Category Archives: Shark Tank

Wrapping Up 2016, Cheers to a Successful 2017!

December 28, 2016 | Create Your Success, Shark Tank

2016 has been an incredible year! Not only has Herjavec Group seen immense growth, I also saw many of my Shark Tank ventures steadily grow and elevate their businesses. I talked to them about their businesses for the #CreateYourSuccess series and I sensed a common theme from the Q/A’s – work hard and commit!! Being an entrepreneur isn’t easy – it always comes at a price. Time away from friends and family is only a start. It’s clear that all the entrepreneurs I work with have poured blood, sweat, and tears into their businesses. But the key is: they use any challenge that comes with starting…

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Forbes: Top 5 Christmas and Hanukkah Must Haves From ‘Shark Tank’

December 6, 2016 | In the News, Shark Tank

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or even Chrismukkah, you may find something to your liking in this list of top five holiday must-haves that were pitched on ABC’s hit business reality show Shark Tank.  1. Tipsy Elves You have been invited to an ugly Christmas sweater party, and the host is giving a $50 Amazon (AMZN) gift card for the best one. But you don’t have time, nor creativity, to make your own with appliques from Michaels. And irony-loving hipsters have picked clean all of the thrift stores. Never fear. Turn heads with a sweater from Tipsy Elves. The San Diego, Calif.-based company…

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Forbes: What Makes The Investors Bite: The Industries That Get The Most Deals On ‘Shark Tank’

November 23, 2016 | In the News, Shark Tank

What makes Shark Tank investors sink their teeth into a deal? Sometimes, the hook is in the company’s industry. On the hit ABC show, entrepreneurs pitch celebrity investors for a chance at professional partnerships. FORBES found that 319 businesses accepted deals on-air in the first seven seasons of Shark Tank. We spoke to 237 of them and learned that investors tend to form deals where their own professional interests lie. Home good companies were offered the most deals, and the most money, in the first seven seasons. And Lori Greiner, the queen of QVC, led the frenzy of sharks. While 73% of the hand-shake agreements made on-air change or fall…

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Inc: ‘Shark Tank’ Star Robert Herjavec on Mark Cuban: ‘If He Did It, Why Not Me?’

June 20, 2016 | In the News, Shark Tank

Robert Herjavec, who co-founded the Canadian cybersecurity company Herjavec Group in 2003, joined the first season of Shark Tank, in 2009, after starring on the Canadian version, Dragons’ Den. Today, after eight seasons, Herjavec is known as “the nice judge,” a description he uses to his advantage. While he admits he joined the show for the exposure–Herjavec Group opened its U.S. office in 2014–he says that being on it has taught him some lessons he didn’t expect. — As told to Liz Welch  “Don’t mistake kindness for weakness” is a quote I live by. It hangs behind my desk. People say I’m the kind judge–I think…

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Time: The Shark Tank Way to Ask for a Raise

June 8, 2016 | Shark Tank

Of all the dealings people have with their boss or manager, probably none makes them more edgy than asking for a raise. That’s understandable. Everyone prefers to be sufficiently rewarded for his or her work, and everyone would like to believe that their worth is so obvious that they shouldn’t have to negotiate a fair return. It sounds too much like begging. When they feel that they are insufficiently paid, they need to take action on their own. Like everything else associated with life, they can do it very well or they can do it very poorly. Most people do…

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Business Insider: ‘Shark Tank’ Investor Robert Herjavec Shares the Top 3 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make in a Pitch

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Over seven seasons of “Shark Tank” and six seasons of its Canadian predecessor “Dragon’s Den,” Robert Herjavec has seen hundreds of pitches from entrepreneurs looking for funding. By this point, he can determine whether he can trust an entrepreneur with his money within the first few minutes of a pitch. The investor and cybersecurity CEO recently chatted with The Ranker Podcast host Daniel Kohn about his new book, “You Don’t Have to be a Shark,” and explained what he considers to be the top mistakes entrepreneurs make in a pitch. Here are the red flags that Herjavec looks for from his chair in the…

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Fortune: What Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec Wants Every Aspiring Entrepreneur to Know

May 6, 2016 | In the News, Shark Tank

His biggest regret? ‘I should have dreamed bigger.’ If you’re thinking of turning your business idea into a reality, be warned. While it may be easier than ever to start a business, it’s harder than ever to keep it alive, says Robert Herjavec, star investor on ABC’s Shark Tank. Why? The competition has never been greater.  “When I started a business, if you got to a certain size, your competitor couldn’t afford to buy servers, big things,” the cybersecurity entrepreneur says. “Today, the Internet is the great equalizer.” Herjavec, who grew up with little money and worked odd jobs to get…

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The Long and Winding Road that Brought Robert Herjavec to ‘Shark Tank’

April 6, 2016 | In the News, Shark Tank

What can Robert Herjavec, the star of ABC’s Shark Tank and successful serial entrepreneur who now runs the computer security company Herjavec Group, tell you about Zbjeg, Croatia–the small town in which he grew up? “This is how out there it is,” he told attendees at Inc. and CNBC’s iCONIC conference in Seattle on Tuesday. “The word actually means ‘escape.’ I grew up in a village people escaped from.” Escape he did–or rather his parents did, taking a eight-year-old Robert from a dirt-floored home to seek a better life in Toronto. Herjavec–sharply styled in a light blue jacket, tan pants, and a generously-collared white shirt–told…

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10 Lessons Learned from Robert Herjavec – Tipsy Elves

March 29, 2016 | Shark Tank

1. Test your business model before taking significant risks. So often you hear the story of the entrepreneur who risks it all to start a business.  The entrepreneur quits her job, takes a second mortgage on the house, and dives in head first.  Sometimes these stories work out, but often they don’t.  And if they don’t, the consequences can be catastrophic.  When we started Tipsy Elves in 2011, we did it carefully.  Nick and I both had full time jobs, and we kept these jobs until the business was at a point that I could safely quit my job.  We self-funded…

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Robert Herjavec previews season 2 of Beyond the Tank, reflects on Shark Tank investments –

January 13, 2016 | Shark Tank

‘One of the challenges I always have with “Shark Tank” is, to a certain degree, we romanticize being an entrepreneur,’ he says. ‘”Beyond the Tank” shows people the good, the bad, the ugly.’   Beyond the Tank is back with its sophomore season — and it’s got bite.  A spinoff of Shark Tank, Beyond the Tank shows the business-savvy sharks — Robert Herjavec, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Daymond John, Mark Cuban, and Kevin O’Leary (a.k.a. Mr. Wonderful) — checking in on entrepreneurs and their respective businesses after they’ve appeared on the original investment show.     Here, Herjavec — a tech tycoon…

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