It’s been a little while since we’ve looked in-depth at an episode of “Beyond the Tank,” so what better time than the present, and with three products we’re certainly familiar with at this point? Honeyfund, CordaRoy’s, and Pork Barrel BBQ may be familiar to some diehard “Shark Tank” viewers, but there’s more to these stories. We just want to figure out if there is actually something more with this show than just fluff.
As with any “Shark Tank” piece, we’re going to provide some updates as this particular episode progresses.
Honeyfund – We really think that they have figured something out here when it comes to funding honeymoons … it’s in the title! The issue is with their spin-off site Plumfund, which is one of many crowdfunding sites out there with a similar purpose. This segment was mostly interesting just because of Kevin O’Leary figuring out a way to improve their Plumfund business by collaborating with The Huffington Post. Sure, watching the back-and-forth was not tremendous television, but at least it showed some proactivity and the value of having a Shark for a connection. The business is noble here, even if there are some major risks that are being taken on the road to posterity.
CordaRoy’s – This is a cool idea: A beanbag chair that converts into a bed. The issue here is that with something like this, it’s hard to stock on the basis of shelf space. This segment, ultimately, was pure fluff. It was about the design of a box! We do think that the product is cool, but the update itself was fairly unnecessary when it comes to a story perspective. It would’ve worked better just as a small piece of a “Shark Tank” episode.
Pork Barrel BBQ – We know that this company has become a big hit courtesy of their dry rubs and their sauces, but what about jerky? One of the big selling points of it for it was that it is not seasonal, but other problems are surfacing. Unfortunately, this segment doesn’t do much to change our opinion on the show. Where’s the conflict? We thought we had something when the two guys behind the company went to meet with the copacker after waiting for months on USDA approval. With that said, how was it that it was cleared the morning before the meeting? There was no drama, and no real need once more of such a lengthy segment.
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