BeSomebody

besomebodyKash Shaikh hopes to inspire the Sharks to invest in BeSomebody, his motivational app that connects people with similar passions, in Shark Tank episode 808. Shaikh, a former Proctor and Gamble marketing executive and former director of global communications and social media for camera maker GoPro, started the business in 2012 to create what he calls an “experience marketplace.” The idea is, through the app, you find people in your area who have a skill you wish to develop, and you pay them, through the app, to share their experience with you. Shaikh calls people who use the BeSomebody app “passionaries.”

He first got the idea in 2009 while writing a blog called “Be Somebody” as he traveled the world with P&G. The hashtag #besomebody and the blog grew and now reaches nearly 5 million people in 180 countries. By creating a community, he was able to allow app users in Austin, Texas to earn nearly $100,000 teaching people about their area of expertise or passion.

With $2 million in seed funding, he's hoping to make BeSomebody an educational platform, allowing people to share both passion and knowledge with each other. As Shaikh says: “it allows members to live, share and monetize their passions so that it becomes more than just a hobby for them.”

A technology app with such bold plans needs funding to grow. Will a Shark want to #BeAnInvestor?

BeSomebody Shark Tank Recap

Kash will pitch the panel of Sharks on the business and its prospects for growth. He’ll need to convince Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Barbara Corcoran, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Grenier, and Robert Herjavec that the company is worthy of a Shark investment. A good business plan, good financials, and sales data will impress the Sharks, but he’ll need to show them HE is capable of running the company to “Shark standards.” A full pitch re-cap on BeSomebody will be available on Shark Tank Blog once this episode airs.

BeSomebody 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 BeSomebody and Kash Shaikh as more details become available.

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