The hit show Shark Tank sees entrepreneurs presenting their business projects to a panel of “sharks,” millionaire investors who can offer financial support for a price, and usually only after a great deal of interrogation, ridicule and haggling. Many of the contestants are simply laughed out of the room. But sometimes, someone walks through their doors who turns all of their heads, and they rush to out-bid each other on the deal. The people in this list all took the sharks’ money and counsel and used it to create successful businesses that are still in operation today.
1. Ten Thirty One Productions
Ten Thirty One Productions is a company that puts on live-action horror events. After hearing their pitch, Mark Cuban offered owner Melissa Carbone two million dollars in exchange for 20%. Although the exact number is unknown, Ten Thirty One made over half a million dollars last year.