Posted on: September 11, 2013

Kevin O’Leary Announces Photography Exhibit Benefitting Teenage Entrepreneurs

Kevin O’Leary and Brookfield Canada Office Properties today announced the debut of a fine art photography exhibit, featuring original prints from images taken by O’Leary himself. O’Leary will donate all profits from the sale of his photographs to aspiring teenage entrepreneurs in an online “Future Dragon” contest launching later this year.

Posted on: June 29, 2012

The Shark Tank Formula: 4 Steps To Owning A Room — And Making A Killing

Shark Tank fans love to watch them negotiate. Rip apart ideas. Attack horrible presentations and shortsighted premises. Devour and feast upon brilliant new concepts. Giggle (and sometimes cringe) at Kevin O’Leary’s brutal dose of tough love from “Mr. Wonderful” himself.

But Shark Tank has achieved something quite rare: It’s given TV a Friday-night hit merging tough love and entrepreneurialism with sometimes brutal negotiations done in real time by millionaires/billionaires investing their own money in wannabe business home runs.

The show’s success is built upon a well-edited reality TV negotiation, but it’s the Sharks who make the show what it is. It’s not only their own interaction with one another as they scheme, outmaneuver or team up against each other. It’s their own brands (e.g., personalities) that are fun and highly educational to watch.

Shark Tank Season 3 Set Visit: The Sharks Tell All!
Posted on: June 15, 2012

Shark Tank Season 3 Set Visit: The Sharks Tell All!

Shark Tank Season 3 Set Visit: The Sharks Tell All! June 15, 2012

Posted on: June 13, 2012

The Merchant of Truth on Getting Back to Business: A CNBC Town Hall Event

On Wednesday, June 20th at 9PM ET, CNBC presents “Getting Back to Business: A CNBC Town Hall Event,” hosted by CNBC’s Brian Sullivan from Atlanta, GA, bringing together a group of well-known entrepreneurs and business leaders and a studio audience of small business owners from across the country in an informative and dynamic conversation as they share their challenges, seek opportunities, and learn new strategies for success.

Posted on: April 2, 2012

Strictly Biz: Why Entrepreneurs are TV’s New Idols

As singing competitions shed viewers, a new breed of reality show is striking it rich.

“Coming out of the recession, people like to see other people beating the system and living the American dream,” says Brent Montgomery, producer of “Pawn Stars” and ABC’s new sports memorabilia series “Ball Boys.”

No business-themed program is hotter right now than ABC’s “Shark Tank.”

Posted on: March 4, 2012

Inside the Shark Tank

For eight hours last summer, Dallas Robinson and Mike Buonomo stood in line to audition for the hit ABC reality TV show Shark Tank. The producers loved their concise and clever pitch, and a couple months later, the 24-year-old Salt Lake City residents are on the set in Culver City, Calif., getting ready to pitch their catchy startup Kisstixx to five astute and very rich investors, otherwise known as “the sharks.”

Posted on: February 16, 2012

‘Shark’ Without Bite

Kevin O’Leary is the Simon Cowell of “Shark Tank” and he’s totally unapologetic about it. When the entrepreneur thinks your idea is stupid, he tells you — in no uncertain terms.

“If they’ve wasted their entire family’s net worth on an idea that’s never been tested by the market, tell them the truth,” O’Leary says.

“So what if they cry? It’s very important that they stop doing it. I’m not trying to make friends, I’m trying to make money.

Posted on: January 17, 2012

A Televangelist for Business

Some irate callers to the show, Kevin O’Leary reports, were up in arms at the idea of tapping into the entrepreneurial talents of the former drug dealers, bank robbers, fraudsters and other ex-convicts who compete in the eight-part series to prove their skills in running a legitimate business.

But Mr O’Leary – who presents Redemption Inc. and has invested in the show – sees the venture as a combination of good business, good entertainment and good philanthropy.

Posted on: January 10, 2012

The Merchant of Truth: In Conversation with Kevin O’Leary

Whether you hate him, despise him or loathe him, one thing is for certain… business tycoon Kevin O’Leary knows how’ make a memorable impression. Known as the cruel one on the hit CBC shows Dragons’ Den and Lang O’Leary Exchange and on ABC’s Shark Tank, the self-styled Merchant O’ Truth pulls no punches, more often than not delivering the knockout blow that keeps viewers coming back for more.