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revolightsKent Frankovich wheels into the Shark Tank in episode 521 peddling his bike safety lights called RevoLights. The LED, battery-powered lighting system attaches to the wheels of a bicycle with the front wheel lights acting as a headlight and the rear as a brake light. The lights clip to the spokes and stay in a “fixed” location with magnets. The power pack fits in the hub of the wheel and the batteries re-charge with a removable USB charger.

Revolights got their start via funding from not one, but two successful Kickstarter campaigns. Their first campaign in 2011 raised just over $215K and their second, in May 2013 netted a little over $94K.  Currently, Revolights only fit 27″ rims, but they do sell bike wheels with lighting installed directly in the wheel. They have plans for many other sizes and they are working on having a self charger integrated into the battery system.

Revolights sell on Amazon, in several dozen bike shops, and selected REI stores. They are likely looking for money for development and wider distribution.

Revolights Shark Tank Recap

Kent rolls up on the Sharks looking for an investment of $150,000 in return for 10% of the company. He explains that 70% of car on bike collisions are caused by inadequate side illumination. He shows a video demonstrating the visibility, and invites the Sharks to demonstrate the RevoLights on a stationary bike, an offer that Daymond John takes him up on.

Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner, and Robert Herjavec all take a closer look, and Kent passes a sample wheel around to the Sharks. He has two patents, and is considering marketing the concept to the two major bike manufacturers. Kent assures Kevin O’Leary that the Revolights are designed to thwart bike thieves. The Sharks are impressed with Kent’s answers so far, but as always, sales numbers make or break an entrepreneur in the Shark Tank.

In a year’s time, Kent has sold $600,000, nearly exclusively online. Each light set costs $139 per wheel, or $229 for both front and back sets together. The units cost $100 for the complete set, but the company is not yet profitable, because Kent has been re-investing and growing the company.

Who’s In?

Daymond John makes an opening bid, offering Kent $300,000 for 30%. Kent hesitates. Kevin O’Leary jumps into the gap. He offers Kent $150,000, with a 7% royalty until the investment is repaid. The royalty would then drop to 1% in perpetuity.

Kent thanks both Sharks for their offers, but he fears the royalty could drain the cash the company needs to survive and thrive in its early stages.

Robert Herjavec makes an offer of $300,000 for 10%, saying Kent has undervalued the company. Daymond John comments on Herjavec’s “trying to undercut me,” saying “You better put in your mouthpiece because this is about to get ugly.”

Although it seems as if John is going to fight for a piece of RevoLights, he backs down and says that Herjavec has made a better offer and rather than fight, he’ll withdraw. Kent waits to see what the remaining Sharks have to say.

Mark Cuban tells him he’s “crazy” to ask for so little, and accuses him of purposely undervaluing the company and using the Shark Tank for exposure rather than actually seeking an investment. Kent explains that he does need the capital, but he also needs the Sharks’ expertise and marketing. He accepts Herjavec’s offer and lands a Shark Deal.

RevoLights Shark Tank Update

Not only did Kent successfully close a deal with Robert Herjavec on his RevoLights, he went on to raise an additional $1 million through “Angel” investors in 2014. While RevoLights are no longer available through Amazon, the light sets are readily available through the website, and from brick-and-mortar stores. REI is a big carrier of the lights, and they are also sold in many specialty bike stores around the country and around the world. RevoLights looks to be an excellent investment for Robert Herjavec, one that will light him up all the way to the bank.

Sadly, in January, 2019, the company closed its doors. It sent this email to customers and past Kickstarter supporters:

To all of our Revolights Supporters,

We want to extend our most sincere thank-you for riding along with us on this wild 7 year journey. None of what we’ve accomplished could have been done without you.

Yet today it is with heavy hearts that we are writing to inform you that it has come time to close down Revolights. We made big waves and rode a rollercoaster of successes and setbacks; ultimately however for reasons both personal and professional we are unable to continue.

Along with closing our doors, we will not be able to continue providing product support. We are truly sorry for this and realize this may be frustrating news for many of you. Unfortunately, as a company we simply no longer have the resources to do so.

Hopefully this can act as a central place for communications and support moving forward. If you would like to join please click the link. The group is brand-new so bear with us as we try and get it started.

We hope our technology, patents and brand find a second life and will be pushing our best to give them one. Until then, thank you for being part of our community and supporting our dream.

Kent and the Revolights team

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  1. The entrepreneur came in with a reasonable valuation, knowing the value of working with the Sharks and wanting to get one on board, and he gets absolutely reamed by Cuban for it… The poor guy.

    Maybe he didn’t jump up and down with glee because Robert wasn’t really the one he was hoping to work with? Maybe he simply isn’t that kind of person who wears their emotions like that. Maybe he was nervous and had a lot on his mind to think about. Mark just rails on the guy, and as we do find out in time, the guy was totally legit and was very much there looking for a deal.

    I don’t know if Cuban had a hemorrhoid acting up or what. Maybe someone ate his Snack Pack from the fridge on him or something.

    He treats the guy making the pitch like that just because he’s Mark Cuban and in his own mind he’s always right, so he knows for sure why the guy is really there. Only he wasn’t right, so that just makes him an aggressive man

    I mean come on, Mr. Wonderful doesn’t even treat people that poorly.

  2. Can I get a light for bmx 10

  3. What are the reasons this venture actually failedDJ?

  4. They don’t have the appeal to the cycling community who values aerodynamics and performance above all else. A rocket engineer obviously understood that. He sold a bill of goods to investors who didn’t fully understand the market. Cuban sniffed it out for other reasons bit his intuition was correct.

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