Friday September 24, 2021

Dino Don

Pitchlife size dinosaur animatronics
EntrepreneurDon Lessem and Val Jones
Asked For$500,000 for 10%
Deal$500,000 for 25%
SharkMark Cuban
StatusIn Business

Company Background

What is Dino Don?

Dinosaurs may be extinct today, but that hasn’t stopped Dino Don, Inc from bringing the fearsome beasts back to life through animatronic technology. Dino Don produces the largest, most realistic-looking robotic dinosaurs the world has seen. Dino Don sells its creations to zoos, museums, and amusement parks around the world.

Who Owns Dino Don?

Dino Don bears its founder, Don Lessem’s nickname. Lessem achieved a Bachelor of Arts in art history at Brandeis University and later studied animal behavior. Lessem hosted television programs and advised Stephen Spielberg on Jurassic Park. He is a paleontologist, natural historian, and journalist who continues to run Dino Don.

Founder’s Story

A giant model of a Tyrannosaurus-Rex sparked Lessem’s interest in dinosaurs when he was just four years old. His interest would be reinforced later in life as a reporter when he wrote about a dinosaur excavation.

In 1988 Lessem joined a research expedition in Mongolia and became part of a small number of paleontologists who unearth dinosaur fossils.

Lessem’s scientific knowledge of dinosaurs earned him the honor of having a dinosaur named after him – the Lessemsaurus.

It also paved the way for the founding of Dino Don in 2017, providing scientifically accurate robotic dinosaurs for the world to enjoy.

Dino Don Shark Tank Update

Did Dino Don Get a Deal on Shark Tank?

On Shark Tank Season 12 Episode 25, Don Lessem and Val Jones entered the Tank seeking $500,000 for 10% of their life-sized dinosaur animatronics and accepted an offer of $500,000 for 25% of DinoDon, from Mark Cuban.

Is Dino Don Still in Business?

Dino Don is in business! The first sale was in 2019 to the Bronx Zoo. Soon after, more zoo directors became customers.

Dino Don now has over 40 new customers lining up to get their dinosaurs. Lessem has forecasted Dino Don’s revenue to reach $15 million in 2021.

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  1. We saw Dino Don dinosaurs in the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois. The Dinos were separating at the leg joints showing all the foam and exposed metal. The attempt is great, but weather has ruined them. It’s actually an eyesore!


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