Who would’ve thought that a tool for pooping would become one of the most successful products on Shark Tank? The Squatty Potty is a footstool that helps put you in a comfortable position to do the business. It was introduced by the mother-son duo Judy and Bobby Edwards. As of 2022, Squatty Potty is worth $50 million.
About the Founders
Although Judy and Bobby were the ones who pitched the business, they were not the only people who founded Squatty Potty. Bill Edwards, the head of the family, also helped with running the business at St. George, Utah.
Judy had hemorrhoids and constipation, which made going to the bathroom difficult for her. Her doctor suggested she give squatting a try. This turned out to be challenging.
She and her family recognized that the problem was that they were used to sitting instead of squatting while pooping. So they wondered if one could squat and still use the common toilets present in American homes.
Founding the Company
Bobby was a contractor and designer. With his skills, he came up with a stool that elevates the user’s feet and knees to be in a squat-like position while on the toilet.
After that, the Edwards gave similar stools to family members and acquaintances, who also felt instant relief. This was when they decided to make Squatty Potty their official family business.
They used their home garage as the base of their operations. Bobby ordered many supplies online, and he started selling stools through their website. This helped them make $1 million in the first year, $2.2 million in year two and $2.7 million in the first half of 2014.
Shark Tank Appearance
In 2014, Bobby and Judy went to Shark Tank, asking $350,000 for 5% of their company. They illustrated how the conventional toilet’s seating position makes digestive issues worse. They were looking to raise money to get the product approved as a medical device by the FDA.
Several studies support these statements. By facilitating bowel movement, squatting can help with constipation and eliminate hemorrhoids. These claims appealed to 158,000 people who reportedly visited their product website after watching the episode.
When the product’s sales in its initial years were brought up, the Sharks were taken by surprise. Kevin O’Leary jokes, it’s the first crappy investment he actually likes. This sparked many offers, but Lori Greiner ultimately won with an offer of $350,000 for a 10% stake.
After Shark Tank
In just two days after their pitch, they made $1 million. Then, Bobby and Judy were featured in the spinoff series Beyond the Tank, which documented how Lori Greiner helped get Squatty Potties into over 11,000 Bed, Bath & Beyond stores.
The Edwards family also made other designs and products available, giving the business boundless possibilities to expand. They created constipation pills, odor removers, and bidet spouts.
Squatty Potty was acquired by Aterian for $31.1 million in May 2021. $19 million of the deal was paid upfront in cash, the rest is made up of stock and transition services. In the 12 months prior to the acquisition, Squatty Potty did $16.8 million in sales and $4.7 million in operating income.
Squatty Potty is still performing well under Aterian’s brand and is estimated to make $10-15 million in annual sales. Its lifetime sales are over $250 million, and the company is valued at $50 million.