Hang on for grumpy ride
If you’ve noticed that Shark Tank’s Steve Baxter seems grumpy this season, you’re not alone. And it doesn’t worry him in the slightest.
“Look, it’s me, It’s all me,” Baxter says. “I tend to be pretty honest, maybe too honest. Some things set me off.
“Sometimes we’re talking, and talking, and they’re not listening. You’ve almost got to deliver that figurative slap in the face to say, ‘wake up son’. Because, believe me, I’ve been there.”
It’s not just clueless business owners who irk Baxter, but at times, also his fellow judges; Janine Allis, Andrew Banks, Naomi Simson and Glen Richards.
“I don’t like the entrepreneurs wasting people’s time with poor advice,” he says. “I hear a lot of advice that’s there to make someone feel good. What would make them feel really good is honest advice.”
Baxter says the process of hearing business pitches is “really boring” compared to the final cut.
“The pitches go anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour and a half,” he says. “The shortest I’ve ever had was 20 minutes, those guys were terrible.
“Some of those unedited pitches are actually really boring. Channel 10 do a good job to make it fun.”
Grumpy or not, Baxter says he’s made several worthwhile investments on the show, and that if a fourth season goes ahead, he will happily return.
“I get to meet a lot of people, and having a little celebrity opens a lot of doors. I’m a very happy participant.”
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