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A Good Entrepreneur Knows How to Listen

Doug Burgoyne came on the den this week pitching his business Frogbox, which supplies hard plastic boxes as a rental in place of cardboard boxes. His pitch, coming in with a valuation of $1.2 million, was that the business is profitable (though apparently not yet to a significant level), and is designed to scale. The […]

Den Pitches Rise and Fall

There’s something interesting about the show Dragons’ Den that seems to appeal to a certain type of business person. People come on the show with their businesses, hoping to leave the set with a potential investment from one of the five dragons, yet in the average show, only 2 businesses will get lucky. Having watched […]

Say No to a Million Dollars – Again

Last March, a pair of entrepreneurs from Toronto surprised viewers by turning down a potential investment of a million dollars on the show Dragons’ Den. In this week’s episode showcasing entrepreneurs who have been given a second (and in one case, a third) chance on the show, the same pair turned down yet another offer […]

How well do you know your own business

When Carl and Maria Griffin entered the Dragons’ Den to showcase their business and hopefully land an investment, they were awakened as to the true nature of their business. Their business, LiteLocker, makes it trivially easy to install and remove Christmas lights, by installing the system alongside the eaves of a building. The units can […]

Your Biggest Asset and Liability

In last week’s episode of Dragons’ Den, one pitch went sour for the simple reason that the biggest asset in the business was also its biggest liability. This is a fairly common problem in family-run businesses, often a function of one member of the family remaining in control of a business even when it has […]

A Time for Action

Usually, this article would be dedicated to a particular pitch from the previous week’s episode of Dragons’ Den, but today, it’s focused on a piece of advice issued on the den. With a business trying to move forward rapidly before they had a sufficiently strong business model, Arlene Dickinson of Venture Communications made an interesting […]

Diversity and Focus

In last week’s episode of Dragons’ Den, there were two pitches that were of particular interest, since both had the same issue, but from the exact opposite perspective. In one case, the issue was in regard to too much diversity and not enough focus, in the other, it was the lack of diversity which drove […]

Breaking Down Barriers

In yesterday’s article, I discussed the deal from Dragons’ Den that went to Jason Bellissimo with his novel product, the Handi-Tray. Further investigation, though revealed that the deal did not make it through due diligence, despite the fact that the product was a good one, and the market known. However, Jason was having difficulty in […]