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This Dominican Inventor And A-Rod Hit It Off Immediately When He Made Him An Offer In Spanish On ‘Shark Tank’

On this week’s episode of “Shark Tank,” Alex Rodriguez tried to use his Dominican heritage (and a little Español) to undercut all the other sharks on the show. Contestant Robbie Cabral, born in the Dominican Republic and inventor of Benjilock, a fingerprint scanning padlock for bicycles, was on the show trying to get the Sharks to invest in his design. The Benjilock was an Edison Award nominee at CES 2017 and the Sharks definitely saw the appeal of the product as several of them got into a bit of a bidding war.

Cabral had a lot to consider after coming from the bottom.

In an interview with Entrepreneur, Cabral talked about his experience on the show: “It’s an incredible feeling when you come from the bottom and then go up, you kind of appreciate the journey more.” Cabral came to Los Angeles from the Dominican Republic with dreams of being a rock star, but quickly realized that’s a lot easier said than done. And when his bandmates headed back to DR, he stayed and looked for his own opportunities. Those opportunities weren’t glamorous. Cabral says he had to wash dishes, clean gyms and clean vomit from hotel rooms just to make ends meet, even though had a college degree. The idea for the BenjiLock came to him while struggling the most. Cabral was out of work and had to find a way to financially support his newborn baby. After putting on 50 pounds, Cabral went back to the gym. He noticed people would often struggle to get into their lockers, which inspired him to create a lock that opens at the press of your fingertip.

Eventually, Cabral went with Kevin O’Leary, who offered $200,000 for 15% equity of the business.

And although A-Rod made a good offer of 200k and 20% equity, O’Leary’s move to cut 5% really made the difference. When you build something from the ground up, giving up any of it must feel like giving up your baby.

O’Leary took to his Twitter account to share his enthusiasm about the deal as well.

When O’Leary made the deal, he also went over to hug Cabral and it got a bit emotional.

Watch the emotional decision below and listen to what O’Leary tells him.

If you missed it: “You’re amazing. I’m going to make you rich. Watch it happen.” The prospect of getting rich would make me a little misty-eyed, too. Shoot, I’m misty right now just thinking about these bills.


[H/T] Entrepreneur

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Dodgers Win First World Series Championship Since 1988 And It’s Great To Be An Angeleno

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Dodgers Win First World Series Championship Since 1988 And It’s Great To Be An Angeleno

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are the champions after 32 years. The bizarre year of Covid and social distancing was also a year of wins for Los Angeles after both the Lakers and Dodgers bring home the championships. The city was alive with energy after the historic and wonderful win.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are the new World Series champions.

The baseball team has not won a World Series championship since 1988. This year, after a long 32-year drought, the Dodgers broke that curse and delivered LA a win during the time of Covid. The Dodgers went against the Tampa Bay Rays and battled it out in a nerve-wracking and nail-biting World Series.

Of course, there is a lot of love being showered on the Latino players.

Latinos are a major part of the Dodgers and their fanbase is huge. There is a reason that the nickname of the Dodgers is Los Doyers. There are four Latino pitchers on the Dodgers and they made themselves crucial parts of the team this season leading the team to the championship.

The Dodgers triumphed over the Tampa Bay Rays in the World Series on Game 6. The teams kept battling it out for the first four games with the Dodgers winning the first and third. The Tampa Bay Rays won the second and fourth. Yet, the Dodgers came through at the end with victories in the fifth and sixth game to clinch the title.

The story overpowering the coverage of the Dodgers’ World Series win is Justin Turner.

The third baseman tested positive for Covid-19 during the game and was removed when the test came back positive. However, when the Dodgers won the sixth game, Turner ran onto the field without a mask. He was photographed holding the trophy, posing with the team for photos, and even taking selfies without wearing a mask.

It is a clear violation of Covid guidelines for the MLB. According to reports, officials sent security to remove Turner from the field because he was breaking safety guidelines. He allegedly refused to leave the field.

Fans have a lot of questions about how Turner caught Covid since the league was supposed to be operating in a bubble.

The MLB has had issues with some teams dealing with Covid infections but it had been a while since one had happened. Turner was tested the day before the game but it came back inconclusive, a pretty common issues with Covid testing right now. Turner was then tested before the game and when the results came back positive in the second inning, Turner was immediately removed.

The MLB has launched an investigation into Turner’s outright refusal to comply with Covid safety guidelines.

“Following the Dodgers’ victory, it is clear that Turner chose to disregard the agreed-upon joint protocols and the instructions he was given regarding the safety and protection of others,’’ the Commissioner’s Office said in a statement. “While a desire to celebrate is understandable, Turner’s decision to leave isolation and enter the field was wrong and put everyone he came in contact with at risk. When MLB Security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply.’’

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The Los Angeles Dodgers Are Playing In The World Series And People Are Excited

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The Los Angeles Dodgers Are Playing In The World Series And People Are Excited

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The World Series is still happening despite Covid because baseball just can’t be held down. The Dodgers are playing their first World Series game today and fans are so excited to finally get some more baseball in their lives.

The World Series is here and Los Dodgers are playing their first game.

Baseball is America’s pastime and few teams have a fanbase as energized as The Dodgers. Ask any Dodgers fans about how difficult it is to get to the stadium and their commitment to the team is clear. It is not anywhere accessible by public transportation so you really have to want it.

People are super energized to celebrate and support their team.

The Dodgers made it to the championship game against the Houston Astros in 2017. The Dodgers lost to the Astros that year but three years later the Astros had the title stripped because of a cheating scandal. Now, The Dodgers have a chance to make win a title and Dodgers fans are excited to see it happen.

Even the furry fans are getting excited about the games.

It’s a fact that if a team has furry fans then they have the best fanbase. Who doesn’t want to end up at a stadium or party with these cute fluffers walking around in their Dodgers’ gear? These four-legged fans are better than child fans because they are going to get everyone’s spirits up.

The team has a lot of big names behind them cheering them on.

Los Angeles is home to some of the top celebrities and athletes. It must be nice to know that some of the most influential people are out there pushing for you to make it all the way. Bonus points if they are other athletes who know just how exciting and hard it is to compete at the elite level.

Let’s go, Dodgers!

The Dodgers play the Tampa Bay Rays tonight at 5:11 PST. Be sure to tune in and cheer for your favorite baseball team as they try for the championship again.

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