KudoBanz

kudobanzHazma and Amanda Naqvi seek the Shark’s approval for KudoBanz, their “positive parenting” tool, in Shark Tank episode 1013. It’s like a sticker chart that a kid wears on their wrist. Sticker charts are a popular way of demonstrating positive reinforcement, the Naqvis put the chart where you can see it all the time.

The starter kit comes with a book which introduces the child to the Kudo Banz way. It’s a wristband that has little charms (or kudos) that attach to it when a child is well-behaved or accomplishes a goal. You can scan the kudos with the accompanying app to animate them. There’s lots of psychological research on the benefits of positive reinforcement:

“Feedback and attention should stay focused on good behavior to encourage and motivate that behavior to be repeated. Furthermore, positive reinforcement builds kids’ confidence and creates more trust, leading to more willingness to demonstrate that behavior. Negativity does the opposite.”

Amanda created KudoBanz as a way to get one of her children to listen better. She claims the product not only helped her child, but made her a better parent, too. By using positive reinforcement instead of yelling and “time outs,” she ended up creating a family environment “beneficial to all.” She hopes she can positively impact the Sharks and get an investment.

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KudoBanz Shark Tank Recap

Amanda and Hamza and their children Mik’al, Ayaan, and Sofia enter seeking $150,000 for ten percent of Kudo Banz. As they explain the product, they reveal they’ve done $80,000 in sales since launching in the summer of 2017. Each starter pack costs just $.98 to make and sells for $29.99. They are currently in negotiations with Buy Buy Baby.

As the pitch goes on, the kids take over. At one point, Mik’al starts answering all the Sharks’ questions; he even lambasts Mr. Wonderful for questioning the valuation. The Sharks like the family, but not the sales numbers. Matt thinks there are too many similar products and goes out. Lori says she has a book in development that competes with the product and goes out. Daymond thinks kids will lose interest and he goes out too. Mr. Wonderful critiques the valuation again and goes out too. Mark is the last Shark to go out, citing poor sales as his reason.

KudoBanz Shark Tank Update

The Shark Tank Blog constantly provides updates and follow-ups about entrepreneurs who have appeared on the Shark Tank TV show. As of June, 2019, Kudo Banz is not in Buy Buy Baby stores. They continue to sell on their website and in their Amazon store. Even though they didn’t get a deal, Amanda says Shark Tank helped her and her kids gain confidence.

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