Shark Tank India is one of the most-watched programs on Indian television. Aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their company models to a panel of investors (sharks) in order to persuade them to invest money in their idea in this business reality show. In the recent episode, Ganesh Balakrishnan, Founder of Flatheads, broke down into tears during his emotional pitch. Ganesh said his business was not getting a good response, and he have to find a job for himself as he had run out of funds.
Flatheads Co-founder Shares Heartwarming Post
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Peyush Bansal offered him 75 lakhs for 33% of equity, and Anupam Mittal gave him a job offer. He politely declined the funding. However, Ganesh got loads of love from the audience. The audience shower so much loves on him that almost all the inventory of Flatheads in India are ‘Sold Out.’ As per the reports, even Flatheads shoes are sold out on Amazon. Ganesh Balakrishnan took to LinkedIn and shared a heartwarming post. He wrote,
“Down, but not out. To be honest, I was dreading the airing of the Flatheads pitch on Shark Tank India. Breaking down on national TV isn’t exactly great for one’s self confidence 😳. What I definitely didn’t expect is the episode to be received the way it has been, and it is very very heartening to see that people are applauding the entrepreneurial spirit – of all startup founders, with me as a proxy ❤ . A heartfelt thank you to the sharks Anupam Mittal, Aman Gupta, Vineeta Singh, Peyush Bansal and Namita Thapar for helping me get some perspective. And to Sony and Shark Tank India for giving founders like me a chance to speak about what entrepreneurship is really like.”
“Most of all, a million thanks to everyone out there for all the support and love 🙏 . It is taking some effort to process all this, so please give me some time. I’ll respond to everybody as soon as I can. Meanwhile, if you are in the US, you can check out Flatheads sneakers on Zappos (https://lnkd.in/gegVJWpN) and if you are in the UAE, we are on Infinite Kart (https://lnkd.in/gRMxMCij). We’ve almost sold out our inventory in India, so pardon us if you aren’t able to find your size on www.flatheads.in. Would be amazing if you can tell your friends in the US and UAE to try our shoes.”
Ganesh Balakrishnan reveals that his 10-year-old daughter is a big fan of Peyush Bansal and Vineeta Singh. He added,
“And by the way, did I mention that my 10 year old daughter wants to be an entrepreneur? She says she is a fan of Peyush’s no-nonsense mindset, and I know that she admires Vineeta for her cheerfulness and positivity. She is super proud that I managed to get an offer from both of them! She is an artist and is taking pre-orders for her 2023 calendar created with her paintings. Just check out https://lnkd.in/gQU58Zyp if you are interested in getting one! A special shout-out to SNITCH and Siddharth DUNGARWAL for the jacket I wore on the show. The D2C founders community is an example of what the world should be like – honest, positive and always ready to lend a helping hand. Sorry (but not sorry) for the shameless plugs – as entrepreneurs, we are always selling 😎 !”
Every entrepreneur faces a dry period in their career where they are drowning in self-doubt. However, they will only improve after they understand and examine the issue.