Shark Tank Part 3: What Really Happens In the Tank & After

Shark Tank Part 3: What Really Happens In the Tank & After

Please note: This is the third in a three-part article series recounting my experiences on ABC’s Shark Tank, adapted from my new book Pocket Man.  You can read part one – how I got on Shark Tank – here, and part two here. My episode – season 3, episode 7 – was the highest rated up to that point, and is still considered to be one of the most controversial episodes in Shark Tank history.  There is an unofficial version posted to YouTube here (while it lasts) and it is available on iTunes. The Sharks are Savvy The Sharks truly have no fore-knowledge of the people appearing on the show. They are very savvy individuals, though, and they have an intimate knowledge of how the rules work… both the on-screen rules, and the behind-the-scenes rules. At the time, there was a rule on Shark Tank that the production received a portion of your company just for appearing on the show. That rule has been changed in subsequent seasons, but it applied to my episode. I was pitching my smaller patent licensing company TEC-Technology Enabled Clothing® to the Sharks in an effort to grow that business, but the Sharks caught wind that I also had a much larger retail company.  The problem was that they wanted a piece of my retail company – SCOTTeVEST – and if I mentioned that name during filming, I’d owe the producers 5% of that company, too. This is why I believe that The Sharks were intentionally “baiting” me into discussing my retail business the entire time I was being filmed. The more I challenged them and tried to keep the...
Shark Tank Confessional 2: Producers’ Editing Painted Me as a Villain

Shark Tank Confessional 2: Producers’ Editing Painted Me as a Villain

Please note: This is the second in a three-part article series recounting my experiences on ABC’s Shark Tank, adapted from my new book Pocket Man.  You can read part one – how I got on Shark Tank – here.  My episode – season 3, episode 7 – was the highest rated up to that point, and is still considered to be one of the most controversial episodes in Shark Tank history.  There is an unofficial version posted to YouTube here (while it lasts) and it is available on iTunes.  Well worth the money.  Getting on Shark Tank was not nearly as hard as preparing to be on Shark Tank. Months of dieting.  Dozens of presentation drafts.  Hundreds of hours gaming out all the questions they could ask me, and how to redirect them in a way that would allow me to communicate the points I needed to get across. I’ve been creating videos as the face of my multi-pocket, gadget-friendly clothing company SCOTTeVEST for years, so I’m definitely comfortable in front of the camera… even for major interviews.  Being on Shark Tank is completely different, and while Shark Tank is in no way scripted (other than the entrepreneur’s initial pitch), there is A LOT that can be done in editing to tell the story they want to tell….  …which is why I am a hero to half the Shark Tank audience, and a villain to the other half.  This is how it happened.  As Seen On Shark Tank I would love to give you a blow-by-blow account of what happened on the screen in my episode (which is not...