‘Shark Tank’ preview: SkinnyShirt, Doorman, Bantam Bagels, Coffee Meets Bagel, and Hamboards

Shark Tank CastShark Tank” is back! A new episode is coming to ABC on Friday night, and based on what we’re seeing and reading about online, there are reasons to be excited. You have food, you have fashion, and you have technology that is still in fledgling stages in the Silicon Valley region. All of this should make for a good episode.

We of course have our take on the individual products below, but before we get to that, take a look at the synopsis that was recently released by ABC:

“Three sisters from San Francisco, CA hope for a perfect match with the Sharks and their dating app that introduces singles to friends of friends. A man from San Francisco, CA has an app solution to a common problem for online shoppers – how to get your package delivered on your schedule. Also, a former publisher from Old Brookville, NY wants to make a fat profit on her classic button down and pullover shirt designed to make you look skinny; and husband and wife Wall Street brokers from New York, NY have cooked up a compact way to eat your bagel. Also, an update on Don Sandusky, Peter Hamborg and Gus Hamborg from Huntington Beach, CA and Hamboards, a skateboard that gives the sensation of catching a wave, which Robert Herjavec invested in during Season 5.”

Bantam Bagels – Simple, but effective. They are mini bagels stuffed with cream cheese. They look delicious, but this is a tough business. We’re probably not passionate enough about them to order it online, but we would pick it up if we saw it at a grocery store, or if there was a location nearby. Those are huge investments, and may be too big of a risk for a shark to bite at.

Coffee Meets Bagel – Can this product actually make internet dating a little less invasive, and a little more fun? It seems at least well-intentioned, and there are some good ideas present in how they try to serve up daily suggestions in an exciting manner. However, there are problems aplenty. First, we hate the name, mostly because it got us excited about another potential bagel product on this episode. Also, we don’t really like the claim online of it being “the only dating app that women love.” A little too hard to substantiate business-wise.

Doorman – We’re judging here with all of these products without any metrics or seeing how they come across on TV. On paper, we love this. It’s a brilliant app to time deliveries to your schedule, rather than having the mailman drop off a package while you are at work, or giving you some notice to pick something up at an impossible time. The only problem is that at present, this is mostly for the San Francisco area.

SkinnyShirt – We are not even remotely fashionable, and cannot tell you if having this sort of product to achieve better collared style is great or not. We do know that collars for ladies are in right now, so maybe there is some value here.

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