Daymond John of ‘Shark Tank’ Reveals What He’s Looking for in a Pitch

by Jeremy Spirogis
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What does it take to face out on Shark Tank? It’s not sufficient to have an excellent concept, Daymond John says. The FUBU founder opened up about what he’s on the lookout for when he hears a pitch from an entrepreneur and why he’s caught with the present because it premiered in 2009. 

Daymond John is on the lookout for entrepreneurs who’ve ‘been through the journey’

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John and his fellow sharks Barbara Corcoran and Kevin O’Leary talked about their hit ABC present throughout a panel dialogue at Deadline’s Contenders Television: The Nominees digital occasion on August 16. Moderator Dominic Patten, Deadline’s senior editor and chief TV critic, requested John what he was on the lookout for when an individual arrives on the Shark Tank set to pitch their concept. 

“You know, I look for people who have been through the journey,” John mentioned. He defined he was on the lookout for individuals who have “the passion, the drive.” 

“They’ve learned how to overcome,” he added. “They’ve learned how to use little to no resources. And they’ve learned how to surround themselves with the right people. And morally, I have to connect with them.”

Why he’s spent greater than a decade on ‘Shark Tank’  

Kevin o'Leary, Lori Grenier and Daymond John listen to a pitchKevin o'Leary, Lori Grenier and Daymond John listen to a pitch
Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner, and Daymond John on Shark Tank | Eric McCandless/ABC by way of Getty Images

John has been on Shark Tank since its inception. But he says he hasn’t bored with working with keen business homeowners who suppose they’ve a million-dollar concept. For one, he says he learns issues from the folks attempting to get him to spend money on their business. 

“The cause I maintain coming again to Shark Tank is twofold,” John defined. “No. 1, I’m getting educated myself by the amazing new generation that’s coming on the show.” 

But that’s not all. John additionally mentioned he feels he has the chance to be present that anybody is usually a business proprietor.  

“Growing up as a young African-American male, I never got to see anybody [who looked like me] who didn’t come from sports or music. Who just made it by their bootstrings,” he shared. John says he wished to indicate that everybody, irrespective of their background, had the potential to succeed. 

“That carpet doesn’t care about your religion, your sex, your gender, your color, your creed,” he mentioned. “That carpet gives you a shot to live the American Dream.” 

Barbara Corcoran shares how the coronavirus pandemic has modified ‘Shark Tank’

Shark Tank premiered in the course of the depths of the Great Recession. Now, the United States is dealing with one other main financial disaster. Corcoran says the devastation that’s been triggered by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is already obvious within the pitches the sharks are listening to for season 12, which is presently filming in Las Vegas. 

“The people we’re seeing now are remarkably different. They have more at stake,” she mentioned, including that they’re so dedicated to being on the present that they’re will to spend days in quarantine. 

“They’re mostly the people who have the least amount of hope and feel their situation is never going to change and that’s what’s so very sad about it,” Corcoran mentioned. “When you’re not born into the right family, you don’t get a shot. Nobody listens to your idea, nobody’s going to hand you anything.”

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