Having watched Shark Tank for four years most Friday nights on ABC, my favorites are the holiday pitches and those by veterans. This Friday, Afghanistan veteran Matthew Griffin will see whether his company called Combat Flip Flops can win support from the name-brand investors who sit on the panel of ABC’s “Shark Tank.” It’s a competition in which prospective businesses try to persuade established investors such as Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and former real estate magnate Barbara Corcoran to invest in their companies.
Afghanistan veteran Matthew Griffin invites the sharks to journey with him into “unarmed forces” of the shoe industry.
Griffin, who launched his company with fellow former Army Ranger Donald Lee and brother-in-law Andy Sewrey, will have his work cut out for him.
They’re using the exposure to boost their campaigns on social media, offering prizes to people who show off their gear on Instagram during the episode.
“We’re super excited about it,” Griffin said. “We’re hoping for the most-highly watched episode of ‘Shark Tank,’ ever.”
Griffin and his partners have been building their company since 2011. They had a few setbacks, such as an errant NATO air strike inside Pakistan in November that year that led to restrictions on travel in the region.
They had to learn how to assemble their products when another supply chain error left them with a shipping container full of raw materials for sandals in 2012.
The work paid off when they found their reliable manufacturer. It gave them hands-on experience with their tools.
The company donates part of its sales to charities that promote literacy among Afghan girls and removes mines from war zones. Griffin and Lee served together in Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.
Three other veteran-run businesses will also compete for the Shark’s investment at 9 pm on Friday. Support your vets!
Info Derived from The News Tribune
Photo Credit Tina Lawson