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Former "Shark Tank" Contestant is Revolutionizing the Bow Tie with Beaux Up

May 21, 2015 - Posted in Carolina Money by Marina Ziehe

Jake Johnson is an eleventh grader at River Bluff High School in Lexington, S.C., but he has been involved in business from a much earlier age. At age 8, he and his sisters came up with the idea for Flipoutz, a silicone bracelet that holds coins that kids can trade and track online. As part of Flipoutz, Jake appeared on Season 2 of ABC’s Shark Tank, where they made a deal with 3 of the 5 venture capitalists.

After making his exit and selling Flipoutz in 2013, Johnson re-entered the entrepreneurial scene with his latest business venture, Beaux Up, a company that sells bow tie halves, which are interchanged on a clip. Beaux Up allows the wearer to mix and match patterns, fabrics, and colors to create a unique look.

The young Johnson was also the winner of the Warren Buffett’s “Grow Your Own Business” challenge.

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