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Shark Wheel

Meet Zack Fleishman   The/Studio: Introduce yourself. Tell our readers a little bit about who you are! Zack: My name is Zack Fleishman and I’m the COO and co-founder of Shark Wheel, reinvention of the wheel. I was a pro tennis player for 10 years on the ATP Tour and now business is my new […]

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The/Studio: What made you decide to reinvent the wheel?

Zack: My business partner, David Patrick, is the brains behind the reinvention of the wheel. He made a major scientific discovery, which he plans to release next year and one of the shapes in his discovery was the Shark Wheel configuration.

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The/Studio: How exciting! How did you come up with the name “Shark Wheel”

Zack: The Shark Wheel is shape of actual shark jaws.

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The/Studio: Wow! Really? What have you learned since inventing the “Shark Wheel”?

Zack: I have learned that no matter how great the idea, how revolutionary the product, how advantageous it performs, how great your team is that you still have to work day and night making it successful.

The/Studio: What made you decide to go on Shark Tank?

Zack: Shark Tank seems to make company’s dreams come true. Where else can you get the exposure of almost 10 million people for free and have the opportunity for well-connected billionaire’s to invest in your company?!

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The/Studio: That’s so true! It is a pretty amazing show! Tell us about your experience on Shark Tank.

Zack: It was a wild experience. There are no re-takes so you have to nail it the first try. Also, you have to control your nerves, know your company inside and out, and make a compelling case for seasoned investors to buy into your company.

SHARK TANK - "Episode 623" -- Young billionaire Nick Woodman, Founder and CEO of GoPro, returns to the Tank bringing his business and investment expertise as a Guest Shark. A cat lover from Boca Raton, FL hopes to find the purr-fect partner to invest in her idea where patrons can enjoy adorable rescue cats while relaxing at a café; a toy designer from Mountain View, CA has an all-electric compact vehicle that merges the thrill of a motorcycle with an added degree of maneuverability; a Lake Forest, California company claims to have literally reinvented a wheel that they say has scientifically proven performance advantages over the original. Also, recaps and updates featuring various entrepreneurs that appeared in Season 6, on FRIDAY, MAY 15 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Michael Desmond) DAVID PATRICK, ZACK FLEISHMAN (SHARK WHEEL)

SHARK TANK – “Episode 623″ — Young billionaire Nick Woodman, Founder and CEO of GoPro, returns to the Tank bringing his business and investment expertise as a Guest Shark. A cat lover from Boca Raton, FL hopes to find the purr-fect partner to invest in her idea where patrons can enjoy adorable rescue cats while relaxing at a café; a toy designer from Mountain View, CA has an all-electric compact vehicle that merges the thrill of a motorcycle with an added degree of maneuverability; a Lake Forest, California company claims to have literally reinvented a wheel that they say has scientifically proven performance advantages over the original. Also, recaps and updates featuring various entrepreneurs that appeared in Season 6, on FRIDAY, MAY 15 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Michael Desmond)
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The/Studio: I would be a nervous wreck. Who was your favorite investor on the show?

Zack: Hard to say. We were fortunate to get offers from 4 out of 5 sharks and 3 ended up investing. I would have to say a three-way-tie between Kevin O’Leary, Mark Cuban, and Nick Woodman.

The/Studio: What about the Shark Wheel are you most proud of?

Zack: I am most proud that we took such a complicated and unique product that there was no blueprint for and figured out how to bring it to market in just over 12 months. We started in the skateboard industry and may be the fastest growing skate company in the world.

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The/Studio: That is amazing! What are some of the greatest challenges you face with your business?

Zack: Educating the public on why the Shark Wheel is actually better than the traditional wheel will take time. Some people see it right away, others have to be understandably educated on it. The Shark Wheel combines the benefits of a thin wheel and a wide wheel into one shape. Go fast and maneuver like a thin wheel. Go off-roading like a wide wheel. We’ve created the best on road/off road wheel in the world.

The/Studio: Where do you see The Shark Wheel in 10 years?

Zack: I see the Shark Wheel in no less than 25 industries including wheelchairs, scooters, luggage, ATV vehicles, strollers, shopping carts, military vehicles, wagons, etc. I want to see people having an option on the wheels they buy. The circular wheel has had a monopoly until now!

The/Studio: What type of legacy do you want to leave?

Zack: I want to show people that David Patrick’s discovery proves that the impossible is just a thought away.

