Naperville Teen Makes It Big On Shark Tank
When you are in high school, not often do you know an entrepreneur. For kids at a Naperville High School, that is now a reality. According to the Chicago Tribune, Sixteen year old Trisha Prabhu was featured on the show Shark Tank, which airs on ABC. She has developed an anti-bullying app which is called ReThink. According to the website:
"ReThink is an award-winning, non-intrusive, innovative, patent-pending software product created by Trisha Prabhu, that stops cyberbullying before the damage is done! When an adolescent tries to post an offensive message on social media, ReThink uses its context sensitive filtering technology to determine whether or not it’s offensive and gives the adolescent a second chance to reconsider their decision"
Her offer to the six sharks was $100,000 for a 20% stake in the company. There were three sharks, Kevin O'Leary, Barbara Corcoran and Robert Herjavec decided not to invest. But, Daymond John offered $100,000 for 30% of the company and a joint offer by Mark Cuban and Lori Greiner. Trisha decided that the joint offer was what she was looking for.
Her family is so proud of her. The father, Neel Prabhu, went with her on the show and said that it was a surreal experience.
"We are excited, proud and humbled to see our young girl make a case for her cause and walk out with a deal of $100,000 with two of her most favorite 'sharks.' She was poised, confident and kept plugging away to bring them on board."
Specifics of the deal could not be discussed, but Trisha said that both Mark and Lori would like to bring this app to a broader market worldwide.
As a father of two children, both of whom are very active on social media, this is a great application. I also worry daily what would happen is my own kids would be bullied online. I read the stories about children who take their own life and now there is something that may give hope to all kids to make the right decision.