You must have all watched the show ‘Shark Tank India’ and also must have wondered how the Sharks were chosen for the show, was their a criteria to select the judges for the show?
Here is your answer
It all began when one of the investors recommended his name for the same. “Sony had reached out to Venture Catalyst, an early stage investor. The company had invested in BharatPe and they received 80 times the amount as returns,” said Grover.
“So, Venture Catalyst gave Sony a list of 300 founders who were potential judges for the show that they could approach. After that, Sony did its own background research and then reached out to me.”
He also revealed that he had not watched the show at all. “Since I didn’t watch ‘Shark Tank‘ I did not have the craze to be a part of ‘Shark Tank India‘. I was told that investing was a part of it and I said yes to the show,” added Grover.
But, the decision was sealed after Grover met Bimal Unnikrishnan, the show runner of ‘Shark Tank India‘ and the rest of the judges. When he came to know that Peyush Bansal, Aman Gupta, Anupam Mittal and Vineeta Singh were the other “Sharks”, Grover felt that at ease. “I realised that either know them (the judges) or know of them and all of them have built significant businesses and that’s when I said I’ll do the show,” Grover said.
He also reveals that he gelled up well with the runner of the show.
The show received mixed reviews after its launch in December 2021, and has also attracted some criticism for mistreating entrepreneurs. Grover became fodder for memes after he made aggressive remarks on startup entrepreneurs seeking to raise funding. Grover has been a part of controversies since the show aired.