Robin

robinJustin Krandel and Bart Lamont want to mow down a Shark and get one to invest in Robin, their robotic lawn care service, in Shark Tank episode 912. The pair are owners of a Dallas area landscape business. When they encountered delays due to weather and workers not showing up for work, they looked for solutions. Their answer was robots.

Robotic lawn mowers aren't new. In Europe, they're a $500 million business. Companies like John Deere, Honda, Husqvarna, and Bosch all manufacture robot lawn mowers, but US sales are lackluster at best. Krandel and Lamont found a “hybrid” solution to the problem. They install their Robin mowers at customers' homes and provide edging and trimming services on top of mowing.

While Robin mowers aren't proprietary, they are customized and branded for them by robotic mower manufacturers. The “secret sauce” for their business involves a common obstacle for robotic mowers” fences. They have a patent on the door they install that allows the robo-mower to navigate through fences without compromising security.

The mowers themselves run similar to a Roomba robotic vacuum. Robin hopes to franchise the concept of a robotic mower assisted landscape service as a means to grow their business. They also want to re-sell their branded robo-mowing system. They likely want a Shark to help fuel expansion. Will a Shark want “mow” of this business concept?

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Robin Shark Tank Recap

Justin and Bart will pitch the panel of five Sharks on the business and its prospects for growth. They'll need to convince Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Sir Richard Branson, 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 they’ll need to show them THEY are capable of running the company to “Shark standards.” A full pitch re-cap on Robin will be available on Shark Tank Blog once this episode airs.

Robin 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 Robin & Justin Krandel and Bart Lamont as more details become available.

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