Grind

grindThomas Fields seeks an investor for Grind, his portable basketball shooting machine, in Shark Tank episode 1223. Fields was an elite high school basketball player who was a Division 1 prospect as a freshman. Unfortunately, two torn ACLs in his sophomore and junior years and a torn meniscus in his senior year effectively ended his D-1 dreams. It was during his high school years he envisioned what Grind would become and what made him determined to make it work. Fields is a grinder – he was at his high school gym every morning at 5 am to make his game better.

When he realized playin basketball was out of the question, he dedicated himself to hard work and getting a business together. He originally thought about getting into real estate, but he wanted a business that would have impact on the world. He read countless books and educated himself with the same passion he used to put into his basketball practices.

The product is basically a large ne funnel that sits around and under a basketball net. When you shoot the ball, the machine “catches” it and returns it to a spot on the court (top of the key, free throw line extended, both corners). This lets the player shoot continuously with one ball while getting more reps in. It’s portable and fits in a large, wheeled duffle bag. Fields is also working on an accompanying app that will calculate missed shots. With a price tag of $1595, it’s a lot less than comparable basketball shooting machines. While Fields seems capable of grinding it out on his own, he’d love to have a Shark’s help.

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Grind Shark Tank Recap

Thomas 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 and recurring Shark Alex Rodriguez 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 Grind will be available on Shark Tank Blog once this episode airs.

Grind 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 Grind & Thomas Fields as more details become available.

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