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March 27, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Keith J. Mastronardo, 24, of St. Petersburg, Fla., an Upper Merion native who was a partner in a skin-care start-up seen on reality TV, died Tuesday, March 19, in a motorcycle accident in Florida. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Mr. Mastronardo was riding a motorcycle east on Belleair Road in Largo when he swerved to avoid hitting an animal and was thrown off the bike. Police said Mr. Mastronardo was hit by a car driven by Jerome E. Mullarkey, 77, of Clearwater. Mr. Mastronardo died from his injuries at Largo Medical Center; the driver and a passenger were unhurt.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 29, 2010
8 tonight CHANNEL 6 A Maryland entrepreneur originally from Ghana wants an investment for an Internet business. A man from California wants to franchise his graffiti-removal operation but resists when the Sharks, including Daymond John (right), try to control his business.
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February 11, 1989 | By Patrisia Gonzales, Inquirer Staff Writer
For years, the skeptics scoffed at the mere mention of an aquarium in Camden. Yesterday, the curious actually were turned away from a power lunch billed as a discussion of the waterfront project. About 300 members of the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey gathered in Camden's posh, panoramic Harbour League Club to talk of a penthouse restaurant, 2.5 million square feet of office space and condominiums on Camden's waterfront. Chairman Joan Davis of the city's Redevelopment Authority unveiled a rendering of a technicolor billboard advertising Camden's past and future: Campbell's soup-can water towers; Little Nipper, RCA's famous dog-with- gramophone, and the golden aquarium, enticing viewers to "become part of our bright future.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2015 | Jenice Armstrong, The Daily News
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.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2016 | By Diane Mastrull, Staff Writer
Mind-blowing. Whirlwind. Crazy. Amazing. Hectic. Gratifying. Those are the words childhood friends Jess Edelstein and Sarah Ribner used Tuesday to describe the entrepreneurial explosion that's reverberated since the public went wild for their PiperWai natural deodorant after its Dec. 11 debut on ABC's Shark Tank . Some of the comments on their Facebook page? Not quite so uplifting. Where's my order?! This is terrible customer service. Empty promises . Those were the most common ones, Edelstein said, as response to their TV appearance so overwhelmed the fledgling company that orders placed in response to it - many undoubtedly anticipated as Christmas gifts - have just been shipped.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
March 5, 2016 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Treasury Department will feature a Shark Tank record-setter at its inaugural Small Business Initiative (SBI) event on March 11 at Drexel University's Bennett S. LeBow College of Business. Gregory Coleman, cofounder and COO of Nexercise Inc., the Rockville, Md.-based fitness company whose latest product is the Sworkit app, will be the keynote speaker at the half-day SBI workshop series. On a February episode of Shark Tank , Coleman and Nexercise partner Ben Young scored the show's largest deal for a tech product - $1.5 million from investor Mark Cuban.
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August 6, 1997 | For The Inquirer / GERALD S. WILLIAMS
Graduates of the junior staff program at the New Jersey State Aquarium are thanked for helping out while getting a summer of science enrichment. At the shark tank yesterday was Michael Crowther, aquarium chief, giving awards to (from left) Camden youths Tawanda Price, 16; Mai Phan, 17; and Demetrius McKay, 18.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
July 15, 2013 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
Oh, what a ride the smiling sponge has been on. In 2011, Scrub Daddy was an undisputable cleaning hit - but pretty much only in the opinion of its inventor, Aaron Krause, and some of his family and friends. The Voorhees resident couldn't get onto store shelves the charming yellow scrubbing disc, carved from a high-tech foam, that turns hard in cold water and soft in hot. Then came an October 2012 appearance on Shark Tank , ABC-TV's competition show for entrepreneurs. Not only did Krause get national exposure, but he landed one of the judges as a minority investor.
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May 22, 2016 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
Small businesses will be able to pitch to a panel of potential funders Wednesday night in an inaugural start-up conference in Camden called Waterfront Ventures. The event, which also will feature a talk by Nick Bayer, founder and CEO of Saxbys Coffee, will run from 5 pm to 10:30 p.m. at the Waterfront Technology Center, 200 Federal Street. General admission tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door. College and high school students can get in for free. To register and pre-qualify for the pitching session, go to www.waterfrontventures.co . Pitches must be under 10 minutes.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Inquirer Technology Writer
It almost felt like old home week as Gizmo Guy made a mad dash to Chicago last Saturday for the International Home + Housewares Show. Several Philly-regional vendors were in the thick of things, showing new wares at Chicago's giant McCormick Center. Keeping the edge on. Dan Friel Jr. himself gave me the grand tour of the Chef's Choice booth. "Small electrics" - aka appliances - are in his blood, as dad Dan Friel Sr. founded CC's parent company Edgecraft Corp. in Avondale, Pa. in 1985.
NEWS
March 7, 2016
THE BIG DAY has arrived: Saturday, March 5, the debut of the College Board's new SAT. As college-bound juniors gnashed their teeth last week and sharpened their No. 2 pencils in preparation, staff writer Steve Bohnel talked with 26-year-old entrepreneur Shaan Patel, who leveraged his own perfect 2400 score on the old SAT into a Shark Tank -funded test-prep business that recently opened a branch in King of Prussia. In addition to building his 2400 Expert SAT Prep business - now with a $250,000 investment from TV "shark" and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban - Patel is a medical student at the University of Southern California and MBA candidate at Yale.
NEWS
March 5, 2016 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Treasury Department will feature a Shark Tank record-setter at its inaugural Small Business Initiative (SBI) event on March 11 at Drexel University's Bennett S. LeBow College of Business. Gregory Coleman, cofounder and COO of Nexercise Inc., the Rockville, Md.-based fitness company whose latest product is the Sworkit app, will be the keynote speaker at the half-day SBI workshop series. On a February episode of Shark Tank , Coleman and Nexercise partner Ben Young scored the show's largest deal for a tech product - $1.5 million from investor Mark Cuban.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2016 | By Diane Mastrull, Staff Writer
Mind-blowing. Whirlwind. Crazy. Amazing. Hectic. Gratifying. Those are the words childhood friends Jess Edelstein and Sarah Ribner used Tuesday to describe the entrepreneurial explosion that's reverberated since the public went wild for their PiperWai natural deodorant after its Dec. 11 debut on ABC's Shark Tank . Some of the comments on their Facebook page? Not quite so uplifting. Where's my order?! This is terrible customer service. Empty promises . Those were the most common ones, Edelstein said, as response to their TV appearance so overwhelmed the fledgling company that orders placed in response to it - many undoubtedly anticipated as Christmas gifts - have just been shipped.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
NEWS
December 3, 2015 | Jenny DeHuff
"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.
NEWS
September 15, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
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.
NEWS
August 16, 2015 | By Dan McQuade, For The Inquirer
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.
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