|SEASON 6 EPISODE 3|
|Pitch||wearable drum machine technology and app that lets you make beats on your pants|
|Entrepreneur||Lei Yu and Tyler Freeman|
|Asked For||$150,000 for 5%|
|Status||Out of Business|
What is Drumpants?
Drumpants is a wearable sensor strip kit that attaches to clothing that allows you to make music by hand drumming, whenever inspiration strikes without carrying around heavy equipment. Drumpants works with mobile and desktop.
Who are the Drumpants Founders?
Tyler Freeman is an inventor, engineer, and artist who designs interfaces that bring the body closer to the machine. He graduated from the University of California with a Master’s in Digital Art and New Media and an undergrad degree in Computer Science.
He is currently a Software Engineer at Google. Tyler was a software engineer and UX designer at Cronologics and a former CTO and co-founder at Tappur.
Lei Yu is presently the Director of Product Management at CaaStle and is a specialist in discovery-and-growth revenue specialist. She has B2D and B2C experience at Fortune 100 and startups such as Chariot and Neura. Yu studied operations and marketing/marketing management at the University of Maryland College Park. in 2016 she was at Stanford studying machine learning.
Tyler Freeman, a keen drummer, designed Drumpants as a prank, but which ultimately led to him “Imagining a world where social interaction is fostered by music creation.”
Together with Lei Yu they raised $74,000 on Kickstarter, later using design thinking to develop a prototype. Their business model was a pre-order one that yielded 720 sales.
With their Kickstarter win as a successful proof of concept, they decided it was time to take Drumpants to the Sharks.
Despite initial doubts about the product being too niche, the pair received offers from two Sharks – Robert Herjavec and Daymond John. The which aim wasto take their product past beta, for $150,000 and a 5% equity share. Unforunately, the pair could not concur on the offers and the Drumpants duo left the Tank without a deal.
What Happened After Shark Tank Update
Following their appearance on Shark Tank, Drumpants achieved significant sales and favorable reviews from the music press but is no longer being manufactured. Drumpants was touted as a creative outlet for underprivileged kids and a nextgen with huge potential but without a forceful person at the helm, the product sadly failed.