Spotlight On

Spotlight On … Ten Thirty One Productions

Last October, Melissa Carbone scored the biggest deal in Shark Tank history for her company, Ten Thirty One Productions. Investor Mark Cuban saw great potential in her company’s attractions — the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride and Great Horror Campout. A couple months later, we asked the CEO and founder about her formula for winning. Fast forward one year, and Business Insider catches up with Carbone to “see how she’s used the Shark to push forward her plan for total domination …

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Saying Sooth

Saying Sooth: College Athletics

This is an installment in a very occasional series called Saying Sooth, wherein we make a prediction about future events based on something that is happening, probably happening or appears to be happening. Please bear in mind that predicting the future is extremely easy, as long as you don’t care whether you turn out to be right or not. In 10 years, college athletics will be very different and mostly much better. It will certainly be more honest. Here’s what …

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Selling Out With

Selling Out With Melissa Carbone

Melissa Carbone and her entertainment company, Ten Thirty One Productions, scored the biggest deal in Shark Tank history this past October when she agreed to Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban’s counterproposal — $2 million in exchange for a 20% equity stake. Apparently, Carbone and the growling zombie by her side didn’t scare Cuban. With wildly popular events, like the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride and the Great Horror Campout, that draw big crowds and bigger revenues, Cuban chose instead to bank …

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