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Banana Guy (Brandon Vassallo), Renee Heath, and Bechara Jaoudeh pitching to the "Shark Tank" casting team.

A small business trying to get on ‘Shark Tank’ took a man dressed as a banana to an NYC open casting call. Here’s how it went.

We followed one small business and their banana mascot at a "Shark Tank" open casting call to see what it was like making a pitch for the show.
Marius Morariu is the cofounder of Tracie Martyn.

I’m a ‘Shark Tank’ superfan who’s always dreamed of being on the show. Here’s what it’s like to join 600 hopefuls ...

At the "Shark Tank" casting call, I felt as if I were rubbing elbows with 600 near-celebrities. I saw pitches as varied as doughnuts and buttons.

PRESENTING: The first-time founder’s ultimate guide to pitching a VC

Entrepreneurship can be tough to navigate. We're introducing a new guide to help newbie startup founders craft a compelling investor pitch.

8 signs you’re not ready to start your own business

Some people don't have an entrepreneurial mindset, and there are clear signs that you're not ready to start your own business.
Passion plays a complicated role in starting a business. Noam Wasserman pictured.

At the start of every semester, a business school professor asks his students a question, and most everyone gets the answer dead wrong

To start a business, passion isn't necessarily the key to success, experts say. In fact, too much passion in an entrepreneur can be unappealing to potential investors and can sometimes lead to ill-informed business decisions.