Whatever the reason for not getting funding, appearing on Shark Tank hasn't been the end of the road for a number of companies that have persevered and thrived after their shows aired. We rounded up 13 Shark Tank companies that have gone on to bring in millions without the funding and help of a Shark.
There's no easy solution to this problem, but understanding it can temper the expectations of wildly optimistic new entrepreneurs with misplaced notions that venture capital is ripe for the picking. If you want venture capital these days, you need to prove your worth first--and often, that means sinking or swimming by your own hand and your own finances.
There is a pervasive cultural myth that all gays are rich, and that all Asian Americans are overachievers. Individuals who identify as LGBTQ and AAPI are therefore often assumed to be better off. However, these misconceptions all too often mask real struggles and hardships faced by LGBTQ AAPI communities.