The first “Shark Tank” episode I watched featured an entrepreneur pitching the Mensch on a Bench.
The Mensch (a Yiddish phrase that roughly interprets to “a person of integrity and honor”) was designed as a Jewish different to the Christmas-inspired Elf on a Shelf. And what might need been seen as a gimmick had sufficient potential that the entrepreneur behind it walked away with a $150,000 funding.
From that December night time practically 5 years in the past, I used to be hooked. Each week I would tune in to discover out: Who would wind up lifeless to Mr. Wonderful? Whose prototype would break through the pitch? Who would wind up embracing Barbara Corcoran in a bear hug when she promised to propel them to success?
As a reporter for Business Insider, I’ve had the possibility to interview a number of “Shark Tank” alums, whether or not the founders of Bombas socks or the high-school sweethearts behind Lollacup, and it at all times appears like assembly an worldwide superstar. I imply, these individuals have been in the tank. What have I finished with my life?
Then, final week, desires got here true. I attended an open casting call for “Shark Tank” in New York City, the place 600 entrepreneurs (representing about 350 firms) had the possibility to pitch their enterprise in hopes of creating it on the present. That’s 600 near-celebrities!
After a few hours there, I felt emotionally exhausted — and I hadn’t pitched a factor. Here are the components of the expertise that stunned me most: