Cropsticks Bamboo Chopsticks Update | Shark Tank Season 8

The third entrepreneur to seek an investment on Shark Tank Season 8 Episode 20 was Mylen Fe Yamamoto of CropSticks. She went in hoping to get a shark to bite for $75,000 in exchange for 12.5% equity in her company. Unfortunately, she never got a deal. You’ll find out why in our recap and CropSticks update.

Shark Tank CropSticks Update

CropSticks Update

  • Entrepreneur: Mylen Fe Yamamoto
  • Business: Unique chopsticks made of sustainable bamboo
  • Ask: $75,000 for 12.5% equity
  • Result: No deal
  • Shark: None

Chopsticks have remained relatively unchanged for years. However, Mylen Fe Yamamoto is hoping to change that. With CropSticks, Mylen added a built-in rest to the chopsticks. They are all made of sustainable bamboo for environmental reasons. Each pair of CropSticks are wrapped in recycled paper.

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After her presentation, Lori Greiner was the first to commend Mylen’s products. She described them as clever and liked that they were easy to break apart. Mylen then explained that she had a provisional patent on the product and that the Hyatt already had a purchase order placed.

However, Kevin O’Leary saw the challenge of getting restaurants to use the CropSticks. Kevin also thought that branding wasn’t as important. Seeing as there were too many things with the product he didn’t agree with, Kevin opted to go out.

Mark Cuban and Daymond John followed in quick succession. Robert Herjavec also went out, but not before praising Mylen for being an entrepreneur. Despite liking the idea, Lori was the last to go out.

Don’t worry, our CropsSticks update isn’t bad news. Despite not securing a deal in the Shark Tank, CropSticks still went on to achieve much success. Mylen’s company got its patent in April 2018 and eventually got purchase orders from restaurants, including those that are owned by Disney.

As of 2021, CropSticks is still in business. Mylen has since expanded the product line to include reusable chopsticks and bamboo straws.

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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!