Standing Out From the Crowd

Standing Out From the Crowd

Posted by : Ron Shiflett   /  

Fishing Paddle on Shark Tank

About 100 hopeful contestants comprising some 50 teams paced the floor in Huntsman Hall, clutching laptops and legal waivers, nibbling on complimentary ahi tuna and shark-fin cupcakes. Some wore suits; others opted for business casual. A few wore shorts and flip-flops, or less.

The biggest prop of the day belonged to Ron Shiflett WG82, who needed two assistants to lug a kayak into the audition. The entrepreneur and sportsman came to present his invention, which, like many of the day’s innovations, was conceived over beers with friends: Part kayak paddle, part fishing rod, the “Fishing Paddle” makes the growing sport of kayak fishing easier and safer, simplifying time in the water.

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