Shawn Davis AKA Chef Big Shake made his appearance in a 2012 episode of “Shark Tank” to pitch his homemade shrimp burgers. They didn’t look terribly appetizing, but the sharks were intrigued nonetheless. And when Daymond John tasted the burger, he was absolutely taken aback by the rich flavor.
Unfortunately though, not enough to invest. But who needs ’em? After the show, Shawn’s business exploded and shrimp lovers across America stocked up on this unique seafood delicacy. Davis expanded the menu and ended up making $5 million from his products. Shawn became a pretty big fish (no pun intended) in the seafood market.
Kodiak Cakes - $54 million
These Kodiak Cakes are in just about every major store. Just pop down to your local Target or Walmart and you'll find them there. The original product, as pitched by Joel Clark on Shark Tank in 2013 started out as just a simple flour-based pancake mix. Truth be told though, the Sharks weren't impressed, to begin with.
The pitch flopped, but luckily Joel received enough exposure from the show to turn his simple product into a multi-million dollar business, as well as expand his range to include various other breakfast and cake products. They ended up making a whopping $54 million in 2017 alone.
NeatCheeks - $500,000
This sounds a little gross at first, but these flavored baby wipes actually got the attention of the "Shark Tank" investors. Heck, why do they even need to have a flavor? Created by these two power moms Danielle Stangler and Julia Rossi, the idea is currently worth $150k for a 25-percent stake.
According to the creators, the idea came to Danielle after she wiped her 2-year-old daughter's face with a napkin that had been dipped in lemonade. The result: a toddler that was happy to get her face cleaned! That's when Danielle knew she had a worthwhile idea. And the rest, as they say, was history.
BedJet - $3 million
When former NASA employee Mark Aramli took the stage on "Shark Tank" in the year 2015 to promote his prized invention "BedJet," a mattress pad for both hot and cold sleepers, the panel of judges were not too thrilled about the idea, feeling that it would never really sell. They were wrong, viewers were into it.
The bed allows users to adjust the pad according to their preferences, so couples with opposing body temperatures can peacefully sleep side by side. While Mark's idea actually tanked on the show, it did earn him $3 million from outside parties after the appearance.
Tipsy Elves - $10 million
Nick Morton and Evan Mendelsohn had a love for ugly Christmas sweaters, so they decided to turn their passion for kitschy designs into something pretty profitable. Although the Sharks were skeptical because of the seasonal nature of the product, one shark ultimately budged. Thanks to Robert's investment, their company "Tipsy Elves" was born.
The fun apparel company sells clothes with crazy designs and of course many signature "ugly sweaters." And Robert thought of expanding the product range to all year-round offerings - so people could have fun with their apparel all the time, and not just during the holidays. In 2015, they made $10 million from their tacky yet charming clothes.