Today on The Barcode Podcast, Ben Ponder interviews Steven Blustein of PrideBites. Who wants to share more photos than a pet-parent? Almost nobody! - which is why this was such a great market for Steven Blustein to enter. Steven began working as a tax accountant on weekdays, and ended up selling his college mascot dog toys at tailgates on the weekends.
What started as a few friends selling dog toys at USC, grew into a huge operation. The product they had was different. It was customizable, made with foam, and the people loved it. The team learned a lot from trade shows and before you knew it, they were featured on Shark Tank.
Steven walks us through the preparation for Shark Tank, and more importantly- what took place after. What happens when your 15 minutes of fame is over? Steven has learned a lot from tough-love over the years and has experienced the ups and downs of starting a business. He shares life lessons surrounding making selfless choices, how to get refocused, and what it’s like to evolve over the years. He shares some of the darker moments in his career journey and the importance of lifelong learning.
Complete transcript available at https://barcodestartup.com/podcast