At first, every single person he approached told him to go away.
“They were nice about it, but they basically told me to get off their property,” recalls Kevin Harrington of his early days, going door-to-door as teenage entrepreneur living in Cincinnati, Ohio. “I remember as a high school senior, knocking on twenty straight doors in a neighborhood, and every single person telling me they weren’t interested.”
Laura and Michael J. Dweck, the married co-founders of apparel startup Basic Outfitters, were well aware of the “Shark Tank bump” – the tendency for a small business to explode overnight after appearing on the ABC show – which is why they sent a cold email to the show’s casting team.
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