Pandoland winner Umano enters the Shark Tank, walks away with $150k from Cuban and Greiner

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Earlier this year, Alex and Jonathan Torrey – the Umano brothers — faced down our judges and won the top prize, and $ 100k investment, from the Pandoland judges.

This past Friday, a somewhat larger audience saw the Torreys score a second major victory, and an even larger investment offer — albeit one with far worse terms. They appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank — an episode which, according to Variety, had the highest viewership of the season.

I wrote about the brothers’ do-good fashion t-shirt line back in 2014 and since then they’ve been on a tear. Their Bloomingdale’s business is growing, as are orders on their own site, thanks especially to last Friday night. They’ve also been profiled  in Vogue

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Tim Draper chooses his Startup U winner: A rich white dude, from family money, who hasn’t actually built anything… (Sound familiar?)

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I’ve reached the end of the StartupU, Tim Draper’s ABC Family reality show, and I now wish I’d stopped at the beginning.

What I hoped at episode one would be an inclusive show showcasing diversity, gender, and a real expectation of what it takes to build a company turned… absurd? Grotesque? Laughable? I don’t even know the word.

But I do know that viewers — all ten of us in the world who were still watching — could only laugh at the outcome. It was that or vomit.

In case you still think it’s worth it to spend thousands of dollars to go to DraperU, lemme spoil for you how you “win.” Because there’s an easy hack. Here’s how you get a $ 250k investment from Tim Draper…

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