Blunt, colourful and outspoken, Kevin O’Leary has become the Don Cherry of Canadian business. The entrepreneur, author and TV fixture (Dragons’ Den in Canada, Shark Tank in the U.S.) was in town this week and sat down with The Gazette to answer a series of questions submitted by readers. Here’s an edited transcript of that conversation.READ MORE
Mr. Wonderful’ — sneers, insults and all — is the undeniable star of ABC’s hit reality show. ‘Nothing-burgers’ beware. They call him Mr. Wonderful. But Kevin O’Leary was recently engaged in one of his less-than-wonderful rants, the kind familiar to anyone who loves to hate him on ABC’s “Shark Tank.”READ MORE
“A generation ago, it was a safe bet to get an education, take a job in a large company, buy a house, start a family, and then retire with a pension. It was a straight route to a good life. Those days are over. The recent global financial crisis has been a wake-up call to a new generation of Americans and Canadians, who now see the risks of starting a new company as about the same as working for a large existing one.”READ MORE
Shark Tank fans love to watch them negotiate. Rip apart ideas. Attack horrible presentations and shortsighted premises. Devour and feast upon brilliant new concepts. Giggle (and sometimes cringe) at Kevin O’Leary’s brutal dose of tough love from “Mr. Wonderful” himself.
But Shark Tank has achieved something quite rare: It’s given TV a Friday-night hit merging tough love and entrepreneurialism with sometimes brutal negotiations done in real time by millionaires/billionaires investing their own money in wannabe business home runs.
The show’s success is built upon a well-edited reality TV negotiation, but it’s the Sharks who make the show what it is. It’s not only their own interaction with one another as they scheme, outmaneuver or team up against each other. It’s their own brands (e.g., personalities) that are fun and highly educational to watch.READ MORE