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Yes several years ago.
If you really think about it, it's all about execution. Many of the INSIDERS have probably seen the idea. But, as far as we now, nobody acted on it.

I personally think that is really interesting. Why did nobody execute this idea Sharks are going crazy for?

1. Is it because the (presumed) lack of experience to turn the idea into a successful business?
  • I have no idea what the proposition should like like and how logistics should be handled
  • There is no way I can make this a profitable business with all the shipping involved
  • How can I market such a simple service?
  • etc..
  • etc..
2. Is it because no one really found it to be a good product-founder fit?
3. Is it because no one else really found it to be a inconvenience for him/herself? And couldn't see the real benefit of such a service.
 
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I remember he grabbed that INE on the same concept, but that's not why it was posted. :blush:
Thanks for the shout out @CareCPA!

@MJ DeMarco, when I read your newest book I was worried Jeff was going to make it big sharpening knives and I’d feel like a total loser. Haha.

My ego was relieved to see him give it up so quickly. Knife Aid was around when I started the knife business. I’m glad they are having success.

I’m much happier starting up my manufacturing business. It’s a better fit with my engineering background and requirement for lifelong blood thinners than sharpening knives.
 

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Thanks for the shout out @CareCPA!

@MJ DeMarco, when I read your newest book I was worried Jeff was going to make it big sharpening knives and I’d feel like a total loser. Haha.

My ego was relieved to see him give it up so quickly. Knife Aid was around when I started the knife business. I’m glad they are having success.

I’m much happier starting up my manufacturing business. It’s a better fit with my engineering background and requirement for lifelong blood thinners than sharpening knives.
My callout probably seemed a bit meaner than intended - tone doesn't convey online.

I didn't realize they were around when you started, the Shark Tank episode seemed recent, but it could have filmed a year ago (and they were probably around for a couple years before that), so that makes sense.

I do agree that you seem a lot more excited for your current business, and it seems like a better fit. But post more YouTube videos so I can nerd out on it!
 

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BTW, i pulled topic/convo out of the "random chat" thread.

@MJ DeMarco, when I read your newest book I was worried Jeff was going to make it big sharpening knives and I’d feel like a total loser. Haha.

Naw no worries my brother.

The video above I think proves Jeff and his wife could have made it succeed, but they gave up too quick and didn't fully address the right business model.
 
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BTW, i pulled topic/convo out of the "random chat" thread.



Naw no worries my brother.

The video above I think proves Jeff and his wife could have made it succeed, but they gave up too quick and didn't fully address the right business model.

I just figured this out. When threads are pulled out, it makes it confusing, save the links back to the original posts. It's to bad Zenforo doesn't add an admin message at the tip that indicates where it was pulled from before you start reading. Maybe an admin level edit to the OP that provides context?

Great short from sharktank, I've never seen them run after a deal like that. I was as surprised as Mark seemed to be!
 

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I just figured this out. When threads are pulled out, it makes it confusing, save the links back to the original posts. It's to bad Zenforo doesn't add an admin message at the tip that indicates where it was pulled from before you start reading. Maybe an admin level edit to the OP that provides context?

Great short from sharktank, I've never seen them run after a deal like that. I was as surprised as Mark seemed to be!

I can add a note
 

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I just figured this out. When threads are pulled out, it makes it confusing, save the links back to the original posts. It's to bad Zenforo doesn't add an admin message at the tip that indicates where it was pulled from before you start reading. Maybe an admin level edit to the OP that provides context?

But the original thread (Random Chat) has no evidence of the conversation as every post referencing it is now moved and in this separate thread. So there cannot be confusion (unless I missed a post to move or moved the wrong ones). In other words, how can anyone be confused when there is no evidence the conversation even existed in the chat thread?

It was completely extracted and the first mention of Jeff Trotman and his knife business is the first post in this thread.

As I've been trying to allude, people who have NOT read my latest book will have no clue why this is even a thread... they think it's about Sharks going crazy over a knife business, when it's not.
 
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But the original thread (Random Chat) has no evidence of the conversation as every post referencing it is now moved and in this separate thread. So there cannot be confusion (unless I missed a post to move or moved the wrong ones). In other words, how can anyone be confused when there is no evidence the conversation even existed in the chat thread?

It was completely extracted and the first mention of Jeff Trotman and his knife business is the first post in this thread.

As I've been trying to allude, people who have NOT read my latest book will have no clue why this is even a thread... they think it's about Sharks going crazy over a knife business, when it's not.

Got ya. That's the same reference I am missing. The new one is on my desk, it's actually next in my line up. I am sure it'll all make sense then!
 

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