One week tomorrow, at 8 pm on January 6, 2013, watch me take on the Dragons – again. My segment is part of a “Second Chance Pitch” special and although I can’t discuss the outcome, I can tell you it should be great tv.
Having been on the show twice before, I’m well aware of “The Dragons, Den Effect”. The deli will be nuts for about a month – at least. In fact, Dragons’ Den changed my life. You can watch my episodes on YouTube or on the media page at CaplanskysDeli.com.
To recap: when I first appeared the Dragons didn’t get the whole foodtruck concept (or phenomenon). Of all the eventualities I had prepared for, the “I don’t get this” one escaped me. I was looking for funding for my foodtruck business and while they didn’t bite, TD Bank did. Funny, eh?
The second episode was a follow up special that aired last February 29. On that one, the Dragons’ Den crew filmed me at an event and we showed that the Dragons missed the bus on my deal. I guess they heard about it from enough people that they invited me back for the Second Chance opportunity you’ll see next Sunday.
I want to say a special thanks to my friend Gregory Macdonald. Two years ago, almost to the day, I told Gregory about my idea for Thunderin’ Thelma, Toronto’s first great foodtruck. Gregory not only “got it” but he had a terrific idea. “You should go on Dragons’ Den,” he said. The rest, as they say, is history.