SHARK TANK COUPLE GET HITCHED ON NATIONAL TV, AND SCORE INVESTMENT FROM JANINE ALLIS
9 August 2017, Written by Ben Hall
THEY'RE a couple with the unusual shared 'interest' of having digestive issues, and Luke Lucas and Chrissy Glentis combined to convince Shark Tank's Janine Allis to invest in their specialist food business.
You're a couple of foodies with a few dietary issues. Is that what actually brought you together and spawned this business?
"We have pillow talk like 'oh yeah, I ate the wrong thing last night and I spent half an hour in the bathroom'. It's not really the type of thing to bring up, but we bonded over that."
Luke: In this situation, you really need a sense of humour. We almost had a date cancelled because Chrissy had a bit of a flare-up and I said to her 'look it's okay, don't worry I got air freshener and I know how to turn the TV up really loudly, I am experienced at doing this, I know what I am doing'. We got through it eventually and the date went ahead.
"We pretty much made every decision incorrectly, we did everything wrong and the learning curve was so ridiculous, I can't even describe it."
Chrissy: But we were really fortunate because we were passionate about what we do. Our customers, fans and followers really appreciate the work we were doing so they were really forgiving. Even now, we launched a new donut store new store about five weeks ago and we estimated how many donuts we would need and we sold out pretty much every day.Our customers kept coming back and saying thank you so much for what you're doing and they have been so supportive this whole time. We could have not done it without them with all the mistakes we made at the start.
"Whether you trip and fall on your face, and we fell on our faces one hundred times, the thing is that you have to get back up and try and jump again over the next hurdle even if you know you will fall over again."
Chrissy: Which we did a few times.
Author: Ben Hall