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What 9 Years of Shark Tank Has Taught Me

December 5, 2017 | LinkedIn Influencer, Shark Tank

Shark Tank is an award-winning show, so there’s a lot at stake — for the entrepreneurs and for us Sharks. Every year, the show’s producers get upwards of 250,000 applicants but only 150 of them end up traveling to LA and taping a segment with the Sharks each season. What sets those 150 entries apart? How do they ensure they make the cut? And if they do, what helps them secure a deal? After being on Shark Tank for 9 years, here’s what I’ve learned: Don’t Be Boring! This is the #1 lesson — you’re on national television and TV is…

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We Need To Protect Our Critical Infrastructure – NOW.

November 17, 2017 | Herjavec Group (Cyber Security), LinkedIn Influencer

The cyber landscape has made it easier for criminals to steal all kinds of information – usernames, passwords, banking information, you name it! Cyber attacks are imminent across all industries and sectors, affecting our society on an individual and global economic scale. Critical infrastructure refers to sectors such as healthcare, financial services, agriculture, power, etc. These industries form the backbone of a nation’s economy and security – in other words, they’re very important !! They also happen to be tightly connected within the internet of things (IoT) – and cybercriminals know exactly how to exploit this. In June, businesses around…

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Petco: Petco Acquires Shark Tank-Featured Pet Subscription Service Company, PupBox

November 15, 2017 | In the News

Pet specialty retailer adds life stage-focused subscription boxes to online pet gifting options just in time for holidays. SAN DIEGO, Nov. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Petco today announced it has acquired PupBox, a puppy- and life stage-focused subscription service company that delivers customized products and training information to new puppy and dog parents based on their pet’s current stage of development and physical characteristics. Alongside the acquisition, and just in time for the season of gifting, Petco and PupBox have launched the first-ever PupBox Holiday Box, a festive bundle of toys, treats and holiday training tips, perfect for any pup or pet parent on your…

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Entrepreneur: Robert Herjavec on Entrepreneurship, Working with Inventive Kids and Bringing Prototypes to Life

November 9, 2017 | In the News

Last March, I got the chance to chat with Robert Herjavec about his involvement as a mentor with the first Frito-Lay Dreamvention competition and the advice he has for inspiring young entrepreneurs. Since then, thousands of kids under the age of 15 submitted ideas they wanted to see come to life. From the masses, five finalists were selected and are competing head-to-head for chance to win $250,000. Herjavec has continued his involvement with the project. Then, last week, I got to chat with Herjavec again to talk about his experiences with the kids, the Dreamvention competition and his advice for all entrepreneurs when it comes…

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There’s No Such Thing As Genius In The Darkness of a Basement

November 7, 2017 | LinkedIn Influencer

Every day, I get countless emails from entrepreneurs pitching the next big thing. It seems everyone has a million-dollar idea. When I ask some entrepreneurs what they’ve done with these ideas, that’s where I start seeing the difference between the people who talk about changing the world, and the ones who actually do it.  Let me tell you something — there’s no such thing as genius in the darkness of a basement.  You need to constantly push yourself to be more and to do more. You may be sitting on the next million-dollar idea but if you don’t spend time…

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Journal of Accountancy: Cybersecurity tips from the ‘Shark Tank’

November 6, 2017 | In the News

Shark Tank star Robert Herjavec’s experiences while traveling are a good indicator of how cyberattacks have emerged as a concern for businesses and individuals. Herjavec, a cybersecurity professional for more than 30 years, appeared Wednesday on a webcast with Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, the CEO of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants. The archived webcast is available on the Association’s website. Five years ago, Herjavec said, he had difficulty getting meetings with CEOs unless they were fans of Shark Tank, the ABC television show on which he serves as a judge of entrepreneurs’ budding business ideas. This dynamic has now changed. “Fifty…

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When a Phish Catches a Shark

October 31, 2017 | Herjavec Group (Cyber Security)

It happens – and if it hasn’t happened to you it probably will. I wanted to share a recent experience with you all hoping it will reinforce the diligence required in email communication. Because again, if you haven’t been phished, you will be. And you need to know what to look out for! I recently got an email from one of our executives inviting me to a party at his house. A toga party no less…should have been my first clue! This guy doesn’t do togas. But I thought it was nice to be invited and responded by asking what…

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Media Planet: “Shark Tank” Star Robert Herjavec Shares a Guide for Rebuilding After a Cyber Attack

October 30, 2017 | Herjavec Group (Cyber Security), In the News

It can take a seminal attack like this to make us all pay attention. When there’s an infrastructure breach that affects consumers, or a utility goes down, or the transit system is disrupted, we all take notice. Yet, despite the headlines and recent legislative impacts, we have a sense that these attacks will never happen to us. But I can tell you — it’s going to get worse. These attacks will continue to happen. In the recent Equifax breach, over 143 million consumers were impacted when information, ranging from birth dates to Social Security numbers, was compromised. We have focused…

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TechRepublic: Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec: Cybersecurity at work is everyone’s responsibility

| Herjavec Group (Cyber Security), In the News

Despite the critical nature of cybersecurity, it is often made the responsibility of a few specialized individuals—even in large organizations. And that needs to change. Robert Herjavec, star of ABC’s Shark Tank and founder of cybersecurity firm Herjavec Group, recently spoke with TechRepublic about his belief that cybersecurity in the workplace is everyone’s business. While there’s a crucial need for defined cybersecurity professionals in an organization, the rest of the employees need to be involved as well. Good security starts with understanding the weakest link in an organization’s system. According to Herjavec, this is always human beings. “As long as…

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CNBC: Cyber expert and ‘Shark Tank’ star Robert Herjavec: 10 easy online safety hacks you’re probably not doing

| Herjavec Group (Cyber Security), In the News

Enterprise data breaches dominate the headlines today, yet it’s easy to get complacent in our day-to-day lives. We’re connected to our devices 24-7 — laptops, tablets, mobile phones, Fitbits, etc. — whether it’s for work or just fear of missing out. My company, Herjavec Group, specializes in cybersecurity services for enterprises globally, but the foundational elements of security at the consumer level are very similar. Following these 10 simple tips should prevent you from being the next consumer target, but first and foremost, I encourage you to exert some common sense. No one in Russia is emailing you because they want to marry you….

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