Tonight, ABC is airing a new episode of Shark Tank, and with that comes an opportunity to learn about Guard Llama, Guardian Bikes, Flag, and the Validated app. Given that two out of the four products in the episode are coming heavily from the tech space, it shouldn’t be a shock that Chris Sacca is one of the sharks that is featured.
First of all, let’s start off with sharing the official synopsis before getting into further spotlights / sneak peeks:
“To show how their smartphone app can improve personal security, two entrepreneurs from Chicago, Illinois, bring a live guard llama into the Tank; two entrepreneurs from Irvine, California, deliver a safer take on the bicycle by innovating the brake system; a trio from Seattle, Washington, have an app that helps shoppers and diners earn free parking in exchange for their business; and business partners from Santa Clarita, California, hope to convince the Sharks to take a shot with their free photo-printing service.”
Guard Llama – This is a ridiculous name, but also a good one. It’s memorable. The product at the center of the company is also interesting — a Bluetooth device that allows you to contact the authorities all by pressing down on a button twice. It then sends the police and emergency response teams your location, and also some other personal details about you. It seems like a smart security device, but it’s somewhat risky since we easily see some kids getting a hold of this and making the police’s life a living hell.
Guardian Bikes – The company makes bicycles that are safer for children, specifically in terms of a unique design and braking system that allows the bike to come to a faster, more even stop. Given that the sole premise of the company is making children safer, it’s not hart to see them getting a potential investment within the Tank.
Flag – It’s an interesting and highly-ambitious idea — a photo-printing app that allows you to effectively take your photos off of your photo and have them delivered to you in the highest possible quality. Earlier iterations of the app were paying for this using advertisements on the back of the photos, but we’re interested in seeing what the latest iteration of the project is now.
Validated – We don’t have a sneak peek for this product, but it’s another mobile app, this time with the purpose of helping businesses offer customers free parking and better ways to get around and explored. It’s a cool idea, but one that feels incredibly ambitious just because every parking situation and every place is different. It’s also far from the first attempt we’ve seen at innovation within this space.
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