The Businesses and Products from Season 14, Episode 9 of Shark Tank

The Businesses and Products from Season 14, Episode 9 of Shark Tank

First into the Tank are entrepreneurs from San Francisco, California, who want you to get festive with their convenient and customizable home decor delivery service this week on Shark Tank. Entrepreneurs from Johns Creek, Georgia, introduce their hand-held product made for today's generation of children; while entrepreneurs from Overland Park, Kansas, present a better way to learn how to play a classic game. Last into the Tank is a father and son from Plano, Texas, who provide an easier way to show holiday spirit with their reusable and high-quality home decor design.

The Sharks in this episode are Mark CubanKevin O'Leary, Lori Greiner, Barbara Corcoran, and Robert Herjavec.

Ready Festive
ReadyFestive is a customizable service delivering home decor for holidays and seasons throughout the year.

ZipString is a mesmerizing toy that floats a seemingly standard loop of string in the air. It carefully balances several forces of gravity, lift, momentum, and drag to fly the string in the air. Any movement that a Zipster (a user of a ZipString) does the string follows. 

A little over a year ago, ZipString went viral as founders Stephen Fazio (22) and Austin Hillam (22) shared their invention with the world. During the height of the invention phase, Stephen and Austin along with Austin's father Mark set up shop in the basement of the Hillam family home where they invented dozens of iterations to get the design right. This is truly one of those basement inventions stories that has an impact globally. During the pandemic, when supply chains were stressed, the team, supported by family and friends, built and shipped thousands of ZipStrings from Johns Creek, Georgia. ZipStrings have been shipped to over 50 countries around the globe.

Amid all the energy to bring ZipString to the world, Austin and Stephen put their education on pause for a year as they launched a successful Kickstarter. Austin was attending BYU and Stephen, Georgia Tech.

Across all the social media platforms over 200,000 million people have seen ZipString. Beyond being just mesmerizing, Zipsters can do tricks and stunts. Zipsters are fantastically loyal and the team loves seeing all the new tricks that get submitted. The famous Dude Perfect team even did tricks with ZipString on stage during Nationwide 2021 tour. With all the energy around the invention of ZipString, Austin and Stephen are often invited to meet with schools to talk about the invention process and the challenges of making a dream a reality.

Put a ZipString in any person's hand. It doesn't matter how old they are. It doesn't matter their background. Just put it in their hand and you will see a rare smile on their face. Worldly pressures fade away and all that is left is a pure raw gleam of wonderment. It is something to behold and one of the most fascinating things about a ZipString.

Today, the team is still based out of the Johns Creek, Georgia home. Working hard in the lab they are creating the next versions of ZipString. Daily, they quickly fulfill orders, pulling from stock that has been neatly stacked against the walls. As ZipString grows it will inevitably outgrow its humble beginnings. But the message that hard work and dreams can still be launched from a basement and have influence around the globe, is real.

Chessup by Bryght Labs
ChessUp is a revolutionary smart chess board with a built-in chess engine and chess instructor. It makes learning chess and improving faster and easier for all skill levels by lighting up all possible moves according to strength.

Garage Celebrations
Garage Celebrations provides a series of decorative garage door covers that cheer holidays, sports teams and special events. Using our patent-pending attachment technology, the fabric covers attach to all standard residential garage doors (both, flat or paneled, one-car or two-car) without the need for clips, straps or hardware. These reusable and washable covers easily pack for retail sales and at-home storage.

Seasonal decorations provide the bulk of our graphics (Christmas, Halloween, patriotic), but sports team support, election support and special occasions (birthday, graduation, new baby) are all available.

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