Shark Tank: Jackson’s Honest, Trippie, QBall, and The Seventy2 (9×02 preview)

TrippieJackson’s Honest, Trippie, QBall, and The Seventy2 are all going to be featured in Shark Tank season 9 episode 2. Want to know more about this installment? It’s the second one airing tonight, and it the first one of the season in its normal 9:00 p.m. Eastern timeslot. It’s also going to be the first episode ever to feature branding expert Rohan Oza, a man who significantly boosted a wide array of brands over the years — most notably VitaminWater.

Oza will be featured in tonight’s episode alongside Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Robert Herjavec, and Lori Greiner. (For those wondering where Kevin O’Leary is, more information on that is available over here.)

Jackson’s Honest – The idea behind the company here is tasty snack foods that are made using coconut oil and foods designed to bring you quality fats. We don’t doubt that the chips are delicious — we’re a chip fiend and would certainly love them. There is also an emotional story behind the company, as its namesake suffered from a rare autoimmune disease that led to his parents developing a diet designed to preserve his health. Jackson passed away earlier this summer, prior to the episode airing but after it filmed.

Our heart goes out to Jackson’s whole family, and we do hope that the company gets a deal in this episode. We do worry that the Sharks will be concerned over the highly competitive grocery category, especially in an aisle with a large number of big brands already.

The Seventy2 – This survival guide was created as a means to ensure that everyone out there has a chance to have the necessary tools no matter what sort of disaster strikes. Every tool within the pack helps you in the event of a crisis, and in this day and age where there are so many terrible things happening in the world it’s probably a little more relevant and could even be a solid seller. On the flip side, the price point of over $300 may be a little high for consumers who often tend to think more in terms of taking on disasters when they happen as opposed to preparing to wrangle them beforehand.

Qball – This is basically a portable microphone built into a ball that you can throw around. It’s fun, it’s soft, and the idea here seems to be to use this for schools as an engagement device or even corporate team-building meetings where people tend to act more like kids than adults from time to time. It’s a simple, fun idea with a slightly-scary price tag of $179. If the company can get a Shark, maybe they can bring that down to a more comfortable $99. While it’s a nifty idea that has a lot of smart innovations, it’s a little hard to see schools, often short on cash, wanting to shell out almost $200 for a microphone in a ball.

Trippie – As someone who has probably spent about twenty minutes wandering around multiple airports every time we land in one, this is a really smart idea. The app is designed to make it easier to find some of your favorite spots within various airports, giving you easy access to layouts and directories. Are there other ways to find this? Sure, but they’re never convenient. The valuation (at least as far as an app goes) isn’t bad, so provided there is a way for a Shark to get their money back this feels like the best deal that could be made during this episode.

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