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Monday, December 10 2018 10:13

Shark Tank's Daymond John x Mattel Launch Silicon Valley Startups Game!

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We're just a couple weeks out from Christmas as I write this, and as usual there's some surprising late-season entries hitting stores that could be holiday hits. I'm talking about toys and games, of course - and they're not so much "late" as they are early previews of new things yet to come. From Mattel comes news that they've partnered with Daymond John, Co-Star and Investor on ABC's Shark Tank, to launch a new game: Silicon Valley Startups. With hilarity in mind, this new card game pits "Entrepreneurs" against each other to pitch hysterical startup ideas to "Investors." With all pitch ideas decided through random card draws, players must use their best improvisation skills to win the game.  The game is available now at Target (affiliate) with a national retail rollout planned for 2019.

"Silicon Valley stereotypes have fully infiltrated pop culture – from movies to TV shows – you can't escape the startup culture and now it's time to bring it to the game aisle," said Ray Adler, Senior Director, Global Games at Mattel. "Silicon Valley Startups combines the creativity needed to pitch a startup with unexpected hilarity in a group setting – and because everyone thinks they have the next big idea, this game is for everyone."

To celebrate the game play, Silicon Valley Startups is partnering with co-star and investor on ABC's Shark Tank, Daymond John, to launch the Silicon Valley Startups Contest*. The contest invites any potential entrepreneur to pitch their best of the worst ideas for a shot at a $50,001 prize – one dollar more than the leading industry prize for disruptive startups. To enter, visit the Silicon Valley Startups Contest between now and December 20, 2018 for a chance to win.

"I've heard my share of ridiculous business pitches over the years, and it will be fun to go against everything I know to help find the winner of the Silicon Valley Startups Contest," said John. "If the entries reflect the creativity seen by playing this game, I can't wait to see what America comes up with!"

Get the game. Enter the contest. Have fun!

Silicon Valley Startups Game from Mattel

*No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Silicon Valley Startups™ Contest is sponsored by Mattel, Inc. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C., 18 years of age or older. Begins 7:00 a.m. ET on 12/10/18 and ends 11:59 p.m. ET on 12/20/18. For Official Rules, visit SiliconValleyStartupsContest.com.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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