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Shark Tank 2009 - Lady tries to get money for face mask

So this story was posted on Yahoo News yesterday (July 22, 2020), the person who wrote the story was watching a re-run of an old Shark Tank episode.


‘Shark Tank’ episode from 2009 eerily predicts the future: 'The next big trend'


One of the first season contestants was a woman named Irina Blok, who came on in 2009 to pitch the Sharks “a collection of fashion surgical masks designed for people with an edgy sense of humor who want to express themselves.”


Blok says she “believ[es] she’s created the next big trend,” but at the time, every investor made fun of her idea and shut the pitch down.


In the episode, after Blok explains that she had over 700,000 hits on her site a week after launching, Kevin O’Leary dismisses the idea that the general public would be interested in this product.


“Is that because Swine Flu was all over the news for two weeks?” he asks. “Now we don’t see it anymore, it’s an epidemic that came and went, you need a new epidemic to get that kind of a hit again.”


“It’s a novelty item, not a serious item,” Kevin Harrington says. “I just don’t see the market for it.”


As for Blok, she’s doing OK. While she’s not selling face masks, she is the mastermind behind the Google Android robot logo.

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Re: Shark Tank 2009 - Lady tries to get money for face mask

I loved the show where all the Sharks turned down the fellow who invented RING.😄