Shark Tank Airing: Season 5, Episode 522
Christie Barany and Courtney Turich are the founders of Monkey Mat, passionate about bringing to life innovations inspired by life and helping others to do the same. Their collective 25+ years in product development, innovation, sales and marketing across medical device technology, broadcasting and finance industries pre-Monkey Mat may have been an indication of the (somewhat crazy) mindset of any entrepreneur, allowing them to connect with audiences who’ve already made the leap to entrepreneurship as well as those not sure where to even begin. As moms and females who’ve broken the mold in male-dominated industries, and who continue to (attempt to!) “balance” the intense demands of running a company, family life, and community involvement, their inspirational story is relatable on all levels.
Christie and Courtney share the good, bad and ugly of life as an entrepreneur and the Shark Tank journey. They engage audiences with their authentic style as they share tips on making an idea a reality, and then dealing with the barrage of logistics (and often chaos!) that comes with bringing a dream to life. With trial by fire experience in the Consumer Goods arena as their company has experienced exponential growth, they can speak to the extensive logistics of product development through to retail placement, and all steps in between and to follow. Reminding attendees that “you don’t know what you don’t know” and you have to put ego aside along the way, Courtney and Christie’s motivational, heartfelt and energetic interactions bring knowledge, passion and fun to any crowd.
Monkey Mat is on a mission to provide simple solutions to everyday problems at accessible prices through consumer goods products offering the ultimate in portability, versatility, and functionality.