Season 8

Season 8 Episode 17

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Shark Tank season 8 episode 17 introduces two former Google employees from Boulder, Colorado, hope to spark the imaginations of future generations with a subscription service that teaches kids how to code; a woman from New York, New York, designed an app where children can use an animal plush toy to send and receive voice mails; a self-proclaimed serial plant hugger from Denver, Colorado, takes the guesswork out of growing indoor plants with software that automates water, light and plant food; and two men from New York, New York, tell the Sharks they have changed a dynamic in the hotel industry with an app and website that allows customers to book a day room. Also, an update from InstaFire fire starter, which Mark Cuban and Lori Greiner invested in during season 7.

Season 8 Episode 17 in depth

In this season as the regular sharks appear Mark CubanDaymond JohnKevin O’LearyBarbara Corcoran, and Robert Herjavec. Venture investor Chris Sacca returned as a guest shark in several episodes this season.

In this season 8 episode 17, the guest judge is Chris Sacca.

Chris Sacca

Christopher Sacca is an American venture investor, company advisor, entrepreneur, and lawyer. He is the proprietor of Lowercase Capital, a venture capital fund in the United States that has invested in seed and early-stage technology companies such as Twitter, Uber, Instagram, Twilio, and Kickstarter.

Since 2011 he has been listed on Forbes’ Midas List: Top Tech Investors.

Lowercase Capital had an investment portfolio of around 80 startups and a variety of more mature companies by 2017.

In April 2017, Sacca announced that he was retiring from venture investing and along with it his role on Shark Tank.

Source: Wikipedia

Chris Sacca
Photo credit: Collision Conf / Wikipedia

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We listed below every entrepreneur and business who has appeared on Shark Tank Season 8 Episode 17. Many scammers claim they’ve received big investments from the Sharks or they have been on the show. They were not actually on Shark Tank if you don’t see a business on this list. Some of the top places you can use to check are on Wikipedia and also ABC’s episode guide.

List with all the appearances in season 8 episode 17:

Shark Tank Air Date: 02/17/17 – Season 8 – Episode 17

Hotels By Day
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Hotels By Day

$750,000 for 10%NO DEALNO SHARK

Entrepreneurs: Yannis Moati and Brian Dass

Hotels By Day allows users to book “day rooms” in hotels for a fraction of the overnight rate.

HotelsByDay originally launched with 30 hotels in both New York and Chicago. A year later they had over 500 hotels in 270 cities worldwide are available through the platform.

FlexBook, meant to provide overnight hotel room stays with extended check in/out options, is HotelsByDay’s sister app and website. The idea came in an attempt to fix the need to purchase extra nights to accommodate an early check-in or late checkout.

Photo: Amazon

Bitsbox – Teaches Kids to Code

$250,000 for 3%$250,000 for 5%Chris Sacca

Entrepreneurs: Scott Lininger and Aidan Chopra

Bitsbox was founded in 2014 by two former Googlers who wanted to teach kids to code. A simple website combined with beautifully designed example projects is the idea where kids could build apps and share them with their families and friends. Kids are excited and it makes coding easier to learn when on a regular schedule the projects are sending by mail.

A Kickstarter campaign helped Bitsbox raised $253,696 from 2,943 people. Bitsbox makes it easier for beginners to build stuff with sounds and cool graphics, with a handful of custom commands, and with JavaScript.

For young app inventors, Bitsbox’s massive library of app projects is extremely important for endless inspiration and guidance. Kids code apps on the Bitsbox website. Kids can log into their accounts online and access it from anywhere.

edn Smart Automated Indoor Gardens
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ēdn – Smart Automated Indoor Gardens

$150,000 for 10%NO DEALNO SHARK

Entrepreneurs: Ryan Woltz

ēdn is offering consumers the ability to grow their own healthy, GMO-free food at home. The garden technology to grow plants from seed to bloom is used by NASA.

Their technology helps you to take control of your food, enables you to become a master gardener, to create living art, and enjoy the beauty and wonder of nature.

With advanced technology and sustainable design, they enable anyone to grow herbs, vegetables, and even flowers – indoors and year-round. They’ve partnered with One Tree Planted to reforest North America and plant one tree for every order.

Toymail Plush Toy and Message App For Kids

$250,000 for 2.5%$600,000 for 5%Lori Greiner and Chris Sacca

Entrepreneurs: Ryan Woltz

Talkies are the only product on the market that allows kids to send messages back and forth with their families without using a screen. Perfect for 3-year-olds and up! Connecting with family and friends without distractions is made easier for kids and encourages communication skills with Talkies foster.

Your imaginative child will share with you honest stories and spontaneous messages you’ll love. With seven adorable and huggable characters, it is easier to find one that will be just right for your kiddo, including one super adorable unicorn!

The free Toymail app for IOS, Android and Kindle lets grownups send messages to WIFI-enabled Talkies right from their phone, and approve friends and family to chat with their child.


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