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Fort Worth couple gets in ‘Shark Tank,’ comes out with deal

A Fort Worth couple who started a business when they couldn’t sleep, were the first entrepreneurs to get a deal on ABC’s Shark Tank in the season premiere on Sept. 26. When Stephanie and Brett Parker of Fort Worth had their first child, they found themselves constantly being woken up when their daughter would break free of her swaddle and begin crying. Stephanie Parker began experimenting and came up with a sleep blanket that surrounded the child. That was the birth of the Zipadee-Zip. After several of the Sharks dropped out, Daymond John, who has experience in the clothing business, offered the couple $200,000 for 20 percent of the company. The couple accepted the offer. 

An earlier version of the story had the incorrect percentage John received for the company.   

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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