The/Studio: What is the story behind the custom product that you produced with The/Studio?

Zack: Some of the best riders in the world are switching to Shark Wheel. Our downhill riders go 50mph down mountain passes and wear full leather bodysuits and helmets. They want to wear Shark Wheel patches to support us on their gear. That’s where The/Studio came in.

The/Studio: Do you have any promotions you would like to offer our community?

Zack: Shark1010. Try that code at checkout!

The/Studio: Do you have any upcoming events that our community members can attend?

Zack: Yes. If you are in the LA area, check us out at the Abbot Kinney Festival on Sunday, September 27th from 10am-6pm. It’s quite a scene with over 120,000 in one day attending and it’s free! Come visit our booth we’ll have cool stuff to show.

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Thank you Zack for sharing your story with us and for reinventing the wheel! It’s about time someone did!

Biergarten Haus

Meet Warren Hedderich   The/Studio: Introduce yourself. Tell our readers a little bit about who you are! Warren: This is Biergarten Haus. Not your typically foreign themed restaurant. We proudly present you our authentic German restaurant in the heart of the nation’s capital. Established in 2010, Biergarten Haus has ever since been known for its […]

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The/Studio: Introduce yourself. Tell our readers a little bit about who you are!

Warren: This is Biergarten Haus. Not your typically foreign themed restaurant. We proudly present you our authentic German restaurant in the heart of the nation’s capital. Established in 2010, Biergarten Haus has ever since been known for its commitment to stay true to its name. We are all about the German beers and food. A Biergarten is a social gathering place outdoors. People meet, converse and enjoy a nice brew or two underneath the shades of tall trees. Share tables with strangers and you are guaranteed to have a good time and walk out with new friends!

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The/Studio: What does Biergarten Haus do?

Warren: We serve premium imported German brews from the south to the north. Accompanied by traditional fare, the taste of Germany awaits you. Known as a football (soccer) viewing destination, we proudly invite all fans to join, show their colors and meet other true sport fans. Bundesliga to MLS, we cover them all.

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The/Studio: What have you learned since starting your business?

Warren: Ever since our opening in 2010, we as a company and neighborhood have grown incredible. As we got situated, we quickly learned how important it is to adapt to the demands and needs of this ever changing neighborhood.

The/Studio: What about your restaurant are you most proud of?

Warren: We are proud of helping revitalize this history rich neighborhood. When we first opened, we were one out of four places taking a chance and opening a new restaurant on this great street. Now five years later, over 100 new businesses have opened over this fourteen block strip, which is now forming the new H Street and is continuing to attract new development and infrastructure.

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The/Studio: Wow! That is amazing. What are some of the greatest challenges you face with your business?

Warren: Change always is a good thing, but it also takes a lot of patience. The neighborhood is changing and in a city like Washington D.C., you always have to prepare for change and adapt.

The/Studio: Where do you see Biergarten Haus in 10 years?

Warren: All along H Street we see new businesses open up and plenty of residential buildings in the work. We started planning back in 2006 and it took us four years to accomplish the opening. Over the past years we have expanded and business has continuously grown from year to year. Of course we hope to keep that trend going.

The/Studio: What type of legacy do you want to leave?

Warren: One thing we have always been proud of is the collaboration with other businesses, neighborhood associations and being a place where the community gathers to enjoy their time off.

The/Studio: What is the story behind the custom product that you produced with The/Studio?

Warren: After five years it was time to revamp our work uniforms. Rather than ordering screen printed t-shirts in bulk, we thought it would be really cool to give our employees the option to choose what to wear. The only thing we require would be to have the company logo on the chest of their choice. UNDER ARMOR, NIKE and REEBOK we have so many great shirts and Polo’s to choose from, the patch ordered thru THE/STUDIO, was the perfect solution.

The/Studio: Do you have any promotions you would like to offer our community?

Warren: Biergarten Haus would gladly offer 10% off their bill total (happy hour excluded) to all THE STUDIO NEWSLETTER sign ups.

The/Studio: Do you have any upcoming events that our community members can attend?

Warren: Oktoberfest is right around the corner. Official start is Sept 19th @ noon. Festivities will be held throughout the day. Tuesday night’s we host DC’s #1 rated Trivia night @ 8pm on the roof-deck.

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Thank you Warren for sharing your story with us! If we are ever in the Washington DC area we will be sure to stop by for some beer and schnitzel! Cheers!