park City, UT
    July 15, 2014 3:52 p.m.

    Shark Tank is not what it seems to be. The so-called "deals" they do on the show end up being pulled back more often than not. Many participants made and deal and report, "they never contacted me again after the show."

    It is just entertainment. Good decision not to participate.

  • Mark C Gilbert, SC
    July 15, 2014 3:46 p.m.

    It's called "Integrity." Thanks for hold true.

  • kattawn ,
    July 15, 2014 12:19 p.m.

    That's interesting Jason. I've heard from other people applying for Amazing Race, Biggest Loser, etc., that you basically sign your life away for months. But it would be fun to see you on there - I'm a fan too!

  • Yello Rose Rio Rancho, NM
    July 15, 2014 10:16 a.m.

    I enjoy watching "Shark Tank" Can learn a lot from them in their suggestions. I rally enjoyed hearing of your experience and all required to even get there. I did not know of all the hoops you go thru to be approved. Also l loved your last line there which says to all of us "Never give Up" Good luck as you continue on in your pursuit!

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    July 15, 2014 8:49 a.m.

    I like 'dragons' den', the cbc canadian version of this show, a lot better. It features two of the 'sharks' (Yes, two of them are canadian!) and features a bit more fun with the banter between the 'dragons'.
    Kevin O'Leary has written a couple good books on personal finances, too. Lesson one: get your kids out of the basement.

  • Aurelius maximus Berryville, VA
    July 15, 2014 8:32 a.m.

    This is a good information for entrepreneurs like myself that are interested as you were in knowing the requirements to go on shark tank.


  • Shimlau SAINT GEORGE, UT
    July 15, 2014 8:16 a.m.

    Liberal Ted; dead on!

  • Richard Larson Galt, CA
    July 15, 2014 8:00 a.m.

    Well that was a fascinating
    story/article of nothing....

  • Archer of Paradise Oklahoma City, OK
    July 15, 2014 7:47 a.m.

    Nice article. I enjoy reading a good "journal entry" from time to time.

  • baddog Cedar Rapids, IA
    July 15, 2014 7:41 a.m.

    Re: Michael Hunt

    Really? I thought it interesting. It was of sufficient interest a comment was merited from you. My family doesn't live and die by any particular TV program, but even the mildly curious should find the usually hidden behind the scenes requirements interesting.

    But that's just me.

  • DonP Sainte Genevieve, MO
    July 15, 2014 7:30 a.m.

    I found the article an interesting peak behind the scenes of what it takes to get on the Shark Tank and the decisions one has to make. Thanks for sharing.

  • Michael Hunt Murray, UT
    July 15, 2014 6:25 a.m.

    This is hardly worthy of print, maybe a dull journal entry or something.