Oru Kayak: The Origami Kayak That Won Shark Tank

UC Berkeley School of Architecture grad Anton Willis dreamed up the Oru Kayak four years ago as a solution to fitting a boat into his small San Francisco apartment. Using the principals of origami, Willis created a lightweight yet robust kayak out of corrugated plastic, and designed it to fold from a 12’ boat into an easily storable and portable case. Best of all, transforming it from box to boat takes just a few minutes.

Already well known in the outdoor recreation community, the team at Oru Kayak jumped at the opportunity for national exposure and the chance to reel in a Shark as a business partner when they appeared on last week’s episode of Shark Tank. As you’ll see from the clip below the move paid off.

Spoiler alert:

The Oru Kayak team persuaded Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec and landed a $500,000 deal for 25 percent. The deal gave their start-up a $2 million evaluation and with the national exposure to over seven million viewers the orders came flooding in. A message on their website reads, “Please note that due to the sudden increase demand, there may be a substantial wait time for delivery. New customers will receive an email within 10 days of placing an order with an approximate delivery date.”

More in Gear

delorean

The First Commercial For The New DeLorean Has Arrived And We Already Want One [Video]

Last week, we told you about how the iconic aluminum DeLorean DMC-12 will be making a comeback after last rolling off the assembly line 30 years ago. Only about 300 will be made and they won’t start appearing until next year, but that doesn’t mean the hype machine hasn’t been…

AQ6726_PRFTWSTBTY_FI

Adidas Originals Radial Marle Pack Offeres Two Favorite Tonal Colorways

adidas Originals continues their season of Tubular offerings for Spring Summer 2016 with a new release of the Tubular Radial Marle Pack. The Tubular Radial utilizes a new Tubular sole, premium materials and textures, inspired by the aggressive designs of the ‘90s. The new Tubular sole is a toned down…

audi2

Audi’s Amazing Retired Astronaut Super Bowl Ad, ‘The Commander’, Will Give You Chills

This morning Audi released its Super Bowl 50 spot with a commercial titled “The Commander.” Featuring the all-new Audi R8 V10 plus, “The Commander” will air during the first quarter of the big game. This extended 90-second version of the spot tells the story of a retired astronaut who rediscovers…

life size batman

It’s Only February And We Already Want This Life-Sized Armored Batman For Christmas

Hong Kong’s Hot Toys has long been known to produce high-quality lifelike toys based on the hottest film properties but they’ve always been, well, toy-sized. Now they’re taking their skills to the next level with the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Armored Batman Life-Size Collectable. Sometimes those 1/6 and…

MTM2Mjc0ODc5ODk1ODQwMzcw

Indian and Jack Daniel’s Collaborate on Limited Editon Chief to Raise Money for Servicemen

The Indian Chief is as classic Americana as they come. A vintage style bike, ridden by the likes of Steve McQueen has now partnered with another American Icon, Jack Daniels, to commemorate their 150th anniversary. The Tennessee whiskey company, established in 1866 in collaboration with Indian get’s it’s own branded…

craft beer candles

These Craft Beer Candles Are Essential For Your Man Cave

No doubt your girlfriend has been pressuring you to make your man cave smell less like man and more like whatever mango vanilla fresh linen tropical getaway candle scent she’s totally into this week, but if you let that happen, it’s just a matter of time before doilies and throw…

2017-Porsche-718-Boxster-Boxster-S-108-876x535

Porsche Finally Unveils the 2017 781 Boxster With More Power and a Higher Price Tag

Late last year we got word that the Porsche Boxster and Cayman would be getting turbocharged four-cylinder mid-engines, in line with the rest of their sports car arsenal. Rumors also flew regarding the two cars switching places with Cayman anchoring the bottom end of Porsche’s sports-car range, while the convertible…

error: