RALEIGH Philip Morrow wasn’t going to risk his chance to pitch his multipurpose necktie on ABC’s “Shark Tank.”
That’s why the 32-year-old Raleigh entrepreneur and his fiancée Devin Mackey left Raleigh at 6 p.m. Wednesday and headed to Greenville to audition at an open casting call for the ABC reality television show “Shark Tank” on Thursday morning. Two other casting events were held earlier this month in Des Moines, Iowa, and Milwaukee, Wis.
Morrow started his company Hocoo in New York City in 2012, he said, after walking to a job interview in the cold.
After the interview, he went home and started working on a silk necktie that could heat up and help keep his upper body warm. Morrow, who moved to Raleigh about eight months ago, has started taking pre-orders for his ties, which cost $100 for the first purchase, including a battery, and $59.99 for additional ties that work with the battery. Morrow said he plans to start selling the ties online in November.
Morrow’s supplies for his trip to Greenville included his product, chairs, a cooler and a clear shower curtain liner in case it rained.
Here is a time line from his trip:
“We just sat down and spoke (to other entrepreneurs) all night,” he said.
“I let her feel the necktie heating up,” Morrow said. “She basically said it was a great way for her to start her day.”
The casting agent told Morrow that if the show producers were interested, they would reach out to him within seven days.
“I just crashed,” he said.