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Chabad Rabbi Pitches iPad Product on ABC’s ‘Shark Tank’

February 1, 2013 1:22 pm 3 comments

The Soundbender. Photo: Soundbender facebook page.

Rabbi Moshe Weiss, a rabbi and entrepreneur from St. Paul, MN, will appear on Shark Tank, an ABC reality TV show, this Friday night. On the show, participants pitch their business ideas and investment opportunities to a team of entrepreneurs and business executives. Weiss pitched his “SoundBender” product, a device designed to amplify an iPad’s speaker without the use of batteries.

Weiss is offering a 26% stake in his company for $54,000 dollars. “You might be asking yourself, what’s a rabbi doing on Shark Tank? I love my iPad,” he told the investors on the show in a teaser released on YouTube. “I watch videos on it, I play music on it, I love it. But since the speaker is pointing away from me […] you can’t grab that sound and bring it towards your ears.”

SoundBender raised over $8000 dollars in funding via online crowd-sourcing platform Kickstarter this summer, exceeding its fundraising goal of $4500.

You can watch the teaser for the rabbi’s appearance below.

Weiss is offering 26% stakes in his company for $54,000 dollars. “I love my iPad,” he told the judges on the show in a youtube clip. “I watch videos on it, I play music on it. But the speaker is pointing away from me, and you can’t grab the sound and bring it to your ears.”

Soundbender received over $8000 dollars in funding from kickstarter this summer, exceeding its fundraising goal of $4500.

3 Comments

  • Has HEBRON become a code-word for Russian Yiddish?

    Isn’t it ironic to hear “Only Good!” when at Chabad?

    Has high-tech ‘770’ quietly come full-circle, from Torah reflection to I-Pad-sound reflection? And on Shabbes?

    Has ‘Rebbe-land’ more rabbis than places to send them?

    (Are there any other baffling questions?)

  • A good idea. Just had to hold my ipad to my ear to be able to hear Ed Koch telling a joke on Old Jews Telling Jokes. However, is that just a piece of ‘magnetic’ plastic to ‘redirect’ the sound? It didn’t appear to make that appreciable a difference in volume in the video. And, what’s a Chabad Rabbi doing pushing a business product on the Shabbos?! “Enlightened” hasidic capitalism in America?

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