Dino Don

Dino DonDino Don Lessem and Val Jones hope Shaarks like dinosaurs when they pitch Dino Don, a robotic, life-sized dinosaur business, in Shark Tank’s season 12 finale, episode 1222. Lessem earned his nickname from a life time obsession with dinosaurs. He’s been on dinosaur digs all over the world, consulted on the Jurassic Park Movies and educated millions about the extinct beasts.

Dino Don the business rents and sells life sized robotic dinosaurs to zoos, museums and aquariums all over the world. He started his business in 1993 with a dinosaur traveling road show that featured several life sized creatures. Next came manufacturing. He did a trip to Zigong, China to make his first models. Now his shop is on the grounds of his home in Medina, PA.

He sold his first life sized dinosaur to the Bronx zoo. To boost sales, he invited 20 zoo directors to visit the exhibit at his own expense. 10 came and 8 ordered dinosaurs. 2020 sales were $5 million. He has 40 orders for 2021 and he projects $15 million in sales. He likely wants a Sharks cash for inventory for the new builds. Do Sharks do business with dinosaurs?

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Dino Don Shark Tank Recap

Don and Val will pitch the panel of five Sharks on the business and its prospects for growth. They’ll need to convince Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner, Daymond John and Robert Herjavec that the company is worthy of a Shark investment. A good business plan, good financials, and sales data will impress the Sharks, but they’ll need to show them THEY are capable of running the company to “Shark standards.” A full pitch re-cap on Dino Don will be available on Shark Tank Blog once this episode airs.

Dino Don Shark Tank Update

The Shark Tank Blog constantly provides updates and follow-ups about entrepreneurs who have appeared on the Shark Tank TV show. Once an episode has aired, we monitor the progress of the businesses featured, whether they receive funding or not and report on their progress. The Shark Tank Blog will follow-up on Dino Don & Don Lessem and Val Jones as more details become available.

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