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BusinessWe are Shark Tank’s Daymond John and Bubba Baker. We’re the investor and the inventor of real boneless baby back ribs! Ask us anything!

May 10th 2017 by TheSharkDaymond • 19 Questions • 91 Points

In 2013, former NFL player Al "Bubba" Baker appeared on Shark Tank to pitch his product, Bubba Q’s boneless ribs. Investor Daymond John became his partner, and now Bubba’s Boneless Ribs are available all over the country.

You can try them on the new Baby Back Rib Burger at any Carl’s Jr. or Hardee’s. Here’s what it looks like, and you can find one at a Carl’s Jr. location or a Hardee’s location.

Here’s our PROOF: https://twitter.com/TheSharkDaymond/status/862344014435160065

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So now, let’s do it. ASK US ANYTHING

EDIT: Thanks for taking time to ask me and Bubba about the Baby Back Rib Burger...and everything else. Try them yourself at any Carl's Jr or Hardee's locations. I'M OUT.

Q:

hey guys.. twist on a classic..

would you rather fight 100 duck sized Mr. Wonderfuls, or 1 horse-sized Mark Cuban?

A:

100 duck-sized Mr. Wonderfuls, because I can keep kicking them. Coincidentally, I have about 100 ducks on my property.


Q:

How old is the horse-sized Mark Cuban? If it's still a infant I'll fight the horse and ride it to the white house and see if I can get him elected as the new F.B.I director.

A:

duh.


Q:

Daymond, would you ever consider have investing in the marijuana industry? If not, why? If so. What area specifically?

A:

Sure, but people don't think outside of the box. If I invest in software, or packaging, or wrapping, I can invest in the industry without dealing with the product directly.


Q:

Which Shark is most different in real live versus the Shark Tank?

A:

I would say that Kevin is much nicer in person than he is on the show.


Q:

Daymond: What would you say are the top factors for you when you decide to invest into a company? I'm sure there's a broad combination of factors, but what do you value the most when making a decision?

Al: What were the top 2 hurdles you had to overcome regarding starting your business, and how did you manage to do so?

A:

The person running the company. The other factors are whether the company is scaleable, and whether or not they've had ANY sales to determine whether the public likes it or not. Not a lot. Just any.


Q:

Bubba & Daymond, do you hate when autocorrect on your phone and computer tries to or actually corrects your name? How annoying is that?

A:

I'm dyslexic so I just type, and assume it's spelled correctly.


Q:

Daymond: Is there a product you passed on or didn't close the deal with on Shark Tank that haunts you to this day?

A:

No. Either the deal wasn't good enough, I didn't like the entrepreneur or I didnt have the right vision for the product.


Q:

does the McRib make you sad or upset your fine rib sensibilities?

A:

It does make me upset. It makes my stomach upset. I have to drink Pepto Bismal afterwards.


Q:

@Daymond: What's your biggest investment regret?

A:

Not rolling up my sleeves and diving deep into Heatherette. And I lost $6 million dollars in the process.


Q:

Daymond, I'll be attending your workshop here in LA. Any suggestions on what I should bring/expect?

A:

You should bring determination. Also, bring a notepad. And then you can use your judgement from there to decide if it's something for you.


Q:

Two questions (perhaps one foreach?)

I haven't watched this episode. Can someone give me a season/episode?

This one is more for Daymond. How heated does it actually get? I know producers want the show to look like there's a bit of drama at times.. but you all seem like wonderful people. Yes, I chose that word carefully.

Edit: It's S5E11 if anyone else missed it.

A:

The show is extremely real. The pitches are an hour long but you only see 8 minutes of it. But this is our money and we don't want to lose. It's like playing football with your best friend: I'm gonna crack his head until the white meat, but then be friends after the game.


Q:

Hey! Huge fan!! This one's for Daymond or Bubba. I've been feeling extremely sad and unmotivated lately and leaving my projects and business unfinished. What motivated you during the TOUGH times in the beginning?

A:

Practicing goal-setting. It's not simple. I'd recommend reading Napoleon Hill's "Think and Grow Rich" and read your goals every night before you go to sleep, and then read them again when you wake up.


Q:

This was definitely helpful. I'm going through some of the same struggles right now...

A:

Absolutely. I recorded this motivational speech that I think could help.


Q:

My dad is a big fan of the show and has a half dozen ideas he wants to pursue. The only problem is that he has a very demanding high ranking position at a large company that takes up all of his time. Hell, he's drawn up plans for inventions years ago that someone else got around to building first (ironically some made it to shark tank). He's getting super burned out but still holds on to those dreams. How can he reconcile having such demanding work hours while also wanting to pursue his own business?

A:

Bubba had the same exact story. He had to make the same difficult decision: sacrifice the important thing for something even more important. It comes down to hard work. I worked at Red Lobster for 60 hours a week while starting FUBU.


Q:

Favorite BBQ Style: Memphis, Carolina, or Kansas City?

A:

No question: Kansas City.


Q:

I thought the ribs were always going to be available in stores. What made you change to a restaurant? Logistics?

A:

I just thought bringing it to Carls/Hardees was a great brand extension. It was a no-brainer.


Q:

That is a good question. BBQ is geographical. Great BBQ in Texas vs great BBQ in Memphis is purely a matter of your taste. So, which BBQ you decide doesn't matter, clearly your discretion. There's really no such thing as bad BBQ unless its dried out. If you're from Georgia and you go to Memphis and start complaining about the BBQ then what's the point? It's just personal taste.

A:

Bubba is busy typing, but he likes the Raiders this year....as long as Carr stays healthy.


Q:

Daymond and Bubba! Daymond: Who is your favorite shark besides yourself? Do you all hang out often and are you friends? Bubba: Who is your favorite Shark besides Daymond? And do you see doing any other collaborations in the future with popular food chains/products?

A:

My favorite Shark is whoever I did a deal with last. And yes, we all hang out. I believe we're all friends.


Q:

What's your favorite food?

A:

Generally, seafood.