Shark Tank is one of my all-time favorite shows.
As a Mavericks fan, nothing brings me more pleasure than watching Mark Cuban call out Robert Herjavec for being a sappy, unintelligent investor, or giving Kevin O’Leary shit for making a royalty deal, or laughing at Lori Greiner every time she mentions QVC. For what it’s worth, I love Barbara Corcoran. I think Cubes and Corcoran would be a sexy power couple. Just read this awesome Reddit AMA with Babs and tell me she isn’t the perfect woman. You can’t.
Shark Tank is spicing it up a bit with some guest investors for next season, which starts September 15.
Ashton Kutcher, Chris Sacca and Troy Carter will join Shark Tank in its next season as “guest sharks.” The season premieres on September 15. The guests will appear individually alongside Shark Tank’s regular investors, or “sharks,” who include Mark Cuban, Daymond John and Barbara Corcoran.
Kutcher, a famous actor, has been an active investor in startups for a number of years, with an impressive record compared to many of his celebrity investing peers. He’s backed Airnbnb, Spotify, Uber, Flipboard, SoundCloud, Foursquare, Shazam and Houzz.
Carter is known for working as Lady Gaga’s manager. He now runs Atom Factory, an entertainment company with an investment arm, and has backed Uber, Spotify, DropBox and Warby Parker.
Sacca, who has backed Twitter, Instagram and Uber through his fund, Lowercase Capital, tells Fortune he’ll be investing his own money on the show. If his seed fund partner Matt Mazzeo wants to invest in a deal, he can step in and take the deal in the name of one of Lowercase’s funds. “That was the way I felt it was fairest for LPs,” Sacca says.
Sacca becomes the second billionaire to invest on the show, behind Mark Cuban — whose net worth trumps all four original investors combined.
Kutcher doesn’t really do it for me, but I can see the easy opportunity for a ratings grab (at least he is coming in with some investing experience.) Last time he came into a successful (albeit terrible) television show, it collapsed beneath him. Let’s pray he doesn’t Two-and-a-Half Men the Tank this year.
I don’t know anything about Carter other than the fact he is Lady Gaga’s manager, so I am guessing I won’t like him either.
I hope all three newcomers enjoy using T-Mobile devices, because they will have to do shit like this all the time:
Outside of the incredibly cheesy promos and updates, Shark Tank continues to kill it year after year. Hopefully, these three guys will become value adds to the investor rotation. .
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