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How One Inventor Rapped His Way Onto Shark Tank With Flipstik Invention

October 27th 2020

St. Louis Inventor to Make Appearance on Shark Tank with Flipstik Invention

October 26th 2020

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November 5th, 2020 - “Many people have their cell phones attached at their hips, but what do [you] do [when you] need your hands free? Those were the kinds of questions one young inventor wanted to answer with his creation of Flipstik, the cell phone stand accessory.”

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November 4th, 2020 - “Everything You Need To know About Flipstik Phone Mount and Stand as seen on Shark Tank 12!”

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November 2nd, 2020 - “STL inventor and entrepreneur Akeem Shannon will be showing his wares later this week on "Shark Tank...”

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November 1st, 2020 - “Akeem has gone to great lengths to promote the Flipstik...[He] believes that it is just when you are most afraid of taking the leap that you should charge ahead “at full speed!”

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October 30th, 2020 - “Flipstik’s appearance on "Shark Tank" comes as it eyes growth. It said it expects to hire for 30 roles locally in the next six months....”

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October 20th, 2020 - “Mr. Shannon is so St. Louis ...He has been all over the country from Los Angeles, Atlanta, and the East Coast with his product and still has a love for home...”

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How it started...

After losing his full scholarship to Howard University to study chemical engineering Akeem Shannon was determined to out-earn his friends who would graduate university in less than 3 years. Akeem found great success as a sales person at two large telecom companies before being recruited into one of the large fintech companies, Square. As he worked with 100s of small businesses that entrepreneurial itch kept growing inside of him. In the fall of 2017 while on a late night call with his Uncle, a Nasa engineer, he learned of a reusable adhesive NASA had researched in the 70s. Within a few short months he created the Flipstik, taught himself to write a patent and trademarks and launched his business on Kickstarter in 2018. Flipstik has seen incredible growth in 2 years, with over $115k in sales, winning 1st place at the 2019 CES Retail Pitch competition by TechStars, Impressing Sean "Diddy" Combs & Snoop Dogg with our technology, and most recently appearing on Shark Tank.

What is Flipstik ... in 40 Seconds

Flipstik is a thin device that attaches to the back of your phone. It's customizable cover functions as a kickstand and their trademarked “Synthetic Setae” adhesive allows you to stick your phone to nearly any flat surface for hands free use! Plus it’s reusable and washable 1000s of times! This enables handsfree selfies, zoom conferences, hands free Youtube or Netflix viewing on planes and trains, and hands free GPS use while in any vehicle. Akeem created his reusable “Synthetic Setae” adhesive from NASA research, based on the feet of geckos! It holds up to 2 lbs and can be cleaned with soap and water or alcohol pads.

A great pitch is exciting yet authentic. It not only sells the audience on your business but on your story. I like to think of my pitch like a movie trailer, it’s got all the excitement, emotion, and drama of two hours packed into two minutes, leaving the audience begging for more!

- Akeem Shannon

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