BusyBox Update | Shark Tank Season 13

Productivity while working from home is a huge new market, and Steve Skillings hopes to corner it. After multiple interruptions when he was working from home, Steve thought up the idea for a customizable, readily attachable, wifi-enabled busy sign to help your family and friends know you are unavailable. Let’s see how it all played out during Shark Tank Season 13 in our BusyBox update.

If you’re short on time, here’s a quick overview of what happened to BusyBox after Shark Tank!

Steve Skillings and Conor Smith appeared on Shark Tank Season 13 and left without a deal. In terms of a BusyBox update, the company is still in business and expanding its product offerings for the home workspace. Further, the company has recently joined Amazon Associates to increase market reach through additional advertising avenues.

Shark: Result:
Mark Cuban No Offer
Lori Greiner No Offer
Kevin O’Leary No Offer
Robert Herjavec No Offer 
Daymond John No Offer

Shark Tank BusyBox Update

Shark Tank BusyBox Update

  • Entrepreneurs: Steve Skillings and Conor Smith
  • Business: Smart illuminated status signs
  • Ask: $200,000 for 15% equity
  • Result: No deal
  • Shark: None

Steve Skilling and Conor Smith are trying to tackle the common troubles of working from a home office with their invention, the BusyBox. It’s designed to help you avoid unnecessary interruptions by displaying your availability for all to see and can be controlled remotely.

While the sharks love Steve and Conor’s pitch and presentation, they are shocked by the price. Specifically, the fully customizable, digital BusyBox retails for $229, which is simply not okay with the sharks.

Though the lifetime sales for BusyBox reached $429,000 as of filming, the sharks just can’t get behind the price of the product.

Not surprisingly, all it takes for Mark Cuban to bow out is the description of a product pipeline. Steve begins to explain that they hoped to break into the wellness space and as a result, Mark immediately goes out.

Lori Greiner follows as she thinks the product is too expensive. Because of this, she goes out.

The next shark to go out is Robert Herjavec. He thinks the product moving into the wellness space is a huge stretch and that the product is, overall, a trend.

Finally, Kevin O’Leary goes out without much comment, followed closely by Daymond John. Both agree that the price is simply too much for everyday people.

Unfortunately, BusyBox leaves the Shark Tank without a deal. But, has the company found success even without the backing of a shark? Let’s shed some light on how the company is doing today in our BusyBox update.

Steve is as tenacious as they come! During our BusyBox update, we found that he is still going strong.

In fact, he’s creating new products for the line and has started new investment channels, including a current Start Engine campaign.

Currently, the company has four different models of signs to choose from on the BusyBox website, with options for every price level. There are also accessories like frames and mounts and different messages to keep your office space interesting.

While no new sales numbers have come up while researching our BusyBox update, we did find that the BusyBox R sells more than 50 units a month on Amazon and has a 4.3-star rating. Additionally, the company is actively recruiting Amazon Associates to write about and review its range of products.

So, where is BusyBox headed next? In a Shark Tank update on the BusyBox website, Steve notes that there are new products in the pipeline that “[…] show our bigger vision of moving beyond smart signs, and establishing intelligent productivity and creativity spaces in the smart home.”

With work from home not ending anytime soon, there’s sure to be a continued market for Steve’s innovative product. We’re looking forward to future BusyBox updates to see where the company goes next!

Make sure to check out the other company updates from Season 13 Episode 19 here:

Interested in the other company updates from Season 13? Before you go, visit our Season 13 products page.

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Kimberly is a writer for Shark Tank Recap. She has written episode summaries and updates across multiple seasons of Shark Tank, with a focus on complete and accurate information since 2021. She believes that getting the business aspects of each deal correct is extremely important for viewers and fans. Her favorite Shark Tank products are The Wobbles and Rocketbook!