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Editorial Reviews

For questions about starting up a small business, who better to turn to than the stars of ABC's hit reality series Shark Tank? Michael Parrish DuDell, Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Jon Daymond, and Kevin O'Leary provide practical tips for the burgeoning entrepreneur, from marketing a concept to launching a revenue-generating business, and listeners will also hear experiences from some of the show's most popular contestants. DuDell is an upbeat presence; his friendly energy and positivity, coupled with the advice of his fellow Sharks, are the perfect tonic for wary would-be business owners.

Publisher's Summary

From the ABC hit show Shark Tank, this book - filled with practical advice and introductions from the Sharks themselves - will be the ultimate resource for anyone thinking about starting a business or growing the one they have. Full of tips for navigating the confusing world of entrepreneurship, the book will intersperse words of wisdom with inspirational stories from the show.

Throughout the book, listeners will learn how to:

  • Determine whether they're compatible with the life of a small business owner
  • Shape a marketable idea and craft a business model around it
  • Plan for a launch
  • Run a business without breaking the bank (or burning themselves out)
  • Create a growth plan that will help them handle and harness success
  • Pitch an idea or business plan like a pro

Responding to the fans' curiosity about past show contestants, listeners will also find approximately 10 "Where Are They Now" case studies in which they learn what happened to some of the most asked-about and/or most popular guests ever to try their luck in front of the Sharks - and what they learned in the process.

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  • Tim
  • United States
  • 11-25-13

Shark Tales

I'm a fan of the show. I believe that Shark Tank is an American version of Dragons' Den in the UK. I haven't watched the UK version in many years since it is no longer on BBC. I'm not here to compare which version of the show is better, but I am reviewing the audiobook of "Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business."

This is a good book on how to start a business, get funding, and maintain your company. Having real insight from the entrepreneurs that host the show is very helpful in the new way of starting a business. They wrote this book in terms that the common person can understand and practice in the real world. The information is easy to remember.

The best part of the book are Shark Bites, where you get real tips from the six investors from different sectors in their business. It's a basic read for any start ups or an established company.

If you want to know more about the businesses that were feature in each season of Shark Tank, you will enjoy listening to the entrepreneurs in the section of the book of Shark Tales.

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  • nate
  • Chippewa Falls, WI, United States
  • 12-22-13

Middle School material. Vague, no depth.

I expected to learn much more from a book with the 'Shark' name behind it. The reason I say the writing was lazy rather than just lightly informed is because the author/narrator apparently has respectable credentials. All you should expect from this book is a list of subjects you should consider when starting a business, but it provides few answers of how to specifically go about anything.

The presentation and effort put into the book comes across like a middle school student who was required to read a paper he wrote to the rest of the class. This books is very generic and contains information that can be found almost anywhere and everywhere.

To the author: "Studies show" and 'Most entrepreneurs think...' are not good enough. Provide real examples of the points you are making or at least cite your sources. The listeners came to you because they have questions they want answered, not because they want to be asked 1,000 questions by the author, it's lazy.

The best parts are the tiny, cameo-size nuggets of info provided by the Sharks.

Looking forward to future Shark books with some teeth!

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  • James
  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 12-05-13

A must read for any small business start up

What made the experience of listening to Free: Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business the most enjoyable?

They spun tales from both the sharks and the successful contestants of the show to illustrate the importance of the advice that was being provided. The advice provided was both practical and simple to follow.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Free: Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business?

The most enjoyable moments of everything around the shark tank is the success stories of others. It's hard not to get excited about your own start up when you see these other folks doing it. If they can do it, so can you!!!

What about Michael Parrish DuDell’s performance did you like?

He kept the performance about the book, not himself.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

F*&^%&ING SHARK TANK. ENOUGH SAID.

Any additional comments?

READ THIS BOOK IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT STARTING A BUSINESS OR IF YOU ALREADY HAVE. IT'S GREAT!!!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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fun listen

fun listen, not world changing, but certainly not bad. I'm a fan of the show.

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Great Business Starter

What was one of the most memorable moments of Free: Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business?

The most memorable moment is taking the ET Test, and its respective explanation.

Any additional comments?

This is a great book for someone considering to start a business or for someone currently at the beginning stages of running a business.

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  • RP
  • 07-23-17

Sizzling Content and Story telling & Real examples

Great Narration and tone. Want to listen again and again just to absorb everything.
Great job Mike.
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Great info for the aspiring entrepreneur

Narration was great. I got a lot of good knowledge that will help in building my foundation as an entrepreneur.

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Just a bland reselling of a tv show

This "book" was essentially any free online "how to" guide on how to start a small business interspersed with recaps of the TV show.

Also, the main reason I bought this book was for the round table with the Sharks. They neglect to mention that the round table isn't in the book. It's a PDF that's you have find.

Garbage.

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Business done right!

I learned A LOT from listening to this book. I am in the process of starting a product based business. It's making me go back and start with the correct processes. I would have surely made huge mistakes if not failed completely had I not listened. Thank goodness for the show, the sharks and this book! I am assured success, no matter how small or big.

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great listen

While listening, i just had to order the hardcopy of it to go along. it just makes sense. great book!

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  • C.M.Artes
  • 03-16-17

Great book, wasn't expecting so much insight

The book was rich with anecdotes and insights into the start-up phase, and lessons learned from shark experiences and real pitches were really good.

Suggest that the story might have included some parallels with other start-up approaches (e.g. lean startup, boot strapping). The approach of 'start developing an idea in your garage, start selling to your friends, have an 'aha' experience, then get a massive injection by going on shark tank' is one way to go, but the approach seems akin to winning the entrepreneurial lottery.

Overall, I'm glad I read it.