Shark Tank holiday program episode 712 featured interactive glow ball lighting for Christmas trees created by Brad Boyink, inventor of GeekMyTree.
GeekMyTree can accommodate conventional Christmas trees up to 8 feet tall. A ring is fitted over the tree’s crown to suspend the lights in straight lines.
GeekMyTree is equipped with two full-spectrum LED lights that emit 360 degrees of illumination in every color imaginable.
However, this is not all! You can program the lights to sync in hundreds of different ways via an app; they can be set to play music as well.
It is the most advanced Christmas light system in the world. Boyink also makes high-quality products – GeekMyTree’s lights and hardware are of the highest quality.
It’s not cheap to purchase these Christmas lights; an 80-light set costs $399, and a 160-light set costs $599 but LED components last up to 50,000 hours — significantly longer than ordinary Christmas lights.
Boyink is now developing plans for lights that will include coordinated music, window displays, and lighting for more holidays. He almost certainly needs to contact a Shark to gain access to major retailers.
Will a Shark’s eyes sparkle when they see the GeekMyTree pitch?
What Is GeekMyTree?
GeekMyTree is a smartphone app that allows users to control their Christmas tree light and decorate their Christmas tree. With the app, users can control the lights on trees around five to eight feet tall.
The next generation of smart lights is here, and GeekMyTree Animated GlowBalls are sure to enhance the look of your holiday decor.
It may take you as little as ten minutes to set up and be ready to show your first display. You can control your GlowBalls via your smartphone after hanging them on your tree and plugging them in.
A suspension ring around the top of your tree suspends the glow balls vertically, making them easier to install than standard string lights.
This feature is designed to prevent tangling, one of the most frustrating aspects of holiday light displays.
You can put your lights back in the box after you finish using them for the year; they will be tangle-free and ready to use again next year.
A total of two full-spectrum LED lights are contained in each of the globe-shaped bulbs, producing an incredible range and intensity of colors.
The GlowBall String Light System is strong, durable, and built to last; instead of other string lights that may malfunction one year, you have to search for the defective bulb.
The sets retailed for over $200 each, with expansion sets costing several hundred dollars more.
GlowBalls are not only brighter than traditional string lights, but they also consume less energy – as little as 15 watts, compared to the hundreds of watts consumed by standard electric string lights.
GlowBalls are made of high-quality LEDs and are guaranteed to glow for over 50,000 hours!
You will be able to choose from 100 pre-programmed light effects, including pinwheels, spirals, gradients, and scrolls.
You can switch between effects easily and wow your guests with Geek My Tree GlowBalls. You can even preview how a new effect will appear on your tree.
You can make “playlists” of lighting effects to create a one-of-a-kind light display that will keep your guests entertained for hours.
Select the order in which the effects appear and the duration of each presentation, or use shuffle mode.
|Product||Animated and app-controlled lights for Christmas trees.|
|Investment Asking For||$225,000 For 25% equity in GeekMyTree|
|Final Deal||$225,000 For 50% equity in GeekMyTree|
|Episode||Season 7 Episode 11|
|Business Status||Out Of Business|
Who Is The Founder Of GeekMyTree?
Brad Boyink is the founder of GeekMyTree and has been a technology entrepreneur for over 25 years.
He became famous in 2006 after he started putting on a big Christmas light show to raise money for the Special Olympics and Make-A-Wish Foundation. He now runs a squirrel sanctuary in West Michigan.
The idea for GeekMyTree originated from Brad’s experiences with Christmas light shows. He would spend several hours a year untangling hundreds of bulbs only to receive such a meager reward.
He realized that a configurable light system would enable untangling to be worthwhile, so he created Geek My Tree.
GeekMyTree Before Shark Tank
GeekMyTree founder Brad Boyink spent several years as the trendiest house in the neighborhood during the Christmas season.
He began the elaborate light show outside his elaborately decorated home in 2006 with a meticulously choreographed display. Within a few years, it attracted around 70,000 visitors every year.
Brad put his light display to good use by turning it into a fundraiser for various organizations, including the Special Olympics.
He moved away from the neighborhood where he was popular in 2013 and brought the event indoors. He used professional lights to adorn his tree and documented the process on YouTube.
The feedback he received was so positive that he decided to design Christmas Tree decorations to allow anyone to perform a captivating display.
He constructed a prototype and began displaying it. An app integrated Christmas tree lights for complete control of the display.
He was approached by the producers of Shark Tank in 2014 while attending a Christmas expo in Mississippi.
It wasn’t a good time for him, so he declined, only to be contacted again later. However, he accepted, so let’s wait and see what happens.
How Was The Shark Tank Pitch Of GeekMyTree?
Brad appeared on Shark Tank demanding an investment of $225,000 in exchange for a 25% stake in GeekMyTree.
He says his goal is to bring the enjoyment and excitement of animated light displays indoors by bringing the joy and excitement of an outdoor display.”
The next stage involves providing complete musical sequences. All the lights on GeekMyTree are kept in sync with each other.
When Mark inquires about the cost, Brad informs him that Kevin has seen LED light setups significantly less money.
Mr. Wonderful believes that buying Christmas tree lights for close to $500 is excessive.
Brad claims that they are expensive because of their limited production: if he switched to a 10,000-unit run, he could save 20%, and if he increased production to 50,000 units, he could save 30%.
Barbara decides it’s too pricey and exits.
Robert believes that no one will buy it, and so he exits. Mark concurs with Robert; he is out.
Lori, too, believes it is prohibitively expensive and has opted out. Kevin is taken aback by the price, but he still wants in and offers $225K for 50% of the business, despite not liking string Christmas lights.
Brad counters with 40%, but Mr. Wonderful declines. Mr. Wonderful is truly concerned at 50%. “Let’s make this happen!” Brad exclaims.
It appears as though it will be a Mr. Wonderful Christmas!
Final Deal: Kevin O’Leary agreed to invest $225,000 for a 50% equity in GeekMyTree.
What Happened To GeekMyTree After Shark Tank?
GeekMyTree continues to grow in size. Matthew Phillips, winner of ABC’s Great Christmas Light Fights in 2015, joined the squad.
They are releasing Geek Lights 2.0 during the Christmas season. Where is the tree? You may purchase “Geek My Window,” which is advertised as a “full light display for Windows with effects for numerous holidays and events.”
Not in the United States of America? There is no problem! This year, GeekMyTree is growing into the foreign market.
You can purchase GeekMyTree directly from their website or through their Amazon store.
You can follow them on social media to see what they’re up to. I’m sure there will be some updates sometime soon, but there is some radio silence at the moment.
GeekMyTree Shark Tank Update
Since appearing on Shark Tank, they have expanded their product line to include Party Pixels LED light show curtains for $59, GlowFlakes for $89, Musical GlowFlakes for $195, and a Tree Effects tabletop tree with Animated Glow Balls for $49.
Boyink explained that O’Leary is a man of his word. And his crew “prevents you from making fatal errors.”
Is GeekMyTree Still In Business?
Kevin O’Leary’s contract with Brad Boyink materialized as both cheered the pitch. The products we sold for a year and a half were sold successfully.
There are no sales of their wares in 2018. They have updated their website and social media handles in 2020, but they do not have a link to purchase the lights. This has led to the business ceasing operations.