Author: Chris Morgan

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Chris Morgan is the author of The Comic Galaxy of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and The Ash Heap of History. He's written about sports and pop culture for the likes of Paste Magazine, Uproxx, Rotowire, IGN, Previously.TV, and many more.

Parents are always looking for cheap activities to keep their kids engaged. CertifiKID is a marketplace that finds deals for family-friendly activities, services and products. Essentially it’s a Groupon for families. Founders Jamie and Brian Ratner pitched their business on Shark Tank and sealed a deal with Kevin O’Leary. As of 2024, CertifiKID is worth an estimated $10 million. About the Founders Brian and Jamie Ratner are a married couple based in Washington, DC. Brian has a graduate law degree from the University of Pittsburgh and spent most of his career as a partner at the law firm Hausfeld. Jamie…

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There’s something about handmade delicacies that taste better than mass-produced food sold. Founder Brenda Coffman made an entertaining appearance on Shark Tank but wasn’t able to get a deal. Fast forward 10 years and the business is still booming. Today, Blondie’s Cookies is worth an estimated $6 million. Brenda Coffman’s Background Brenda Coffman is a long-time baker and entrepreneur from Kokomo, Indiana. Coffman got married young but it didn’t stop her from pursuing higher education. She studied business at Indiana State University and it was here that she learned about the basics of entrepreneurship. During this time, her husband was…

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For dads, wearing an expensive tie around children isn’t always a good idea. Ties are made of delicate fabric and can be damaged easily. Kevin Shoemaker and Skylar Bennett realized this which led them to create Tough Tie. They pitched their company on Shark Tank and got a deal with Robert Herjavec. As of 2024, Tough Tie is worth an estimated $3 million. The Founders: Meet Kevin and Skylar Kevin Shoemaker hails from Mesa, Arizona and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Arizona State University. His partner, Skylar Bennett is also from Arizona, but resides in…

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Blankets have been keeping people warm for centuries but it’s been decades since they were given an upgrade. Traditional blankets are not made for all kinds of environments but that’s not the case with Rumpl. Founder Wylie Robinson pitched his product on Shark Tank and wasn’t able to make a deal. As of 2024, Rumpl is worth $15 million. About the Founder Wylie Robinson is an entrepreneur from Portland, Oregon and has a degree in environmental design from the University of Colorado. He also did an online course in graphic design at UC Berkeley Extension. When still in college, he…

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There were no disposable wipes specifically targeted at men until Dude Wipes came onto the market. This personal care product was pitched to Shark Tank by a trio of entrepreneur friends: Jeff Klimkowski, Ryan Meegan, and Sean Riley. They struck a deal with tech investor, Mark Cuban. As of 2024, Dude Wipes is valued at $300 million. About the Founders Jeff, Ryan, and Sean have been best pals since their early childhood in Chicago, Illinois. They call themselves “The Dudes.” Though only three of them appeared on television, they have another friend and partner named Brian Wilkin. All four of…

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Doctor Mike is a Russian-born celebrity doctor who practices family medicine. With his YouTube channel and Instagram account, he’s been dubbed “The Sexiest Doctor Alive”. His content focuses on making medicine more relevant, intelligible, and entertaining. As of 2024, Doctor Mike has an estimated net worth of $4 million. Early Life Mikhail Varshavski was born in Saransk, Russia, on November 12, 1989. His father was a doctor, while his mom was a mathematics teacher. At the age of five, he moved to Brooklyn with his parents and his sister, Dasha. His father had to re-attend medical school as his medical…

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For years, people have been using dull and not-so-fresh air fresheners in their cars. Ride FRSH provides new and unique scents for car owners on a subscription-based model. Founders Donovan and Trey Brown entered the Tank and got a deal with Barbara Corcoran. As of 2024, Ride FRSH is worth $2 million. The Founders’ Background Donovan and Trey Brown are brothers hailing from Los Angeles, California. Trey has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus on marketing from Howard University. He also studied Innovation and tech commercialization at USC Marshall School of Business. After graduating and taking on…

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The rise of plant-based meat alternative companies is showing no signs of slowing down. Beyond Sushi is a vegan restaurant chain looking to lead the movement. Founder and executive chef Guy Vaknin took the business to Shark Tank and made a deal with Lori Greiner and guest Shark Matt Higgins. Beyond Sushi is now worth an estimated $10 million. About the Founder Guy Vaknin is originally from Israel, where delicious food was always served at weekly gatherings. He relocated to New York, to study at the Institute of Culinary Education. Before this, he served in the Israeli Defense Force. Guy…

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Many irrigation systems around have been developed to help farmers grow crops more efficiently. Johnny Georges’ Tree T-PEE is one of them. Its structure features a containment device that can help save massive amounts of water in growing trees. The entrepreneur pitched his company Shark Tank and closed a deal with guest Shark John Paul DeJoria. As of 2024, Tree T-PEE is worth an estimated $50 million. About the Founder Farmer Johnny Georges was brought up in Winter Haven, Florida. Though he is the current head of the company, Johnny is not the original founder. That would be his father,…

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The guitar is arguably the most popular instrument in the world, but learning how to play can be challenging. Chord Buddy was made to make guitar lessons easier by helping beginners learn the four essential chords to play almost any song. Founder Travis Perry took the product to Shark Tank and got a deal with Robert Herjavec. As of 2024, Chord Buddy is worth $6 million. Travis Perry’s Background Travis Perry is a music instructor from Dothan, Alabama. He went to Troy University, but information about his bachelor’s degree is not known but he did work in real estate but…

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