PrideBites to Bring Personalized Dog Products to “Shark Tank”
The Austin, Texas-based startup, PrideBites, founded by college friends Steven Blustein, Sean Knecht, Sam Lampe and Ting Liu, will appear on ABC’s “Shark Tank” Friday, April 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
With the mission of supplying every dog lover with quality, one-of-a-kind products, the PrideBites team launched PrideBites.com in 2014—the first website where anyone can easily personalize dog products with their pooches’ names and pictures.
PrideBites.com makes personalization as easy as 1, 2, 3:
1. Pick it. Pet lovers choose from a wide variety of durable products, including toys, beds and leashes.
2. Personalize it. Shoppers add their pooches’ names and pictures. All pictures are 100 percent hand designed. Also, owners can choose from a wide selection of colors, materials and patterns.
3. “Pooch” it. The product arrives in the mail and is ready for some puppy love.
“For us to be able to showcase PrideBites.com on a national stage like ‘Shark Tank’ is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Steven Blustein, founder and CEO of PrideBites, and devoted fan of his English Staffie, Mona. “There’s no such thing as a generic dog, so pet lovers shouldn’t have to settle for generic toys and products. Our mission is to give everyone personalized products that are just as unique as their pooches.”
PrideBites recently teamed with famed Yvonne Tocquigny from Archer Malmo to develop special collections of accessories to match any dog’s breed and personality, including Ruff Lauren for outdoorsy dogs, Calvin Canine for sporty pups, Giorgio Arfmani for elegant pooches, Kate Spayed for fashion-forward dogs, Vera Wag for no-frills canines and Emilio Poochie for family pooches.
Each collection features special patterns and materials, including coats, toy baskets, blankets and beds.