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‘Shark Tank’ to feature drone makers

When JD Claridge got a phone call from a producer at ABC’s reality TV show “Shark Tank,” he briefly thought it was a prank. Claridge and his friend and business partner Charles Manning founded the drone company XPlusOne in Sandpoint, and when the phone rang back in April they’d just raised $143,000 on the crowd-funding platform Kickstarter. “The producers saw the Kickstarter campaign and called us,” Claridge said. “It’s not something we’d ever consider applying for ourselves.” On Friday, Claridge and Manning will be featured on ABC’s Shark Tank at 9 p.m. The reality TV show lets entrepreneurs pitch their businesses ideas to “The Sharks” – a group of legendary business owners and entrepreneurs including Daymond John, Mark Cuban and Barbara Corcoran/Pia Hallenberg, SR. More here.

Question: Do you watch 'Shark Tank'?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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