By John Hoeven – 12/11/2014 04:13:49There are only about 20 sharks in the world, but many of them are well-known in the shark community, and there are a lot of them on Shark Tank.
Shark Tank has been running since 1997 and it’s been an enormous success.
In 2016, it raised more than $4 billion in funding, and today it has more than 2,300 members and an annual membership of about $20,000.
The show has featured entrepreneurs, investors, investors in startups and even some celebrities, including Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Ashton Kutcher.
One of the show’s most popular hosts is Adam Carolla, who started the popular podcast Shark Tank with his friend and fellow comedian Jim Norton.
Carolla says the idea for Shark Tank came about while he was at a bar, sitting at a table with the same friends he had with when he started the podcast.
“I had one drink, and the guy who was sitting next to me started talking about the podcast,” he says.
“The next thing I know, the bar started getting a lot bigger and people started yelling out, ‘Adam, Adam, Adam!'”
The next thing Carolla remembers, he was sitting in the bar and everyone had gotten drunk.
“Everyone was drinking and we were all sitting there in the same place, just hanging out and joking around,” Carolla recalls.
“And then one of the guys on the table said, ‘Hey, Adam!’
And I was like, ‘What?’
He said, I don’t know what you’re talking about.
And I just looked at him and he said, Adam Carolla.”
“That was like the beginning of the internet,” says Carolla.
“Now it’s grown to a billion-dollar company.”
It’s easy to forget that Shark Tank is a real business, and that its founders are not just talking about their personal savings and the financial freedom that comes with being a Shark Tank entrepreneur.
Carollas own a local clothing store and he’s also a self-employed photographer, which he says helped him become a better entrepreneur.
“It’s hard to explain,” he said.
“Just to a lot people, that’s just an idea that’s been thrown around a lot, but it’s not a fact.”
Carolla also credits the support of his mother, a successful entrepreneur who has helped him build Shark Tank’s reputation and who Carolla calls his “angel of the ocean.”
“She’s helped me grow from the beginning, and she’s just so supportive and she has helped me learn to do this,” Carolles said.
Carllas mom, Linda, says she and his brother used to hang out at the bar all the time, but now they work at the same company.
“She was just really helpful,” Linda said.
As for his wife, Carolla credits his mother with being the biggest support for him.
“There’s no doubt that my mom was the person who was driving me and my brother around,” he explained.
“My mom taught me a lot about success, success and money, and I think she just kind of pushed me in the right direction.”
But it wasn’t until Carolla moved to San Diego and took over the Shark Tank show that the Shark Club and the Shark Family came together.
The new Shark Family members, Carollans daughter and two sons, have become the biggest stars on the show, and their success has led to more shows.
“We’re just starting to build the community of the Shark League and the members of the Sharks,” he continued.
“A lot of people don’t even know we exist, so it’s very exciting.”
Shark Tank CEO Adam Carrellas speaks with his daughter and sons at the start of the episode of Shark Tank on Jan. 15, 2020, in San Diego.
Carrells daughters, Linda and Adam, joined him on stage.
Carols son, Adam Jr., has since joined the show as a regular and Carolls daughters granddaughter, Sarah, has also joined.
Carolelli says the first episode of the new Shark Tank, Shark Tank 2, aired last month.
“Our team has just been working for years to build a stronger brand,” she said.
The team includes some familiar faces.
“You know, we all grew up on Shark Tanks,” Carrella said.
And while the Shark Board and the Sharks have had a few disagreements over the years, he says it’s a family that is united behind Shark Tank and the community it has grown into.
“That’s really what made Shark Tank successful,” Carlls said.