Michael Sweigart and Harry “Hairy” Levin pitch FurZapper, a device that separates dog hair from clothing in the washer and dryer, in Shark Tank episode 1215. Michael created the patent pending product back in 2016. Although Michael spent most of his adult life doing SEO and web marketing for car dealerships, he is a self confessed life-long inventor. He even keeps a notebook of ideas.

One of the ideas was FurZapper. The inspiration for the product came while he was doing special effects make-up work as a hobby. He was working part time for Fright Fest as a way to express his “art.” He had a foam Zombie mask at home and when he dropped it on the floor, it got dog hair all over it. He rinsed it off and the hair came right off. When he tried throwing it in the washer and dryer, no hair got on his clothes.

He decided to make the product for himself using the silicon-based foam and tested different sizes. It’s about the size of a hockey puck with paw print openings. He made a bunch for friends and family to test it, then he went to see a patent attorney. Once the patent was pending, he set up a website, did a little SEO and started selling product. Once set up, the product started selling 50-100 orders per day. Michael and a small staff hand poured every product. Eventually the went to Amazon FBA because they couldn’t keep up with fulfillment.

WalMart Steps In

Harry showed Michael an ad for WalMart’s “Made in America” program and they went down to Bentonville, Arkansas to pitch their product. They met with the pet and laundry buyers. The Laundry buyers loved it and decided to put it in all 3,888 stores! The buyers put them in contact with a Wisconsin based silicon manufacturer who could fulfill their demands. Now, they’re expanding their online presence and seeking to expand into other big box stores. A Shark can definitely help them with that.

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Posts about FurZapper on Shark Tank Blog

The Fur Zapper Zaps Fur Off Your Laundry

FurZapper Shark Tank Recap

Michael and Harry 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, Barbara Corcoran and Guest Shark Kendra Scott 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 FurZapper will be available on Shark Tank Blog once this episode airs.

FurZapper 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 FurZapper & Michael Sweigart and Harry Levin as more details become available.

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