December 21, 2015
Talk about a deodorant-don't-fail-me-now moment. Jess Edelstein and Sarah Ribner, buddies since their days at Friends' Central, were on the set of ABC's Shark Tank in September to make a business pitch to a lineup of entrepreneurial big shots. They were seeking $50,000 to help elevate a business the twentysomethings launched in March 2014, PiperWai L.L.C. Should the pressure and studio lights get to them, they were ready, fortified with their own PiperWai natural deodorant.
December 20, 2015
$800,000 Sales of PiperWai natural deodorant since its Dec. 11 "Shark Tank" debut. 56,000+ Number of 2-ounce deodorant jars ordered. $11.99 Cost per jar. Shipping is extra. 232,000+ Visits to piperwai.com since the show aired. SOURCE: PiperWai L.L.C.
December 3, 2015 |
"I'm starting to make it rain in the real-estate market," says four-time Emmy-winning meteorologist and so-called blackballed former Fox 29 weatherman John Bolaris . Bolaris is now a real-estate agent targeting clients who are athletes and in the entertainment industry. He goes by the adage "Sky's the Limit!" and is now licensed to sell homes in Pennsylvania and New York. "I've found a home for a couple of professional athletes playing in the Philadelphia market," he said.
September 15, 2015 |
ANGELO LUTZ was looking around his mob-themed Kitchen Consigliere Cafe in Collingswood, N.J., jam-packed yesterday afternoon with his first, second, third and fourth cousins for a family reunion, and he said, "We all know I've been on peaks and I've been in valleys. " The valleys were the seven years he spent in federal prison as a "mob associate" convicted of bookmaking and racketeering. The peaks are his reinventing himself as a popular "Italian comfort food" chef since his 2008 release, first at a tiny place around the corner from his current 96-seat cafe, where he serves his signature sausage meatballs along with traditional South Philly-style home cooking.
August 16, 2015 |
Chris Ruder walked onto the set, and he looked a little nervous. But he didn't miss a beat and quickly broke into his pitch. "Spikeball is poised to be the next great American sport," he said. He was on the set of Shark Tank , the reality-TV series where aspiring entrepreneurs make pitches to a team of "shark" investors (with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban the most notable). The episode featuring Ruder, CEO of Spikeball, ran this year as the Season 6 finale. "Like all great sports, Spikeball is very easy to learn, but really, really difficult to master," he said in his pitch.
May 23, 2015 |
Beatrice Fischel-Bock, Madeline Fraser, and Lizzie Grover studied interior design at George Washington University. But they got a crash course in business management during a recent appearance on Shark Tank , the ABC reality series that matches investors and entrepreneurs. The website of their online interior-design business, Zoom Interiors, got 40,000 hits the night the show aired and has been buzzing ever since. Fraser, who had been bracing herself for trolls, was surprised: "We're booked for two weeks solid with clients right now. We have like 800 clients on the books, and it's growing every day. " That followed an offer on the show from real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran to invest $100,000 in return for a 33 percent stake in the business.
May 1, 2015 |
OUSTED from his slot on Philly.com, weather man John Bolaris has something else up his sleeve. He compared his recent removal from the city's No. 1 news site as the clash between David and Goliath. "It's hard to battle the giant of NBC Comcast with only a sword, but in the end, I believe people will always gravitate toward honesty and true passion rather than smoke and mirrors," Bolaris said. "Weathersavior.com is working with a couple of partners that should help to slay the giant, come this fall.
March 10, 2015 |
YOU MAY HAVE watched Christopher Gray's appearance last month on ABC's "Shark Tank," when the 23-year-old entrepreneur sparked a walkout some call the biggest on-air fight in the show's history. But even before Gray's successful appearance on the show, during which entrepreneurs pitch their businesses to would-be investors, articles had already piled up about the fourth-year college student and the 99-cent Scholly app he created that links students with college scholarships. Well, get ready because here comes another one. I just can't say enough about Gray.
February 20, 2015 |
WHAT PROMPTED Eagle Connor Barwin to tweet, "One time I felt out of place . . . when my presence became part of the story"? At Tuesday's Moth GrandSLAM, a storytelling event held at Union Transfer, audience members were asked to write a two sentence story on the theme of feeling out of place. One audience member wrote: "I hear Connor Barwin is here. Are you here Connor?" Alas, noted Philly storyteller and Moth host R. Eric Thomas didn't know who the linebacker was and continued to riff on why anyone would care about the presence of the Pro Bowler onstage.
November 11, 2014 |
With rain steadily falling and temperatures in the 50s, the parking lot outside Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night, before the start of the Flyers-Panthers game, was downright inhospitable. Except, that is, for a tiny patch near Section D-6, just under I-95. There, the glow from a 70-inch television screen served as a beacon. A DJ's sound board played endless hits, including "Young Hearts Run Free" by Candi Staton and "Boogie Shoes" by KC and the Sunshine Band. A small group of guests bonded over beers, burgers, soft pretzels, and other fare.