Millionaire Austin entrepreneur dazzles as newest judge on Shark Tank

2020 may be nightmares, but it certainly hasn’t stopped Kendra Scott from reaching a number of banner career moments. Earlier this month, the Austin-based entrepreneur joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin – the same university that launched the Kendra Scott Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (WEL) Institute last semester.

Meanwhile, she continued to expand her multi-billion dollar jewelry company, Kendra Scott, and continued the philanthropic arm of her business. It seems that nothing, not even a pandemic, can slow them down.

Now the multimillionaire is adding another project: Hai. On September 21, ABC announced that Scott would be the Shark Tank’s newest guest judge.

“According to a 2018 PitchBook study, Scott is among just 16 women in the United States who hold the title of founder of a $ 1 billion company,” a press release said. “Today Scott’s company continues to operate in Austin, Texas. The state-of-the-art corporate office features a design laboratory and an industry-leading distribution center that caters to both the career goals and family life of its employees.”

Scott and TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie will collaborate with Sharks Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O’Leary in various episodes in the 2020-21 season. With the series still being shot and edited, it is still unclear which episodes Scott and Mycoskie will appear in, added a spokesman.

For those viewers who haven’t dipped their toes in the show’s waters, a quick introduction: Shark Tank is an Emmy Award-winning reality show where real millionaires and billionaires invest in start-up companies and products. The guests come, present their ideas and the sharks can choose whether they want to invest or not. Some of the show’s most successful products included the Squatty Potty, a device that helps with bowel movements, and Scrub Daddy, the reusable sponge.

For Season 12, which will be filmed in Las Vegas, Scott and his crew will hear pitches from a whole new group of entrepreneurs. The new season of Shark Tank premieres on Friday October 16. After airing on ABC, new episodes will be added to Hulu the next day.

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