ABC’s “Shark Tank” is now aligning a little closer to Silicon Valley’s tech scene with the announcement of three new guest judges.
Actor and investor Ashton Kutcher, investor and music manager Troy Carter and investor Chris Sacca are set to appear on the seventh season of “Shark Tank.” Last season, Go Pro CEO Nick Woodman made several appearances.
Traditionally, “Shark Tank” features entrepreneurs from all consumer industries, with the main focus being that anyone could have come up with the ideas that are pitched, an inspiring point that keeps Mark Cuban happy despite the small return on investment he receives, according to Re/Code. Now, “Shark Tank” hopes to dig in to the Silicon Valley tech culture by bringing in investors that primarily deal with tech startups.
Troy Carter is the founder and CEO of Atom Factory, a talent management and media production company, and through his music industry background helped to establish the careers of several recording artists, most notably Lady Gaga.
Apart from being an actor, Ashton Kutcher is also an investor in Skype, Foursquare, Airbnb, Path and Fab.com. He is also the co-founder for tech investment firm A-Grade Investments.
Chris Sacca, the embroidered cowboy-shirt-wearing brother of Brian Sacca, is a former Google executive and manages the venture capital firm Lowercase Capital. He is an investor in Twitter and Uber. While he has in the past criticized some of the product pitches on “Shark Tank,” Sacca is now on board for the show’s new sights.
Needless to say, we probably need to prepare ourselves for a lot more ridiculous mobile app pitches from tech startups this season.