Matt Bliss hopes to dazzle the Sharks with his minimalistic take on a Christmas icon, the Modern Christmas Tree, in episode 910 – the Shark Tank holiday special. Mr. Bliss started the business in 2011 when the inventor, his grandfather, was stricken with Alzheimers. Originally created in the 1960's by Lawrence Stoecker, the Modern Christmas Tree has evolved from cardboard to today's acrylic and glass model – complete with an engraved signature of Lawrence Stoecker.
When Bliss showed the tree off at the Denver Modernism show in 2011, it was a huge hit. Bliss patented the design and received the final patent days after his grandfather's death. The Disneyland Hotel was his first customer when they ordered 16 trees for their Christmas displays. Many trees are also on display in prominent mid-century style homes across the country – at Christmas time of course. Now, Bliss is carrying on his family tradition with his company and he honors his grandfather by donating a portion of each sale to the Colorado Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.
Modern Christmas Trees are all over the world now. Bliss even has customers in Dubai! There are three models: a wall mounted tree, a table top tree, and a full seven and a half foot tree. Each comes either decorated or undecorated. Decorated trees come in a variety of color options for the rings of the tree and for the ornaments. The large tree is designed to hang from the ceiling, but it also comes with a stand. Prices range from $199 for an undecorated wall or table tree to $799 for a fully decorated seven and a half foot tree. Bliss likely wants a Shark to help him spread holiday cheer the modern way
Will a Shark think this business is full of holiday magic?
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Modern Christmas Tree Shark Tank Recap
Matt will pitch the panel of five Sharks on the business and its prospects for growth. He'll need to convince Mark Cuban, 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 Modern Christmas Tree will be available on Shark Tank Blog once this episode airs.
Modern Christmas Tree Shark Tank Update
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