Shark Tank winner Stephan Aarstol shares:
Prior to launching The No Middleman Project, Stephan’s last start-up was Tower Paddle Boards. In 2011, when his business had generated $100,000 of lifetime sales he went onto Shark Tank and got an investment of $150,000 from billionaire Mark Cuban. By 2021 Tower surpassed $40M in lifetime sales.
Stephan was able to leverage his Shark Tank appearance and has been featured nationally on CNN Money, CNBC's Power Lunch, the Huffington Post, ABC's Beyond the Tank, Fox & Friends, 20/20, Fortune Magazine, People Magazine, Adam Corrolla Show and my favourite podcast, Entrepreneurs on Fire. I actually listened to his episode many years ago and it’s a thrill to be able to interview him today. Stephan’s become a thought leader in entrepreneurship and was even once hailed as the World’s Best Boss by German Newspaper MorgenPost.
He’s a veteran of the e-commerce space and someone who challenges the status quo. In 2015, he challenged the unhealthy start-up work culture and moved his company to a 5 hour workday and has even written a book about it that has been read by tens of millions of people.