Robert Gifford is the CEO of Geek Chic, a furniture company in Everett, Washington that makes upscale tables for gamers. The wooden tabletops made of the finest cherry, maple, and walnut, slide off to reveal custom insets tailored to individual customers. Risk players, for instance, tend to order a sheet of acrylic glass to hold their maps. Poker players opt for a speed cloth for quick dealing.
Gifford appeared on Shark Tank in 2013 and made a deal with Robert Herjavec. Gifford went on the show asking for $100,000 in exchange for 5 percent equity but Herjavec offered $300,000 for 25 percent, which Gifford accepted. According to The Herald Business Journal, “On-air deals aren’t final, though. Due diligence allows both parties to say no, and Gifford ultimately chose to go with a better offer from an investor who was already involved with Geek Chic.”